In the time of Freud, the typical psychoanalytic patient was afflicted with neurotic disorders; however, the modern-day psychotherapy patient often suffers instead from a variety of addictive disorders. As the treatment of neurotic disorders based on unconscious conflicts cannot be applied to treatment of addictive disorders, psychoanalysis has been unable to keep pace with the changes in the type of patient seeking help. To address the shift and respond to contemporary patients' needs, Ulman and Paul present a thorough discussion of addiction that studies and analyzes treatment options. Their honest and unique work provides new ideas that will help gain access to the fantasy worlds of addicted patients.
The Self Psychology of Addiction and Its Treatmentemphasizes clinical approaches in the treatment of challenging narcissistic patients struggling with the five major forms of addiction. Ulman and Paul focus on six specific case studies that are illustrative of the five forms of addiction. They use the representative subjects to develop a self psychological model that helps to answer the pertinent questions regarding the origins and pathway of addiction. This comprehensive book links addiction and trauma in an original manner that creates a greater understanding of addiction and its foundations than any clinical or theoretical model to date.
About the Authors:
Richard B. Ulman, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York, and President and founding member of the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology. Previously he has been an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College, Senior Researcher at the Center for Psychosocial Studies in New York, and Staff Clinical Psychologist at the FDR Veterans Administration Medical Center in New York.
Harry Paul, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York, and Vice President and founding member of The Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology. He has formerly been Research Affiliate for the Center of Psychosocial Studies in New York, Staff Psychologist at the FDR Veterans Administration Medical Center in New York.