The Matter of the Heart - Lisa Boucher - Author of the Award Winning Book - Raising the Bottom, Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture , Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous Lisa lived with her alcoholic mother for several years and this manifested her passion to write her book. She was also a registered nurse for 25 years and for the most part never saw a healthy approach for the treatment of alcoholics in hospitals. Most of the alcoholics were given consistent medication without a treatment for the cure. What are the signs of an alcoholic? Why do some have resistance for treatment? Carol explores the psychology of the patient with Lisa. What is a functional alcoholic? Why does Lisa believe that AA is the best form of treatment? What are some of the psychological reasons that contribute to an alcoholic? Why is a person's self esteem so vital for recovery and how does Alcoholics Anonymous foster this with their group sessions? Is a group session a replacement from a genetic family, enhancing a bond and compassion for one another? Lisa reviews some of the steps starting from the alcoholics life which has become so unmanageable to the twelfth step believing in a higher power. According to Lisa, some methods for healing could be journal writing, taking note of any childhood trauma that occurred in the person's life. Loving energy in the program can be monumental for healing. Support also creates a sense of security and inner peace. This is a fascinating podcast of how a woman learned the hard way and then gave back to mankind!