Psychodynamic Approaches for Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction: Theory and Treatment

Author(s) : David Potik

Psychodynamic Approaches for Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction: Theory and Treatment

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 200
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Category 2 :
    Addictions
  • Catalogue No : 95374
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367087029
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367087
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This book provides clinicians and students with insights on the use of psychodynamic therapy to treat drug abuse and addiction, combining theory with clinical case material.

The perspectives of analysts such as Abraham, Rado, Zimmel, Tibout, Wurmser, Khanzian, Krystal and McDougall are reviewed alongside original and more recent conceptualizations of drug addiction and recovery based on Kleinian, Winnicottian and Kohutian ideas. The case material deals with clinical phenomena that characterize working with this complex population, such as intense projective identification, countertransference difficulties and relapses. The theoretical analysis covers a range of concepts, such as John Steiner's psychic shelters and Betty Joseph's near-death-addiction, which are yet to be fully explored in the context of addiction. Prevalent topics in the addiction field, such as the reward system, the cycle of change and the 12-step program, are also discussed in relation to psychodynamic theory and practice.

Written by an experienced therapist, Psychodynamic Approaches for Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction is useful reading for anyone looking to understand how psychodynamic thought is applicable in the treatment of drug abuse and addiction. It may also be of some relevance to those working on treating alcohol use disorders and behavioral addictions.

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"David Potik's Psychodynamic Approaches for Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction is an excellent introduction to the psychoanalytic literature on addiction theory and treatment. His specific application of object relation's theory to a broad range of treatment settings is an invaluable contribution that many will find enlightening as well as useful." - George Hagman, LCSW, former Clinical Director of the Montefiore Substance Abuse Treatment Program, NY.

About the Author(s)

David Potik is a clinical criminologist at the Day-Hospital and at the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Clinic for Drug Abuse Research and Treatment, both within the division of psychiatry at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel. He also works as a psychotherapist in private practice and is an accredited Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner. He has published articles on psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychopathology and drug addiction.

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Marsha Weinstein, MSW on 03/12/2020 18:15:01

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It has long been received wisdom in the fields of both psychotherapy and addiction treatment that psychodynamic psychotherapy is unsuitable for treating persons struggling with addiction. Happily, David Potik’s masterful Psychodynamic Approaches for Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction: Theory and Treatment has come along to prove the opposite. In concise, focused and lucid chapters, Potik explains the psychodynamic mechanisms behind severe addiction. Using riveting clinical vignettes, he demonstrates how an understanding of the theories of Klein, Winnicott, and Kohut, in particular, can inform the treatment of these challenging patients, and shows that a psychodynamic perspective on object relations and self psychology is actually uniquely suited to helping these patients progress toward independent, fulfilling lives. Drawing on a breadth of theoretical knowledge and impressive clinical experience in the public sector and in private practice, Potik also integrates a discussion of the interface between psychodynamic theory and the contingency management, cognitive-behavioral, and 12-step approaches that are more typically relied upon in the treatment of individuals suffering from severe addiction. For practitioners already employing psychodynamic theories and techniques in addiction treatment, Psychodynamic Approaches for Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction: Theory and Treatment provides a coherent summary and a heartening confirmation of their efforts. For those less familiar with these approaches, the book provides a fascinating introduction to them, and an encouragement to engage in psychological depth work with persons suffering from addiction. Given the increasing prevalence of opioid and other substance addictions, David Potik’s Psychodynamic Approaches for Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction: Theory and Treatment is a book whose time has come.

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