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Synanon: The Tunnel Back.

Synanon: The Tunnel Back. This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract The conventional treatment of drug addiction by psychiatrists has never been conspicuously successful. In our increasingly "do-it-yourself" culture it was inevitable that drug addicts, impatient of the vagaries of "square" medicine, should claim the right to try to cure themselves in their own way and in their own choice of setting. Synanon is a lay organization founded on these principles. This book, an interesting, well-written if unashamedly partisan piece of sociological reportage, tells the story of Synanon and its creator, Chuck Dederich, a cured alcoholic and a dynamic, practical extrovert with a strong sense of mission. Synanon minimizes all the permissive overtones of the current management of addiction, subjects its selfstyled "dope fiends" to brutal cathartic assaults on the emotions in an autocratic family situation, is uncompromisingly antiaddict and anticriminal in its approach, ridicules back-sliding, and insists on complete candor with pitiless self-examination from its members. Despite irrational communal antagonism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Synanon: The Tunnel Back.

Archives of Internal Medicine , Volume 120 (3) – Sep 1, 1967

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1967 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9926
eISSN
1538-3679
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1967.00300030124034
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract The conventional treatment of drug addiction by psychiatrists has never been conspicuously successful. In our increasingly "do-it-yourself" culture it was inevitable that drug addicts, impatient of the vagaries of "square" medicine, should claim the right to try to cure themselves in their own way and in their own choice of setting. Synanon is a lay organization founded on these principles. This book, an interesting, well-written if unashamedly partisan piece of sociological reportage, tells the story of Synanon and its creator, Chuck Dederich, a cured alcoholic and a dynamic, practical extrovert with a strong sense of mission. Synanon minimizes all the permissive overtones of the current management of addiction, subjects its selfstyled "dope fiends" to brutal cathartic assaults on the emotions in an autocratic family situation, is uncompromisingly antiaddict and anticriminal in its approach, ridicules back-sliding, and insists on complete candor with pitiless self-examination from its members. Despite irrational communal antagonism

Journal

Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 1, 1967

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