The session format of our program is consistent each week and will begin at:
6:30 p.m. Wednesday – Virtual Recovery Group Session – join via Google Meet
- This session is available to participants in both the Community Recovery Group and those who are in the Anonymous Recovery programs.
- The live session will include:
- Commitment Review – We will begin every session with a review of the commitments contained in the Commitment Process you will complete this week.
- Success Stories – What’s working in my recovery process? – Directly following the commitment review, we will begin the session by sharing our Success Stories. Success stories include accomplishments, new things learned, and ‘what is going right’ in your recovery process.
- All sharing will be based upon the new life unfolding. A vital element of the program is shifting our focus from history and even current limitations to focus on where we will go next. For this reason, we will not discuss why we became addicts or the things that seem to be driving our desire to return to addiction. We will focus instead on building healthier dopaminergic pathways that will eventually eliminate those issues.
- By recognizing successes we build a consciousness of success in equals. This motivates new people entering the program by suggesting, “If they can do it, maybe I can do it.”
- Another benefit of sharing success stories is that addictive behavior is driven by the desire to create homeostasis. As addicts, our history has proved an unsafe solution to be the best option available for survival. Having others observe the new solution is vital for us to secure healthier pathways.
- Questions and connections – We will address as many questions as possible in the time allotted. As new resources become available, we will also share those resources here first, before adding them to the Resource section of your program.
- Take away – the thing I will try today. This portion of the class is designed to build commitment and a willingness to participate in the process.
- Being willing to try new approaches stimulates the part of the brain that seeks innovative solutions, leading to healthier subconscious choices.
The live session will be followed at:
7:00 p.m. Wednesday – Recorded Session are available each week under the Recorded Sessions section of your program.
- This session will include:
- A guided centering practice and new take-home tool each week. In the first phase of this program, we introduce weekly centering and take-home practices specifically designed to shrink the Amygdala.
- In addition to the video, each session includes an Articulation Practice as an opportunity to both apply and deepen the understanding of the tools offered in the recorded session. These practices include:
- Centering Practices
- Take-Home Tool Practices
7:00 p.m. Sunday – Guided Meditation videos on releasing old belief systems and revealing new possibilities.
- This session will include:
- Session videos with a Guided Meditation Practice. Videos are available in the Meditation Videos listed under the Resources tab of your program and include a guided meditation practice designed to redefine triggers at the sub-conscious level.
- The goal of each meditation is to drive a particular brain function. This advanced brain function eventually eliminates the cause of addiction. Meditation is a recognized tool for improving brain function. So, it is an excellent habit to develop. Even if meditation has been difficult or uninspiring in the past, we take a unique approach that makes meditation easy and appealing, by allowing an open path. So, you to develop the practice that works best for you.
Daily Practices – Daily manipulation of brain function through articulation is critical to success in this program. Above all things, we suggest participants do 20 minutes of practice per day, at least. Your Journal Questions are designed to facilitate your daily practices. To accelerate improvement, one or more of the following times is optimal:
- Right before sleep – is the most beneficial for accelerated growth. What we do for the last 20 minutes before falling asleep has the most impact on what the brain retains for improvement.
- First thing in the morning – is the best for building motivation. If you want to set the right tone for the day, do practices right after waking, before doing anything else.
- Before a lull – for sustaining motivation. Most people experience a decrease in motivation during certain times of the day. If this is true for you, we recommend doing your practices as you approach the time. Do not wait until your motivation wanes, set a schedule to do your practices approximates 20 – 30 minutes before you typically experience the decrease.
- When cravings surface – to reduce craving frequency. Just as people experience losses of motivation throughout the day, many addicts tend to experience increased cravings during a particular time of day. By doing your practices 20 – 30 minutes before cravings typically begin, you may be able to avoid them entirely. You can also use your practices to reduce cravings when they surface, but when it comes to daily practices, don’t wait until you have cravings to begin.
Please note: the more often you do practices, the sooner your cravings will decrease. It is not possible to do “too much” work when it comes to improving brain function. If you can do practices more than once per day, it will accelerate your process.
Session One – Course Commitment Practice
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