The Addictions Protocol – With Melissa Tiers
Spend the day learning an adaptable system to break even the most entrenched habituated patterns.
The basic addictions protocol has three levels. First we arm people with the understanding of how habits are formed and changed in the brain. We give them six different techniques to stop cravings and more importantly, the emotions that lead to them. You will learn about the research that concludes that the best way to change the habit is to interrupt it and connect the neurons to those outside the network. So the techniques will offer relief from the cravings while systematically rewiring the habit.
The second level of the protocol works to change the emotional impact of past traumas, associations, and the negative beliefs and emotions that many addicts carry around. These techniques are based on the research of memory reconsolidation and the fact that we can change significantly the power of implicit memories which then makes it easier to heal and move on. You will also learn how to re encode and install positive beliefs and motivators.
The third level is about personal power. Teaching addicts to develop alternative strategies for reward. Based on the work around willpower and meaning making, we help them cultivate a new values hierarchy. Using different forms of self hypnosis for motivation and insight, the protocol sets up recursive platforms for generative change.
Course Learning Objectives
- Participants will learn the latest research in neuroscience and brain neuroplacticity as it relates to re-wiring habituated patterns in the addicted brain.
- To have a basic understanding of the research in priming and embodied cognition which will enhance the therapeutic rapport of both the conscious and unconscious processing.
- Participants will learn how to deliver simple bullet metaphors so your clients understand the work they are doing as well as foster expectation and motivation.
- Participants will learn how to empower addicts to systematically create alternative neural networks to create healthier habits that co-opt the reward center.
- Participants will be provided with a brief overview of the recent research on memory reconsolidation, and what this implies regarding the formation, storage and malleability of memory.
- Participants will learn the essential ingredients for rewriting implicit emotional memories to change longstanding, habituated patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior.
- Participants will learn and the four-step process of change as developed by Dr. Jeffrey Shwartz, MD and how it can be utilized with affect regulation/pattern interrupts to make the process more applicable for the addicted brain.
- Participants will learn the four easy-to-apply steps that underlie all neuroplastic change in the brain and how to facilitate memory reconsolidation in your patients.
- Participants will learn a rapid form of self-hypnosis that employs mental rehearsal for stress reduction, motivation and goal setting.
- Participants will learn a powerful protocol based on empirically-validated treatment methods to minimize cravings and the emotional dysregulation that leads to them.