Analyzing AA: Evaluating treatment programs

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Read the incredibly interesting Atlantic article titled, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” linked here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-irrationality-of-alcoholics-anonymous/386255/

While reading, fill out the following chart: AA Analyzed with the the goal of addressing the learning outcome, “Examine prevention strategies and treatments for substance abuse and addictive behavior”

The new science of addiction

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Check out the study below by Nora Volkow et al. (2011): 

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/37/15037.full

This research aligns with much of the work Volkow has been doing for much of the past 15 years. Her goal is to treat addicts. Like everything in treatment, treatment is most effective when underlying etiology is clear. Thus, Ms. Volkow is taking a reductionist approach to understand addiction at its most fundamental level.

After reading her research, we’ll watch her discuss her seismic findings:

Exercise mitigates stress…but why?

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Utilize the resources below with the goal of answering the question posed by this post!

  • Read this post from the American Psychological Association (APA) discussing the ways in which exercise can decrease the physiological effects of stress

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/exercise-stress.aspx

**What is the key conceptual commonality that the 3 resources above share????***

NEUROGENESIS

**What do we know about increased brain connectivity in the frontal lobe????***