Alcoholism Library

  • Symptoms of Teen Substance Abuse
    Addiction is defined as the continued use of a mood-altering substance or behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to ...
  • Living the Twelve Traditions in Today’s World: Principles Before Personalities
    One of the critical components of the highly successful Alcoholics Anonymous is its stated anonymity. Thus, it makes sense when authors Mel B. and Michael Fitzpatrick denounce the relatively recent trend of celebrities making their ...
  • [A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist
    [A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist by Andrew J. Ackerman is a book about the author's journey from addiction to recovery.  Ackerman, the self-described hard-line "spiritual atheist," uses the book to offer his experience with 12-step ...
  • White Elephants
    As I cried, I wanted to believe it was the alcohol that induced Mom’s words.  I had to believe it was the alcohol.  I don’t want them.  The words rang in my ears.  That’s the ...
  • Is Adult ADHD Linked to Addiction?
    The prevalence of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) greatly exceeds the prevalence of this diagnosis among the adult ...
  • How To Change Your Drinking: A Harm Reduction Guide To Alcohol
    Substance misuse is one of the most common and widely discussed topics within the mental health community, as both clients and professionals debate the most effective ways to deal with addictions and their causes. In the ...
  • Seeking Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Employees
    [caption id="attachment_9713" align="alignright" width="211" caption="Credit: PHILIP LEE HARVEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY"][/caption]If you currently know of or have known of an employee who ...
  • Cry Depression, Celebrate Recovery: My Journey through Mental Illness
    Barbara Altman, a St. Louis, Mo., native, earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Fontbonne University and taught music therapy at St. Louis Institute of Music.  She now teaches piano and guitar in her home ...
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement
    What drives a person to success? Sure, a good education and finding just the right career helps. But could there be a genetic predisposition for success? David Brooks examines what makes a person successful in ...
  • Identifying Signs of Addiction
    While drug and alcohol use and abuse manifest themselves in different ways, they share a number of common signs and symptoms. Often, addicts ...
  • Differences Between Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment Programs
    For patients needing drug and alcohol treatment, outpatient and residential (inpatient) treatment programs can provide an essential level of ...
  • Is Trying To Change an Addictive Habit Worth It?
    Drugs. Alcohol. Food. Exercise. Shopping. Gambling. Attempts to change or fix other people. Trying to make more ...
  • Family Involvement is Important in Substance Abuse Treatment
    For family and friends of drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals, addressing the addiction is one of the most difficult ...
  • Full Recovery: Creating a Personal Action Plan for Life Beyond Sobriety
    Full Recovery: Creating a Personal Action Plan for Life Beyond Sobriety is both an inspiring and a very practical book for those who are in recovery as well as anyone who wants to grow ...
  • The Book That Started It All: The Original Working Manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous
    Chances are you can ask almost anyone if they know what the Big Book is and you will get a response along the lines of "Yes, that's the bible for alcoholics, right?"  According to Bill ...
  • Alcohol Consumption and Genetics
    Scientists have found that the genes which influence the amount of alcohol people drink may be distinct from those that affect the risk of alcoholism. A large number ...
  • A New Day, A New Life
    “If you are reading this, it’s likely that you decided to create a healthy, rewarding life.” And so begins the 365-day journey A New Day, A New Life: A Guided Journal Blending Science & Spirituality, ...
  • Depression and Alcoholism: Five Tips for Recovery
    Alcoholics go through a period of grieving when they give up drinking. For those dually-diagnosed with alcoholism and depression, the grief over ...
  • I Can’t Be Depressed… I’m a Guy!
    Over the last few years, more and more men have been strong enough to stand up and declare that they suffer with depression. That has led to some ...
  • When Family Members Protect Alcoholics
    In families with alcoholism, emotions and priorities can get very mixed up -- and not just by the alcoholic. Spouses, kids, parents, and extended family members can also get emotionally entangled with ...
  • Is Alcohol Spoiling Your Romance?
    When I first talk to people about couples therapy, I usually ask: "Do you drink alcohol? Does your partner?" and if so, "How much?" I also ask whether they use other mind-altering drugs and intoxicants. ...
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Intervention
    In his best selling book, I’ll Quit Tomorrow, the late Dr. Vernon Johnson wrote that the hallmark of alcoholism and drug dependence is denial. Accordingly, most substance abusers believe that their problems are caused by ...
  • Rebuilding Relationships in Early Recovery
    It is no secret that drug or alcohol addiction can damage the body and impair the mind. The good news is that with proper medical treatment, counseling and stopping use, these wounds heal over time. ...
  • Why Alcohol and Depression Don’t Mix
    Alcohol abuse and depression can be a deadly mix. Often, a person with depression will also have alcoholism, and vice versa. In fact, 30 percent to 50 percent of people with alcoholism, at any given time, ...
  • What is Al-Anon and Alateen?
    The Al-Anon (for adults) and Alateen (for teens) program is a Twelve Step program for the relatives and friends of alcoholics or someone who is or has been a problem drinker. It is not uncommon ...