Scientific Research Shows Effectiveness of 12 Step Based Treatment

For years, I worked in the addictions treatment field and taught graduate courses in addiction at a local university. I also was, and still am, a strong, impassioned proponent of ongoing involvement in 12 Step Programs (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous) as an integral part of the traditional modalities of addiction treatment such as cognitive … Continue reading Scientific Research Shows Effectiveness of 12 Step Based Treatment

Risk Factors for Problem Drinking in Seniors

Researchers at University of Georgia, American Geriatrics Society Journal, recently reported that seniors (1600 individuals ages 57-85), with chronic multiple health conditions and depression were at a high risk of developing into problem drinkers. This research is reported to be the first to document a link between chronic health problems, with depression, and consequential problem … Continue reading Risk Factors for Problem Drinking in Seniors

Some Observations on the Problem with Research on the Effectiveness of the 12 Step Programs

Researchers tend to reject assertions based on human experience, often referred to as "anecdotal evidence" because supported by individual observations or experience and not buttressed by scientific investigations. Therefore, the scientific research literature tends to discount experience of members of 12 Step self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, who have achieved abstinence … Continue reading Some Observations on the Problem with Research on the Effectiveness of the 12 Step Programs

Key to Spirituality in 12 Step Addiction Recovery

Is it necessary to believe in God to recover from an addiction through use of the 12 Step ProgramsĀ such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon (12 Step Program for those in a relationship with an alcoholic), Nar-Anon (addict), and other such programs? My answer is: "No, you do not, at least in the beginning." However, … Continue reading Key to Spirituality in 12 Step Addiction Recovery