Gestalting Addiction: The Addiction-Focused Group Therapy of Dr. Richard Louis Miller

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This volume explores the addiction-focused group therapy sessions led by Dr. Richard Miller, revealing the way he directs and works with collections of shifting feelings and energies. Many traditionalists have struggled with and even refuted the notion that psychotherapy can be valuable in addiction treatment. They have argued that psychotherapy is too general, that addicted people need more addiction- specific treatment. Dr. Miller has responded that psychotherapy is an immensely powerful tool which can be ...

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Overview

This volume explores the addiction-focused group therapy sessions led by Dr. Richard Miller, revealing the way he directs and works with collections of shifting feelings and energies. Many traditionalists have struggled with and even refuted the notion that psychotherapy can be valuable in addiction treatment. They have argued that psychotherapy is too general, that addicted people need more addiction- specific treatment. Dr. Miller has responded that psychotherapy is an immensely powerful tool which can be directed to meet the specific needs of its recipients, that it can be addiction-focused. He has also argued that psychotherapy is essential in addiction therapy and that gestalt therapy is a powerful tool in the retrieval, examination, and release of buried feelings that may create fertile ground for addictive behavior. The volume includes edited and abridged transcripts of psychotherapy sessions led by Dr. Miller, didactic descriptions of components of his methods, an interview with Dr. Miller, autobiographies, and poetry of some of the group participants, and a look into the future of psychotherapy in addiction treatment.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780893919054
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Frontiers in Psychotherapy Series
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Author
1 Introduction to Gestalting Addiction 1
2 Teaching Wellness and Wholeness: The Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program Story 7
The Role of Environment in Treating Addiction 9
The Role of Love, Dignity, and Humanity in Treatment 9
3 The Value of Dialogue 13
Working with People Who Are Addicted 14
4 Learning to Go Conscious 19
Breathing Exercise 20
Gestalt Sensory Awareness Exercise 24
Unfinished Business Exercise 29
Semantic Awareness Exercise 33
5 Undrugging the Feelings 43
Breaking Through Deceits 44
Identifying and Connecting Cravings 46
Giving Full Voice to Buried Feelings 49
Meeting the Addict 55
Seeing Family and Personal Relationships 57
6 Leaving Chemical Dependence Behind: The Longest Goodbye 61
Desensitization Psychotherapy 62
Making a New Beginning 79
7 The Honesty Tool: A Dialogue with Dr. Richard Louis Miller 83
8 Introduction to Part II - Looking at the Self 93
9 Autobiography of an Addict 97
10 Making and Unmaking an Addict 101
11 The Long Run 109
12 The Poetry of the Struggle 121
13 The Future of Psychotherapy in Addiction Treatment 127
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