If you are searching for a treatment program to help recover from an addiction, or to address a mental condition such as depression or anxiety, you are probably finding a great many psychological-based programs.
Choices for Psychotherapeutic Approaches are Enormous
- Rational Emotive
- Rational Emotive
- Dialectical Behavior
- Psycho-Spiritual 12-Step Programs
The common denominator of psychotherapy-based programs is “talk.” They talk, you listen, and by some unexplainable miracle, you get well. Of course, I exaggerate, there is no miracle, people don’t get well at all.
For many, that little snag (i.e., not getting well) does not deter them from trying the same thing over and over. Oh, they may switch programs to try a different therapist with a different therapeutic approach, but the common denominator remains constant.
They hold tightly to the belief that the answer to their addiction, their ongoing anxiousness, and depression, or their suicidal ideation is encrypted in the words of the next gifted therapist … and for good reason.
Consider this definition of “therapy” I lifted from Wikipedia:
Therapy is the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis. In the medical field, it is usually synonymous with treatment. Among psychologists and other mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and clinical social workers, the term may refer specifically to psychotherapy (sometimes dubbed ‘talking therapy’). The English word therapy comes via Latin therapīa and literally means “curing” or “healing.”
Clearly “therapy” is a misnomer as it is being applied to addictions and mental health programs. Many people have been deceived into thinking that talking to the brain is going to heal the brain. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but that’s what continues to sustain the distorted view of treatment that so many people cling to.
The Revolving Door of Treatment is a Lucrative Enterprise
It certainly begs the question of “why?” why do people subject themselves to it again and again? I guess, when the only flavor you can get is vanilla, you’ll take vanilla.
In fact, 95% of all treatment programs offered today are psychotherapy-based treatment programs that are all pretty much the same, providing therapy as the centerpiece of their program. Their distinctiveness is found in the little adjuncts they pepper with their therapy: tai chi, or yoga, rope climbing (seriously), aromatherapy, meditation, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, these are fun healthy activities, just as therapy can be a positive endeavor in some situations, but clearly they have nothing to do with chemical addictions, or mental problems stemming from biochemical distortions affecting the brain. People are paying for programs that don’t treat the cause of biochemical distortions, they just treat effects. Behavior is an effect. Understand that, and you’ll understand why treatment doesn’t work.
Based on One-Year Follow-Ups the Success of these Programs is in the Neighborhood of Five Percent
Not a very good return on your investment (monetarily or health-wise). You might wonder, “How can this be?” My question is how can five-percent actually succeed in programs that do nothing to address the underlying cause of addictions and mental health issues?
The only way to recover from a biochemical distortion affecting the brain is with orthomolecular medicine. By that, I mean the copious use of the chemicals that comprise the blueprint of life, not drugs. Incredibly, many treatment programs operating today put their clients on more drugs, expecting them to stabilize, (along with therapy of course). This isn’t treatment, this is criminal! The body is designed to function on natural chemicals, not “foreign” toxic drugs.
Orthomolecular medicine uses natural chemicals, the substances the Creator intended our bodies to have. Orthomolecular medicine is a term coined by two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling. He defines it as establishing the right molecules in the brain and body by varying the concentration of substances normally present and required for optimum health,” or as Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson likes to say, “Use Ford parts to fix a Ford; use the real chemicals of life to fix people.”