In Defense of the 12 Steps: What Science Really Tells Us about Addiction

Last week, Radio Boston featured an interview with Dr. Lance Dodes, author of “The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry.” Here, two Harvard Medical School professors of psychiatry respond, arguing that Dr. Dodes misrepresents the evidence and that 12-step programs have among the strongest scientific underpinnings of any…

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A Guide to Alcohol Abuse and Recovery

By Michelle ConwayMorningside Recovery Alcohol is one of the most popular recreational drugs available in the United States. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse occur when an individual drinks excessive amounts on a regular basis. Several factors play a role in the development of alcohol dependency, including one’s genetics, social environment, emotional health, and early childhood discipline.…

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Naikan: Gratitude,Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection

A Book Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussatwww.spiritualityandpractice.com/books NaikanGratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflectionby Gregg Krech Gregg Krech is Director of the ToDo Institute, an education and retreat center near Middlebury, Vermont. He is a practitioner of a method of self-reflection, attention, gratitude, connections, kindness, and compassion developed in Japan during the…

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