Frequently Asked Questions
Do I support AA and 12 Step approaches?
I deliver alternative approaches to these methods.
It's not that I am against 12 Step approaches and will absolutely support you if these are part of the package that works for you.
What about addiction being a called a disease?
Firstly, like everything to do with being human challenges with dependencies and unwanted behaviours occur on a continuum from mild to severe. The point along that continuum that anyone is will differ by individual and therefore the degree to which the addictive behaviours is an issue.
I think that calling addiction a disease unnecessarily and inappropriately lumps everyone together and adds little to nothing in (a) understanding its causes or (b) creating options for the person struggling from their point of view.
I believe that the categorisation of addictions/addictive behaviours is a far more nuanced issue that settling for the disease label. It's important to categorise conditions in the medical world, I get it but this in itself doesn't mean no other view exists or is valid, despite the emphasis to make that seem to be the case.
I believe that addiction is a chronically recurring and progressive condition. The point here is also that even though a person might not be at the severe end of this condition yet - it is still a progressive condition - a fact that is often lost on people who haven't reached that point yet.
I seek to work with people who are predominantly in the developing crisis but pre-total crisis state. In this pre-crisis stage, putting off getting help doesn't do you any favours when the progressive nature of this condition is considered. Change only gets harder.
We can become sensitised to substances and behaviours and irreversibly so. It is true we can reach a point where there is no question we have to stop as the condition will only get worse.
The body, including the brain, will change with sufficient repetition. This change can occur if
we drink or do anything repeatedly. However, this does not preclude people from being able to change in others ways.
As humans, we are designed to learn, grow and adapt.
It is on this idea and the hope that it embodies that I choose to direct my efforts rather than debating labels. People can and have changed, as countless have including by evolving from unwanted addictive conditions.
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett
Residential Rehab V's Day Program Approach
There are arguments for both approaches and the results when comparing residential rehab v day program approaches seem to be about even. What it comes down too, as always, is the individual’s situation.
A day program approach can be more convenient, less expensive and causes less disruption in your life including areas such as work, friends or family. A day program also means you can benefit from the support of these groups as well while you are changing. A Day approach allows you to work on the changes you want to make in situ rather than away from the factors that impact you.
A residential approach may be required if you need medical support or to be removed from triggers to begin to make changes in and build up resources and resilience.
How many sessions of NeurOptimal will I need?
On average, people notice improvements within the first 5-8 sessions, but this does not mean that you are finished. To achieve your goals and for longer lasting results 20-30 sessions are recommended.