KEY FEATURES: A unique focus on the theories of addiction helps fill a gap in the literature that allows readers to connect theory to practice. A single case study explored from multiple perspectives allows students to compare all approaches applied to client situations. Sidebars with classroom discussion questions and activities assist students in further exploration of the theories. A list of resources concludes each chapter to encourage continued learning.

Psychoanalytic Theory of Addiction
4 Psychoanalytic theory of addiction
Leigh F. Holman

Psychoanalytic theory has developed over the course of time from Freud's one-person model of intrapsychic conflict to a widened scope of psychoanalytic theory, eventually to include a two-person interpersonal model of client functioning (Wachtel, 2008). In contemporary practice, psychoanalysis is relational and incorporates the entirety of psychological factors described in this text.

Basic Tenets of the Theory

Psychoanalytic theory, like all theories, is based on a set of assumptions that guide clinicians' practice. The most important may be the assertion that human beings are dynamic in that they change based on context and experience; therefore, psychoanalysis is a dynamic theory. Because it is dynamic, the theory has continued to change and ...

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