Alcoholism in a major disease in North America, affecting both alcoholics and their families. The aetiology of alcoholism includes hereditary, cultural, environmental, and psychological factors. Recovery initially requires surrender of the infantile ego and the formation of a stronger, more adapted one.
In this paper I discuss the nature of alcoholism taking both an imaginal and realistic perspective. I argue that the therapist needs to be alert to the possibility that the client’s behavioural symptoms are related to alcoholism, and to intervene when judged necessary. Continue reading “On Alcohol Addiction: The Imaginal and the Real”