Robert J. Middleton, MD
Effective Treatment Results in Improved
First: Stop the physical compulsion to use that is caused by the reinforcing effects of various brain chemistries. This is accomplished through abstaining from addictive behaviors and often may require some form of detoxification. Gradual clearing of the mind starts within days and intellectual and emotional function continuously improves for decades.
Second: Learn the basic principles that drive the processes of addiction: the interaction of each person's thinking, feeling and behavior with their brain chemistry. This permits understanding of the natural history and predictability of addictive diseases and the importance of specific treatment interventions.
Third: Learning from others how to recognize our demonstrated patterns of thinking, feeling and behavior that we have previously used to cope with life.
Fourth: Actively practicing new, healthy patterns of responding to life as modeled by others. These actions permit a change in each individual's perception and interpretation of real life events.
Fifth: Maintaining healthy nutrition, not smoking, proper sleep, intellectual growth and a moderately active lifestyle are critically important to achieving and sustaining wellness.
Sixth: Personal growth throughout recovery by ongoing participation in 12-Step and other supportive programs, environments and knowledgeable individuals, both professional and non-professional.
Seventh: The supervised, cautious use of medications by specially trained, knowledgeable physicians for mood disorders (anxiety, depression), insomnia, inattentiveness and pain.