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December 2021

The heuristic system - Precision and creativity in addiction treatment

Journal/Book: J Subst Abuse Treat. 1999; 17: the Boulevard Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford Ox5 1GB, England. Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd. 269-291.

Abstract: The Heuristic System (HS) is a method of developing case formulations for use in addiction treatment. Pertinent guidelines, models, or rules of thumb (heuristics) are applied in a stepwise process in order to generate at least two competing or complementary hypotheses concerning the clinical dynamics of the case. These hypotheses are then integrated and/or their relative utility for use in treatment Is appraised. Key elements of HS include (a) a model of addiction based on cycles of self-experience, (b) a structured method for arriving at clinical problem formulations, (c) a schematic of the recovery process, (d) a menu of fundamental principles of substance substance abuse treatment, and (e) a format for providing updatable guidance to the patient for use in treatment. A case developed from the HS approach is presented. This article concludes with a discussion of the implications of HS theory and methods for program design and research.

Note: Article Richards HJ, Clin Heurist Inc, 8604 2nd Ave, Suite 129, Silver Spring,MD 20910 USA

Keyword(s): clinical formulation; addiction treatment; self-states; treatment planning; FORMULATIONS; PSYCHOTHERAPY; DISORDERS; ISSUES; SELF

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