Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a not a diagnosis in the DSM-5 psychiatric manual, released in 2013, but is proposed to be included in the ICD-11 diagnostic manual, due for release in 2017. Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as “complex trauma”, is the result of multiple traumatic […]
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
In the next few weeks we will be looking at EMDR in the treatment of Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) and then in relation to C-PTSD and addictive behaviours. It has been demonstrated that many addicted individuals also have the co-morbid condition of C-PTSD (although it may be […]
Inside the Alcoholic Brain got 5 times the number of hits as in 2014 which is very heartening and encouraging. We realise the blogs are quite academic at times but hope to deepen our understanding of addictive behaviours without dumbing down the content too much. We hope our […]
This study looks at and compares emotional intelligence (EI) in those with not only alcohol and drug use disorders but also in relation to possible differences between these substance use groups and between genders. Again it points to differences in male and females and between alcohol use […]
Emotional Intelligence: An Untapped Resource for Alcohol and Other Drug Related Prevention among Adolescents and Adults Throughout various blogs we have suggested that a predictor of later alcohol, drug and behavioural abuse is impaired emotion processing and regulation deficits in certain “vulnerable” individuals. As a result […]
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My Name Is… And I’m An Alcoholic 1 × 60mins for C5, TX January 13th 2016, 10pm In a country awash with booze, 8 million Britons are considered alcohol dependent – and all of us know someone whose affection for the bottle is damaging to their health, their […]
In Terms of Ego Defense Mechanisms This study (1) looked at the use of ego defense mechanisms in alcoholics and in addicts and found that alcoholics tend to use immature ego defense mechanism rather than the a mixture of immature and mature ego defense mechanisms addicts […]
Metacognition in addictive behaviors In this blog we simply cite and use excerpts from an interesting meta-analytic study (1) into the various types of thinking problems that people with addictive bahaviours seem to exhibit. “The term ‘metacognition’, which is most often associated with the work of John […]
HOW, WHEN, AND WHERE DO FORMER DRINKERS DISCLOSE THEIR NONDRINKING IDENTITY? A very pertinent topic this one in general, at present – two arguments here for us really 1. disclosing one is in recovery helps reduce the societal stigma surrounding addiction 2. remaining anonymous is a personal choice, […]