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Addiction Recovery

Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?

On This Page: Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Explain the 12-Step Method Positive Psychology as the Gateway for Spiritual Renewal Sponsorship and the Process of Mirroring The Neurological Effects of Storytelling   When it comes to the current conceptualization of addiction, most would subscribe to the compelling disease model, which decidedly states that addiction is a … Continue reading Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?

December 29, 2015

Alcohol Abuse

Top 10 Hardest Drinking States in the Country

Americans drink a lot of alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism[1] found, “Per capita consumption of ethanol from all alcoholic beverages combined in 2013 was 2.34 gallons.” This doesn’t mean every person drinks the same amount. Some individuals choose not to drink any alcohol. Others struggle with alcohol abuse issues and drink … Continue reading Top 10 Hardest Drinking States in the Country

July 23, 2014

Alcohol Addiction

Impulsivity in Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Control the Urge to Drink

Past studies have shown that issues of impulsivity are often problematic for alcoholics, but according to a new study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, a number of psychosocial factors may play a part in the development of impulsivity.[1] It was noted that alcoholics who have experienced at least one of the following … Continue reading Impulsivity in Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Control the Urge to Drink

March 22, 2013

Addiction Recovery

Being Gay in AA

Is sex getting in the way of sobriety for gay men in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)? Some AA participants report that there’s a trend among young gay men who enter “the rooms” in search of sobriety: the tendency to try to live a wild party life much like they did prior to recovery but without drugs … Continue reading Being Gay in AA

January 14, 2013

Addiction Recovery

Does 12-Step Treatment Really Work?

Twelve-step meetings are available in almost every town in the country. In large cities, there are multiple meetings available at all times of the day and night across the different types of 12-step treatment programs – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Overeaters Anonymous (OA), Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), Gamblers … Continue reading Does 12-Step Treatment Really Work?

April 22, 2012

Addiction Recovery

Coping With Feelings of Isolation After Addiction

Addicts can be isolationists by nature. Many begin using drugs and alcohol because of feelings of social awkwardness, and ultimately develop an addiction that stops them from learning how to interact with others comfortably without “assistance.” When these patients go to rehab and stop using, they find that their old social discomfort returns, oftentimes with … Continue reading Coping With Feelings of Isolation After Addiction

April 11, 2012