R.E.H.A.B.™ - Objective
Words are powerful and persuasive. Our language precedes our behavior. The content of our self-talk and the internalized labels we have accepted by other people who describe us, become self-fulfilling because our brains adapt to a particular mindset that we have learned. In this regard, the first course of action we can take, and the most important starting point for you--or someone you love and care about who is currently being challenged by an addictive behavior--is to change the deficit-based, emotionally-charged and negatively connoted language used in the field of addiction. In this way, you can learn to rethink your self-identity in healthier and more empowering ways. Such rethinking would be to view yourself without labels and with self-compassion--and to seek help by others who are open, receptive, kind, compassionate, nonjudgmental and empathetic. Register for free and download my free gift to you on why we need to rethink how we currently treat addictive behaviors.
About the Book
Breaking new ground, "Tony Bevacqua asks us to rethink the way we talk about and treat addictive behaviors. By examining our outdated notions about "addiction," Bevacqua offers an alternative perspective to the conventional one-size-fits-all mind-set."
Academic Book Review
Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, and the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education. More than 22,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers rely on Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection development and scholarly research. Choice reaches almost every undergraduate college and university library in the United States.Choice Book Review:
"Looking at the interconnectedness of addiction, relapse, and 12-step programs, Bevacqua (a personal coach, practicing psychologist, and teacher of psychology) offers an excellent explanation of why 12-step programs often fail their participants. Drawing from his own experience, the author rejects the ‘reductionist’ ideals of powerlessness that underlie the ubiquitous 12-step programs and treatment centers, providing articulate, needed criticism of the pathologizing nature of 12-step programs and the high rates of relapse among participants. He advocates for individualized, integrative treatment rooted in humanistic principles and cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions. In providing this accessible, long-overdue examination of the etiology and treatment of addictive behaviors, the author provides readers—including individuals who struggle with addictive behaviors—with a compassionate framework for understanding what drives these problematic behaviors. Students will find here a critical argument against the disease model; clinicians working with addiction will find both a path away from the one-size-fits-all approach to addiction and support for offering clients lasting change. In sum, this is a thoughtful, readable argument for modernizing society’s conceptualization and treatment of addiction. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." (CHOICE)
All your behaviors matter
R.E.H.A.B.™ will teach you how to better understand why you have learned to have a relationship with certain behaviors as a way to cope with your life’s challenges and how to change that relationship by understanding the roles that language and early learning have in shaping and forming your current dependent mind-set. These experiences have now become “downloaded” and become automatic stored responses to your daily stressors and triggers. It does not matter what the habit is, or if you’re struggling with alcohol, drugs, food, pain medication, smoking, gambling, sex and any other potentially destructive behavior. R.E.H.A.B. ™ will explain how deficit-based, emotionally charged words with negative connotations create, maintain and reinforce negative self-talk. By improving your thinking, you can rethink the language you use to describe yourself to yourself. R.E.H.A.B. ™ will teach you how to identify the triggers that have caused you to rely on addictive behaviors to numb and mask psychological and emotional distress and will help you understand why you make these choices and what you can choose to do about them.
Your brain is an organ of social adaptation
The brain is an organ of social adaptation which wires itself and rewires itself through life experiences and interpersonal relationships. The process of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis demonstrates that thoughts, beliefs and emotions can change the brain’s neural networks and by doing so, empower you to unlearn unwanted behaviors and replace them with desirable ones. Studies show that most people overcome any type of addictive behavior on their own without treatment and support groups. Studies show some people use highly addictive drugs in a recreational manner and remain highly functional without negative consequences. Studies show that people with the worst-case substance abuse problems demonstrate the ability to make conscious behavioral choices and exercise self-control in different areas of their lives. It’s never black or white; it’s never all or nothing. People are unique human beings. We each process information and regulate emotions differently. We all frame our own reality through our own subjective experiences. This is why problems may appear similar but can never be identical.
Normal human experiences
Simply put, conventional treatment approaches like 12 Step programs are too generalized to accommodate the wide range of diversity and the individual subjective experience, which is unique only to that specific individual. Addictive behaviors lie along a continuum and vary from person to person in terms of contributing influences, circumstances, duration and the degree of severity. You don't have to be an “alcoholic” to get a DUI, and you don't have to be a “drug addict” to get arrested for drug possession. Unfortunately, once inside our existing system, you will be labeled as one. Conventional treatment programs rely on mostly outdated strategies, old school thinking, and don’t see people as unique individuals with personal circumstances that motivated their choice to seek out certain behaviors no matter what negative consequences may occur. Nor, do they address a person’s underlying problems which are a byproduct of both language and early learning. We often forget we are all part of humanity and we should be treating people with problematic behaviors with kindness, compassion and empathy. R.E.H.A.B.™ will also help you understand the importance of seeing yourself in the same way too.