SpringerBriefs in Neuroscience

Molecular Neurobiology of Addiction Recovery

The 12 Steps Program and Fellowship

Authors: Blum, K., Femino, J., Teitelbaum, S., Giordano, J., Oscar-Berman, M., Gold, M.

  • First book to break down the science behind successful 12 step programs
  • Features beautiful full-color illustrations
  • Authored by a team of experts
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About this book

Humans are biologically programmed to seek out pleasurable experiences.  These experiences are processed in the mesolimbic system, also referred to as the "reward center" of the brain, where a number of chemical messengers work in concert to provide a net release of dopamine in the Nucleus Accumbens.  In some genetically predisposed individuals, addiction occurs when the mechanisms of the mesolimbic system are disrupted by the use of various drugs of abuse. Since Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935, it's 12 step program of spiritual and character development has helped countless alcoholics and drug addicts curb their self-destructive behaviors.  However, the program was developed at a time when comparatively little was known about the function of the brain and it has never been studied scientifically. This is the first book to take a systematic look at the molecular neurobiology associated with each of the 12 steps and to review the significant body of addiction research literature that is pertinent to the program.​

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book provides an outstanding description of 12-step programs and explains the neurobiology of change. The purpose is to provide a conceptual schematic for addiction recovery by linking the 12-step program and fellowship with insights from neuroscience. … The audience is professionals interested in the treatment of patients with addictive disorders. … This interesting book is the first attempt to review the molecular neurobiological aspects of 12-step programs.” (Marcos Modiano-Esquenazi, Doody’s Book Reviews, January, 2014)

Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Blum, Kenneth (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Molecular Neurobiology of Recovery with the Twelve Steps

    Blum, Kenneth (et al.)

    Pages 11-82

  • Conclusions

    Blum, Kenneth (et al.)

    Pages 83-85

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eBook £35.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7230-8
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £44.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7229-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Molecular Neurobiology of Addiction Recovery
Book Subtitle
The 12 Steps Program and Fellowship
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Neuroscience
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7230-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7230-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7229-2
Series ISSN
2191-558X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 89
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 illustrations in colour
Topics