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For well over half a century we have poured billions of dollars into a failed attempt at understanding alcoholism. What’s its nature, causes, and cure? Each promised breakthrough to understanding alcoholism has failed miserably. There isn’t even agreement on defining alcoholism. Nor is there agreement on whether or not it is a disease. Even doctors… [+]
Negative advertising by alcohol or drug rehabs is completely unprofessional. The few rehabs that engage in this behavior describe themselves as non-12-step programs. They can be passed over as choices because there plenty of other non-12-step programs that don’t use negative advertising. In fact, about one-fourth of all rehabs in the United States are non-12-step.… [+]
The Sinclair Method of alcohol abuse or alcoholism treatment enables most alcoholics to drink in moderation. The technique uses naltrexone or a similar substance. Taking a pleasure blocker prevents the brain from having the pleasure of a high. Pharmacological extinction (operant conditioning) then reduces craving for alcohol. Naltrexone has been approved by the U.S. Food… [+]
Spiritual help for alcoholism is widely used. It is central to Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s often used in other approaches to healing. Alcohol has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It plays a major part in Jewish and most Christian rites around the world today. It has and continues to contribute to followers’… [+]
Rational Recovery for alcoholism is a free program. It is offered through the internet as well as through books and videos. It uses cognitive therapy to help individuals achieve abstinence permanently. The psychological principles on which Rational Recovery is based have proven their effectiveness. Not surprisingly, research has also shown that Rational Recovery for alcoholism and… [+]