Health and Wellness

Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101

Denise Krochta

Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101 – Alcoholism/Addiction and Families

What does the research indicate?

Most people would agree that there is not just one way to treat addiction/alcoholism. Over the past few weeks there has been a lot in the news about AA and the 12 step programs, whether they work or not. There is always controversy when new methods are introduced that are not what people are used to or “accepted”. Denise speaks with Dr. William Miller this week about the science and clinical trials that introduce some of the more recent thoughts on this topic. What works for some people might not work for others. Shouldn’t there be choices?

Dr. William R. Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He served as Director of Clinical Training for UNM’s APA-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology and as Co-Director of UNMs Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA). Dr. Millers publications include 40 books and over 400 articles and chapters. Fundamentally interested in the psychology of change, he has focused in particular on the development, testing, and dissemination of behavioral treatments for addictions. He served as principal investigator for numerous research grants and contracts, founded a private practice group, and served as a consultant to many organizations including the United States Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of his research contributions, Dr. Miller is a recipient of the international Jellinek Memorial Award, two career achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, and an Innovators in Combating Substance Abuse award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He maintains an active interest in pastoral counseling and the integration of spirituality and psychology. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him as one of the worlds most cited scientists.