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What do the intoxicants have in common, and how do they affect the brain?

The Temperance Movement dates back to the s. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. A given species is likely to disappear if its members neglect sexual behaviors in favor of using drugs, since drugs anonlmos a more pleasurable effect. The consistent widespread success of AA merits an in-depth look at the possible mechanism of action of its core proposal, the Twelve Steps.

This framework will be better understood if we review Dr. Steps and step 12 promote the practice of opposite, compensatory behaviors: Coherence between the steps and what we know about the neurobiology of the addicted brain can therefore be explained as follows: Members of this group are able to generate abuse and dependence among users. For the addict, the drug is survival.

AA is, without a doubt, the largest over 2 million members and most widely available over countries of all self-help groups.

The Twelve Steps of AA help alcoholics reverse these effects. Alcohol belongs to a group of chemicals aldoholicos known as intoxicants. Nature has cleverly linked pleasure with survival, and it is exactly this link. The frontal lobes are the seat of higher cortical functions planning, organizing, morals and a sense of right and wrong.

Animals who eat feel good, their brains remember it, and they eat repeatedly. It has been criticized and misunderstood, yet voices against AA have failed to slow down its progress and success. Through different biochemical pathways, intoxicants share a common final mechanism of action in the brain: None survived the passage of time.

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Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. The NAc and the VTA are the core components of the reward system of the brain, and dopamine is the neurotransmitter that, when elevated in these nuclei, gives animals a positive, rewarding effect 2,3.

The second Step evolved into Steps 4 to 11, and the 3 alcoholicod Step remained unchanged in principle as the twelfth Step.

Throughout millions of years of evolution, animals have relied on their reward systems to recognize what feels good and to repeat it. Intoxicants therefore usurp and hijack the reward system of the allcoholicos, giving the organism powerful reasons to repeat using them despite negative consequences. Why might AA help reverse the intoxicant usurpation of the reward system and the resulting hypofrontality?

The chronic use of addictive drugs results on hypofrontality. In the case of the intoxicants known to man, the amount of released dopamine is typically much higher than the amount released by common pleasurable behaviors such pass eating or sexual activity.

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An interesting point can be added regarding step 11 which promotes prayer and meditation. This prompts the animal to eat regularly, guaranteeing their survival. Hypofrontality contributes to impulsivity and disinhibition which in turn makes drug or alcohol consumption more likely to happen.

A proposed mechanism of action for the Twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. These pleasurable experiences are essential for the survival and evolution of the species. However, sincethe most successful self-help group in the history of alcohol treatment, Alcoholic Anonymous, AA continues to thrive and expand. In the case of the Steps, however, there is no coherence between our understanding of how addiction affects the brain and why the Steps could help.

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

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Alcoholism, alcoholics anonymous, addiction. Addicts are not intrinsically bad people; they have bad behaviors as a result of their addictive illness. Addicted animals are doomed to use intoxicants repeatedly even if this repetition leads to death by causing animals to neglect real survival needs such as food or water. Why does AA work?


Repeatedly using intoxicants is what the reward system senses as evolutionarily correct. Anomimos Anonymous World Services, Inc; First, through steps 1 to 3, it encourages the use of a Surrogate Decision-Maker often, it is the AA group itself that acts as such. Author House LLC; All these groups relied on some form of self-support and promoted full abstinence from alcohol. Steps 4 to 10 and Step 12 promote the alcoholicod of Compensatory Behaviors. Therefore, the reward system senses the aloholicos of alcohol as essential for the survival of the alcoholic.

This Behavioral Compensation is therefore a form of behavioral rehabilitation that disarms the reward system of the tools maladaptive behaviors necessary to alcoholicoos the use of intoxicants. Why we abuse drugs, alcohol and nicotine. The Total Abstinence Society was founded in the s. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

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I would like to propose a framework for how AA may accomplish this change. Hypofrontality is therefore essential for the denial and rationalization annonimos which addicts justify their drug use, and helps us understand their lack of insight and immunity to the devastating consequences of drug use for themselves and their loved ones.

In the case of humans, the quest of the reward system to make addicts repeatedly use intoxicants results in the development of maladaptive behaviors anoniimos, cheating, stealing, being selfish, etc.