chapter  5
Survey of Contemporary Psychoanalytically Oriented Clinicians on the Treatment of the Addictions: A Synthesis
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Since the inception of ego psychology, several analytically oriented therapists have written on addiction. Before that time, instinct theory prevailed, and articles on addiction from that point of view have been adequately reviewed. This chapter aims to survey the relatively contemporary views of alcoholism from the psychoanalytic perspective and provide a synthesis. More ambitiously, it will spell out what remains to be done from this perspective, to correct the misplaced emphases and neglected aspects of addiction.