Tag: AA

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 […]

Does It Work, If You Work It?

Earlier this year, a new book looks at 12 Step outcomes. It’s called, If You Work It It Works! The Science Behind 12 Step Recovery by psychologist and award winning author, Joe Nowinski PhD. It is a jargon-free look at how, 12 Step modality help alcoholics/addicts. Recently a […]

Looking Inside 12 Step Recovery

Most of today’s treatment of substance abuse takes the form of an emergency, intermittent and temporary effort in a start stop fashion. However, to achieve continuity in the treatment of addiction disorders we need more emphasis on models that take a long-term perspective, and where there is adequate overlap between the ongoing and the […]

How AA/NA Structures are Part of the Healing Process

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 […]

Impulsivity is an Independent Predictor of 15-Year Mortality Risk among Individuals Seeking Help for Alcohol-Related Problems

In yesterday’s blog we looked at how AA membership and the 12 step program of recovery helped reduce impulsivity in recovering alcoholics. We mentioned also that impulsivity was present as a pathomechanism of alcoholism from vulnerability in “at risk” children from families, were there was a history of […]

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