Edward Khantzian

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Edward Khantzian is a professor of psychiatry, part time at Harvard Medical School.[1] He is the originator of the self-medication hypothesis of drug abuse, which states that individuals abuse drugs in an attempt to self-medicate states of distress and suffering.[2]


  1. ^ "Harvard Catalyst Profiles: Edward John Khantzian, M.D.". Harvard University. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fetting, Margaret (2012). Perspectives on Addiction: An Integrative Treatment Model with Clinical Case Studies (PDF). Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE. pp. 93–110. ISBN 9781412990998. Retrieved January 1, 2015.