Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson Inc., 1999.
First Edition. Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/8". xxiv, 687pp. Mild wear to dust jacket, with some creasing and edgewear. Black cloth over boards, with spine lettered in gilt. Mild bumping to extremities. Black topstain. Soiling to fore-edge. Hinges tender, binding remains sound. Bookplate to front pastedown. Pages are clean and unmarked. A solid copy.
ABOUT TREATING ADDICTION AS A HUMAN PROCESS:
Innovative and humane treatment of patients with substance use disorders distinguishes this highly esteemed practitioner and major psychodynamic thinker. From his initial contribution of identifying the self-medicating function of abused substances, to the continued elaboration and refinement of his work focusing on the addict's ego deficits of self-regulation and self-care, Edward Khantzian's ideas have become the standard in the field of addictions treatment.
His insights into the dynamics of substance abuse have changed the ways that clinicians understand their addicted patients, significantly raising the likelihood of successful treatment. Shifting the focus from a pleasure-seeking to a pain-relieving approach to their patients' substance use enables clinicians to engage in a more positive, compassionate psychotherapeutic relationship, unhampered by countertransference feelings of contempt and condemnation.
Passionate, professional, and unfailingly astute, Dr. Khantzian examines his patients' internal worlds, revealing vulnerabilities while uncovering resiliency and strength. This book, comprehensive in scope, abundant in clinical material, and written with clarity and intelligence, provides a depth of understanding of substance use disorders and an increased hope for recovery. Good / good. Item #6042