In the heart-wrenching world of chronic addiction and relapse, root causes of problematic behavior may be camouflaged, punished, praised, or often tragically ignored until the behavior is so firmly entrenched neurologically that it becomes powerfully resistant to treatment and rehabilitation efforts.
In an elegant presentation, addiction therapist Corinne Gerwe explores the link between intense childhood experiences, persistent behaviors, and chronic addiction, and outlines a novel treatment methodology. Through poignant personal stories, Gerwe shows how extreme experiences in childhood can trigger behaviors that may change the course of people's lives — creating superstars in the best cases, chronic addicts and criminals in the worst.
Dr. Corinne Gerwe, PhD (Biological Psychology), CCAS (Certified Clinical Addiction Specialist), CAS (National Certification), is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in addictions and behavioral health treatment.
Dr. Gerwe's work of the past 25 years has focused intensely on creating the Gerwe Orchestration Method (G-OM), a treatment methodology that addresses patterns of behavior created by repeated use of addictive drugs. This revolutionary approach to the prevention and treatment of addiction addresses pivotal developmental issues in relation to chronic addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other co-occurring disorders. The method is based on her years of counseling patients in the field of substance abuse treatment and mental health within hospital, prison, and military based systems.
Dr. Gerwe's book The Orchestration of Joy and Suffering: Understanding Chronic Addiction (Algora Publishing 2001), has been widely hailed as a pioneering work in the effort to understand violence and addictive behavior. Readers have commented, “Dr. Gerwe has written a remarkable book. Her creative talent has transformed research and technical information into a highly readable and fascinating conception. The integration of psychological findings with stories and case histories is particularly well done. . . . This work reminds me of the transitional breakthrough of B.F. Skinner's ‘Walden Two’ and ‘Beyond Freedom and Dignity.’ A must read for students of human behavior. . . and for those of us who just struggle to survive.”
Dr. Gerwe conducts clinics around the United State
s and abroad to train professionals in her treatment methodology. Her method and research underlying the G-OM, originally published by Elsevier Science in three consecutive articles in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2001), are currently featured at major international congresses of substance abuse professionals and in the Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery (2008) (Haworth Publishing). She is centrally involved in international collaborative efforts through the National Peace Foundation to address the youth addictions/HIV crisis that is severely damaging the social fabric of the Russian Federation, and the effects of trauma in relation to the problem of addiction worldwide.
Now her Handbook is available as well: The Art of Investigative Psychodynamic Therapy: The Gerwe Orchestration Method (G-OM) (Algora Publishing 2010).
Dr. Gerwe currently heads the Group for Chronic Addiction Research, Inc. (GCAR), based in Saluda, North Carolina and is a clinical associate professor on the Clemson University faculty.