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  • DBT Skills Training Manual * DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets

    Read, G.
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
  • A Comparison Between Serum Carbohydrate-Deficient Transferrin and Hair Ethyl Glucuronide in Detecting Chronic Alcohol Consumption in Routine

    Bianchi, V., Premaschi, S., Raspagni, A., Secco, S., Vidali, M.
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Aims: In heavy alcohol consumption laboratory tests represent an objective evidence. In this study we compared older and newer biomarkers in blood and in hair. Methods: Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT), ethyl glucuronide (EtG), AST, ALT, GGT, MCV were measured in a large sample (n = 562). All people declared no alcohol consumption within the last 3 months. Serum CDT was measured by the candidate HPLC reference method and expressed as relative amount of disialotransferrin (%DST: cutoff 1.7%). EtG was measured in hair by a validated in-house method by LC–MS/MS (cutoff 30 pg/mg).
  • Alcohol's Harm to Others' Well-Being and Health: a Comparison Between Chile and Australia

    Dussaillant, F., Fernandez, M.
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Aims: To assess the degree to which relationships with heavy drinkers affect health and well-being of the Chilean population, and how this compares with previously published analyses of an Australian sample in order to establish intercultural differences in the effects of others' heavy drinking. Method: Data are from a face-to-face survey of 1500 Chileans. Respondents were asked to identify people in their lives who were heavy drinkers. Information on respondents' well-being and health was collected using the Personal Well-Being Index and the EuroQol Group 5-Dimension Self-Report…
  • Detection of New Human Metabolic Urinary Markers in Chronic Alcoholism and Their Reversal by Aqueous Extract of Tinospora cordifolia Stem

    Mittal, A., Dabur, R.
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Aims: We have studied urine metabolic signature of chronic alcoholism (CA) before and after treatment with an Ayurvedic drug Tinospora cordifolia aqueous extract (TCE). Methods: Urinary metabolites of chronic alcoholics and apparently healthy subjects were profiled using HPLC-Q-TOF-MS. Discrimination models from the initial data sets were able to correctly assign the unknown samples to the CA, treated or healthy groups in validation sets with r2 > 0.98. Results: Metabolic signature in CA patients include changed tryptophan, fatty acids and pyrimidines metabolism. Several novel biomarkers…
  • Prevalence of Major Depressive Disorder Among Spouses of Men Who Use Alcohol in a Rural Community in Central Sri Lanka

    Ariyasinghe, D., Abeysinghe, R., Siriwardhana, P., Dassanayake, T.
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Aims: To estimate the prevalence of major depressive disorder (MDD) among spouses of men who use alcohol in two rural areas in Sri Lanka, and to examine whether the severity of alcohol-related problems (ARPs) in men and presence of alcohol-related domestic violence are associated with MDD among these women. Method: In a cross-sectional study, ARPs among men were assessed using Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) questionnaire filled in by men, and domestic violence and husbands' drinking pattern data obtained from the women. MDD among the women was ascertained using the…
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  • The Hope Chest: The writing on the wall - Kim Johancen-Walt

    Palace Gate Counselling Service
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am Interesting couple of case studies with Kim’s thoughts, from Counseling Today, a publication of The American Counseling Association. Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter
  • An Examination of Risky Drinking Behaviors and Motivations for Alcohol Use in a College Sample

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    An Examination of Risky Drinking Behaviors and Motivations for Alcohol Use in a College Sample Sourc
  • 2015 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    2015 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The County He
  • How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

    Shelley Queen
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    A recent NHS survey has revealed that Scotland is home to one of the top places in the UK for alcohol consumption and alcohol-related deaths. The findings which analysed alcohol sales by region, showed that people living in Central Scotland consumed on average 20.9 units of alcohol a week – 18 per cent higher that the national average. The research also found that Central Scotland has a considerably higher rate of alcohol-related deaths compared to the rest of the UK. So what are the ways in which we can change this trend of over drinking and damaging our bodies? Looking at units What is…
  • Reach

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    At bottom of bottle, i knew it not, Tree-line deceiving, Apollo still rose Shattered glass, in a ring of mushrooms chose To sprout towards heaven any way, against the mist Here alone asleep, the darkened forest was my abode Except the Moon in Her way, sung no lullaby To escape, to escape, was a delusion Even the dryads that haunt in shadow, Come from beneath the starlight, So darkness may be abundant, eyelids shut Yet they left their doze, like Rumpelstiltskin confused To hear the end of the Night Larks ode, I reach upwards, and take the black, the forest And inwardly build a castle, to…
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  • Binge Drinking and the Many Degrees of Alcoholism

    Gateway Treatment Centers
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in 1987, Gateway aims to increase public awareness and understanding of alcoholism and the alcohol treatment options available for individuals and families who may need help. Gateway’s substance abuse treatment Experts Patricia Ryding, Psy.D., and Paul Getzendanner explain binge drinking and the varying degrees of alcoholism:  People tend to think of alcoholism as an all or nothing proposition. The perception is, if you can handle your liquor you are fine, as opposed to the…
  • Secular Alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous & Applying Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    The May-June 2015 issue of The Humanist includes a few pieces on a secular alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous, which has recently been exposed by EXPAA,, Penn & Teller and others as an inefficient recovery therapy that’s only supported with public funds because it’s filled with religious propaganda. In the editor’s note for the issue, Jennifer Bardi writes: Case Western Reserve researchers showed that when people think God “made” them a certain way, they’re more apt to blame him for their moral transgressions. The piece that details the secular…

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    This is a story that really happened a long time back and this is my way of saying Happy Mothers Day to my Mom. The story begins 18 years back when I must have been around four or five, I don’t quite remember. On a sleepy afternoon in the sleepy corner of a sleepy neighborhood in Siliguri, I curled up in the moss green couch that had been my favorite friend since our family moved from Kathmandu. Along with my purple stuffed dog that I had named Appu after our dog who had recently died, I remember sitting on the couch in the small patio that overlooked the lane that led to the main road.
  • Brilliant Short Film By |Norfolk Young Carers Forum | Our cares, our lives |

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Cruse | Bereavement  Care Alcohol Concern Night Terrors | Mind Scope | About Disability  Norfolk Young Carers Forum @NorfolkYCForum
  • Cunning Stunts

    Dennis Cardiff
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    23 April 2015 “Good morning, Chuck, it’s another cold one.” “No, we live in Canada. It’s not cold, if you’re dressed for the weather. As long as it doesn’t start raining again, I’ll be happy.” “Was it raining before?” “It sure was. There was a real downpour for about fifteen minutes. I went across to the library to take shelter below the overhang.” I said, “You mentioned that you were having trouble sleeping. How was it last night?” “I had a great sleep last night. I took a sleeping pill, but my…
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    The Discovering Alcoholic

  • She Who Fights Monsters

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Help a young girl survive seven days with her alcoholic father.  How’s that for a hook for an indie game.  Developed by Gaming Pixie, you can play for free; although a donation would be appreciated.  In the about me section, she mentions that several of her games have helped her deal with some rough spots in the real life journey so far.  She doesn’t single this one out, but it’s not hard to imagine some of the scenarios really happened.  The dialog is spot on, thus horrifying. I am playing it in short bursts  – survived Day 4 so far.  I thought it was…
  • Newest Anti-Meth Poster

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:19 pm
  • Successful Alcoholics?

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Wow, I can not believe I have never seen this one. I came because of the title, and stayed because it was funny, and in the end, pretty realistic. I understand it won some awards at Sundance. Successful Alcoholics from Jordan Vogt-Roberts on Vimeo.
  • Recovery Unplugged and Friends

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    I have been so busy of late, that I have barely been able to keep the posts coming on the site.  So I will use this as an opportunity to feed two birds with one worm. I want to publicly apologize to all the great readers, recovery people, and fellow bloggers who have sent in comments requesting some follow-up from me in effort to create some synergy for recovery related projects; only to get no response.  Among the seemingly ignored were: Jaime Roberts over at Eleven Seven Music who wanted to showcase a recovery related project by one of her artists. Sweetie over at , I…
  • Spring Break Fraternity Beer Bust Busted

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    With Panama City banning alcoholic beverages this spring break, the beaches of Alabama may have seemed like a better party alternative for one frat from LSU, but their scheme to bring a Smokey and the Bandit sized load of beer to our beaches was foiled by an expired tag.  I got a feeling Hunter and crew were east down and bound after this epic fail. From Channel 8 in Mobile’s website: The group made it all the way to Alabama before Mobile County Sheriff’s deputies spotted an expired tag on the trailer. “That was one of the reasons they were pulled over, and of course…
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  • Unhappy Hour-A Story of Alcohol and Alcoholism and Survival

    1 Jul 2016 | 2:56 am
    A Story of Alcohol and Alcoholism and Survival I looked like death yet still, something deep inside wanted me to be well thought well of. Symptoms of Anxiety Depression and my Psychotic behaviour and Drunk with Addiction meant I was not a reasonable man. I stood up very slowly. "I'm off to the shops. I'll see you later." Much to my relief there was no answer and I took that as
  • Inside the Electric Shock Chamber- A Psychiatrist saves me

    25 Dec 2015 | 2:25 am
    The Actual Electric Shock Chamber Experience-ECT for my Anxiety. Whatever they had given me had worked like a charm and I was awoken by a different nurse telling me that it was time to get ready. Time for the Shock Doc to do his thing. Depression People like me do not sleep well so last night was a bonus. Anxiety and Depression disorder and my Depression Behaviour over the months had exhausted
  • Anxiety Symptoms/Disorder/Attacks-A Great Infographic

    23 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    Thanks a lot to Maggie Danhakl over at Healthline. Great info! Please have a look at my own Recovery Stories from Alcoholism and Depression Inside the Electric Shock Chamber  After ECT for Alcoholism/Depression/Addiction- My Story Part 2 Alcoholism and Depression - My Recovery Part 1 Unhappy Hour-Drying Out from Alcoholism/Depression - My Story Part 2  Also please have a
  • Going Cold Turkey or Getting Rehab Help?????

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Stop Drinking By Yourself, or Get Help? Maybe Alcoholic/Alcoholism Blogs Can Help Point You In The Right Direction By Leslie Vandever (Gratefully published as a Guest Post) You’ve realized that you have a problem with alcohol, that yes, you’re an alcoholic. It’s taken a long time to get to this point, and it hasn’t been easy. This was the first step toward your recovery, though, and
  • Alcohol Recovery Groups - Why Bother?

    9 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Maybe this Photo will help you get Help!!!!! Alcohol Recovery Groups: Why Bother? By Leslie Vandever You’ve decided to stop drinking. You probably already know that very few people are able to stop without help and support. Addiction to alcohol isn’t just a bad habit. It has nothing to do with your morals or lack of willpower. You may be geneticallysusceptible to alcohol, making
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  • 3 Ways to Adjust Your Environment Before You Quit Alcohol

    Kevin O'Hara
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    In this video, I talk about the three areas where you can make changes in your environment. Your environment is one of the influential areas when it comes to triggering your drinking behavior. The post 3 Ways to Adjust Your Environment Before You Quit Alcohol appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • No More Guilt About Drinking Alcohol

    Kevin O'Hara
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    At first, doing stupid things while you’re drunk is a lark, its something to laugh about, a bit of a bragging point. But there comes a moment in every drinkers life, when you do something that goes beyond stupidity. Another reason to quit drinking is you won't have to feel guilty about something you've done while drunk... never again! The post No More Guilt About Drinking Alcohol appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • How Do I Relax Without Drinking Alcohol?

    Kevin O'Hara
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:48 am
    When you're thinking about ways to relax after you've quit, you need to ask yourself similar questions to the ones you asked for maintaining the fun in your live. How did you relax when you were using alcohol? Were you relaxing while you were pub crawling? Were you relaxing while you were out dancing? What about while you were at home in front of the TV? You’ll find that most of the time you were relaxed because of the situation, the people, the comfortable couch, the soft music, and so on. You've just associated alcohol with these situations for so long that they've become a part of your…
  • Alcohol Mastery Podcast Session 10

    Kevin O'Hara
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    In this session, I talk about how you can be your own therapist. You are the only one who can truly get what's going on inside your head. A therapist or a coach can only take you so far. They can only guide you. At the end of the day, it is you who must take the action. In truth, you are your best therapist. Once you have the right tools, you know immediately if something is working or not. You're right at the heart of it all. The post Alcohol Mastery Podcast Session 10 appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • How Do I Have Fun After Stopping Drinking?

    Kevin O'Hara
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    In this video I talk about: How did I have fun before I stopped drinking? Where was the real fun in my life? If you want to see real solid fun, take a look at kids playing. Do they need to be stimulated? We’ve just forgotten how to have fun, but like most things about quitting alcohol, having fun is something we can relearn. I was in the same situation as you, fun meant alcohol. The two went together like apple and pie and they seemed inseparable. They’re not. There’s plenty of fun to be had in life. What do I do now to have fun? The post How Do I Have Fun After Stopping Drinking?
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    A Spiritual Evolution

  • Reality, Denial, and god – Alcoholism and Codependency

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Reality is a tremendous nuisance to active alcoholics and codependents.  It’s so damn stubborn, but we’re more so!  We have a firm idea of how things really are and we’re stickin’ to it, however painful our grip.  The pain in both cases comes from everything that refuses to align with our story of how things can be okay – usually involving other people and their actions or views.   When I was living alcoholically, people kept misinterpreting my drinking.  Now that I’m sober but battling codependency, they keep not doing what they should. The trouble…
  • Boundaries = (honesty + humility) x self-esteem

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    The term “boundaries”  used to irritate me.  It’s always seemed such a pop-culture concept.  I guess it’s a psych term popularized during the assertiveness craze of the 80s – actually, I have no idea – but I first heard people throwing it around a lot in the 90s.  “That’s a boundary!” some woo-woo friend would exclaim, or, “You need to develop your boundaries” around this and that.  Like a lot of pop-psychology terms, it’s always kind of made me barf. I’m just that way.  Whenever I don’t understand…
  • Being Right vs. Just Being

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    If you happened to see last week’s blog, I was pretty hot under the collar.  I have plenty of beliefs about anger, but none of them seem to show up when it’s flaring in my system.  “Anger rises up in defense of something sacred,” I’ve been told, which was certainly true in this case – AA is precious to me, and I felt it had been attacked.  But that anger’s gone now.  Gabrielle Glaser makes some good points.  AA is not for everyone.  Some heavy drinkers do have a mere “bad habit,” and no clear line distinguishes their condition from…
  • Trashing AA as “Irrational”

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    Maybe you’ve seen Gabrielle Glaser’s Atlantic Monthly article entitled, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous.”  Glaser, a self-proclaimed normie (i.e. non-alcoholic), attempts to illuminate the scam of Alcoholics Anonymous, which passes itself off as the sole antidote to alcoholism, and advocates instead for newly developed drug treatments as a solution more “scientific” than AA’s program of abstinence and spiritual growth. Maybe you’re indifferent to both this article and AA.  But if you love AA for having saved your life and yet this…
  • What the Heck is a Spiritual Path?

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    A number of people dear to me in AA just can’t seem to stay sober.  Their recovery looks hopeful at times: they’ll string together a few months or even a year, but then they go out again.  At some point they drag themselves back looking haggard and beat up and often shockingly aged.  They share about being totally defeated, about knowing they can’t drink, and about their rock solid determination to stay sober this time.  Sadly, though, a few months or a year later, they’re gone again. The Big Book tells us why: they “failed to enlarge [their] spiritual…
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