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Defense Mechanisms Defended

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An alcoholism therapist says defense mechanisms such as denial and rationalization, often resorted to by an alcoholic person to justify continued drinking, can be turned around to help the recovering alcoholic patient achieve initial abstinence.

According to John Wallace, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at the University of California at Irvine, premature efforts to confront the... Login to read more
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