Twelve Step

Education for Twelve Step Facilitation of alcoholism and addiction

  • AA and a social model of treatment

    A NATURALISTIC COMPARISON OF OUTCOMES AT SOCIAL AND CLINICAL MODEL SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAMS. Since the 1970s, much of the public treatment system in California has been based on a social model orientation to recovery for alcoholics, but there has been minimal research on program outcomes. This article reports on follow-up interviews conducted with a …∞

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    The Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome – Detox

    Although some patients have mild symptoms and may even be managed in the outpatient setting, others have more severe symptoms

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    12-Step and Mutual-Help Programs

    Twelve-Step and Mutual-Help Programs for Addictive Disorders This important statement was made after an extensive review of outcomes research on addiction treatment. It reflects the conclusions of recent scientific reviews that alcohol and other drug addictions are chronic, relapsing diseases of the brain. The Minnesota Model, which throughout the 1980s featured 28 days of intensive …∞

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    Anti-craving Drugs

    Long-term effects of
    pharmacotherapy on
    relapse prevention in
    alcohol dependence.
    Background: There is
    growing evidence that
    pharmacological treatment
    with two of the best
    validated anticraving
    drugs, acamprosate and
    naltrexone, is efficacious in
    promoting abstinence in
    recently detoxified alcohol-
    dependent subjects.
    Objective: The stability of
    effects after termination of
    treatment remains to be
    answered, especially when
    combining both the drugs.
    Method: After
    detoxification, 160 alcohol-
    dependent subjects
    participated in a
    randomized, double-blind,
    placebo-controlled trial.
    Patients received
    naltrexone or acamprosate
    or a combination of
    naltrexone and
    acamprosate or placebo for
    12 weeks. Patients were
    assessed weekly by
    interview, self-report,
    questionnaires and
    laboratory screening.
    Additionally, follow-up
    evaluation based on
    telephone interview

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    10 Elements of Effective Drug Addiction Treatment

    It is not getting into treatment, however, that makes the difference. Instead, it is what a person gets out of treatment.

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    Factors Affecting Survival During Alcohol Withdrawal

    In a Spanish hospital, 7% of patients died during 539 episodes of withdrawal. Most patients who are experiencing alcohol detoxification do not require acute care or specific treatments. For the few with symptoms that are severe enough to require hospitalization, mortality has decreased substantially since the introduction of benzodiazepines more than 40 years ago, but …∞

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    Rapid vs. Gradual Discontinuation of Antidepressants

    Going slower is better. Patients’ risks for relapse increase when lithium or antipsychotic medications are discontinued rapidly rather than gradually. To compare rapid (1–7 days) versus slow ( 14 days) discontinuation of antidepressants, researchers in Sardinia followed 398 patients with recurrent major depressive disorder (n=224), panic disorder (n=75), bipolar II disorder (n=62), or bipolar I …∞

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    AA works in India

    A cohort study of male subjects attending an Alcoholics Anonymous program in India: One-year follow-up for sobriety. A cohort of subjects in India who completed detoxification treatment and a de-addiction program based on the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) model were followed-up at 1 year to investigate the factors associated with complete abstinence. Patients (N = 187 …∞

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    Nutritional Therapy in Alcoholic Liver Disease

    The Role of Nutritional Therapy in Alcoholic Liver Disease By Christopher M. Griffith, M.D., and Steven Schenker, M.D. Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) evolves through various stages, and malnutrition correlates with the severity of ALD. Poor nutrition is caused both by the substitution of calories from alcohol for calories from food and by the malabsorption and …∞

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    Principles of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment

    Principles of Effective Treatment Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Drugs of abuse alter the brain’s structure and function, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This may explain why drug abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence and …∞

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