How We View Addiction

  • Addiction’s a learned habit, tugging on our thinking, changing our values & taking effort to resist.
  • Addiction’s a way to manage feelings and different conflictual aspects of ourselves: There were some good reasons why the addictive behavior was so compelling.
  • Addiction changes our stress responsivity: while never the intention, we end up more anxious, more miserable, more reactive.
  • Addiction’s curable. We need to carve a new identity for ourselves but the resiliency is always there.
  • There is no one right treatment. Instead, treatment follows careful diagnosis and the individualized application of evidence based strategies, kindly.

How We View Psychiatry

  • People need goals that they believe in, have innate strengths that guide them, and need help navigating the challenges that impede them.
  • Medications can be great, but are blunt weapons without direction and therapy. Complex problems demand complex solutions.
  • All medications are poisons too: Sometimes less is more.
  • Emotions usurp cognition and people live more freely and fully when therapy helps us to tolerate, accept and use these instead of drowning in them or suppressing them.
  • Profound transformation and recovery does occur.
  • We’ve evolved over a long time but are stretching ourselves to fit a new world, violating honed biological processes and rhythms. We need to pay attention to our selves more carefully.

Neurobiology

We see behavior, motivation, will and emotion as brain events and believe humans functions best when they are in balance. The image below conveys some of the systems involved and how therapies address each.