Do Individuals with Alcoholism (Addiction) Have a Spiritual Deficit Disorder?

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?

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