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John Wallace Alcoholism

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John Wallace the author of Chapters two and three of Practical Approaches to Alcoholism Psychotherapy indicated that there is no systematic and specific theory of alcoholism. The purpose of chapter two is to “develop a theory of therapy specific to alcoholism, a theory that takes into account the nature of the disease, the characteristics of the client and the time- dependent nature of intelligent therapeutic intervention” (Zimberg et el., Pg 20). Alcoholics, according to John Wallace can be described in terms of preferred defense structure (PDS). He assumes that an alcoholic preferred defense structure exists. The preferred defense structure is the strategies and tactics of achieving one’s end. John Wallace indicated that the traditional
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