Three Perspectives on Addiction

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    Three perspectives on addiction are reviewed, along with many earlier contributions to the understanding of addictive illness. It is suggested that these distinct yet overlapping formulations of the dynamics of addiction form a hierarchy for each patient suffering from an addiction. Assessment of a patient’s ego strength, and of the relative importance of addictive behaviors in overall character structure, allows referral to various types of treatment, including psychoanalytic therapy. Case examples are presented, including material from the psychoanalysis of a woman addicted to heroin, methadone, cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, alcohol, and shopping. (41 pp.)

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    2 comments on “Three Perspectives on Addiction

    • heidi bumohya says:

      Philippines:

      Your website provides educational resources which are very helpful for those of us in the helping profession who only have access to limited materials. Thank you for reaching out and please continue your advocacy and humane intention.

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