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Type: Journal article
Title: Is "Addiction" a helpful concept? An existential view
Author: Wurm, C.
Citation: European Psychotherapy, 2003; 4(1):153-160
Publisher: CIP-Medien
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 1435-9464
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Christopher Wurm
Abstract: Ideas about addiction have evolved, and today behaviours such as excessive gambling and sex are called addictions. Medication and psychotherapy are offered, but many people avoid treatment. The dominant “bio-psycho-social model”, despite being holistic, does not address freedom, motivation or spirituality, and some common terms and ways of working offend or alienate drug-takers, indirectly perpetuating their problems. Here CHRISTOPHER WURM argues for a reconsideration of the concept of “addiction”.
Keywords: Addiction; existential approach; motivation; treatment
Description: This paper was originally published in “Psychotherapy in Australia” volume 7, number 2 in February 2001 and appears here by kind permission of the publishers.
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030069696
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