Understanding Addiction as Self Medication
Finding Hope Behind the Pain
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About the author
Edward J. Khantzian, MD, is clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and associate chief of psychiatry at Tewksbury Hospital, Tewksbury, MA. Mark J. Albanese, MD, is director of Addictions Treatment Services at Cambridge Health Alliance and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Addictive behaviors beg for an informed explanation to guide patients, families, students, and clinicians through the maddening and often incomprehensible nature of the addictions. Too often addiction is perceived to be merely a moral weakness or purely a brain disease, ignoring the deep personal pain that can permeate the lives of the addicted. But taking an honest look at the underlying emotional or mental issues can more clearly illuminate not only the causes of the addiction, but also the cure. Doctors Edward J. Khantzian and Mark J. Albanese, leading researchers in the field of addiction, see addictions primarily as a kind of self medication—a self medication that can temporarily soothe anxiety or pain, but that ultimately wreaks havoc on the lives and health of both the addicted and their loved ones. With practical advice, compelling case studies, and nuanced theory drawn from their years in clinical practice, Doctors Khantzian and Albanese look at the core reasons behind many addictions and provide a pathway to hope. Understanding Addiction as Self Medication looks at a range of addictions, including alcohol and substance abuse, and clearly explains how to understand other addictive behaviors through the lens of the Self Medication Hypothesis. This book provides a much-needed guide to both understanding addictions and working towards healing.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
; September 2008
176 pages; ISBN 9780742565517Read online
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Title: Understanding Addiction as Self Medication
Author: Edward J. Khantzian; Mark J. Albanese
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Why Self Medication?
Chapter 3 Addiction: Disease or Disorder
Chapter 4 The Self-Medication Hypothesis and Addiction as a Problem in Self-Regulation
Chapter 5 Self-Medication Hypothesis Research
Chapter 6 Contexts and Models for Understanding Addiction—A Brief Overview
Chapter 7 Suffering and Self-Medication
Chapter 8 Self-Medication, Psychiatric Disorders, and Emotional Pain
Chapter 9 Trauma and the Self-Medication Hypothesis
Chapter 10 Addiction and the Perpetuation of Suffering
Chapter 11 Nicotine, Marijuana and the Self-Medication Hypothesis
Chapter 12 Gambling and Other Behavioral Disorders
Chapter 13 The Neurobiology of Addictions
Chapter 14 How the Self-Medication Hypothesis Can Guide Treatment and Recovery
Chapter 15 Conclusion
Chapter 16 Afterword
In the press
Doctors Khantzian and Albanese wrote this book directly from their experience with patients, as well as their close involvement with vast research. This blessedly brief and un-confusing volume, a tour de force that is original, useful, and wise. These two doctors, who have given their professional lives to understanding and helping those who are affected by addictions, now give to the world a consummate gift: what they know. Combining knowledge with love, the authors have moved the dialogue on addictions to an entirely new level...