Journal of Addictive Behaviors,Therapy & RehabilitationISSN: 2324-9005

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Research Article, J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil Vol: 3 Issue: 2

Through the Mirror� Considerations Concerning the Pertinence of Structural Diagnosis for Young Drug Addicts

L Schiltz*
Head of Research Unit in Clinical Psychology (PCSA), Hôpital Kirchberg, Luxembourg
Corresponding author : L. Schiltz
Laboratoire de Psychologie clinique, Hôpital Kirchberg, 9, Rue Edward Steichen L-2540, Luxembourg
Tel: 00352 433668
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: August 03, 2013 Accepted: February 19, 2014 Published: February 24, 2014
Citation: L Schiltz (2014) Through the Mirror…Considerations Concerning the Pertinence of Structural Diagnosis for Young Drug Addicts. J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil 3:2. doi:10.4172/2324-9005.1000118


Through the Mirror… Considerations Concerning the Pertinence of Structural Diagnosis for Young Drug Addicts

What is the object of the desperate quest of drug addicts? Olievenstein (1983) distinguishes the “real drug addict” from the one who has become a regular user by fortuitous events. According to the author, the “real drug addict’s” split traces back to the stage of the mirror where he had the opportunity to grasp a unified reflexion of himself; afterwards, the mirror broke. Later, the person desperately tries to gain back this feeling of a full existence, and it is the drug, which allows him to temporarily close this hole. Olievenstein’s conception is analysed through the description of four young drug addicts’ evolution, and the theoretical question of the significance of the drug for the drug addict is discussed. The discussion is also fed with some data taken from a retrospective study based on drug-dependent prisoners’ records. By means of a correlational and multidimensional analysis, the possibility to distinguish two profiles of functioning, based on the metaphorical versus the metonymic prevalence in the TAT, is tested. Consequences for psychotherapy are drawn from these considerations.

Keywords: adolescence; break; delinquency; drug addiction; narcissism; stage of the mirror; substitute object

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