Lance Dodes, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and has retired from his position as assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author or co-author of many journal articles and book chapters about addiction, and is the author of three books: The Heart of Addiction (HarperCollins, 2002), Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction (HarperCollins, 2011), and The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry (Beacon Press, 2014). He has been the Director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard’s McLean Hospital, Director of the Alcoholism Treatment Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He is Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association's discussion group, The Psychology of Addiction.

l Dr. Dodes has been honored by the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School for "Distinguished Contribution" to the study and treatment of addictive behavior, and has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Breaking Addiction was honored in its category as a Library Journal Best Book for 2011. In 2012 he was awarded the Author Prize as one of the most cited authors by Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing.
  • M.D. Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (retired); Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Chair, Discussion Group 'The Psychology of Addiction' of the American Psychoanalytic Association; Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
  • The Psychology of Addiction