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 Philosophy as a Way of Life for Addiction Recovery 

Relevant Publications

Trade Books 

Du Plessis, G. (2015). An Integral Guide to Recovery: Twelve Steps and Beyond. Integral Publishers.

Dupuy J. (2013). Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction. SUNY Press.

Academic Books

Du Plessis, G. (2017). An Integral Foundation for Addiction Treatment: Beyond the Biopsychosocial Model. Integral Publishers.

Journal Publications, Book Chapters & Conference Papers

Philosophy as a Way of Life for Addiction Recovery

Du Plessis, G. (2022). Philosophy as a way of life for addiction recovery: A logic-based therapy case study. International Journal of Applied Philosophy Practice. 35(1), 68 - 87.

Du Plessis. G. (2022). Philosophy as a way of life as a pathway of recovery for addicted individuals. Qeios, 1-15

Philosophical Practice & Addiction

Du Plessis, G. (2019). An existential perspective on addiction treatment: A logic-based therapy case study. International Journal of Philosophical Practice. 5(1), 1-32.

 Du Plessis, G. & Weathers, R. (2022). The utility of Jan Smuts' theory of Holism for philosophical counseling. International Journal of Philosophical Practice. 8(1) [Relevant because Smut's articulation of freedom as a guiding virtue may have applications for philosophical practice.] 

Du Plessis, G. (2022, February). "A philosophical psychotherapy: Logic-based therapy in the treatment of addicted populations." [Paper presentation]. The 4th International Conference of Philosophical Counseling and Practice.

Du Plessis, G. (2023). Simone de Beauvoir’s existential ethics as a prophylactic for ideological obsession and addiction: An uplifting philosophy for philosophical practice, Qeios, 1-14

Integral Metatheory & Addiction (Selected)

Amodia, D. S., Cano, C., Eliason, M. J. (2005) An integral approach to substance abuse. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 37(4), 363-71.

Dupuy, J. & Morelli, M. (2007). Toward an integral recovery model for drug and alcohol addiction. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 2(3), 26-42., 

Shealy, S. (2009). Toward an integrally informed approach to alcohol and drug treatment: Bridging the science and spirit gap. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 4(3), 109-126. 

Du Plessis G. (2010). The integrated recovery model for addiction treatment and recovery. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 5(3), 68-87.

Du Plessis, G. (2012). Integrated recovery therapy: Toward an integrally informed individual psychotherapy for addicted populations. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 7(1), 124-148.

Du Plessis, G. (2012). Toward an integral model of addiction: By means of integral methodological pluralism as a metatheoretical and integrative conceptual framework. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 7(3), 1-24. 

Nixon, G. (2012). Transforming the addicted person’s counterfeit quest for wholeness through three stages of recovery: A Wilber transpersonal spectrum of development clinical perspective. International Journal of Mental Health Addiction, 10(3), 407–427.

Shealy, S. A., & White, L. A. (2013). Integral  Evolutionary Recovery: Revisioning the Twelve Steps through a Kosmocentric Lens. Journal Of Integral Theory & Practice, 8(4), 66-81.

Du Plessis, G. (2013, July). "The import of integral pluralism in striving towards an integral metatheory of addiction." [Paper Presentation]. The Third International Integral Theory Conference, CA: San Francisco. 

Gorman, A. M. (2013). Integral recovery: A case study of an AQAL [all-quadrants, all-levels, all-lines, all-states, all-types] approach to addiction treatment. Unpublished Doctoral dissertation, John F. Kennedy University.

Du Plessis, G. (2014). An integral ontology of addiction: A multiple object existing as a continuum of ontological complexity. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 9(1), 38–54. 

Du Plessis, G. (2014). Towards an Integral Metatheory for Addiction. Unpublished Master's Dissertation, University of South Africa.

Eng, P. A. (2016). Piercing the Veil of Learned Helplessness: An Integrated Transpersonal Model of Addiction. Unpublished Doctoral dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA.

Du Plessis, G. (2019). Incompatible Knots in Harm Reduction: A Philosophical Analysis. In T. Waetjen (Ed.), Opioids in South Africa: Towards a Policy of Harm Reduction. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council Press.

Hobbs, J. (2021). Applying Information Architecture in Design Thinking: Ideating Solutions to the Wicked Problem of Addiction. Unpublished Master's Dissertation, University of Johannesburg. 

Du Plessis, G. (2022). The Integrated Metatheoretical Model of Addiction: Towards an architectonic of a metatheory of addiction. Qeios, 1-25

Du Plessis, G. (2023). The Integrated Metatheoretical Model of Addiction. In E. Ermagan (Ed.) Current Trends in Addiction Psychology. Cambridge Scholars Publishing


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