Our move into “Distance Delivery” of services is proving to be both popular and effective. Combined with reduced expense and increased privacy, the model – adapted from psychiatry and, increasingly, psychology – provides you with the #1 research based services in the country.
Yes, the idea takes a bit of getting used to since we have all been indoctrinated into the “you must ‘go away’ for 30 (or more) days;” that you “must be in recovery;” that “AA works;” you must have “an alcohol fixated ‘support group’;” and other “king’s new clothes” delusions.
Real research, not the “fake news” variety spewed out by luxury rehab, shows that a successful departure from self-medication is most effective when it’s individual, brief, tailored, and combines CBT, assertiveness training, diet, exercise, habit destruction and creating, and a number of other things that apply specifically to you.
Notice that in all of this, the key is “specifically to you.”
You are an individual whose make-up includes a unique set of circumstances, skills, abilities, history, interests, and constraints. Groups require you to surrender your individuality to a common, simple – and frankly, childish – regimen. No thinking on your part.
However, more to the point, none of the components of effective remission require your physical presence! Face-to-face is just fine, as many a distant grandmother can attest regarding her daily interactions with grandchildren scattered around the country or globe.
Just as we pioneered confidential, research-based, individual and therapeutic teamwork based programs fifteen years ago, so we are now leading the way in providing the same degree of service. Except now in a more cost-effective way to those of you whose lives preclude the travel, hotels, and other expenses – including exposure – assistance usually requires.
Yes, it’s difficult to wrap one’s mind around a drastically different model. That’s why we always invite you to sample it by scheduling a free consult with Dr. Barnes and I.
Finally, we know that spouses and family can be a major impediment to getting real help. After all, they too have been exposed to the same “fake news” you have. If it helps, we are also willing to discuss our work, the research, and the deprogramming that will help them help you.
And all of this at a fraction of the cost of any other program.
People who write to us frequently ask for suggested reading so I have compiled a short list which is hardly comprehensive, but is at least real:
Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control
By: Gabrielle Glaser
Wild (also a movie starring Reese Witherspoon)
By: Cheryl Strayed
Changing For Good
By: Prochaska, Norcross & DiClimente
Diseasing of America (the 30 tear old classic)
By: Stanton Peele
The Sober Truth
By: Lance Dodes
The Assertiveness Guide for Women (good for passive men too)
By: Julie Hanks
And For Professionals:
Measuring Ego Development
By: Le Xuan Hy