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NASCIMENTO, Gustavo Chiesa Gouveia; OLIVEIRA, Márcia Aparecida Ferreira  and  SOARES, Ricardo Henrique. Transitional objects psychopathology: Winnicott's look at the addictions clinic . Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2020, vol.26, n.3, pp.901-920. ISSN 1677-1168.

The contributions of Winnicott on the phenomenon of drug addiction are the object of this paper, being its aim to point out the challenges posed to this clinic in our health institutions. A synthesis from the work of Gurfinkel concerning the psychopathological status of addictions from a psychoanalytic point of view is discussed in accordance with the concepts of Winnicott’s maturing period. At the end, the concepts presented are used to problematize the field of clinical practice. Drug addiction is pointed out as a misplacement of transitional phenomena before the failure of environmental support for the experiences of primary illusion. Thus, the clinical work focus with these patients is set on the support of the care relationship itself, a fertile potential space for dreaming and symbolism, from which the addicted subject is alienated. The toxic aspect that can permeate these relationships is a challenge posed to the health institutions.

Keywords : Psychoanalysis; Substance-related disorders; Mental health services.

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