Lance Dodes, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (retired). He has been the Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Harvard’s McLean Hospital, Director of the Alcoholism Treatment Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (now part of Massachusetts General Hospital) and Director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling, as well as serving as consultant to other addiction treatment programs. Dr. Dodes is Chair of the annual discussion group The Psychology of Addiction of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Dodes has been honored by the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School for “Distinguished Contribution” to the study and treatment of addictive behavior. He has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He is or has been a reviewer or editor for many professional journals including the American Journal of Addiction, the Journal of Gambling Studies, and the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. He has been invited to speak about the treatment of addiction at clinical and academic centers around the country.

Dr. Dodes is the author or co-author of many journal articles and book chapters about addiction, as well as the groundbreaking books, The Heart of Addiction (HarperCollins, 2002) and Breaking Addiction: A Seven-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction (HarperCollins, 2011).

Zachary Dodes earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. He has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2002, and in that time he has written over 8,000 pages of content for Fortune 500 clients such as Verizon, eBay and Ford. Mr. Dodes has ghostwritten two books and hundreds of blog posts for professionals in medicine and science, and has generated online content for several media companies including PBS and NBC Universal.

Interviews, Articles and Excerpts:

  • Article about The Sober Truth on The Dish by Andrew Sullivan
  • Dr. Lance Dodes Interview on WBUR Boston
  • Article in The Atlantic by Jake Flanagin on The Sober Truth
  • Excerpt from The Sober Truth on
  • Dr. Lance Dodes on All Things Considered
  • Lance Dodes on Airtalk with Larry Mantle
  • Dr. Lance Dodes in Macleans Weekly Magazine
  • Dr. Lance Dodes on The Scholars' Circle Radio

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