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Paths In To and Paths Out Of Alcoholism – Dawn Farm Education Series and UM Recovery Program

September 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception at 6:30 pm.

Presentation 7:30 pm.


Two cohorts of males with alcohol addiction”“ one “privileged” and one severely “underprivileged” ““ were followed prospectively for 60 years in a well-known Harvard study. By following the men from youth to older age it was possible to observe their drinking patterns and determine factors that may have contributed to the development and progression of alcohol addiction and to recovery from alcohol addiction. This presentation by the study director will discuss evidence from this study that supports the efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous participation in providing the four proven ingredients for stable remission from addiction, including: (1) a competing comforting substitute for alcohol, (2) a spiritual, loving family, (3) involuntary supervision and reminder of the consequences of relapse, and (4) new love relationships.

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LOCATION:  University of Michigan Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th  floor, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Reception in the University of Michigan Rackham Assembly floor, 4th floor. This event is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, The University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) and The University of Michigan Students for Recovery (SFR.)

Handouts: Paths Handout 

Video Link

Related Reading Suggestions:

The Natural History of Alcoholism Revisited by Dr. Vaillant.

Additional Books by Dr. Vaillant.

About the presenter


VaillantImageForWebSite400pxDr. Vaillant is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital.  He is graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School; Dr. Vaillant did his psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He has spent his research career charting adult development, the importance of involuntary coping mechanisms, and recovery from alcoholism. From 1970 to 2005 he was Director of the Study of Adult Development at the Harvard University Health Service.  The study is arguably the longest (75 years) prospective psychosocial and medical study of males in the world.  At age 80 he is now the beneficiary of his own research.

More recently Vaillant has been interested in positive emotions and their relationship to Positive Psychology. In 2000 he became a founding member of Positive Psychology. He has been a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a past Class A (nonalcoholic trustee) of Alcoholics Anonymous and is a Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has received the Jellinek Memorial Award and American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Service Award.

His published works include Adaptation to Life, 1977, The Natural History of Alcoholism-Revisited, 1995, Aging Well, 2002, Spiritual Evolution, 2008 and Triumphs of Experience, 2012.


September 21, 2016
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Rackham Auditorium
915 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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