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Lance Dodes M.D.


Lance Dodes, M.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and recently retired as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Currently he is on the faculty of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (Los Angeles). 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 (now part of Massachusetts General Hospital) and Director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He annually chairs the discussion group "The Psychology of Addiction" at the fall meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author or co-author of a number of journal articles and book chapters about addiction. His book, The Heart of Addiction (HarperCollins, 2002) has been described as a “revolutionary advance” in understanding how addictions work. His second book, Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction (HarperColliins, 2011) won a 2011 Library Journal Best Book award in its category. His most recent book, The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry is a rigorous, critical review of the current treatment paradigm in this country. 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.

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