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Accelerated Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Addiction

The Accelerated Outpatient Treatment Program for Addiction is an advanced and cutting-edge way of treating addiction that is not commonly offered in the field of substance abuse treatment.  Our treatment program is distinctive from others in that the therapy approach combines empirically validated treatment techniques into a state-of-the-art protocol designed to shorten treatment time and resolve the individual’s intra-psychic conflicts that drive substance abuse.  Our treatment program emphasizes one-on-one sessions and offers an alternative to the standard outpatient treatment programs that emphasize group counseling.  Although that treatment works for some, it can ignore much of the individual attention needed to treat the brains’ injurious patterns of operation that maintain the addiction. By comparison, our treatment is tailored to the individual by combining traditional talk therapy with three powerful accelerated cutting-edge treatment techniques, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) using the Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP), DeTur (EMDR), and Hypnotherapy (Five-Path and Ego State Hypnosis).  The addition of these three treatments shortens treatment time allowing clients to receive quality services at a far more affordable price than standard outpatient programs.   The 38-hour program incorporates psychoeducation with identifying and resolving irrational thinking patterns, releasing stored emotions, identifying and removing secondary gain associated with relapsing, and resolving unresolved traumas.  

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is an evidenced based accelerated treatment method to deal with trauma and addiction. This technique uses bilateral stimulation (BLS) more commonly known as eye movements to activate and integrate right and left hemispheres of the brain.  This reduces the vividness of traumatic and stressful events, memories, and emotions so that they are more manageable and can be “mentally metabolized”. EMDR allows the brain to think about disturbing memories or events in a different way that is rational and realistic.   It allows the client to separate from the trauma providing him/her with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral balance.   In addition to helping clients with trauma, EMDR can be used to “unstick” the fixation between feelings associated with addiction and the addictive behavior.  Once the fixation is broken, cravings and desires to engage in the addictive behavior are managed.  Instead of working towards neutralizing the potency of the addictive behavior, traditional substance abuse treatment programs often promote avoidance methods for dealing with these fixations and/or may not address them at all.  The Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP) and DeTur using EMDR specifically works to neutralize the client’s fixations so that they can remain clean and sober. 

Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is utilized to enable the client to achieve a state of mental, physical, and emotional relaxation so that he or she can tap into the storehouse of information that lies in the subconscious mind.  Working with the subconscious allows treatment to focus on building up resources (e.g., self-esteem, confidence, removal of negative beliefs) that are a vital part in remaining clean and sober.  In therapy, we go well beyond direct-suggest hypnosis and tradition treatment methods.  Hypnotherapy allows us to revisit moments from the past that can relieve and heal emotional wounds.  Additionally through hypnotherapy, hidden and unknown motivations for addiction can be revealed and then specifically targeted for elimination.  

Important Terms & Concepts of Program

1. EMDR = Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (Therapy technique for dealing with trauma)
2. EMDR-FSAP = Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – Feeling State Addiction Protocol (Therapy technique for managing Feeling States associated with addictive behavior)
3. EFT = Emotional Freedom Technique (Therapy technique for managing emotions)
4. EMDR-DeTUR = Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing - Desensitization Triggers & Urge Reprocessing (Therapy technique for targeting the triggers that bring out the urge to use and then desensitize these urges, the individual gains in ego strength and learns to replace the dysfunctional behavior with a more positive and functional lifestyle).
5. Hypnosis – 5 Phases (sessions) of Reparative Hypnosis

Phase 1 Goals
Relaxation, increase self-confidence, Remove negative beliefs about self

Phase 2 Goals
Age Regression using Informed Child Technique to return in time to “unresolved pockets of pain” in earlier stages of development and assuage symptoms. 

Phase 3 Goals
Cancel Emotional Debts with transgressors from past and present to eliminate the emotional impact that others have upon the client.  This ushers in forgiveness and acceptance and the objective consideration of reconciliation with transgressors if desired.  

Phase 4 Goals
Forgiveness of self – Enhancing Self Acceptance

Phase 5 Goals
Parts Mediation – Ego State Unity is promoted, Future Templating of successful therapeutic outcomes 

6. Age Regression First Use Experience – Hypnosis Age Regression technique to the first time that the client used chemical substances.  The technique uncovers motivations for first use that could be affecting Feeling States and/or Urges.  FSAP and/or DeTur will be used to address issues related to Feeling States and urges that continue to have potency and are still in need of being reduced/eliminated. – (Augmented Protocol – EMDR – [Feeling State Addiction Protocol {FSAP} & DeTur])

7. Age Regression to Last Usage or Last Relapse Episode – Hypnosis Age Regression technique to the last usage or the last relapse episode that uncovers motivations for last usage or last relapse episode that could be affecting Feeling States and/or Urges.  FSAP and/or DeTur will be used to address issues related to Feeling States and urges that continue to have potency and are still in need of being reduced/eliminated. – (Augmented Protocol – EMDR – [Feeling State Addiction Protocol {FSAP} & DeTur])

Accelerated Outpatient Treatment Program for Addiction Schedule

Week 1 (Hours for week 12)

Monday - Introduction to Program and Evaluation (Psychosocial and EMDR-FSAP History taking) – 3-hour session 
Tuesday - Resource development – (EMDR, EFT & Relaxation Program) – 3-hour session
Wednesday - Resource development – (Pre-Talk Hypnosis, Hypnosis Phase 1) 2-hour session
Thursday – EMDR-FSAP – Physiological 2-hour session
Friday – EMDR-FSAP – Physiological 2-hour session

Week 2 (Hours for week 10)

Monday – EMDR-FSAP Physiological 2-hour session
Tuesday - Hypnosis Phase 2, 2-hour session
Wednesday - Hypnosis Phase 3, 2-hour session
Thursday – EMDR-FSAP 2-hour session
Friday – EMDR-FSAP 2-hour session

Week 3 (Hours for week 10)

Monday - Hypnosis Phase 4, 2-hour session
Tuesday - Hypnosis Phase 5, 2-hour session
Wednesday – Hypnosis using Age Regression to First Usage Experience using either/or - EMDR-FSAP/EMDR-DeTUR 2-hour session – (Augmented Protocol – EMDR – [Feeling State Addiction Protocol {FSAP} & DeTur])
Thursday – Hypnosis using Age Regression to Last Usage or Last Relapse Episode using either/or - EMDR-FSAP/EMDR-DeTUR 2-hour session – (Augmented Protocol – EMDR – [Feeling State Addiction Protocol {FSAP} & DeTur])
Friday – EMDR-FSAP/EMDR/EMDR-DeTUR 2-hour session – (Augmented Protocol – EMDR – [Feeling State Addiction Protocol {FSAP} & DeTur])

Week 4 (Potpourri Hours for week 3) – EMDR-FSAP/EMDR-DeTUR

Monday -1-hour session
Wednesday - 1-hour session
Friday - 1-hour session

Week 6 

Follow up 1-hour session

Week 8 

Follow up 1-hour session

30-Day Follow Up & Discharge One Hour Session

Follow Up & Discharge
Referrals 
Recommendations

38 Hours in Total 


Substance Abuse Documents

Feeling State Addiction Protocol - EDMR - What To Know

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What is the Feeling State Addiction Protocol

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