The Alcoholic’s Wife and her Conflicting Roles

  • Carl Severin Albretsen
  • Per Vaglum


In our department, which is structured as a ‘therapeutic community’, we often receive as patients women living with alcoholics. To be able to identify key figures in their milieu, we have found Eric Berne’s description of the alcoholic’s relational network both covering and useful.


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  • Carl Severin Albretsen
  • Per Vaglum

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