The End Of My Addiction

Author: Olivier Ameisen
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748115188
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Dr Olivier Ameisen was a brilliant cardiologist and running his own successful practice when he developed a profound addiction to alcohol. Fearing for his life, he immersed himself in AA, rehab and therapy. Nothing worked. So he did the only thing he could; he took his treatment into his own hands. Searching for a cure for his deadly disease, he happened upon baclofen, a muscle relaxant that had been used safely for years as a treatment for various types of muscle spasticity, but had more recently shown promising results in studies with laboratory animals addicted to a wide variety of substances. Dr Ameisen prescribed himself the drug and experimented with increasingly higher doses until he finally reached a level high enough to leave him free of any craving for alcohol. That was more than six years ago. Baclofen, as prescribed under a doctor's care, could possibly help many addicts. But as long as the medical and research establishments ignore a cure for one of the most deadly diseases in the world, we won't be able to understand baclofen's full potential. This book is a plea for research that can rescue millions from the scourge of addiction.

Conscience In Recovery From Alcohol Addiction

Author: Yordan Kalev Zhekov
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1621895491
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Academic research in alcohol addiction presents diverse results and subject inadequacies. This study identifies conscience and its influence through spirituality on successful recovery as promoting unity and adequacy in the field. The purpose of the study is to analyze the relationship between conscience, spirituality, and recovery from alcohol addiction. This threefold framework underlines the conceptual importance of cognition, affect, behavior, spirituality, and character in addiction studies. Narrative analysis (NA) is employed for designing the present research. It is utilized for collection, examination, and formulation of the results derived from the participants' stories. Semi-structured interviews are used within the NA framework to provide the data from the twelve participants. The latter are selected as a homogeneous group based on characteristics of their addiction, spirituality, and recovery. The analysis of narratives defines conscience with its cognitive, emotive, and conative elements as related to spirituality. The conscience's nature and functioning undergo deterioration during addiction and complete rejuvenation through participants' spiritual transformation of a transcendent divine experience. Spiritually empowered conscience supports progressive recovery from alcohol addiction. The conscientious approach to self, life, and others is shaped by virtue and spiritual commitment.

Quit Drinking

Author: Joanne Edmund
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781719450355
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In this gripping and hopeful story the author, a former alcoholic herself, shares a step-by-step plan to come to peace with and conquer your drinking problem. Inspiring throughout, this workbook offers a solution to all those who secretly know that it's time to quit. A peaceful and empowering road to a new life. If you're a seasoned addict once again trying to prevent a relapse, or someone with a supposedly mild drinking problem, the author will give you both insightful and common-sense wisdom to lead you out of misery. This is what you will get: Day to day practical exercises to face and understand your addiction & creating the life you desire A guide for creating and emergency plan whenever the craving for a new drink pops up Insight in your drinking patterns and how you can interrupt it Exercises for creating new habits and setting goals beyond your drinking problem And much, much more. For Family & Friends (from the author) If you are a family member or friend of someone who is suffering from a drinking problem, then this book could give you insight into the battle of an alcoholic. I hope you will read this book without judgement, and that you will serve your friend or family member with the same non-judgmental care. And, I hope, that through this book you will see that lasting change is possible with time and effort. But, so I believe, real change becomes very hard without the help of a trusting friend or relative.

Brooks Cole Empowerment Series Understanding Human Behavior And The Social Environment

Author: Charles Zastrow
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1133708897
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Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman's UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT looks at lifespan through the lens of social work theory and practice, covering human development and behavior theories within the context of family, organizational, and community systems. Using a chronological lifespan approach, the book presents separate chapters on biological, psychological, and social impacts at the different lifespan stages with an emphasis on strengths and empowerment. As part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, this edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Research On Alcoholics Anonymous And Spirituality In Addiction Recovery

Author: Marc Galanter
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387777252
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It was once taken for granted that peer-assisted groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous had no “real” value in recovery from addiction. More recently, evidence-based medicine is recognizing a spiritual component in healing—especially when it comes to addiction. The newest edition of Recent Developments in Alcoholism reflects this change by focusing on the 12-step model of recovery as well as mindfulness meditation and other spiritually oriented activity. More than thirty contributors bring together historical background, research findings, and clinical wisdom to analyze the compatibility of professional treatment and nonprofessional support, day-to-day concepts of relapse prevention, the value of community building in recovery, and much more. Among the topics covered: (1) How and why 12-step groups work. (2) The impact of the spiritual on mainstream treatment. (3) The impact of AA on other nonprofessional recovery programs. (4) AA outcomes for special populations. (5) Facilitating involvement in 12-step programs. (6) Methods for measuring religiousness and spirituality in alcohol research. Whether one is referring clients to 12-step programs or seeking to better understand the process, this is a unique resource for clinicians and social workers. Developmental psychologists, too, will find Volume 18—Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery a worthy successor to the series.

Understanding The High Functioning Alcoholic

Author: Sarah Allen Benton
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313352801
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This volume spotlights the thinking of millions of "successful" people who excel in other ways, but remain powerless against and under the control of alcohol.

Addiction

Author: John Hoffman
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 1594867151
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One question that anyone who has witnessed addiction up close inevitably asks is, "Why can't they just stop?" For decades the question has confounded addicts, their families, and the doctors and specialists trying to help them. Now it can finally be answered. Thanks to major leaps in the scientific understanding of addiction, an entirely new portrait of this frightening disease has come into focus. The new science tells us that addicts, in part, are unable to quit using drugs or alcohol because chemical changes in their brains prevent them from doing so. In this penetrating look at how addiction works, editors John Hoffman and Susan Froemke (producers of the HBO documentary series ADDICTION) have turned more than two years of research and reporting into a vitally important guide for any family faced with the disease. New imaging technology has enabled scientists to peer inside the addicted brain and observe in real time what craving for drugs and alcohol looks like chemically. It is now possible to literally see the ways that substances like cocaine, heroin, and alcohol alter the brain's "Stop!" and "Go!" decision-making processes. Better scientific understanding has yielded innovations in behavioral therapies, while new medications that can be prescribed by family doctors have been clinically proven to reduce craving in alcoholics and opiate addicts. The result? As Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop? reports in riveting detail, there is new hope for anyone struggling with addiction. The stories about scientists, doctors, researchers, and families that face addiction gathered in this book testify to the fact that the tide has turned. Yes, recovery remains an imperfect process. It must be tailored to the needs of the individual; it may take years to achieve remission. But, armed with the new science-based understanding of the disease, experts have created treatments that are ever more precise and effective—making recovery a realistic goal for all addicts. The evidence is in. The battle against the addiction epidemic can—and should—be won.

A Handbook For The Treatment Of Alcoholism Addiction Family Involvement And Recovery

Author: Alice M. Lebron, LCSW, MSWAC, BCD Emeritus
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 1480905534
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Alcoholism, like other forms of addiction, is a complex disease, but treatment does not have to be complicated. The stigma/shame of the disease comes from the behaviors developed from the disease. These behaviors must be addressed and changed using a therapy program. Sobriety is more than abstinence and relapse prevention. Family members are severely emotionally and mentally injured and need as much treatment as the alcoholic/addict so they can become healthy persons. A clinical social worker, author Alice M. Lebron has dedicated her career to finding and developing information to help individuals suffering from alcoholism/addiction, as well people directly affected by the disease-their families. The author believes that “recovery enables a person to become the person they were born to become,” and through this book, she aims to guide you and your family down the path of change and healing, which she has been doing for more than forty years.

Understanding The Alcoholic S Mind The Nature Of Craving And How To Control It

Author: Arnold M. Ludwig Evalyn A. Edwards Professor of Psychiatry University of Kentucky School of Medicine
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199762989
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Despite the immense obstacles they face, many alcoholics do manage to recover. The question is "how?" In this groundbreaking book, a doctor with over 25 years experience working with alcoholics gets inside their minds and explains the behaviors and thought processes they use to get sober and stay sober. In most instances, Arnold Ludwig has found that a lasting recovery can only begin after certain crucial attitude changes. Regardless of the motivation of alcoholics, powerful forces lure them back to drink. To remain sober, alcoholics must recognize these forces and the dangerous frame of mind that fuels them. Then, they must use a variety of techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective for resisting temptation, particularly during the early phases of recovery. In time, individuals will need to develop a set of attitudes, values and behaviors--which the author describes in detail--that perpetuate and strengthen their sobriety. Being sober is far more than simply not drinking; it is a new way of life. Over the years, the author has worked with over 1000 alcoholics from all walks of life and within many different settings--hospital clinics, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, detoxification centers, and private homes--about one fourth of whom had quit drinking for significant periods of time. Incorporating the findings of other researchers into his own and including many clinical vignettes and personal anecdotes, he explores the basic principles necessary for achieving a successful recovery. Ludwig has especially concerned himself with the nature of alcoholic craving and loss of control and describes the techniques that can help individuals to conquer their urges and also to lessen the chances of relapse. This book does not use the word "treatment." Instead it talks about what is really at the heart of the matter-- sobriety--and how to achieve it. It will give new hope and insight not only to the recovering alcoholic, but also to their families, counselors and doctors.

Rethinking Our War On Drugs

Author: Gary L. Fisher
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275990268
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Shows how the National Drug Control Strategy has failed its major objectives and spotlights the resistance of policy makers to consider approaches and philosophies that are innovative or controversial.