Written by experienced practitioners in the fields of addiction and psychoanalysis, and illustrated by a range of moving vignettes, this groundbreaking book examines the psychological foundations of addiction in the areas of food, sex, gambling, internet usage, shopping, and work.
This book not only explores the roots of addictive behavior, explaining why popular treatment options such as the 12-Step Program often fail, it also provides insights for emotional resolution and strategies for behavioral change.
Beyond the Primal Addiction seeks to understand rather than pathologize addictive behaviours, now so pervasive in contemporary societies. It will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals, as well as their clients.
"This groundbreaking publication goes beyond the ordinary books on addiction and recovery. Finally, someone approached this from a psychoanalytic psychodynamic perspective offering an in-depth approach to one of the most baffling phenomena: addictions. This book strives to remedy that which has been seriously ignored in the analytic history, such dynamics as shame, guilt, feelings of helplessness and powerlessness that entices the addict to seek soothing. Readers will identify, be touched, not feel alone, and be humbled by the forthright honesty in meeting the challenging world of addictions. The authors offer numerous treatment approaches and relevant case material to attract readers from the most seasoned to other levels of experience. The theoretical influences will be deeply enhanced by many of the profound insights this volume has to offer." -- Joan Jutta Lachkar, PhD, Affiliate Member of New Center for Psychoanalysis, Author, The Narcissistic/Borderline Couple (2003)
"Nina Savelle-Rocklin and Salman Akhtar have created a fascinating and profound review of the most common addictions. Starting from Freud’s view of masturbation as the primal addiction, they and their contributors offer a current, sophisticated, and accessible exploration of addictions. Their essential focus is not the usual on the substance itself – the drug or the behavior --but rather on the surprising commonality underlying all addictions. Abundant clinical vignettes resonate with theoretical considerations. By reading this book, clinicians will help their patients by gaining new insights into the way addictions arise from problems in self-regulation, defenses against the pain of intolerable affects, and interpersonal anguish." --Axel Hoffer, MD, Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Acknowledgments; About the editors and contributors; Introduction; Prologue; Chapter 1 A general psychoanalytic theory of addiction, Lance Dodes;Six syndromes; Chapter 2 Food addiction, Nina Savelle-Rocklin;Chapter 3 Sex addiction, Lawrence Jacobson;Chapter 4 Gambling addiction, Richard Rosenthal;Chapter 5 Internet addiction, Charles Wisnieswki, Stanley Kletkewicz, and April Fallon;Chapter 6 Shopping addiction, Ricardo Rieppi and Jean Petrucelli;Chapter 7 Work addiction, Salman Akhtar;Epilogue; Chapter 8 Addictions without drugs, Salman Akhtar and Nina Savelle-Rocklin;References; Index