Buddha, Meditation & The 12 Steps

by Kelly O’Rourke Johns I drive through the quaint St. Paul, Minn., neighborhood withhardly a glance at the stately old homes that line the street or the moss-covered buildings of Macalester College. I can feel my chest constrict with stress and my neck stiffen as my thoughts race through several heavy worries—an ill friend, a diabetic uncle, fin- ancial…

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The God Problem

Reconciling spirituality and recoveryby Steven Diogo Despite what is presented as a wide view of spirituality in Twelve Step programs—with a focus on developing one’s own concept of a higher power—many still chafe at any mention of God, higher power or any entity that is not grounded in the physical plane. For these people, it is…

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How Much Can the Brain Recover from Years of Excessive Alcohol Consumption?

by Richard RidderinkhofProfessor of Neurocognitive Development and AgingUniversity of AmsterdamOctober 8, 2011  Evidence shows that heavy alcohol use modifies the structure and physiology of the brain, although the extent of recovery after years of abstinence is unclear. Recent neuroimaging studies have revealed that chronic alcoholism can damage the cerebellum, which plays an important role in…

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Background of Religious Practice Helps Teens with 12-Step Programs

Influence of Religiosity on 12-Step Participation and Treatment Response Among Substance-Dependent Adolescents by John F. Kelly, Maria E. Pagano, Robert L. Stout, Shannon M. Johnson Objective: Religious practices among adults are associated with more 12-step participation which, in turn, is linked to better treatment outcomes. Despite recommendations for adolescents to participate in mutual-help groups, little is…

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A New Thought Christmas

The Christmas Season is a magical and special time for millions of people world-wide. We each have our unique version of storied memories of lights, food, music, sacred ritual and festive gatherings of friends and family. All seemingly gathered around a central birth narrative. Yet, this narrative too has its versions and unique interpretations through…

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