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Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Here you will find articles written by people in our community that discuss the latest in drug and alcohol treatment. We may explore other programs such as SMART or Life Ring. The intent here is to stay informed about the latest science and the various modes of treatment and support available today for the person in recovery.

Alcoholism: The Brain and The Beast

Alcoholism: The Brain and The Beast

The human body is a wondrous thing. When a foreign substance, such as alcohol, a toxic chemical, is ingested in large amounts over a considerable period of time, the body “adapts” to the substance, developing tolerance and becoming physically dependent upon it. This changes our brain chemistry. These take place…

Doctor, Doctor! Interacting with Health Care Providers

Doctor, Doctor! Interacting with Health Care Providers

I vaguely recall noticing, in my first foggy reading of the Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book” while in rehab, that my profession seemed to be curiously over-represented. There are, in fact, three chapters in there written by medical doctors: “The Doctor’s Opinion,” “Doctor Bob’s Nightmare,” and “Physician Heal…

Alcoholism and Depression

Alcoholism and Depression

The first time I became clinically depressed I was in graduate school and it happened overnight. I had been drinking for several days. I went to bed on a crisp fall Saturday night, intoxicated but feeling otherwise normal. Upon waking Sunday morning, I sat up, swung my feet to the…

These Are Only Suggestions

These Are Only Suggestions

I like AA – especially the fellowship. In most locales, it’s the only show in town and the price is right. When I was a kid, my family went to the Baptist church and my Baptist friends – Catholics. I married a Catholic and found out most Catholics were good people…

The 24-Hour Plan

The 24-Hour Plan

For me the heart of Alcoholics Anonymous has always been the 24-Hour Plan. A day at a time we stay away from the First Drink. I first heard about it as a boy — from my father over the family dinner table. A friend of his had joined AA and…

Other Factors

Other Factors

A man clutches his chest. He’s having a heart attack. He collapses and his heart stops. His wife calls 911. A highly trained team of paramedics arrive and start lifesaving procedures. They administer pharmaceuticals synthesized by chemists and tested with the scientific method. They use equipment developed by scientists…

Why I Stopped Going to AA and Why I Feel Guilty About It

Why I Stopped Going to AA and Why I Feel Guilty About It

When I first came into recovery in 1990 I had a higher power. The higher power was making me pee in a cup randomly. I don’t know if I could have stayed sober without my higher power. I also had the dilemma of no faith. I had a de…

Is Addiction A Disease?

Is Addiction A Disease?

In this essay I will be specifically referring to alcohol and drug addiction or severe alcohol/substance use disorder, which is the terminology used in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5…

The Sinclair Method

The Sinclair Method

One of the things we AAs read from the Big Book as if it were an ever-lasting truth, though it was written in 1939: “Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day…

Resentment, Rage and Recovery

Resentment, Rage and Recovery

AA orthodoxy depicts an especially dire portrayal of the negative consequences of resentment and rage for those of us addicted to alcohol, and who seek recovery through AA. Bill Wilson, AA’s co-founder primarily responsible for the AA canon of beliefs about alcoholism and recovery, doesn’t mince words…