Seek help It’s dumbfounding to learn that some never seek help of any kind with severe alcohol abuse. One wife says, “If my husband had sought help, he would have been admitting how serious my problem was. It was a big family secret.” But other people emphasize the importance of not going it alone when …∞
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Reduced Costs for Participants of Alcoholics Anonymous The people in this study had never sought treatment for alcoholism. A comparison was made between those who wished to attend AA and those who were seeking professional outpatient help. At entry to the study AA participants had less education, less income, more adverse effects of alcohol, a …∞
Undrunk presents a user-friendly history and introduction to AA, the Steps and Traditions, all punctuated by honest descriptions of his own transformation to “getting” the program. Included are translations of AA lingo designed to put newcomers at ease.
My very first drink loosened my previous, ever present inhibitions. Medical school facilitated my growing reliance on this chemical. Six years later, after qualifying, I found an identity to hide behind, at least during the day. I was the all knowing, devoted, and respected professional, who daily appeared red eyed and trembling. But I was …∞
When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear …∞
Individual drinking habits may be found on a continuum from responsible drinking through alcohol abuse to alcoholism, or physical dependence. There are many signs that may point to an alcohol problem. Drunkenness on its own or solitary drinking does not necessarily indicate alcoholism. The questionnaire will be meaningful to you only if you are honest …∞
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SAMHSA announces a working definition of “recovery” from mental disorders and substance use disorders A new working definition of recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders is being announced by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The definition is the product of a year-long effort by SAMHSA and a …∞
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Brain Has Remarkable Power to Recover from Alcohol Ravages Excessive alcohol use can literally shrink the brain, impairing memory, learning, and organizational skills. But the brain also can recover most if not all of its capabilities when drinking stops, researchers say. The Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 22, that studies and thinking tests were used …∞
Researchers from Stanford University found that a 12-step oriented treatment program that included attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings boosted two-year sobriety rates by 30 percent compared to cognitive-behavioral (CB) programs, the BBC reported. Twelve-step oriented programs also cost 30 percent less than CB-based treatment for addiction, the researchers said. Lead study author Keith Humphreys said the …∞
FINDING SOBRIETY AND SAVING MONEY THROUGH SPIRITUALITY • Skepticism abounds regarding the role of “faith-based” groups in achieving and maintaining sobriety. • Yet treatment programs – both spiritual and cognitive-behavioral in approach – have the same inpatient costs and clinical outcomes. • One study found that spiritually-oriented programs have lower post-discharge costs and a higher …∞
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