Dr Niall Campbell

Spirituality in addiction recovery

Dr Niall Campbell is a leading consultant psychiatrist at Priory Hospital Roehampton. He has experience spanning across all areas of general adult psychiatry including depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, and is the lead consultant for addictions and substance misuse. He offers a client-focused service in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

He graduated from Charing Cross Hospital with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1983 before completing and extensive training programme in his chosen career and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1991. He spent part of his professional career working for the NHS at Tolworth Hospital before focusing on his private practice. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4 discussing recreational drug use amongst the elderly population and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post highlighting the dangers of alcohol misuse.



Does Spirituality Matter In Addiction? – A Case Study in 10 Objects

Dr Niall Campbell and Michele Morphitis will introduce the sometimes controversial subject of how we broach the subject of spirituality with clients who ostensibly have come to us to treat an addiction or mental health issue. There is often resistance to even being in treatment, without the added element of looking at issues that might be alien concepts. This is about containing and guiding patients, without impressing our agenda upon them unnecessarily. How spirituality could work in conjunction with a medical perspective, and not be a departure from it?

In order to demonstrate this, Dr Campbell and Michele will share from their considerable experience and use 10 objects relating to case studies that will bring the topic to life and give it focus. We will together be able to look at this topic through the clinical lens of a consultant psychiatrist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with many years’ experience in the field.

They illuminate their ideas with an audiovisual presentation and a lively exchange of ideas. Join them in the spirit of expanding the pool of knowledge, using combined experience – and above all collaborating to try to ensure the people who are asking for our help receive the best possible treatment outcomes – for them.

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” – TS Eliot

3 Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • Introduce their clients to the topic of spirituality and how it relates to addiction in an informed way.
  • Learn more about the differences and confluences of ‘left-brained’ and ‘right-brained’ thinking as it relates to addiction treatment.
  • To inform their own thinking of spirituality and how it might inform a clinician’s practice.