The 12 Steps

The 12 Steps in a Generic Form

Online Meetings

Calendar of online meetings


Forum conversations about the 12 Steps

The Medical Consequences

Dr. Carran talks about how addiction is one of the diseases that has the capacity to damage every single organ system in the body. Perhaps the organ system that is most familiar and in some ways best demonstrates the capacity of the disease of addiction to do damage is the liver.

Dr. Todd Carran is based at, based just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, which is a full service residential drug & alcohol treatment center.

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Dr. Todd Carran gives an overview of the disease of addiction and briefly introduces the changes in the brain during addiction.



Dr. Todd Carran talks about the progressive pathophysiology of the brain in greater detail that occurs from mood-altering substances.



Dr. Todd Carran talks about the psychological factors that make people more susceptible to the disease of addiction.



With the addiction, relapse is common and potentially deadly. Dr. Carran talks about the current state of the art of dealing with relapse.



Dr. Todd Carran talks about the correlations between smoking and addictive behaviors and the importance of giving up smoking.


Brain Imaging

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), discusses what happens in the human brain from addiction to drugs.


Brain Disease

Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) presents a seminar on "Addiction as a Brain Disease: What Does it Mean?"


As A Disease

Dr. McCauley presents reasons to consider addiction as a disease, based on the dopamine hypothesis, and how that translates to treatment.