Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink And How They Can Regain Control

Ladies are imbibing more than ever and AA does not work for them (which actually only has a 12% success rate). The woman described in the book, Joanna, discovered Your Empowering Solutions out of Palos Verdes, run by psychologists Mary Ellen Barnes and Ed Wilson to offer an intensive 5-day, 1-on-1 therapy program to determine what works best for the patient to reduce or stop alcohol abuse ($10k). Naltrexone is a drug that blocks alcohol cravings; it works by blocking endorphins from releasing when drinking, so you get less/no reward, reducing alcohol euphoria most effectively in women. Taken an hour before drinking, it’s “lapse prevention.” The team also had her take a test (Washington University Sentence Completion Test) which assesses how a person’s experiences and identity shape their approach to life. Autonomous people who have highly evolved sense of independence and self (as Joanna scored) don’t do well in A.A. whereas people lower on the scale are more fit for that type of treatment. Independent thinkers who are introspective and aware of inner conflicts benefit more from the tailored approach of the Palos Verdes group.