Twelve Step

Education for Twelve Step Facilitation of alcoholism and addiction

  • Aggression and hostility in recovered alcoholics

    There is a long-recognized association between alcohol consumption and aggressive behavior. But does aggression and hostility continue into sobriety? This study was designed to examine aggression in a group of socially well-adapted recovered alcoholics. The question addressed was whether the treatment, together with long-term abstinence from alcohol, could reduce aggression and hostility in recovered alcoholics. …∞

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    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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    Common Problems in Recovery

    Common Problems in
    Patients Recovering from
    Chemical Dependency
    Chemical dependency is a
    common, chronic disease
    that affects up to 25
    percent of patients seen in
    primary care practices. The
    treatment goal for patients
    recovering from chemical
    dependency should be to
    avoid relapse. This requires
    physicians to have an
    open, nonjudgmental
    attitude and specific
    expertise about the
    implications of addiction for
    other health problems.
    Firstline treatment for
    chemical dependency
    should be
    nonpharmacologic, but
    when medication is
    necessary, physicians
    should avoid drugs that
    have the potential for
    abuse or addiction.
    Medications that sedate or
    otherwise impair judgment
    also should be avoided in
    the recovering patient.
    Psychiatric illnesses should
    be aggressively treated,
    because untreated

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    The Personality Traits of Alcoholics

      Psychopathological symptoms and personality traits in alcohol-dependent patients: a comparative study. The aim of this paper was to describe the psychopathological and personality profile associated with alcohol dependence and to compare it with those of non-addictive disorders and the normal population. The sample consisted of 158 alcohol-dependent participants attending a psychiatric outpatient clinic, 120 …∞

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    AA and recovery from alcoholism

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
    The recovery from
    alcoholism: Twelve steps of
    Alcoholics Anonymous. AA
    is a self-help, volunteer
    organization begun in the
    mid-1930s that views
    alcoholism as a disease,
    not a defect of will. Its
    founders, themselves
    alcoholics, maintained that
    persons with the disease
    should completely stop
    drinking, but they did not
    concern those who could
    handle alcohol. This
    position contrasted with
    the premises of most
    temperance advocates,
    who saw drinking as a
    moral choice and opposed
    any alcohol use by anyone.
    The Twelve Steps embody
    the wisdom of the founders
    of AA about pursuing
    ongoing recovery from
    alcoholism. The procedure
    they describe has evolved
    into one of the most

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    Prayer Cuts Alcohol Consumption?

    Prayer reduced drinking by about half.

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    Alcoholism Drug Helps Gamblers

    This is good news for people who have a gambling problem

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    Binge Drinking & Brain Damage

    Binge Drinking & Brain
    Damage Injury Risk Highest
    Among Binge Drinkers
    Binge drinkers have a
    higher risk of alcohol-
    related injury than chronic,
    heavy drinkers, the Health
    Behavior News Service
    reported Feb. 22. Binge-
    drinking women who
    otherwise drink in
    moderation had seven
    times the risk of injury as
    nondrinkers, while binge-
    drinking men increased
    their injury risk sixfold.
    “It’;s not only the amount
    of alcohol consumed that
    shapes the risk for injury,
    but also the usual
    consumption pattern,” said
    study author Gerhard Gmel
    of the Swiss Institute for
    the Prevention of Alcohol
    and Drug Problems. “At
    highest risk are those who
    usually consume
    moderately but sometimes
    binge drink. This is true for

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    Role of AA Sponsors

    The aim of this study was to explore the roles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sponsors and to describe the characteristics of a sample of sponsors.

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    Painkiller abuse

    Painkiller abuse Painkiller
    abuse continues to grow;
    new treatments offer hope
    Increasingly, drug abusers
    are getting their next fix
    from their medicine
    cabinets, instead of from
    drug dealers. More than 6
    million Americans abuse
    prescription drugs,
    according to the U.S. Drug
    Administration. One in 10
    teenagers admits to
    abusing painkillers, such as
    Vicodin and Oxycontin.
    Painkillers cause more
    overdoses than cocaine
    and heroin combined.
    “Access to prescription
    painkillers has never been
    easier,” says addictions
    psychiatrist Donna Yi, MD,
    associate chief of staff and
    clinical director for The
    Menninger Clinic and
    assistant professor in the
    Menninger Department of
    Psychiatry & Behavioral
    Sciences at Baylor College
    of Medicine

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