Psychotherapy of Cocaine Addiction

Psychotherapy of Cocaine Addiction : Entering the Interpersonal World of the Cocaine Addict

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This text is about conducting effective psychotherapy with people who are addicted to cocaine. While its emphasis is on the people themselves rather than on the drug or the phenomenon of addiction, the discussion centres around the fact that these people are addicted to cocaine as it threads its way through every aspect of their lives. The meanings and subjective effects of the cocaine experience, including getting high, coming down, searching for the drug, slipping or lapsing back into drug use, all become integrated into the particular personality of each individual user. To understand someone - anyone - it is critical to understand their relationships. With addicts, these relationships include not only other people, but also their drugs which are inevitably personified. This book shows how to use the therapeutic relationship to understand the drug relationship, and in so doing help addicts free themselves to have more satisfying and productive lives.
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  • Hardback | 287 pages
  • 162.8 x 236.2 x 29.2mm | 580.61g
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • index, bibliography
  • 0765700727
  • 9780765700728

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The widely accepted disease model of addiction overlooks the fact that helping addicts to change their lives is fundamentally an interpersonal and societal act, because even the seemingly objective chemical effects of cocaine are inevitably integrated into a larger world of meanings and relationships. Addicts are demonized in our society, and the consequences of their social alienation profoundly affect not only them but also their therapists and the process of therapy as well. Mark and Faude describe an approach to treating cocaine addiction whose centerpiece is learning to develop "relationship episodes" with the patient - concrete narratives of actual events in the patient's life. Sharing generous clinical examples, they demonstrate how engagement in this mutual activity illuminates and transforms the subjective, interpersonal, and cultural experience of the cocaine user.
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