Sigmund Freud's Structural Model Addiction

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Alcohol plays a huge role in my life. I see the people that I love controlled by it every day. It can be linked with many different things. Alcohol can be caused either genetically or from environments that surround the victim. Based on Freud’s Structural Model addiction can be caused from psychosexual or psychoanalysis. According to Freud addicts are they way they are because of the oral fixation, which is a result of the first stage in psychosexual. As stated by many different sources and research addiction can involve “The theory of personality”, cognitive dissonance, and even denial. First of all, alcoholism plays a part in Freud’s psychosexual stages of development. I’ve learned that alcoholism can develop in the oral stage …show more content…
This is where the ego should come into play where they are somewhat aware of the damages they are causing to the people around them and to themselves. Yet, ego is the hardest to overcome because addicts mainly think of themselves rather than others and the cognitive dissonance comes into play and convinces them otherwise. This quality can cause great destruction in their lives and can’t make decisions for the pleasure takes over their logic. Although this comes into effect it is not impossible to beat where as therapy is the incentive addicts need. This article states, “We must learn the limitations of momentary pleasures and how they can become addictive and therefore self- destructive, whether the pleasure comes from a drug, a drink, material things, or winning” (Fawcett, Jan 2003, p.1) proving that our superego has to come first and the pleasure should be a minor aspect in …show more content…
This means that they are unaware of the damages they are causing by choosing not to. Like repression they forget the times that they had alcohol poisoning or the time they fell down the stairs. In my family this has happened twice but they state that it wasn’t that bad or that it never happened. They deny that it was a big deal or that it was a onetime thing. I didn’t understand why they would shrug it off like it wasn’t a big deal until I learned about these terms. According to this article that I read, “Patients with alcohol dependence often underestimate the amount of alcohol they consume, the duration of their drinking problem , or the impact alcohol has had on their personal life or health” (Rinn William, N. Rosenblatt, and Gastfriend,, 2002, page 1) This states that the alcoholic pushes the reality of it out of their mind. They pretend that it isn’t a big part of their lives. As my family member often states “I have just a few drinks and then I go to bed” So it doesn’t sound bad to them when the truth is much more complicated than that and the past events have proved otherwise. truth is much more complicated than that and the past events have proved

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