Daily Archives: 02/03/2015

Understanding Drugs and Addiction

On some of the forums I spend time on and in sober blogs that I read there have been some links recently to some information that’s new to me and so I thought I would share them here.  Thanks to Matt over at mattsnewlife and the BFB Yahoo for sharing them  🙂

From my time of blogging there seems to be two approaches to getting sober – AA, the grandfather movement, and non-AA.  I don’t want to get into whether one is better or worse than the other because as you know I believe that we are all unique and therefore there is no ONE way that is right on our individual sober path and whatever journey you take if it works for you then great!

These links have been of the non-AA variety and I’m re-sharing here:

One suggestion on Wikihow outlines the CORE process, which stands for Commit, Objectify, Respond, Enjoy and they believe that by employing these simple techniques, you can beat the bottle quietly — and for free — in the dignity of your own home.  You can read the full details here:

http://m.wikihow.com/Quit-Drinking-without-Alcoholics-Anonymous

The other was a website called Stop Drinking Alcohol and they maintain that:

Alcoholism is not a disease or something that you are powerless before. It is, in fact, a very bad habit that you’ve allowed to get the better of you. And as soon as you begin to change your behavior, and replace this bad habit with good habits, you will begin to be healthier and happier than you’ve been in a very long time.

I don’t know the answer about is it a disease or whether it is a habit that requires a behaviour change model.  Personally I believe it is both – I nursed patients on a ward with alcoholic liver disease so for me it fits the disease model if left unchecked.   Plus my own experience has been about behaviour change with psychological support to unpick the underlying reasons why this maladaptive coping mechanism for managing my emotions wasn’t the answer for me any more.

If you would like to understand more about drugs and addiction why not join me on the free course that starts a week today online?  It’s provided by the experts at Kings College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and lasts 6 weeks and requires 4 hours study a week.

Here’s what they say: How do addictions develop? How are they best treated and prevented? Explore these key questions with this free online course.

About the course:
We are all touched by addiction – personally, within our circle of family and friends, and within our community. Addiction and its related harms can be crippling for those affected and the people around them.But how does addiction develop? What can we do to treat it? And what can we do to prevent it?

Explore how addiction develops

In this free online course, we’ll explore how addiction develops, looking at the environmental, genetic and personal risks involved.

We’ll examine what happens when a drug enters your body and your brain, how your brain changes, and how this process can make recovering from addiction such a challenge.

You’ll learn how we can best treat addiction, and how national and international policies help limit the harms from addiction.

Meet experts in addiction science and treatment

King’s College London is a world leader in the science and treatment of addiction. Educators on this course are drawn from a variety of disciplines throughout the university, and work together to understand and respond to addiction.

Each week, we’ll be joined by some of the world’s leading scientists, who will present cutting edge neuroscientific research – research that will lead to a greater understanding of how addiction develops and how we can treat it most effectively.

By understanding addiction, we can shed light on the greater issues of self-control and choice. Indeed, we will develop a greater understanding of ourselves.

Requirements

No specialist knowledge or previous experience is required.

I’ve done a Future Learn course before studying: Liver Disease: Looking after your Liver with the University of Birmingham and really enjoyed it 🙂