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.
Chapter 5: Self-Psychology Theory: Addiction and the Wounded Self
In 1977, the National Institute on Drug Abuse published a little-known research monograph regarding the psychodynamics of drug dependence. The preface, written by Heinz Kohut, the founder of self-psychology, outlines his understanding of addiction through the lens of self-psychology. He writes:
The addict, finally, craves the drug because the drug seems to him to be capable of curing the central defect in his self. It becomes for him the substitute for a self-object which failed him traumatically at a time when he should still have had the feeling of omnipotently controlling its responses in accordance with his needs as if it were a part of himself. By ingesting the ...