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NCJ Number: 169994 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Gestalt Therapy Within a Drug Treatment Program (From Drug Abuse: Foundation for a Psychosocial Approach, P 238-246, 1984, Seymour Eiseman, Joseph A Wingard, et al, eds. - See NCJ- 169972)
Author(s): S I Sideroff
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Baywood Publishing Co, Inc.
Amityville, NY 11701
Sale Source: Baywood Publishing Co, Inc.
26 Austin Avenue
P.O. Box 337
Amityville, NY 11701
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Gestalt therapy for drug addiction is based on the development of self-support and taking responsibility, dealing with anxiety, and avoidance.
Abstract: Using Gestalt therapeutic techniques, issues of contact, avoidance, anxiety, self-support, and responsibility are experienced by drug addicts in the present and thus become more immediate and intense. Gestalt therapy is more than simple a collection of techniques; it represents a unified way of approaching the therapeutic process. This process starts with the patient-therapist relationship, a nonauthoritarian approach that employs trust instead of power as the basic motivating factor. Gestalt therapy also focuses on process rather than content; by exploring how individuals interact with their therapists, it is possible to gain a better understanding of how they deal with other relationships and situations. The use of Gestalt therapy with individuals and groups in drug treatment is described, with examples of patient encounters noted. 5 references
Main Term(s): Drug treatment programs
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug dependence; Psychotherapy
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