, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 155-164
Date: 10 Jun 2007

In and Out of Enactments: A Relational Perspective on the Short- and Long-term Treatment of Substance Abuse

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Abstract

This paper examines the contribution of a psychodynamic relational perspective to the treatment of substance abuse. Two cases of different lengths are presented to illustrate the therapeutic factors that contributed to successful recovery and long-term abstinence. Follow-up information on the successful outcome of both cases was available 7 years after the initiation of treatment. We discuss the critical role that the experience and processing of enactments played in both cases.

Carol Ganzer, PhD, MSW, LCSW is on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She is a past president of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of Clinical Social Work Journal and Beyond the Couch. She maintains an independent practice of psychotherapy and consultation in Chicago.
Eric D. Ornstein, MA, LCSW, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a field liaison in the College’s Field Division and currently teaches crisis intervention and field instruction workshops. He is on the Board of the Illinois Society for Clinical Social Work and Chair of their Education Committee.