The Long Journey to Recovery

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Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, is a group therapy program which has been a dominating force in the area of alcoholic recovery programs since 1935, with one point seven million members world wide. Their twelve-step program to achieve sobriety has given many people the support system they need to overcome their addiction through weekly meetings with other recovering alcoholics. This idea works with the social psychological principal of Group polarization helping people strengthen their resolve to become a sober member of society. With many people of a group talking towards the same goal there is a greater chance that each single group member will become more passionate about it as well.

Though AA is the largest organization world wide to treat alcoholism, no one therapy option is completely perfect. In fact sixty eight percent of people drop out of AA within the first three months. One of the more controversial pieces of the AA's program is the complete banning of alcohol from a person's life. A lesser known but equally effective treatment option is known as the Cognitive Behavioral Coping-Skills Therapy, CBST. This treatment does not ban alcohol from a person's life but changes their drinking behavior. Their core belief is that any type of psychopathology, like alcohol abuse, is a maladaptive learning process, a pattern of thinking that cause emotional problems, and designs techniques through which these behaviors can be unlearned. This therapy is flexible in the way that it is structured so that it focuses more on the individual's life, teaching them to cope with stress and tolerate negativity. Perhaps the more individualized format of the CBST program will help to reduce the percentage of people dropping out of out patient treatment and help them achieve their goal of sobriety.

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh23-2/078-85.pdf

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i could talk about this subject for a long time. before AA was established in 1935 the recovery rate among alcoholics was close 0. people were hospitalized and as soon as they got out started drinking again. AA grew faster than anyone thought because of the fact that it works. although there is a high number of people who do "fail" AA, its because they don't follow their guidelines. the ones who do, RARELY fail. an alcoholic is someone that has a constant craving for alcoholic beverages and finds it compulsive to drink them. so the "not a drop rule" sounds good to someone who has a compulsive need to drink. after a prolong abstain from alcohol the need to drink diminishes. in lecture the guy who talked about AA knew nothing about it, didn't know how many steps or success rate". the fact is, treatment center who use the AA approach, among others like PCT, are the most successful. what i believe AA dose best is it gets you a SOBER network of people whose main goal is to remain sober.

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