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Some additional evidence for PAWS, perhaps

Many people new to the road of sobriety are warned about PAWS, or Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. Well, a study of heroin addicts in early sobriety seems to show they have more difficulty maintaining an internal “voice,” that is, more trouble maintaining a normal internal system of self-talk. The study’s authors say that this means early-recovery people may thus have more trouble “saying no” in situations because they have more trouble developing a “new voice” for sobriety.

Behind at least some alcohol and drug addiction …

May often be an early history of child abuse, including child sexual abuse. That’s how Lifering is good, in encouraging people to get whatever help they need to stay clean and sober, and to not offer any official or “unofficial” advice on how to deal with psychological problems.

That leads me to this very insightful New York Times column, by a psychologist, about specific issues directly and indirectly related to sobriety and recovery, that male “survivors” face.

I’ll discuss the details below the fold, while saying here that, if you’re a person who has this type of history yourself, I hope you get professional help, and find sympathetic people to walk the path with you, including those who have been on that same path. If you know someone who you think might have such a history, read on …

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Video of Martin Nicolaus speaking on “The Medical Model of Addiction”

In October of 2010, shortly after retiring as LifeRing’s founding leader (and author of three books related to LifeRing), Martin Nicolaus journeyed to Victoria, Canada to give a talk about “The Medical Model of Addiction” at a conference at the Eric Martin Institution in that city. The 54 minute presentation can be watched HERE.

One in Six Americans Binges on Alcohol at Least Twice a Month, says CDC Head

Everybody knows that binge drinking is a problem among young adults, particularly college students. But in fact, it’s very common among all ages. One in six adults report binging on  alcohol one or more times within the past 30 days. That’s 38 million Americans.

This is according to Dr. Robert Brewer, head of the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) Alcohol Program. Brewer was a guest on the NPR program Talk of the Nation recently. “Binge drinking” is defined for this study, as 4 or more drinks for a woman and 5 or more for a man. And, perhaps surprisingly, “seniors who reported binge drinking did so more frequently, even than younger people.”

Brewer went on to say, “when we focused in on binge drinkers, we found that, on average, they reported consuming eight or more drinks on average during at least the largest episodes of binge drinking within the past 30 days. So that’s obviously well above the cut point that we use for defining this behavior and certainly a level of consumption that puts the individual, as well as others that they’re with, at substantially increased risk for a whole host of problems.”

Read a transcript of the radio program, or listen to it, HERE


Millions of American Children Live With Parents Experiencing Alcohol Problems

More than one in ten children in the United States live with a parent who has had an alcohol disorder within the past year, and are at an increased risk of developing a host of mental health problems, according to a new study from SAMHSA, the federal government’s Sustance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The study estimates that 7.5 million children under the age of 18 live with a parent who had an ‘alcohol use disorder.’

See the study results HERE