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Belladonna Treatment

Belladonna treatment and a brief history of Alcoholics Anonymous. In October 1909, Dr. Alexander Lambert boldly announced to a New York Times reporter that he had found a surefire cure for alcoholism and drug addiction. Even more astounding, he stated that the treatment required “less than five days.” The therapy consisted of an odd mixture […]

Wet Brain

Wet brain is a form of brain damage. Wet brain is also called Wernicke Korsakoff syndrome, Korsakoff’s psychosis, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, and beri beri. The symptoms of wet brain may sometimes improve with therapy but it is often permanent and irreversible. Wet brain is caused by a deficiency of thiamine which is also known as vitamin […]

10 things no one tells you before you go to an AA meeting

By John Sutherland Alcoholics Anonymous survivor John Sutherland explains why you should never interrupt someone or agree to buy a car while attending one of the fellowship’s meetings 1. The coffee is execrable It’s like drinking paint-stripper. After years of alcoholism, you finally understand what ‘rotgut’ is. But, for newcomers, what else are you to […]



Where Science Meets the Steps

by David Sack, M.D. Few approaches to addiction generate as much controversy as 12-step recovery. On one side are the ardent supporters of the program, some of whom credit it with saving their lives. On the other side are the critics and those who found that the program didn’t resonate with them or even hindered their recovery. […]

What Would The World Be Like If Obituaries Started Saying, ‘Lost Their Battle With Addiction’?

By Abby Rosmarin I’m going to hate that this is my opening paragraph and I’ll tell you why in a minute. But, for the sake of starting this, let’s just get it over with: another person from my hometown recently died from a drug overdose. There was no big overlap in our lives. He graduated from […]

Daily Reflection

January 22 “LET’S KEEP IT SIMPLE” A few hours later I took my leave of Dr. Bob. . . . The wonderful, old, broad smile was on his face as he said almost jokingly, “Remember, Bill, let’s not louse this thing up. Let’s keep it simple!” I turned away, unable to say a word. That […]