Nidesh Lawtoo is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and English at KU Leuven and Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project, Homo Mimeticus. His work reframes the transdisciplinary concept of mimesis in light of theories of affective contagion, mimicry, and the unconscious. His books include The Phantom of the Ego: Modernism and the Mimetic Unconscious (2013), Conrad’s Shadow: Catastrophe, Mimesis, Theory (2016) and (New) Fascism: Contagion, Community, Myth (2019).
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Twelve Step groups regularly describe alcohol and drug addiction as the “family illness,” due to the systematic way addiction takes destructive hold of nearly everyone who comes within range: not only people with SUD, themselves, but also their families and friends. Treatment programs (both inpatient and IOP) typically include components directed at families which offer guidance on how self care and behavior modification focused may offer relief from the day to day chaos of living with someone else’s addiction. In…