Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 155–164

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

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10615-007-0086-4

Cite this article as:
Ganzer, C. & Ornstein, E.D. Clin Soc Work J (2008) 36: 155. doi:10.1007/s10615-007-0086-4


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.


Relational theory Substance abuse Enactments Short- and long-term treatment 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Jane Addams College of Social WorkUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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