Although a number of scholars have looked at the phenomenon of compulsive drug use from a psychoanalytic perspective, an objects relations approach has not yet been defined. Nevertheless, it has become increasingly clear that compulsive drug use is related to early object relations pathology. This study outlines the major tenets of classical psychoanalytic and object relations theory and practice with regard to the compulsive drug user. These theories give a clear understanding of the role drugs play in compensating for the experience of the object. It is concluded that individuals with healthy early object relations are not likely to become pathologically compulsive drug users. On the other hand, those with poor early object relations are at risk for addiction.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||Reshaping of Psychoanalysis Series: From Sigmund Freud to Ernest Becker , #5|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)|
About the Author
The Author: Kevin Vokan holds and Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Center for Psychological Studies in Albany, California. He currently works as a clinical psychologist at Agnews State Hospital and in private practice in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Volkan is also an adjunct lecturer at John F. Kennedy University.