This November, Baldwin Research Institute, Inc., and BRI Publishing are releasing The Freedom Model for Addictions. The Freedom Model is an approach, a new way of looking at addiction. It’s truly unique in that it’s counter to what all the stereotypical media, political heads, and “experts” say about addiction. The Freedom Model unravels and breaks through the labyrinth of confusion within addiction and recovery ideology. The Freedom Model approach expands upon three irrefutable personal human attributes.
- The Positive Drive Principle (PDP)– the natural drive toward happiness behind all human behavior. People do what they believe is their best option for achieving a satisfying, happy existence at any given moment in time.
- Free Will– the unique human ability to choose. All behavior is chosen.
- Autonomy– (Specifically Mental Autonomy) the independent nature of the human mind. It is why we can’t be forced to think or feel (emotionally) in any particular way by any one or thing outside of ourselves. It is also why personal change is always a personal choice. We choose to think, and we choose what to think, which in turn directs our actions and behaviors.
A SOLUTION FOR ADDICTION THAT WILL RESONATE WITH THE PUBLIC
Last year I wrote a series of articles with Lifestyle Coach, Dai Manuel called the Addiction Free Life Series Addiction-Free-Life-eBook. Throughout this series, I made reference to The Freedom Model, as it was in production during the time I was working with Dai. What was really interesting is that Dai’s audience (many of whom are fitness oriented people and people looking to improve their overall health in general) was highly receptive to the overall message of The Freedom Model. I don’t believe that was just coincidence. One of the goals I had before working with Dai, was to see what the response would be from an audience that wasn’t already entrenched in the mass hysteria of the treatment and addiction industry. I felt an audience that was in touch with the values of personal choice, personal responsibility, self confidence, independence, positive thinking, goal setting, self motivation would be highly receptive to the approach of The Freedom Model. And I was right.
Now Enter Drugs and Alcohol
Take any of these people and let’s say they have an issue with drugs and/or alcohol. Do you think for a minute, they will look at the various treatment programs available to them and say, yep, that’s right in line with everything I believe? Of course not! Try to remember, the entire treatment paradigm is based on substances having power, and the individual having none! This of course is the opposite credo than what these individuals believe. But, they may be so weakened by their current behaviors and embarrassing choices that they get influenced by the message of powerlessness treatment peddles so well. These treatment programs are of course the antithesis of everything these people stand for, but in a moment of self doubt, even the strongest can fall prey to the myths of the treatment industry. To them, these programs sound like total nonsense and completely absurd, but if there isn’t an alternative, they may feel as though they have no choice but to admit themselves to one of these rehab facilities (or worse, be mandated to one) and take on that negative label as an alcoholic or addict, and thusly they actually take on that identity. They begin to believe that they do in fact have some sort of disease or that perhaps they have some deep rooted emotional issues that are causing them to use drugs and perhaps their devotion to physical fitness is an ancillary addiction as well. You can see just how confusing and harmful this could potentially be if they are constantly given only misinformation and downright lies when in fact, they could move beyond this substance use obstacle if given the proper research and information. That factual treatise is The Freedom Model.