Abstract

Traditional treatments of addictions developed over the past 40 years have been based on various theoretical models of development. None of these address the complexities of addictions' impact on all facets of the functional self. This article presents a flexible "multiphasic transformation process" (MPTP) approach valuing Gestalt therapy principles and considers as its basis the "cycle of experience" as it relates to the progressive nature of growth and change in the process of transformation. The meaning of addiction and addict will be redefined from this new MPTP perspective. Case materials will illustrate the treatment process, and appropriate therapeutic tasks will be suggested for each phase.

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