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????***

“Grendel” Discussion Chapters 1-2

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For discussion and reflection (and maybe a journal entry or two):

  • Why does the ram make Grendel angry..why is he so angry period?
  • Contemplate Grendel as other characters from lit. Does he remind you of anyone? For me, it’s Holden from Catcher in rye, The narrator from notes from underground; what is genesis of frustration in all these characters?
  • What does Grendel think of the humans behavior as they’re observing him in the tree
  • Pg. 13– “I understood that the world was nothing: a mechanical chaos of casual brute enmity in which we stupidly impose our hopes and fears” discuss
  • Page 16 is crucial… “suddenly I knew I was dealing with the most dangerous creatures I had ever met— pattern makers”
  • Middle of 17 also.. “all that I had come to understand— the meaningless object ness of the world, the universal brutality
  • Why, at the bottom of 18, does he state aloud what perceptions he is experiencing?
  • What is meant by, “ I observe myself experiencing what I observe”?