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The "Fractured Psyche Behavior Addiction Recovery Model" we developed is best suited for those who continue to struggle with relapses and are looking to bring the incessant urges for a particular high risk behavior to a permanent end - including those who successfully have managed to abstain from one type of an addiction only to find themselves battling another with similar dire outcomes.
Through our revolutionary and progressive recovery model - we offer those who are Compulsive Gamblers (as well as those who find themselves battling other forms of Behavior Addictions) with a deeper understanding about the root cause driving their compulsion for a particular self-destructive high risk behavior. This includes helping individuals to recognize how they arrived at their current crossroad of perpetual self-destructive chaos, identify practical tools and novel approaches to first helping them end the "BLEED" that their addiction created (e.g., financial losses, emotional duress, adverse physical toll, strain on their personal and professional relationships). Through abstaining, the individual then gains the needed clarity to recognize both the "WHY & HOW" their psyche's fracture is using and presenting urges in a deceptive manner to lure them back into self-destructive behavioral patterns. By gaining this understanding of how the root cause is the driving force behind their behavior addiction - the individual is able to reclaim their assertive power to no longer be fooled by their psyche's fracture which constantly strives to assert it's negative narrative to lure the individual "self" back into self-destructive behavior patterns. Plus, by successfully resisting the presented urge for high risk behavior(s) - the individual "self" is able to demonstrate through its own actions that it is strong, courageous, resilient and worthy to have and protect all that is precious and of value in its life. Subsequently, such healthy decisions and courageous actions will give the needed assurance to the fractured psyche that not only was the negative narrative it held about the individual "self" not accurate but also that the individual "self" can be trusted and relied upon to help it release the past and properly heal from earlier sustained trauma. This last crucial recovery step is what is attributed to bringing the urges for high risk behaviors to an end - as the individual's psyche finally comes to respect the individual "self" again where the two start working proactively together to embrace new opportunities in life that will promote self-worth, joy, and a deeper appreciation for all that is achieved and accomplished moving forward. Once the individual and its recovered psyche start working in tandem - any future risk exposures that may later arise will be better handled to safeguard the psyche's newly formed positive narrative about the self as a whole. .
Our "Fractured Psyche" recovery program is specifically designed to help those who have embarked on their recovery journey from a behavior addiction but who still find themselves struggling with urges and are in need to bring the vicious cycle of relapse to a permanent end including avoiding "vice transference" to another type of high risk behavior addiction from happening concurrently or at a later time.
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The term "behavior addiction" can mean different things to many people and can manifest itself through various addictive tendencies, obsessive and compulsive high-risk behaviors which can exist singularly (experience only one addiction), appear in tandem (comorbidity of several addictions simultaneously), or adapt through "vice transference" (switching from one addiction to another or pivoting between two or more addictions), including holding or developing any combination of different vice addictions at any given time. While the DSM-V diagnostic criteria for addiction has recently expanded its addiction definition from a category of disorders known as "Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders" (APA, 2013) to also include "Addictive Behaviors" - for our purpose to better understand the progression of behavior addictions the following spectrum is relied upon.
1.) AWARENESS STAGE: Individual suspects their compulsion to engage in a particular activity is increasing - but they do not recognize that their behavior has progressed into a full blown addiction that is causing various parts of their life to be negatively impacted. From taking a toll on their physical, psychological and emotional well being to destroying their personal life, social bonds with others, their career and depleting their financial resources.
2.) DENIAL STAGE: Individual is seeing the dire effects that their compulsive behavior is starting have on various areas of their life - but they remain convinced that they are in control over their addiction and that they can quit at anytime if they so choose or decide to stop.
3.) REALIZATION STAGE: Individual comes to recognize the negative impacts of their addiction - leaving them feeling overwhelmed, confused and uncertain how to stop or how to restore their life back to a normal existence.
4.) DEFIANT STAGE: Individual is aware that their particular addictive behavior is causing their life to spiral out of control - but they remain adamant in "staying the course" where they hold on to false hopes and expectations that in time they will manage to turn things around for the better.
5,) SURRENDER STAGE: Individual has hit "rock bottom" and is ready to admit to themselves and to others that they have been battling an addiction, including coming clean about the dire outcomes their addiction created and recognizing they need professional help to help them deal with their addiction.
6.) REHABILITATION STAGE: Individual commits to a recovery program, where they finally admit to having an addiction problem and start working the steps and applying the tools to stop the emotional / financial "BLEED" so their life does not continue to spiral out of control.
7.) RECOVERY STAGE: Individual starts to view their addiction as a symptom of an underlying root cause where through learning to abstain they reclaim their power and start to repair and heal their mind's fracture so that it will no longer feel the need to use high risk behaviors to validate the negative narrative formed about the individual "self" nor desire to punish the individual "self" through self-sabotaging high risk behaviors that intended to deny and rob the self from feeling accomplished, happy and at peace moving forward.
8.) RESILIENCY STAGE: Individual who masters their recovery stage and who might still encounter onset of urges for any type of high risk behavior will come to recognize that instead of acting on the urges their focus needs to be directed on trying to help their psyche recover and release any residual trauma from pre-existing earlier life events and/or newly acquired trauma from some recent difficult or challenging life event(s).
At RemedyBlox we regard all forms of behavior addictions as symptomatic expressions of the addict's subconscious mindset which was fractured following some earlier exposures to traumatic life event(s). Examples of past psychological trauma can entail (but not limited to); surviving a traumatic life changing accident, being victim of a violent assault, having a loved one die suddenly, battle with a serious health issue or dealing with a terminal illness, a painful divorce, or having experienced some form of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse during childhood including enduring other negative social / economic struggles during one's formative years. Since experiences with trauma (regardless of their severity or duration) are found in most if not among all addicts - the effects of early trauma and the injurious lasting effects it has on the individual's psyche cannot be discounted, minimized or ignored when it comes to addiction recovery.
Under our revolutionary and progressive "Fractured Psyche Recovery Model" - it is our contention that whenever the mind sustains a psychological injury from some traumatic event which when left untreated or properly processed - the mind will to seek out its own explanation in an effort to process and better cope with the resulting trauma. As the mind proceeds to explore why a particular traumatic event happened it tends to look to who and what was culpable for the dire event outcomes. Unfortunately when it comes to those battling an addiction - we find that their psyche has come to attribute the earlier traumatic episode(s) as a direct result of the individual "self's" ineptness, weakness and failures for not being able to prevent or stopping the dire outcomes from occurring in time. This negative narrative about the individual "self" then becomes internalized subconsciously by their psyche's fracture. This negative view the psyche's fracture then needs to have it constantly validated in the future to help it feel some semblance of assurance and relief to explain why bad things in life have and can happen. It is also important to add, that when the earlier traumatic event was severe and/or multiple dire situations occurred over a given time span - the psyche's fracture will also come to desire to punish the individual "self' in the future for allowing the severity and frequency of repeated traumatic events to occur. This form of retaliation is supported when we observe several high risk behaviors develop into full blown addictions (either simultaneously or singularly over time) among those who have experienced numerous and accumulative traumatic life events in their past. Where for the psyche's fracture it comes to regard addictions as the perfect way to retaliate against the individual "self" as it facilitates the downward spiral to despair and destruction of all that the individual "self" worked hard for and which brought them joy, peace and a sense of accomplishment in their life. A devastating outcome which their psyche's fracture welcomes and relishes not only to help re-validate its negative narrative about the individual "self" but also to serve as retribution for it's perceived failure to protect the psyche in the past.
Under our "Fractured Psyche Recovery Model" we also recognize how the psyche's fracture orchestrates the allure for high risk behaviors to the individual "self". By using deception and false promises to naively entice the individual "self" into high risk activities which are pitched as brimming with opportunities to escape life hardships, to feel good, excited and feeling in control. For Compulsive Gamblers the possibility of also winning represents the opportunity to change their life for the better which is very appealing - not because they are lazy or greedy rather because their life's past experienced hardships serve as a constant reminder how hard life was in the past - where subconsciously financial security is regarded as a means to help protect themselves and their loved ones from experiencing similar struggles and hardships moving forward. Unfortunately, little does the Compulsive Gambler realize the real nefarious motives and timing with which the urge to gamble is presented by their psyche's fracture. For example urges can appear:
For the unsuspecting "self' who repeatedly falls for the deceptive ways with which the urges are presented by their psyche's fracture - they soon find their life spiraling out of control and sucked further and further into the dark abyss of despair until there is truly nothing left to lose except for the last and most precious commodity they posses - "THEIR LIFE". Once this level of despair is reached many come to experience suicidal thoughts which are presented by their psyche's fracture in a similar deceptive positive manner. This includes having death pitched not as a way to deal with their insurmountable losses and pain. Rather death is pitched by the psyche's fracture as brimming with new hope and brand new opportunity to enter a new beginning of existence where one is finally free and at peace. Given the high incidence rate of suicides and suicide attempts around the world (where many may not even be captured appropriate by current statistics) particularly among those battling a behavior addiction like compulsive gambling - makes one wonder if that was not the ultimate goal the psyche's fracture held all along. To finally get the individual "self" to demonstrate through their last decision and action that they hold no self-preservation, no self-worth and are just as weak as their psyche's fracture predicted when it formed the negative narrative of the individual "self" way before their addiction(s) came to be.
To prevent this tragic end, it is imperative for all who are battling any addiction to enter recovery without delay so that through abstaining they will not only end their current "BLEED" - but also successfully demonstrate to their psyche's fracture through their actions (fueled by willpower, determination and recognition of one's self-worth) that the negative narrative their psyche's fracture formed about them is incorrect. Where the individual "self" holds the resolve and ability to protect itself and their psyche when harms arise including the right to lead a happy, peaceful and rewarding life.
By successfully working the recovery steps for abstaining including adopting our "Fractured Psyche Recovery Model" the individual will be empowered to reclaim their power back - and achieve a psychological breakthrough where their injured psyche with come to concede to trusting their individual "self" and allow it help fix and heal the fracture so it can release and recover itself from the earlier sustained traumatic injuries. This achievement will then yield to allowing the repaired subconscious mind to want to start working in harmony and tandem with the individual "self". Simultaneously the reliance or desire to present triggers and urges for self-destructive behaviors to the individual will no longer be deemed as necessary or needed. Where the end outcome achieved is to attain freedom from the clutches of addiction.
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