Edward J. Khantzian, MD


Insights on the Insanity of Addiction

March 03, 2015

In clinical terms, one of the most distinguishing diagnostic features of addictive disorders is that those affected continually and repeatedly revert to their addictive behaviors, despite the devastating negative and adverse consequences.

Tragic Trends in the Treatment of Addictive Illness

May 01, 2014

Why do so many die as a consequence of addiction? Sadly-and in some cases disastrously-affected individuals are never offered alternative approaches after one option fails. More in this commentary.

We Are All at Least a Little Lost and Off-Putting: On Transformation

September 25, 2013

We avoid a basic aspect of human existence-namely, we are all a little lost and not knowing, and we had better accept this. In reminding our patients that the worst fate in life is not to suffer-but to suffer alone-we also remind ourselves.

Psychodynamic-Oriented Group Therapy: A Pathway to Connection

January 10, 2012

For this psychiatrist, group therapy has proved to be an extraordinarily effective treatment for a range of mental disorders.

How AA and Psychotherapy Can Work Together

July 01, 1999

Until the last half of this century, there were few if any treatments that seemed consistently effective in responding to the clinical needs of individuals who were abusing or dependent upon alcohol. As a result, support or self-help groups emerged. Alcoholics Anonymous is an extraordinary example of these groups.