Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Judith E. Fox, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Jennifer Tippett, Psy.D.
Third Committee Member
Nicole Schneider, Ph.D.
Attachment theory, Substance use, Insecure attachment
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Substance use treatment addresses addiction behaviors, increasing coping skills, and sobriety but current modalities do not address the insecure attachment styles that may contribute to substance use for many individuals. Insecure attachment styles seemingly have a bidirectional relationship with substance use and are therefore are likely an important aspect of treatment. This case example focuses on an attachment therapist’s work with a young man with a substance use disorder and attachment insecurity. Attachment theory interventions are proposed to address potential contributors of continued substance use. This paper proposes that using attachment theory in combination with existing treatment modalities for substance use would likely increase the efficacy of current treatment models and decrease treatment drop out and relapse rates.
Locker, Kathleen, "Treating Substance Use Disorders Through an Attachment Lens: A Case Example" (2020). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 403.