Alcoholics Anonymous and contemporary psychodynamic theory.

  title={Alcoholics Anonymous and contemporary psychodynamic theory.},
  author={Edward J. Khantzian and John E. Mack},
  journal={Recent developments in alcoholism : an official publication of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism, the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the National Council on Alcoholism},
AA's success rests on its ability to establish and maintain abstinence. This basic and essential accomplishment has tended to detract from the fact that AA is successful in good part because it is a sophisticated psychosocial form of treatment that addresses human psychological vulnerabilities that alcoholics and others share related to problems of self-regulation. The "character defects" that AA addresses are related to attitudes about self and others that are embodied in character traits and… CONTINUE READING

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