Archive for the Research Category

And there isn’t a word about a selfishness or spiritual bankruptcy

Who Falls to Addiction, and Who Is Unscathed?

Here is what a NY Times writer has to say:

Who Falls To Addiction, and Who Is Unscathed?

Substance Dependence Recovery Rates: With and Without Treatment

Those of you who have not made it over to Steven’s The Clean Slate Addiction Site, should go check it out. It is very well done. Here is a page from there, which he linked in our comment section, but I did not want it to get lost in the abyss:

Substance Dependence Recovery Rates: With and Without Treatment

Gene Search

Here is an interesting article from today’s Wall Street Journal, about research being done in linking certain gene profiles with a predisposition to alcohol abuse. Thus far, researchers haven’t discovered a serenity, resentment or spiritual deficiency gene:

Identifying Links to Drinking May Lead to Drug Treatments Tailored to Your DNA

‘Tipsy’ Gene

Here is an article out of the BBC about  research out of the University of North Carolina. Scientists have found what they dubbed the ‘tipsy’ gene, which partially explains why some people feel the effects of alcohol more than others. There has been no word yet on the discovery of the ‘serenity gene’, but we’ll keep you posted:

‘Tipsy’ Gene Could Help Curb Alcoholism

AA and Treatment

AnnaZed sends this in, with the warning “gag-inducing”:

AA Utilization After Introduction in Outpatient Treatment.

Abstract; Treatment for alcohol dependence is often provided in outpatient settings, and often includes introduction to the 12-Step fellowship Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Relatively little is known about subsequent AA utilization.

Analyses of survey data collected from 72 clients of an outpatient treatment center introduced to AA revealed that, 6 months following intake, a large portion of the responding sample of 55 were still attending AA meetings.

Principal components analysis of self-reports of the frequencies of 12 AA-related behaviors found three dimensions of AA utilization:

  • fellowship or social involvement,
  • meeting attendance and participation, and
  • involvement in bureaucratic functioning and meeting production.

Results suggest it is important to consider these dimensions of utilization for those wishing to understand AA involvement.

Psychotic Depression

Interesting: RU-486 Studied for Treatment of Psychotic Depression

Over 13 years Cheryl was hospitalized and treated with antidepressants and hormones, but nothing worked until she entered a clinical trial for a controversial drug that helped lift her out of the darkness: the abortion drug RU-486.

Now, at 53, she illicitly buys the drug from distributors in Asia, traveling two times a year to stockpile 3,000 tablets at a time, at a cost of approximately $10,000.

RU-486 has had a charged history because of the abortion debate. Many doctors are skeptical of the clinical trials on the drug, and worry about unproven benefits and potential side effects, including abortion.

Nearly the credibility of 12 step “research”

Here is an article that includes a list of things for wives to look into regarding the sexual orientation of their husbands.

It looked quite a bit like the “research” that is done by apologists for the AA faith as they attempt to proclaim the drug induced prophecies of William Griffith Wilson to be empiricle scientific fact.

Included is the line “Drawing on the expertise of spiritual and medical professionals”

Also included in the article is “Same-sex experimentation is also connected to drug or alcohol abuse.”

Hmmm. I spent quite a bit of my life very drunk, and same-sex experimentation never did sound like something I might be interested in.

I will admit that drug and alcohol abuse may lead to some not particularly bright ideas sometimes including power tools, mis-use of electrical appliances, culinary disasters, fireworks, dazzling dancing and karaokee performances, and in certain cases bad haircuts (but that is  another story).

Perhaps another case of the need to keep science and religion separated.

http://christwire.org/2010/08/is-my-husband-gay/

Addicted to Rehab…

Published in the Washington Post:

We’re Addicted to Rehab. It Doesn’t Even Work. By Bankole A. Johnson

For decades, Americans have clung to a near-religious conviction that rehab — and the 12-step model pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous that almost all facilities rely upon — offers effective treatment for alcoholism and other addictions.

Here’s the problem: We have little indication that this treatment is effective. When an alcoholic goes to rehab but does not recover, it is he who is said to have failed. But it is rehab that is failing alcoholics. The therapies offered in most U.S. alcohol treatment centers are so divorced from state-of-the-art of medical knowledge that we might dismiss them as merely quaint — if it weren’t for the fact that alcoholism is a deadly and devastating disease.

And the way we attempt to treat alcoholism isn’t just ineffective, it’s ruinously expensive: Promises Treatment Centers’ Malibu facility, where Lohan reportedly went for her second round of rehab, in 2007, has stunning vistas, gourmet food, poolside lounging and acupuncture. It costs a reported $48,000 a month.

Read the whole thing.

Drunken Monkeys

This is a good follow up to MA’s post, “Are you a ‘Real’ Alcoholic.”

Considering that in AA, alcoholism has nothing at all to do with actual alcohol, I don’t think that the results of these studies will inspire any rethinking of the whackaloon tests like the one on Big Book Sponsorship.

Researcher hopes to find more accurate alcohol-use test

Penn State Hershey researchers have been working for 2 1/2 years with Kathleen A. Grant at the Oregon National Primate Research Center on the project and have identified a set of 17 proteins in the blood that accurately predict alcohol usage 90 percent of the time in the primates.

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He said the goal is to create a diagnostic test for alcohol consumption that may be used in areas of public safety, such as aviation or national security, for parole conditions or for helping physicians determine if a patient may have an alcohol-abuse problem.

What are they going to do with the alcoholic monkeys when they’re done with these experiments? Can monkeys be alcoholics if they can’t have a spiritual awakening or even do a simple 4th step? Can monkeys quit drinking on their own? I think it’s about time AA started doing some primate research… Long overdue, in fact.

These researchers should drop all their poor, still suffering alcoholic monkeys off at the local AA central office.

SOS Sobriety Call for Personal Stories

Joedrywall just posted this in the comments. I thought I’d put it up here. From the SOS site:

Faith Based Treatment Progarms

Are you aware of instances where individuals attended alcohol/drug treatment programs run by faith-based organizations and found these organizations were trying to proselytize to them rather than help them end their addiction? If so, please contact Jim Christopher at sos@cfi-west.org. He is collecting stories from people who have gone to faith-based organizations that receive federal funding for their addiction recovery programs. Specifically, he is looking for stories that demonstrate how religious organizations that receive government funding are sometimes just as interested in converting individuals  to their religion as they are helping them get sober. SOS@CFIWest.org Attn: James Christopher