In the wake of the relationship between theory and practice of Gestalt therapy and neuroscientific knowledge, the author delineates the connections between neurobiological processes in addiction and its traumatic emotions. The cortical and subcortical areas involved in the processes of addiction are deeply interconnected with those delegated to cognitive functions. These are the same areas activated in the primary attachment relationships, traumatized in addiction by the experience addictive power. There’s a functional link between the need for affiliation, support and vulnerability to addiction. The treatment of addiction becomes transformative if it is able to accept and crown this intentionality membership of the organism-environment field.
Keywords: Gestalt therapy, addiction, contact boundary, trauma, attachment, neurobiology