Frequently Asked Questions
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What is required?
- Regular Internet Access (minimum weekly access).
- High speed access is recommended.
- Quick-time or Media Player and flash 7 plug-in (download provided on Life Recovery Program site)
- 1-2hr/week for lesson & homework (psycho-educational videos range from 30-40 minutes in length, divided into digestible video chapters).
- Assigned tools and homework are a critical component to any recovery program. Homework assignments and suggestions will require roughly 20 min/day. However, like anything else in life, the more commitment and energy you put into it, the more you will get out of it!
- A commitment to self and the desire to consider things differently.
Is it Difficult?
- The word I would use, is that it is Different.
- I will challenge you to think, believe and begin to behave in ways that are different from past negative, self-limiting patterns of thinking, believing and behaving.
- The Life Recovery Program is committed to gently yet effectively address your core attitudes and beliefs (a cognitive behavioural therapy approach), bringing awareness to what might otherwise be self-destructive and self-limiting coping styles and beliefs to provide alternative, healthier ways of coping. I will challenge you to think, believe and begin to behave in ways that are different from past negative, self-limiting patterns of thinking, believing and behaving.
What is the Number One thing you could do if you suspect your child or loved one is using
- MODEL HEALTHY COMMUNICATION; encourage them to get support such as the Life Recovery Program. “Are you engaging in a behaviour that is destructive and out of control?”
- SHARE how their addiction is affecting you.
Can All-Addictions Life Recovery Program help me lose (and/or maintain) weight?
- Yes, disordered eating habits (i.e. over/under eating, binge/purge) are very much like other compulsive behaviours (behavioural addictions) with the usual attempt of self-soothing (i.e. escape from an unpleasant emotional state).
- We often use external things to soothe unpleasant internal sensations.
- There are ways to address those internal, often undesirable feelings by substituting other more desirable behaviours and activities, all of which are a part of this program.
Is this a 12-step or 16-step program?
- No, although it shares a similar philosophy i.e. the need for a necessary change in lifestyle and the spiritual meanings of people.
- The Life Recovery Program operates along a more bio-psycho-social-spiritual paradigm, in which the individual struggling with addictive or compulsive behaviour is given insight into the (destructive) core beliefs, cognitions and attitudes that give rise to compulsive acting out behaviours.
- The Life Recovery Program acknowledges the individual in the most wholistic way, providing mind/body stress reduction strategies, which allows for an all encompassing, evidenced based approach to the theories and techniques used in the treatment of addicted individuals.
Can I just acquire and watch all the learning modules at once?
- This program has been designed and developed to simulate the structure of a psycho-educational treatment program in the form of audio-visual lessons of which homework, goals and weekly supportive emails will be ongoing throughout the program.
- Therefore, to view all the videos at once would inhibit the possibility of full integration of the material.
- This is not meant to be a “quick fix”, but in fact a series of learning modules that allow you to integrate the ideas and tools at a pace that is intense yet allows for a self-reflective and integrative process, thus providing the best outcome strategy.
What is the reasoning behind a 3 to 6 month program when many treatment programs are 28-days or less?
- I often hear people say, perhaps not at the beginning, but somewhere near the middle and usually near the end of a typical one to two month treatment program, “It’s almost over? I’m only just beginning to get the program and use the tools. There’s not enough time!”
- I want you to fully ‘get’ and integrate the tools of your recovery. I want you to have more than enough time.
- Almost half of all relapses occur within the first 3 months after discharge from a treatment centre.
- A majority of treatment centers in North America typically have a 2-month plus wait list.
- This program will provide tools and information whether you are on a treatment center waitlist, or in need of further support after leaving a treatment center, or seeking a program independent of any residential treatment plan.
- This recovery program is available to you anywhere, at anytime!
I want to know “WHY” myself, or a loved one is addicted?
- The Million Dollar Question “WHY” is the obvious one that most people ask and often “commit” a great deal of energy investigating, often without gaining a greater understanding or success in their recovery. To put it simply, to merely focus on the “why” will often result in maintaining the undesirable behaviour. This often leaves someone in a state of “chasing their tail” i.e. staying stuck.
- The better question to ask is how did I become addicted and more so, how do I get out? What were the variables involved that led to my addiction? More importantly, what are some of the things I can do in the present to get out of my addiction?
- Often, when we focus on the question of “why" this usually locks us into the past and we then become problem focused, rather than solution focused.
- As long as I am stuck trying to figure out the “why”, I don’t have to change my behaviour.
- The real question is: what can I change right now?
- Some might find an answer to the “why” question (e.g. “I had an awful childhood” or other trauma) and then use that as a rationalization or justification to continue using/indulging and may use that as an excuse not to change.
- The Life Recovery Program will provide some resolution to the “why” question and more importantly, provide you with ways you can unhook yourself from your addictive process right now in the present.
What is meant by stress reduction strategies?
- While the mind and body can absorb (and initiate) stress, it is capable of defusing, redirecting, and decreasing a stress reaction on its own as well.
- We all have the power to create a stress reaction for ourselves. We also have the power to stabilize ourselves and to regulate our stress, to get to a more relaxed and usually more spacious place to create better responses and choices.
- The Life Recovery Program will provide numerous ways anyone can go from an “emergency state”, to a relaxed state naturally (i.e. not requiring any apparatus, medication etc). Better yet, some of the awareness and grounding techniques will show you how to pre-empt any “emergency state” from happening in the first place!
- The Life Recovery Program uses grounding techniques as simple as breath work, mindfulness and visualization to more advanced techniques derived from the fields of energy psychology and applied kinesiology, synchronizing body and mind to a more peaceful state, effective in even preventing panic attacks.
- The goal is simple yet multifaceted:
- to get you from a panic state, where you are reacting to automatic, less conscious, often self-destructive, out of control ways to
- a more responsive, calm, consciously aware state where you can be more reflective, and make creative and controlled choices rather than “feeling hijacked” by an external or internal stimulus.
- These powerful grounding techniques and relaxation strategies can be done by anyone, anywhere and at anytime requiring no external apparatus other than your own body and mind.
What is the best kind of addictions treatment?
- One that is wholistic.
- An effective treatment program needs to address and challenge not just the distorted thinking and self limiting core beliefs of the individual, but to also challenge the Physiological/feeling states that accompany addiction and the need for self soothing.
- An addiction program needs to address the biological, emotional-psychological, spiritual and social aspects of the addicted individual.
- Addictions effect and impact all of these dimensions, which is why the goal of the Life Recovery Program and other finer treatment centers is a wholistic one.
Who is affected by addiction?
- EVERYONE!!! Family, friends & the addicted person.
- In treating people from all walks of life, e.g. teachers, computer programmers, full time homemakers, factory workers, police officers and truck drivers, I have heard some of the most ingenious stories.
- One can’t necessarily out-think an addiction, it’s almost akin to someone trying to out-run their own shadow.
- Having treated many individuals in groups, agencies, treatment centres and individual settings, it is clear that the addicted person does not come from one set group i.e. socio-economic status, class, race, gender, culture, ethnicity or age.
- Many folks who struggle with addiction are some of the most intelligent people in our society yet perhaps not necessarily great at making healthy, non-addictive choices.
- Having worked with people from all walks of life, including white collar professionals such as physician’s, pilot’s and CEO’s, it’s clear that it takes a certain “skill” to conceal an addiction.
- I have heard some of the most inventive stories from people who knew just what to say, where to hide, indulge and rationalize their compulsive behaviour to self and often very convincingly to others.
- Therefore, an effective treatment program needs to address and challenge not just the distorted thinking and self limiting core beliefs of the individual (which is of vital importance), but to also challenge the physiological/feeling states that accompany addiction and the need for self soothing.
How do I know if I am addicted?
- Our FREE Assessment may provide you with resolution. Click here to take our free assessment your answers will be displayed on this site.