I have spent over ten years researching the Neuroscience of Addiction. I have become a published Academic author and former PhD candidate in the process. God willing, I will be sober and in recovery 15 years this December. I now believe that Addiction, for the majority of addicted […]
I am a recovering alcoholic/addict, researcher into the neuropsychology of addictive behaviours, writer and blogger at http://alcoholicsguidetoalcoholism.com/
and have contributed to various other addiction/recovery-based websites such as Addictionland, Klen + Sobr and Recovery SI.
I currently research and write theoretical articles with academics from a UK University
Below is my feature article for Keys to Recovery Newspaper. This article address how 12 step recovery treats the emotional disorder which underpins the “spiritual malady” that drives alcoholism. Read online here http://www.keystorecoverynewspaper.com/digital/090118/#page=12 Or below “My alcoholism almost killed me. It was only when my wife […]
The many benefits, especially in early recovery, of simply listening without interrupting to someone getting something “off their chest” .
Addiction As a Brain Disorder of Emotion Regulation Fourth and Final Part Alexithymia as Stress Dysregulation In this section, we further focus on the specific neural mechanism implicated in alexithymic emotion processing and how it prompts a more maladaptive motor-expressive responding to emotion experience in decision […]
Alcoholism is a family disease. This podcast address how other family members can come to have an awareness about the condition of alcoholism and that there is more to stopping drinking than stopping drinking.
Addiction as a Brain Disorder of Emotion Regulation Part 3 Neural networks of emotion processing deficits – Alexithymia and addictive Behaviour Neural Correlates of Alexithymia Neuroimaging data show higher degrees of alexithymia are associated with altered structure/function in emotion-related brain regions including the insula, ACC, vmPFC, and […]
Alcoholics Guide to Alcoholism Podcast – Unmanageability In this short podcast, my wife and I informally discuss what we mean by “unmanageability” and how in recovery this seems linked to alexithymia and pathological wanting and how this needs to be managed in recovery.
Extended Keys to Recovery Newspaper Interview I was happy to be asked and honored to take part in one of the excellent “The Hope Interviews” with Steve Jones for the recovery newspaper “Keys to Recovery” https://www.dropbox.com/…/Paul%20Henry%20Interview%20Keys%2… An extended version of the interview is here on a new podcast […]
Part 2 Redefining Addictive Behaviour Critiquing DSM Pani et al (25), in addressing the limitations in the nosology of most recent DSM diagnostic classifications, remarked that, unlike other sections in the DSM, such as those on mood disorders, in which diagnosis requires exploration of perception, affect, and cognition, […]
In other words not being able to fully process and regulate emotion leads a stress dysregulation which can threaten recovery and lead to relapse.