Treating addiction as a human process addictive vulnerability pt ii the internal world of the addicted person 1 heroin use as an attempt to cope edward j khantzian john e mack and alan f schatzberg 2 the ego the self and opiate addiction opiate addiction theory and treatment 9 self selection and progression in drug . Edward j khantzian is professor of psychiatry part time harvard medical school in boston and president and chairman board of directors physician health services of the massachusetts medical society in waltham mass he is the author with dr mark albanese of understanding addiction as self medication finding hope behind the pain 2008. From his initial contribution of identifying the self medicating function of abused substances to the continued elaboration and refinement of his work focusing on the addicts ego deficits of self regulation and self care edward khantzians ideas have become the standard in the field of addictions treatment. Edward j khantzian contemporary psychodynamic perspectives on addiction along with the disease model and alcoholics anonymous aa consider control the core issue of problems with addiction. Dr edward khantzian edward jkhantzian is the originator or the self medication hypothesis of addictive disorders he is a professor of psychiatry part time harvard medical school and a founding member of the department of psychiatry at the cambridge hospital
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