THREE PERSPECTIVES ON ADDICTION pdf free download. In the field of addiction treatment there has been a tendency to eschew dynamic understanding for simple descriptive diagnosis based on verifiable criteria. This tendency has been accompanied by a focus on behavioral treatments that can be reliably evaluated using objective outcome measures and by an immense research effort to understand the biology of addiction. All this leaves the thoughtful clinician with the unanswered question, How does one understand these behaviors empathically? It leaves the insight-oriented clinician with the question, Does a patient’s capacity for self-observation contribute anything to the treatment of addiction? It can leave the clinician asking, Is addiction treatment a constant process of identifying an addiction and referring the patient away to physicians who prescribe medications such as disulfiram and naltrexone, to Twelve Step programs where
mysterious events somehow keep the patient sober, and to relapse prevention
specialists who lecture on how to “identify your triggers”? The psychodynamically
oriented clinician can feel that addictive disorders somehow fall out-side his or her purview.
THREE PERSPECTIVES ON ADDICTION pdf free download
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