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The Most Critical Unresolved Issue Associated With: Psychoanalytic Theories of Addiction: Can the Talking Cure Tell Us Anything About Substance Use and Misuse?
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PMID:  23302061     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The most critical unresolved issue associated with psychoanalysis is whether its core precepts belong in today's substance use armamentarium. Psychoanalytic theories have resisted the criterion of falsifiability, putting them at odds with the current paradigm for treating addiction. However, Freud's earliest pronouncement on the subject, "making the patient a collaborator in his own treatment" (i.e., therapeutic alliance) not only holds up to scientific scrutiny, but is a robust determinant in improving treatment outcomes. Psychoanalytic constructs today appear as conjectures, but recognition of the primacy of the collaborative therapeutic relationship is one example of how psychoanalytic observations have influenced current research.
Harlan Matusow; Andrew Rosenblum
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-10
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Title:  Substance use & misuse     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2491     ISO Abbreviation:  Subst Use Misuse     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9602153     Medline TA:  Subst Use Misuse     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute for Treatment and Services Research, National Development and Research Institutes , New York, New York , USA.
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