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Dodes, L.M. (1984). Abstinence from alcohol in long-term individual psychotherapy with alcoholics. Amer. J. Psychother., 38, 248-256.

Dodes, L.M. (1988). The psychology of combining dynamic psychotherapy and Alcoholics Anonymous. Bull. Menning. Clin., 52, 283-293.

Dodes, L.M. (1990). Addiction, helplessness, and narcissistic rage. Psychoanal. Q., 59, 398-419. Full Text

Dodes, L.M. (1996). Compulsion and addiction. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 44, 815-835.

Ed, Z. (1991). Review of The Facts About Drug Use: Coping with Drugs and Alcohol in Your Family, at Work, in Your Community, Psychoanal. Books, 2:452-452.

Johnson B. (1993). A developmental model of addictions, and its relationship to the twelve step program of alcoholics anonymous. J Subst Abuse Treat. 10(1): 23-34.

Johnson, B. (1992). The psychoanalysis of a man with active alcoholism. J. Subst Abuse Treatment, 9:111-123.

Khantzian, E.J. (1978). The ego, the self, and opiate addiction: theoretical and treatment considerations. Int. Rev. Psychoanal., 5:189-198.

Khantzian, E.J. (1985). The self-medication hypothesis of addictive disorders: focus on heroin and cocaine dependence. Amer. J. Psychiat., 142, 1259-1264.

Khantzian, E.J. (1986). Alcoholism: the challenge of conceptualization and consensus (a clinician's perspective). J Subst Abuse Treat. 3(4): 251-254.

Khantzian, E.J. (1987). Cause-consequence-controversy in alcoholic&addictive suffering.., J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 15:521-538

Khantzian, E.J. (1997). The self-medication hypothesis of substance use disorders: A reconsideration and recent applications. Harvard Review of Psychiatry.4:231-244.

Khantzian, E.J. and Mack, J. (1983). Self-preservation and the care of the self. Psychoanal. Study Child, 38, 209-232. Full Text

Khantzian, E.J. and Wilson, A. (1993). Substance abuse, repetition and the nature of addictive suffering. In Hierarchical Concepts in Psychoanalysis, Eds. A. Wilson and J.E. Gedo. New York: Guilford.

Krystal, H. (1978). Trauma and affects. Psychoanal. Study Child, 33:81-116.

Krystal, H. (1982). Alexithymia and the effectiveness of psychoanalytic treatment. Int. J. Psychoanal. Psychother., 9:353-378.

Mack, J. (1981). Alcoholism, A.A., and the governance of the self. In M.H. Bean, and N.E. Zinberg (Eds.), Dynamic Approaches to the Understanding and Treatment of Alcoholism (pp. 128-162). New York: The Free Press.

Rosen, A. (1981). Psychotherapy and Alcoholics Anonymous: can they be coordinated?, Bull. Menninger Clin., 45:229-246.

Wallerstein, Robert. (1957). Hospital Treatment of Alcoholism; A Comparative Experimental Study, New York: Basic Books, Inc.

Wurmser, L. (1974). Psychoanalytic considerations of the etiology of compulsive drug use. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn.,22, 820-843. Full Text

Wurmser, L. (1984). The role of superego conflicts in substance abuse and their treatment. Int. J. Psychoanal. Psychother., 10:227-258.

Wurmser L. More respect for the neurotic process: comments on the problem of narcissism in severe psychopathology, especially the addictions. J Subst Abuse Treat. 1984; 1(1): 37-45.

Wurmser L. Denial and split identity: timely issues in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of compulsive drug users. J Subst Abuse Treat. 1985; 2(2): 89-96.

Wurmser L. Flight from conscience: experiences with the psychoanalytic treatment of compulsive drug abusers. Part One: Dynamic sequences underlying compulsive drug use. J Subst Abuse Treat. 1987; 4 (3-4): 157-168.

Wurmser L. Flight from conscience: experiences with the psychoanalytic treatment of compulsive drug abusers. Part Two: Dynamic and therapeutic conclusions from the experiences with psychoanalysis of drug users. J Subst Abuse Treat. 1987; 4(3-4): 169-179.

Zinberg, N.E. (1975). Addiction and ego function. Psychoanal.Study Child, 30:567-588.


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Lance M. Dodes (2002) The Heart of Addiction(HarperCollins)
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Margaret Bean and N. Zinberg.(eds.) (1981) Dynamic Approaches to the understanding and Treatment of Alchoholism
Free Press (Macmillan);
ISBN: 0029021103

Scott Dowling (ed) (1995) The Psychology and Treatment of Addictive Behavior (Monograph Eight of the Workshop Series of the American Psychoanalytic Association,) Int. Univ. Press

Daniel L. Yalisove (Ed.) (1997) Essential Papers on Addiction
New York Univ Press; (Essential Papers in Psychoanalysis series)
ISBN: 0814796729
Review by the author

Louis S. Berger (1991) Substance Abuse As Symptom : A Psychoanalytic Critique of Treatment Approaches and the Cultural Beliefs That Sustain Them Analytic Press; ISBN: 0881631027
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Goodman, S. and Levy, S.J. (1997) The Biopsychosocial Model Revisited: A Psychodynamic View of Addiction. Renaissance Institute of Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Florida.

Khantzian, E.J. (1999) Treating Addiction as a Human Process. Northvale, N.J., Jason Aronson Inc.