Why does Alcoholics Anonymous work?

first_img Positive psychology exercises boost moods of those struggling with addiction says MGH study Clues to addiction Related Research showing how neurons interact could lead to new treatments The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Psychology’s new openness to religioncenter_img AA produces this effect through its ability to engage people over the long term. “When you’re treating an illness like AUD, which is susceptible to relapse over the early months and years of recovery, having an engaging, widely available, and free recovery-specific support option like AA can help sustain behavioral changes,” noted Kelly.Additionally, the finding that AA worked as well as other treatments on several outcomes and was far better at supporting long-term continuous abstinence at a lower cost has important clinical and economic implications.“When you consider that AUD accounts for the majority of addiction cases in both the U.S. and globally, conferring a huge economic burden on society, AA may be the closest thing in public health we have to a free lunch,” Kelly said. The review also noted elements of AA — such as having a recovery mentor, or sponsor — may be particularly helpful, in that sponsors act like recovery coaches in the early period of sobriety, providing monitoring, accountability, and continuous, flexible support.The review’s co-authors are Keith Humphreys, Stanford School of Medicine, and Marica Ferri, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. McLean program blends spirituality with counseling, once an unthinkable pairing When compared with other active treatment approaches — such as cognitive behavioral therapy — Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)-based interventions performed just as well at reducing drinking intensity, negative alcohol-related consequences, and addiction severity, according to a study released today.The research team, led by an investigator from the Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Recovery Research Institute, completed a comprehensive review of the relevant scientific literature, and additionally found that AA and related 12-step treatments better increased abstinence and remission rates, while substantially reducing health care costs.The review is published within the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.AA has been a popular intervention for alcohol use disorder (AUD) for decades, but much debate has persisted within both the scientific and lay communities about whether it and related 12-step clinical treatments designed to increase AA participation are effective. In the past 25 years, many scientific investigations have been conducted to help answer this question and determine whether, to what degree, and in what ways AA may be helpful for individuals suffering from AUD. Investigators analyzed data from 27 primary studies subjected to rigorous selection criteria. The final analysis included work from 150 scientists at 67 institutions, and more than 10,000 research subjects.“We conducted this review because, while AA is popular, it remained unclear how helpful it actually is when we subject it to the same scientific evaluation standards as we would any other clinical intervention,” said John Kelly, founder and director of the MGH Recovery Research Institute and lead author of the review. “Surprisingly, we found that AA and related 12-step clinical treatments demonstrated the ability to produce higher abstinence and remission rates at a much-reduced health care cost as compared to other well-established clinical treatments.” The review found those with AUD who participate in AA do not utilize costly other options such as emergency room visits, hospital stays, or traditional mental health or addiction clinical services. Summoning happiness to aid recoverylast_img read more

#DestinationDell Hits the Road to Visit Our Customers’ Future

first_imgOne of my favorite aspects of being senior vice president of North America Field Marketing at Dell EMC is hosting customers weekly in our Executive Briefing Centers where we can sit down together to talk about the day-to-day needs of a business, learn more about our customers’ goals and help bring to life the technology solutions that will work best for them. The meetings also give our customers a great opportunity to get their hands on the client products to experience them firsthand.Given the value of these meetings, I’m proud to announce the wheels are rolling on Destination Dell, our new mobile Executive Briefing Center hitting the road to visit our customers around the United States. We’re beginning with a 40-stop tour of the west coast, with visits to Seattle, Portland and the Bay Area, including a visit to Intel, our Destination Dell partner, on-the-ground in Santa Clara.So what is Destination Dell? Imagine an RV fully wrapped in the city skyline of our hometown, Austin, Texas, equipped inside with our top-of-the-line commercial products and demos to bring to life our technology solutions. There’s also a conference room fully equipped with Intel Unite, along with an architecture-based VR experience, an outdoor lounge area and often a “best-of” local food truck. Our customers will get a chance to step inside and see what the future workforce will look like as we help them adapt their business to be ready for what’s coming – and our hope is that they’ll have some fun while doing it, too.Why now? There are critical shifts occurring in the way people work and what makes them happy. Based on what we know from our Future Ready Workforce study, it’s important for our customers to have these conversations now. As part of our research we learned:More than 50 percent of employees expect to be working in a smart office in the next five yearsMore than 80 percent of millennials say workplace tech would have an influence when deciding to take a jobHalf of all employees, and three in five millennials, believe technology will make face-to-face conversation obsolete in the near futureMore than 60 percent of millennials would rather receive high tech perks at work versus low tech perks like ping pong and free foodThere is so much to consider about technology in business these days so we’re taking to the open road to make sure our customers feel ready and excited about the future of their solutions. Follow the journey of #DestinationDell and if you have questions, you can reach out to [email protected]last_img read more

‘Kerak telor’, grilled octopus spice up Cap Go Meh in Jakarta

first_imgOne of the most-visited stalls at the festival, run by 37-year-old named Samsudin, offers grilled octopus. Grilled with a spicy sauce, the octopus is sold for Rp 35,000 (US$2.5) per portion.“I opened my stall at 10 a.m., and after around two hours, I have served around 70 portions of the octopus,” Samsudin told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.Many visitors also visit the dodol betawi stall owned by Satibi, with flavors ranging from original to durian flavor.“So far, I have earned Rp 5 million from selling dodol,” he said, adding that he sold varieties of dodol from Rp 15,000 to Rp 140,000 per pack.Aside from culinary delights, visitors to the festival can enjoy a barongsai (lion dance) performance, the liong dragon dance and a parade involving traditional Betawi art, such as ondel-ondel (giant Betawi effigies) and gambang kromong (traditional Betawi musical ensemble). (glh)Topics : Forty-five food stalls serving a variety of delicacies were displayed at a culinary festival on Jl. Pancoran in Pinangsia subdistrict, West Jakarta, to celebrate Cap Go Meh on Saturday.The celebration of Cap Go Meh, which translates to “the fifteenth night”, closes 15 days of Chinese New Year festivities.The culinary festival will last during the weekend, offering food and beverages ranging from traditional favorites of Jakarta’s Betawi people, such as kerak telor (Betawi-style omelet made of duck eggs and rice) and dodol betawi (a traditional toffee-like sweets made of palm sugar) to Chinese staples like dumplings and fried meatballs.last_img read more