Lance Dodes

Author: Lance Dodes

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
Do’s and Don’ts in Psychotherapy for People Who Have Addictions

Society negatively labels the drug-addicted in a way that sets them apart from the masses, rather than seeing them as humans with common behavioral symptoms arising from understandable feelings, emotions and conflicts.

The Surprising Value of Having Addictive Thoughts

Addictive thoughts are not an enemy to avoid or defeat, they are an important part of you. These “unwanted” thoughts are clues to help you understand your addiction.

Should Drinking be the Focus of Therapy for Alcoholism?

When most people think about alcoholism (or any addiction), it’s natural to focus on the behavior itself. But, what about the deep-rooted emotional cause of the behavior?

Our Dangerous Obsession with Neurobiology

For many years, the public has been flooded by a mistaken idea – that addiction is a “brain disease” due to faulty neurobiology. Allow me to explain why this is false.

The Psychological Basis of Addiction

Nearly every approach to addiction treatment has been a spectacular failure as far back as we can measure. Here is a new way to understand the psychology of addiction.