Navigation Links
Helping others helps alcoholics stay on the road to recovery, Case Western Reserve shows
Date:1/28/2011

Participating in community service activities and helping others is not just good for the soul; it has a healing effect that helps alcoholics and other addicts become and stay sober, a researcher from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine reports.

In a review article published in the Volume 29 issue of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Maria E. Pagano, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine, sheds light on the role of helping in addiction recovery, using the program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a prime example. She cites a growing body of research as supporting evidence.

"The research indicates that getting active in service helps alcoholics and other addicts become sober and stay sober, and suggests this approach is applicable to all treatment-seeking individuals with a desire to not drink or use drugs," Dr. Pagano says. "Helping others in the program of AA has forged a therapy based on the kinship of common suffering and has vast potential."

In her research, Dr. Pagano highlights the helper therapy principle (HTP), a concept embodied by AA, as a means of diminishing egocentrism or selfishness, a root cause of addiction. The HTP is based on the theory that, when a person helps another individual with a similar condition, they help themselves.

The principle is reflected in the stated purpose of AA, which is to help individuals "stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety." Helping other alcoholics is viewed as the foundation for the alcoholic helper to stay on the path to recovery, Dr. Pagano says in her overview of the AA program.

In addition to outlining the basis for AA-related helping, Dr. Pagano reviews the data to date that illustrates the health and mental health benefits derived from helping others. She likewise examines several empirical studies she conducted previously which show how helping others in 12-step programs of recovery help the recovering
'/>"/>

Contact: Jessica Studeny
jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-368-4692
Case Western Reserve University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Explorers Bounty Puffed Fruit Snacks Helping Parents Battle Summer Obesity
2. Helping Turn "WannabeWELLS" into Wise Consumers
3. Leading U.S. Infertility Practice Opens Boston IVF The Maine Center in Portland, Helping Build Families in Maine
4. Doctor Joseph Racanelli is Helping Christina Get Back Her Shape After Brutal Attack
5. Star of TVs The Doctors Helping Put Smiles on Faces of Needy Children in India
6. A Small Grass-roots Non-profit, Announces That They Haven't Gone Away and are Still Alive with Helping the Disadvantaged Children in Ukraine
7. New Treatments and Good Skin Care Helping Patients Control Acne and Rosacea
8. LocalITCompanies.com now Helping Chicago, Dallas and Houston Businesses Find Pre-Screened IT Companies
9. The American Heart Association's The Heart of Diabetes Campaign is Helping Patients 'Know Your Diabetes' Better
10. Sisters Helping Sisters: A New Lupus Research Study to Follow Sisters of Lupus Patients
11. New England Journal of Medicine Article Trumpets “Priority” Status of Helping Patients Take Medications Correctly
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/3/2015)... Using an “intelligent,” rather than random, ... D prescription drug coverage plans could save Medicare and ... of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis discovered. ... issue of the journal Health Affairs and build upon ... more than $5 billion in its Part D low-income ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... Perth Amboy, NJ (PRWEB) March 03, 2015 ... the winners of “Picture of Health,” an interactive photo ... NJ on Sunday, February 8, 2015. To raise awareness ... community, visitors were encouraged to share their best health ... tips appeared on Raritan Bay Medical Center’s website and ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... 03, 2015 Chicago has long been known ... Michael Jordan, brought a level of basketball to Chicago that ... experience again since his Chicago Bulls days in the 1990’s. ... to this day. This era also witnessed the birth and ... Due to this rich basketball culture, US Sports Camps seeks ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... 03, 2015 Volpara Solutions, leaders in ... John D. Pavlidis has joined their Board of Directors. ... and executive management experience in the medical industry, including ... small organizations. , “John’s broad management experience in breast ... will be a tremendous asset to the sales, product ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... (PRWEB) March 03, 2015 Nutritional ... an international keynote presenter at the third ecommerce ... Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre March 10-12. , ... March 11, at 11 am (Melbourne time). His ... Interests,” will discuss making each customer’s experience unique ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Medicare and Patients with Schizophrenia Could Save $150 Million on Part D Plans 2Health News:Medicare and Patients with Schizophrenia Could Save $150 Million on Part D Plans 3Health News:Raritan Bay Medical Center Announces Winners of “Picture of Health” Photo Contest 2Health News:US Sports Camps and Nike Basketball Camps Add Five New Locations In and Around Chicago for the Summer of 2015 2Health News:Volpara Solutions Adds Medical Imaging Veteran John Pavlidis to Board of Directors 2Health News:Volpara Solutions Adds Medical Imaging Veteran John Pavlidis to Board of Directors 3Health News:South Florida-based PureFormulas will discuss personalization at ecommerce Conference and Expo in Melbourne, Australia 2
... be the hardest hit as a result of the recent ... events. Approximately 23 percent of Japanese citizens currently are age ... proportion of older people in any country gives us ... headed," said James Appleby, RPh, MPH, executive director of The ...
... with different terms to describe a clinical trial, parents were far ... called a "research study" than if it was called a "medical ... the former as safer, even though that was not necessarily the ... Human Research . Terms such as these are ...
... HealthDay Reporter , THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- ... known: pimples, low self-esteem and depression often go hand-in-hand. ... emotional problems, the analysis of 16 studies suggests that ... sales. "Acne has a huge impact on people,s ...
... , FRIDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- The ... of Americans now infected with HIV, a new report suggests. ... and experienced in providing the care these patients need, the ... third and final report of a series focused on the ...
... delivering on its commitment to help the world,s most ... affordable, reliable, and stable treatment for malaria that will ... children in Africa. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of ... Trost, Member of Parliament for SaskatoonHumboldt, announced the breakthrough ...
... physicians of patients who drive with cognitive impairment, according ... , the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association ... of patients with cirrhosis (a condition in which the ... and diseases) are affected by a peculiar kind of ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Japanese tsunami underscores need for elder disaster preparedness 2Health News:Terminolgy matters in parents' willingness to enroll their children in research 2Health News:Acne May Blemish Teens' Emotional Lives, Too 2Health News:Report Highlights Shortage of HIV Care Providers in U.S. 2Health News:Government of Canada announces results in fight to save women and children with malaria 2Health News:Doctors should evaluate liver disease patients for cognitive impairment, address driving safety 2Health News:Doctors should evaluate liver disease patients for cognitive impairment, address driving safety 3
(Date:3/3/2015)... /CNW/ - ChipCare Corporation, a University of Toronto start-up ... and other infectious and non-communicable diseases has closed ... its first-generation product to market while further developing ... (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150303/179107 ) Insufficient ... and affordable diagnostic tests makes it difficult to ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... , Mar. 03, 2015 Research and Markets ... Jain PharmaBiotech,s new report "Cardiovascular Drug Delivery - ... , Drug delivery to the cardiovascular system ... the anatomy and physiology of the vascular system; it ... body. Drugs can be introduced into the vascular system ...
(Date:3/3/2015)...  Tru-D SmartUVC will exhibit the cutting-edge UV ... Nurses, Surgical Conference and Expo 2015 in ... Awareness Week March 7 through 11. AORN provides ... and professional development. Photo - ...   Tru-D SmartUVC,s UV light ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:ChipCare Closes Oversubscribed $5 Million Series A Financing 2ChipCare Closes Oversubscribed $5 Million Series A Financing 3Global Cardiovascular Drug Delivery Technologies, Markets and Companies 2014-2024 2Global Cardiovascular Drug Delivery Technologies, Markets and Companies 2014-2024 3Tru-D SmartUVC to Exhibit Most Effective UV Disinfection Robot at AORN Surgical Conference and Expo 2015 2Tru-D SmartUVC to Exhibit Most Effective UV Disinfection Robot at AORN Surgical Conference and Expo 2015 3
... Craftsmanship have produced the finest ... Ocutek now makes them available ... the coveted Meisterbrief certificate, which ... qualified to become Ocutek instrument ...
... Craftsmanship have produced the finest ... Ocutek now makes them available ... the coveted Meisterbrief certificate, which ... qualified to become Ocutek instrument ...
Medtronic Ophthalmics offers a comprehensive selection of corneal trephine,blades and handles. Handcrafted, sharp, uniform blade edges promote a,symetrical and vertical cut of all corneal layers....
Medtronic Ophthalmics offers a comprehensive selection of corneal trephine,blades and handles. Handcrafted, sharp, uniform blade edges promote a,symetrical and vertical cut of all corneal layers....
Medicine Products: