Chapter 13

For anyone new to this blog, this is part way through the application of serious, evidence based approaches to overcoming addiction, to Agatha Christie’s immortal heroine (with suitable artistic licence). William T White’s book referenced in chapter 1 should be on the shelves of every addictions service and is applicable to all sorts of other work with people in difficulties. 

Now, read on!

Mrs McGillicuddy thought she was beginning to get the measure of the problem. True, she had not yet worked out how to start changing Jane’s behaviour and she thought she had better look
more closely at Jane herself. Jane was getting very excited because Lucy had found a body in a barn in Crackenthorpe and the police were now involved. Her old friend Sir Henry Clithering had come down to see her and all this activity meant scope for many a sherry party in Danemead Cottage.

The book suggested the idea that addicts embark on a career of addiction and it was easy to see how this applied to Jane, from her early entry into the social life of St Mary Mead when
participation in drinks parties would have been essential, to regularisation of patterns of social contact, and the establishment of the drinks cabinet in her own home with the rituals of drinking at home, to which her domestic staff were steadily accustomed.

Some time ago, Mrs McGillicuddy had wondered why Jane so rarely visited her but now she realised that although she would buy in a bottle of wine to have with dinner when guests came, to
Jane, her home must have seemed like a dry house! Now her whole sense of identity came from being part of this drinking community in St Mary Mead. The consequences of her drinking, the odd dizzy spells, the losses of balance or clumsiness, the forgetfulness, she could happily put down to her age!


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