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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Circles of Recovery: An Interview with Keith Humphreys PhD Recovery Research

Written by William L. White, MA  Keith Humphreys’ sustained clinical, research, consulting, policy development and prolific writing activities qualify him as a pioneer in the modern history of addiction treatment and recovery. His work has bridged the worlds of clinical research, clinical practice, social policy and the lived experience of addiction recovery. His studies, perhaps…

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Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions – About the Book

by David Lundberg  Over thousands of years, different beliefs, priorities, ways of thinking, and religions emerged from various cultures. Yet differences in religions were never meant to fuel hatred and wars, or breed discord and violence. While seeming differences exist among the world’s great traditions, their most important principles are, in fact, universal. They can…

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Kate Middleton’s New Cause: Addiction and Recovery

By Melissa HealyLos Angeles TimesFor the Booster Shots blogJanuary 5, 2012, 1:27 p.m. Eight months after wedding England’s Prince William, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton), has revealed she will become a patron of the British charity Action on Addiction, which supports research, prevention and treatment of addiction, support for addicts’ families and…

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Twelve Wisdom Steps: Unifying Principles of the 12 Steps of A.A. Found in the Wisdom Traditions

Available now in Paperback or E-book editions – links below  by Rev. Dr. Andrea Travers Beneath the well-known twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) are concealed the universal principles of spiritual practice as they are expressed in traditional religions and wisdom traditions; including Buddhism, Christianity, Cosmology, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American Spirituality, and Taoism. This…

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Addiction Treatment and Recovery; An Interview with Rudolf Moos, PhD

by William L. White, MA  For nearly five decades, Rudolf Moos, PhD, has focused on questions of great import to addiction counselors and the individuals and families they serve. His published studies (15 books and more than 450 articles) have dramatically expanded our knowledge of addiction treatment and the processes of long-term addiction recovery. Dr.…

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Your Brain May be “Wired” for Addiction….But You Don’t Have to Surrender

by Alice G. Walton, ContributorFORBESWOMAN | 2/06/2012  Addiction is one of the most common mental health problems there is: Drug use alone affects tens of millions of Americans, and that’s only the illegal ones. Even more people deal with addictions to other things – alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, food, and various behaviors. People who are familiar…

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