jeudi 4 avril 2013

It takes an alcoholic to help another one stop drinking

Hello Readers,

I originally planned to post a highly scientific subject, namely, a meta-analysis which I am carrying out on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but this is morphing out into a medical publication with treatment plan so I will hold off from publishing it in its entirety but I will likely post some part of the publication soon.

In the meantime, I'll discuss some recent endeavor which I carried out this week. I applied to the Behavioral Neuroscience Honour at Concordia University in Montreal with a minor in Computer Science and I also applied to work in a lab dedicated to addiction problems at McGill University Health Center but the lab head answered my application by telling me to get back in touch when I will have finished my bachelor.

Close to a month ago, I finished a therapy to stop alcohol drinking and I have been introduced to the AA movement and this is helping me out. One of its cornerstone is that it takes an alcoholic to help another one stop drinking which is true and it is also the best way to stay sober, by helping another alcoholic to stop drinking.

You know my penchant for medical studies and it's been a long-term desire of mine to become a medical doctor. In addiction treatment, most of the work is not done by medical doctors but instead, therapist, social workers and AA members but there is still a place for doctors to be useful such as emergency care (Vit B12, Naltrexone & Acamprosate, Riluzole for OCD patient and maybe a few other meds) and treatment guidance. We can also do research and the group I applied for is, indeed, conducting research on the neurobiology of addiction and such research will be useful to help heal the brain of its alcohol induced injury.

In the meantime, I can still help an alcoholic to stop drinking and this is what matters.


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