Thomasina Borkman (auth.), Lee Anne Kaskutas, Marc Galanter's Recent Developments in Alcoholism: Research on Alcoholics PDF

By Thomasina Borkman (auth.), Lee Anne Kaskutas, Marc Galanter (eds.)

ISBN-10: 0387777245

ISBN-13: 9780387777245

ISBN-10: 0387777253

ISBN-13: 9780387777252

Recent advancements in Alcoholism

Volume 18: examine on Alcoholics nameless and Spirituality in habit Recovery

Edited by means of Marc Galanter, NYU university of drugs, and Lee Kaskutas, UC Berkely college of Public healthiness

It used to be taken with no consideration that peer-assisted teams equivalent to Alcoholics nameless had no "real" price in restoration from dependancy. extra lately, evidence-based medication is spotting a religious part in healing—especially in terms of habit. the most recent variation of contemporary advancements in Alcoholism displays this variation by means of concentrating on the 12-step version of restoration in addition to mindfulness meditation and different spiritually orientated job. greater than thirty members assemble historic history, examine findings, and medical knowledge to research the compatibility remedy and nonprofessional aid, day by day recommendations of relapse prevention, the price of neighborhood construction in restoration, and masses more.

Among the themes covered:

  • How and why 12-step teams work.
  • The influence of the non secular on mainstream treatment.
  • The impression of AA on different nonprofessional restoration programs.
  • AA results for designated populations.
  • Facilitating involvement in 12-step programs.
  • Methods for measuring religiousness and spirituality in alcohol research.

Whether one is referring consumers to 12-step courses or looking to greater comprehend the method, this can be a particular source for clinicians and social employees. Developmental psychologists, too, will locate quantity 18—Research on Alcoholics nameless and Spirituality in dependancy restoration a priceless successor to the series.

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Alcoholism is defined as a spiritual, mental, and physical illness and recovery requires healing all aspects of the illness. Abstinence from alcohol in and of itself is regarded as “being dry” and is insufficient because alcoholism is but a “symptom” of underlying character defects. 2. Becoming Abstinent Recovery in AA is implicitly viewed in terms of an indeterminate number of phases or stages, at a minimum beginning, middle recovery, and oldtimer. Professionals such as Brown, a psychotherapist who worked with recovering alcoholics from AA, formalized a developmental model of four phases: drinking, transition, early recovery, and ongoing recovery.

3. Recovery Recovery is a special term used in AA (and now the larger recovery movement of other twelve-step groups [White, 2006]) to connote the process by which alcoholics become abstinent and undergo the self-help/mutual aid journey to heal the self, relations with others, one’s higher power, and the larger world. Recovery includes the belief system and program of action, groups and their meetings, the Twelve Steps, and helping others within the context of a network of recovering peers. Recovery is a personalized and self-paced journey that is undertaken interdependently with one’s alcoholic peers and follows recognizable general stages.

The distinctive AA organizational structure of an inverted pyramid is one in which the members in autonomous local groups direct input to the national service bodies creating a democratic, egalitarian organization maximizing recovery. Analysts describe the AA recovery program as complex, implicitly grounded in sound psychological principles, and more sophisticated than is typically understood. AA provides a nonmedicalized and anonymous “way of living” in the community and should probably be referred to as the TwelveStep/Twelve Tradition Recovery Model in order to clearly differentiate it from professionally based twelve-step treatments.

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