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Gabbard, G.O. (2002). Addiction as Mind-Body Bridge: Commentary on Paper by Lisa Director. Psychoanal. Dial., 12(4):581-584.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12(4):581-584

Addiction as Mind-Body Bridge: Commentary on Paper by Lisa Director Related Papers

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

Director's paper calls our attention to the lack of attention to addiction in the relational literature. Clinical case studies of patients with chemical dependency may provide a window into the complexities of the mind-body connection in psychoanalysis. The transference-countertransference dimensions of the treatment of addicted individuals offer the therapist a privileged glimpse of the patient's internal object relations and thereby enable the therapist to gain greater understanding of the patient's characteristic problems in relationships with others.

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