What Drives Addiction and What to Do About It: A Psychodynamic Perspective

Over the past 4-5 decades there have been major advances in understanding how addictive drugs affect the brain to explain how processes of tolerance, physical dependence, and chronic drug use perpetuate addictive behavior.  There has been a tendency for these developments and challenges to detract from appreciating and understanding the importance of psychological and psychodynamic factors that make addictive disorders so compelling.  Such a perspective need not and does not compete with a biological one.  This presentation is a psychodynamic exploration of the nation of the suffering that makes addictive behavior and attachments so compelling, and how contemporary psychodynamic theory and practice can guide treatment to best address addicted patients' therapeutic needs.   


Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm



4455 Morena Blvd., Ste 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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SDPC Graduate Members and All Students: Free, Non-Members/Clinicians: $30

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Presenter Information

Edward Khantzian is the originator or the self-medication hypothesis of addictive disorders. He is a professor of psychiatry part-time, Harvard Medical School, and a founding member of the Department of Psychiatry at The Cambridge Hospital. He is quite simply a lion in the field, and his collective books, presentations, speaking engagements, committee memberships and awards are too numerous to mention.