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The Thirteenth StepAddiction in the Age of Brain Science$
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Markus Heilig

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172363

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172363.001.0001

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Trick or Treatment

Trick or Treatment

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The Thirteenth Step

Markus Heilig

Columbia University Press

This chapter assesses treatments for addiction. It argues that any effective treatment must reflect a marriage of two perspectives. One is the perspective focused on building a relationship that allows the treatment provider to walk beside the patient. This perspective boils down to caring about and respecting the fellow human who also happens to be a patient. Clearly this is the domain of words spoken, but even more, of words listened to. The other perspective is about the specific, scientifically based methods for helping guide the course of this walk in a desired direction and actually getting there. That is the domain of science that provides specific tools and techniques to put at the disposal of our patients. Among useful tools, there are both those that are behavioral and those that are pharmacological. But in the end, it all has to come together.

Keywords:   addiction, addictive disorders, addiction treatment, science

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