Although there is in the 21st Century much research defining alcoholism (addiction) in terms that can be useful, in my view, researchers often ignore the spiritual aspect of addiction and recovery. In addition to the mental-emotional and physical-medical-neurological-aspects of addiction, the spiritual effects of the disease of addiction must be addressed. Alcoholism is a "spiritual … Continue reading Do Individuals with Alcoholism (Addiction) Have a Spiritual Deficit Disorder?
What is the goal of the 12 Step Program known as Alcoholics Anonymous? The answer that may immediately come to mind is abstinence from use of alcohol. But, abstinence alone is not enough. Most individuals with the disease of alcoholism have been able to achieve periods of abstinence; only to relapse into alcohol use despite … Continue reading What Is the Goal of Alcoholics Anonymous?
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
A recent study in Nature Medicine suggests that THC might reverse the deterioration processes in the brains of the elderly from the aging process. Quoting from the report on the study: Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice by scientists at the … Continue reading Ganja Good for Geezers?
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
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
From time to time I will present here samples of my Addiction Recovery Tips (available by email; click on Get Help at top of page). Here is one. Easy does it, but do it! is a slogan oft used in 12 Step recovery, whose second part is as important for the newcomer to recovery in the … Continue reading Addiction Recovery Tip: Easy Does It, But Do It!