Understanding Addiction as Self Medication

Author: Edward J. Khantzian
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9780742565517
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Addictive behaviors beg for an informed explanation to guide patients, families, students, and clinicians through the maddening and often incomprehensible nature of the addictions. Too often addiction is perceived to be merely a moral weakness or purely a brain disease, ignoring the deep personal pain that can permeate the lives of the addicted. But taking an honest look at the underlying emotional or mental issues can more clearly illuminate not only the causes of the addiction, but also the cure. Doctors Edward J. Khantzian and Mark J. Albanese, leading researchers in the field of addiction, see addictions primarily as a kind of self medication—a self medication that can temporarily soothe anxiety or pain, but that ultimately wreaks havoc on the lives and health of both the addicted and their loved ones. With practical advice, compelling case studies, and nuanced theory drawn from their years in clinical practice, Doctors Khantzian and Albanese look at the core reasons behind many addictions and provide a pathway to hope. Understanding Addiction as Self Medication looks at a range of addictions, including alcohol and substance abuse, and clearly explains how to understand other addictive behaviors through the lens of the Self Medication Hypothesis. This book provides a much-needed guide to both understanding addictions and working towards healing.

Understanding Addiction as Self Medication

Author: Edward J. Khantzian
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742565513
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Too often addiction is perceived to be merely a moral weakness or purely a brain disease, ignoring the deep personal pain that can permeate the lives of the addicted. Doctors Khantzian and Albanese see addictions primarily as a kind of self-medication that can temporarily soothe anxiety or pain, but that ultimately wreaks havoc on the lives and health of both the addicted and their loved ones. With practical advice, compelling case studies, and nuanced theory drawn from years of clinical practice, this book looks at the underlying reasons behind many addictions and provides a pathway to hope.

Treating Addiction

Author: Edward J. Khantzian
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538108593
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In Treating Addiction: Beyond the Pain, Edward Khantzian offers a collection of his recent works on the study and treatment of substance abuse and addiction. Based on his five decades of experience in working with substance dependent individuals, this volume builds upon Khantzian’s theory of addiction as self-medication and provides insights into how addiction is rooted in human psychological suffering, and not pleasure seeking or self-destruction. Almost without exception, life histories of human discomfort, disconnection, and unhappiness leave those so burdened to be vulnerable to the appeal of addictive drugs, including alcohol. Khantzian’s sensitive teaching voice weaves together an annotated collection of previously published papers into a powerful and engaging volume of effective practice-based treatments. A timely complement to his earlier collection Treating Addiction as a Human Process, this book provides an inclusive and accessible resource for mental health professionals from any background as well as graduate students and those in training.

The Greek View of Life

Author: G. Lowes Dickinson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317340256
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First published in 1896 (this twenty-third edition in 1957), this book provides a general introduction to Greek literature and thought. Among the subjects dealt with are the Greek view of religion, the state and its relation to the citizen, law, artisans and slaves, manual labour, trade and art.

Addiction and the Vulnerable Self

Author: Edward J. Khantzian
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780898621723
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The Harvard Cocaine Recovery Project, a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded randomized clinical trial, was initiated in 1986 to compare different approaches for treating cocaine abusers. Modified Dynamic Group Therapy (MDGT), one of the models used in the study, is a short-term supportive-expressive psychodynamic group approach specifically adapted for cocaine addicts. While many previous studies of substance abuse treatment were compromised by extraordinarily high dropout rates, this approach retained nearly 70% of group members for the entire length of treatment. This book describes MDGT and provides a practical guide to implementation. Based on an understanding of the psychological vulnerabilities of addicts, the MDGT model addresses the modifications in psychodynamic technique that are necessary for addicts' needs. It focuses on four main areas of difficulty involving self-regulation; affect, self-esteem, relationship, and self-care problems. Both supportive and expressive, the approach helps group members identify, process, and modify the characterological traits that mask addict's vulnerabilities. With this approach, a well-led group can heighten self-esteem, improve self-care, combat feelings of isolation and shame, and strengthen the individual's capacity for positive change. Concomitant involvement with an individual therapist/counselor is encouraged as a means to support and facilitate the group therapy, especially early in group treatment, and to maintain a flexible individual and group treatment context for self-exploration and understanding. Bringing the model to life are detailed vignettes and transcripts of groups in different phases of recovery. These cases demonstrate techniques, illustrate technical issues, and illuminate major themes that unfold during treatment.

Believable Hope

Author: Michael Cartwright
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 0757317308
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A premiere addiction industry trailblazer and the "father of dual diagnosis" shares the life-changing approach to end any addiction, which has helped tens of thousands of people nationwide.

Pain Pill Addiction

Author: Jana Burson M. D.
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1608446980
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Are you or a loved one addicted to pain pills? Are you eager to know more about which treatments work, and which don't? Or are you a concerned citizen, worried by the numbers of young adults addicted to prescription pain pills? Do you want to know more about opioid addiction, and what communities can do to prevent and treat this affliction? This book contains all the information you need to answer these questions. Many of the two million prescription pain pill addicts in the U.S. are searching for a way to recover from the misery of their addiction These people may have developed addiction after being prescribed pain pills for medical reasons. Others experimented with pain pills out of curiosity, or to get high, but unintentionally became addicted. No matter how their addiction started, they want to stop. Treatment centers who specialize in providing month-long inpatient treatment for this addiction may not mention outpatient options available to addicts who can't, or won't, go to an inpatient program. For these patients, medically-assisted treatment with methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone) can be life saving. This book describes how and why treatment with these medications works, and the advantages and disadvantages of these medications.

Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child s Eyes

Author: Jerry Moe
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 075730611X
Format: PDF
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An eye-opening guide for recovering addicts and alcoholics shares stories of hope and resilience from children living in the shadow of family alocholism or drug addiction, offering simple techniques and tools to help youths cope. Original.

Beyond Addiction

Author: Jeffrey Foote
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476709475
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Leading innovators in progressive addiction treatment outline a science-based program for overcoming addiction-related problems, demonstrating how to effectively use positive reinforcement and motivational and behavioral strategies. (Self-Help)

Treating alcoholism

Author: Norman K. Denzin
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN: 9780803929074
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Can alcoholism be cured? What are the most effective ways of responding to the disease? How can children of alcoholics be safeguarded? In Treating Alcoholism, Denzin addresses these critical issues. After an overview of the nature of alcoholism as an interpersonal illness, he examines different approaches to treatment: programmes offered by social workers, counsellors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and Alcoholics Anonymous with respect to diagnosis, treatment, ways of coping with relapse and of promoting long-term recovery. This important book is designed for advanced students and professionals in the helping professions.