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Science, Spirituality, and the Road to Recovery
Anderson Spickard Jr., M.D.
Spiritual practices and experiences may bring about transformation in the fight against addiction.
"Working the Twelve Steps had become my road map for all the work I had to do, both in my inner life and in the outside world."
A recovering addict describes a significant event during his journey to recovery.
"I now know, and what a revelation it has been to my understanding, that the alcoholic or drug addict won't stop because they can't stop."
A comprehensive recovery program that uses science coupled with spirituality shows that it's possible to rescue an addict and reprogram the brain away from destructive behaviors.
Researchers are searching for genes responsible for multi generational addiction in families.
"There are personal risk factors that dramatically increase the chances of developing an addiction." Excerpted from The Craving Brain
Every addict must reach his own turning point to escape the web of addiction.
"Talking to a loved one before it's too late could make such a difference and prevent decades of unnecessary malevolence toward a person who cannot help himself."
“It was like watching a movie, one where you know something bad is about to happen to the main character, and you hope that somehow he escapes danger." James B.
Why can't they just stop? The answer may surprise you. A former addict shares his journey and insight gained during recovery.
The critical link between spirituality and science in the recovery process and the hope it offers to the addicted and the people who love them.
Why is spirituality an integral part of recovery from addiction?
How I became determined to shed light on addiction.
Anderson Spickard, Jr., M.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical School.