Following on from yesterday’s blog on The Emotional Brain… Part 2 TRAUMA AND THE BRAIN “When human connections go awry, especially early in life, brain circuitry can be impacted. Chronic misattunement, neglect, or abuse on the parent’s part can severely affect the baby’s brain, impairing the corpus callosum, […]
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
An overview of how the emotional brain is altered due to the effects of insecure attachment to primary caregivers and the consequences this may have on later emotion processing and regulation.
How Insecure Attachment Creates the Emptiness Within? This article (1) is one of the most profound studies into the effects of insecure attachment on alcohol dependence and co-occurring disorders. As such I would urge you to read it as it appears to satisfactorily explain possible mechanisms by which […]
This article (1) presents the results of a study on alcohol dependent patients attachment style and its various dimensions. This study demonstrated that that people with alcohol dependence significantly differ from non-alcoholics in terms of attachment style and its dimensions. They also receive significantly lower scores on secure […]
Loss-Chasing, Alexithymia, and Impulsivity in a Gambling Task: Alexithymia as a Precursor to Loss-Chasing Behavior When Gambling This was the subject matter of my PhD when I was a PhD candidate. Essentially a couple of my experiments proposed to examine if there was a link between alexithymia […]
DO DRUG DEPENDENT PATIENTS ATTENDING ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS RATHER THAN NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS DO AS WELL?
“Mutual-help organizations (MHOs) such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), are commonly sought resources to help people recover for substance use disorder (SUD) in the United States. AA was the first 12-step MHO and it focuses specifically on recovery from alcohol dependence, whereas NA focuses primarily […]
Another Summary of a Study from Recovery Answers (Recovery Research Institute) A PROMISING 12-STEP FACILITATION TREATMENT FOR PATIENTS WITH CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS “What problem does this study address? Research has shown treatments that help increase participation in groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) result in greater […]
ATTITUDE MATTERS: INVESTIGATING BARRIERS TO SEEKING ALCOHOL TREATMENT “What problem does this study address? Interesting study looking at some of the attitudes among those with alcohol used disorders which prevent them from seeking treatment. Some attitudes were individual/personal and some concerned the societal stigma surrounding addiction and […]
“What problem does this study address? There are many factors that research has shown are important to achieving and sustaining recovery. Among the most important factors is motivation to quit alcohol and other drugs (see here for an example of a well-done recent study showing this). Less is known, […]
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLY-DRUG USE AND MENTAL DISTRESS OVER TIME This recent study helps further demonstrates what we have been attempting to elucidate via various blogs in this blogsite. Namely that it is distress that drives the addiction cycle to it’s chronic endpoint. This study looked at how […]