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Brief Report: Addiction to Prescribed Medications
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Roberta M. Gilbert, MD

Sixteen people were seen in psychiatric consultation for addiction to prescribed medications. Addiction to prescribed medication invariably involves a problem in the physician/patient relationship as well as in the relationship system of the patient. Using the theoretical framework of Bowen family systems theory, the consultant understood the relationship problem as an overfunctioning/underfunctioning reciprocity. The relationship pattern is outlined and described as are the theoretical principles applied in the relationship dilemmas. Theory was used to point the way out of the difficulties. Patients were in charge of planning their own treatment. Psychotherapy and, for some, biofeedback training, were utilized. Fifteen patients were able to withdraw themselves from prescribed medications and function better in relationships.

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