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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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Self-Organizing Therapeutic Systems in Outpatient Therapy of Borderline Patients with Substance Use Disorders 147

Shustov A.D.
Postgraduate Student, V. Serbsky Federal Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology, Moscow, Russia

Shustov D.I.
Doctor of Medicine, Head of Psychiatry Department, I.P. Pavlov Ryazan State Medical University, Ryazan, Russia

Tuchina O.D.
Researcher, Research & Clinical Department, Moscow Research and Practical Centre for Narcology of the Department of Public Health, Moscow, Russia

Shustova S.A.
PhD in Medicine, Associate Professor, Psychophysiology department, I. P. Pavlov Ryazan State Medical University, Ryazan, Russia

Using a clinical case of three brothers, we discuss a spontaneous, self-organizing family system framework that prevents withdrawal from therapy and acting-out of the borderline clients diagnosed with alcohol dependence. This multi-family framework includes several family members and rests on the symbiotic and co-dependent relational patterns between the clients and their mothers. We discuss the positive and negative aspects of this framework and options for changing it.

Keywords: alcohol dependence, borderline personality disorder, psychotherapy, family system, genogram

Column: Case study


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