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Addiction
Addiction
Introduction

The two cases in this chapter reflect my adoption of the use of the word addiction for the approximately 3% of the U.S. population who are physically and psychologically addicted (Esser et al., 2014). One individual has decided, “I’d rather die drinking.” The other individual has chosen abstinence.

Clinical Cases
Dr. Conrad Park: Addiction

I receive an emergency call from Julie, the wife of Dr. Conrad Park. I have seen this couple infrequently and periodically during 3 years. Dr. Park is a physician and a patriarch. He drinks too much, hides it, and denies it. Together, he and his wife have battled this problem for years. Julie tells me that he is drinking a lot more than usual and has gotten more aggressive and hostile; the ...

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