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Character problems and their relationship to drug abuse

Character problems and their relationship to drug abuse CHARACTER PROBLEMS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO DRUG ABUSE ROBERT L. SHAROFF HE FOLLOWING presentation represents not necessarily imply any of the three, an attempt to characterize the type of although it usually occurs when any of the individual who is apt to abuse a specific three obtain. An individual may be con- type of drug. It is not implied that the sidered tO abuse a drug whenever his association of certain character traits use of it results in behavior which is harmful to himself or his environment. and a preference for abuse of a specific type of drug means that I am offering However, this may occcur infrequently an etiology for the problem of drug or sporadically, whereas the terms "drug abuse. I am proposing that individuals addiction, drug habituation or drug de- with certain types of problems are more pendency" all imply continuous use of a apt to abuse one type of drug rather drug over prolonged periods of time. than another. The first group of drugs, "non-narcotic The drugs I will discuss fall into the sedatives," includes alcohol, barbiturates, following three classifications: first the Doriden, Miltown, and most of the non-narcotic sedatives characterized by minor tranquilizers. I http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Character problems and their relationship to drug abuse

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 29 (2): 8 – Sep 1, 1969

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Springer Journals
Copyright
1969 The Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/BF01873850
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Abstract

CHARACTER PROBLEMS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO DRUG ABUSE ROBERT L. SHAROFF HE FOLLOWING presentation represents not necessarily imply any of the three, an attempt to characterize the type of although it usually occurs when any of the individual who is apt to abuse a specific three obtain. An individual may be con- type of drug. It is not implied that the sidered tO abuse a drug whenever his association of certain character traits use of it results in behavior which is harmful to himself or his environment. and a preference for abuse of a specific type of drug means that I am offering However, this may occcur infrequently an etiology for the problem of drug or sporadically, whereas the terms "drug abuse. I am proposing that individuals addiction, drug habituation or drug de- with certain types of problems are more pendency" all imply continuous use of a apt to abuse one type of drug rather drug over prolonged periods of time. than another. The first group of drugs, "non-narcotic The drugs I will discuss fall into the sedatives," includes alcohol, barbiturates, following three classifications: first the Doriden, Miltown, and most of the non-narcotic sedatives characterized by minor tranquilizers. I

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 1, 1969

Keywords: Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis

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