The principles of the programme of Alcoholics Anonymous are scientific and closely follow all the helping therapies which lead people to emotional well-being.
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
A recent blog in the After the Party Magazine has raised some very pertinent questions about the issue of co-morbidity in alcoholics and addicts seeking recovery via 12 step groups and suggests the extent of this co-morbidity is much higher than may have been anticipated. This blog raises important […]
Here I am being interviewed at length by Chris Aguirre on his excellent Since Right Now podcast about my theories of addiction, and other research, my experience of addiction and recovery and how academic and so-called anecdotal or “experiential” evidence have been combined to shape my world view […]
In a recent blog from the Recovery Research Institute http://www.recoveryanswers.org/blog/12-step-mutual-help-and-medication-assisted-treatment/ by Brandon G. Bergman, Ph.D. It was suggested that a survey of almost 300 long-term AA members (average time in recovery 13 years), more than half felt medication to resist alcohol cravings/urges was or might be a good idea, and 17% did not […]
Now this is enlightened policing – I just pray other cities around the world follow suit – here’s to you Chief Campanello! GLOUCESTER, Mass. —Addicts in Gloucester who voluntarily surrender to police will not be charged as criminals, but sent for help, the police department announced in […]
Mindfulness training modifies cognitive, affective, and physiological mechanisms implicated in alcohol dependence.
Yesterday we looked a how low heart rate variability in alcoholics (active and in recovery) may influence self, emotion and stress regulation, and have a limited effect on impulsivity, and result in a “locked in” attention to alcohol-related cues, all of which have obvious consequences for relapse. Here […]
I remember when I was in the first days, weeks and months of early recovery I used to give myself such a hard time when my attention was drawn to some alcohol-related cue, like someone drinking ,or finding it difficult not dealing with some reminder of people places and […]
PART 2 HRV is directly connected to areas of the the brain implicated in stress and emotion regulation. If, via recovery practices, we can still our beating heart it will have neuroplastic effects on our brain and the regulation of emotion and stress. Equally if we meditate and […]
Part 1 Over this week leading up to my interview/podcast with sincerightnow http://www.sincerightnow.com/upcoming/ http://www.sincerightnow.com/pdcst/ I want to look at the “neuroscience of alcoholism and addiction from another angle. I want to look at the evident difficulties seen in alcoholics in terms of impaired self and emotion regulation by looking at […]
KLĒN+SŌBR @KLENandSOBR May Guests on #SinceRightNow First Up – Paul @DrunkenNeuron – May 9th 2015 Hear my interview with Chris on podcast here May 9th! Talking about my research into the underlying cognitive-affective mechanisms of Addictive Behaviours as well as Recovery from these behaviours. I’m looking forward to […]