About the 5-Actions Program™
The 5-Actions Program™ is based on scientific research that has shown that the best outcomes from addiction treatment come from three factors:
- Healing relationships
- Having the right expectations about the nature of the problem and the solution
- Engaging in the right interventions, at the right time, over a long enough period of time
The program incorporates this framework by:
- Encouraging use of healing relationships throughout all modules (including resources to participate in free online/virtual recovery meetings)
- Offering key insights about the nature of addiction that link with specific interventions, so you better understand how to optimize your change efforts
- Organizing interventions into five action categories, where each action represents a wide range of interventions, tools and evidence-based practices
Because healing from addiction requires patience and time, this program was designed to function like a roadmap, offering you guidance and direction on what interventions to use for which problems, and when to use them.
Creating Your Best Life
You are more than your addictions. A lot more. A common pitfall of most treatment programs is that they focus too much on addressing the problem of addiction, and miss opportunities to help you understand how to use your precious life energy to create what you are most meant to do with your life.
The 5-Actions Program™ helps you understand why solving life problems is not the same thing as creating your best life. Incorporating lessons from the field of positive psychology, you will learn that overcoming addiction requires engaging your innate creative talents to feel alive and contribute to making the world a better place to live.
A Program for All Addictions
The 5-Actions Program™ addresses all addictions, substance and behavioral, as a package of behavior, because most people who struggle with addiction suffer from multiple addictions. Research has shown that despite differences in addictive drugs and behaviors, all hijack the brain and behavior in similar ways. So, intervening on one addiction while leaving others unaddressed, results in poor outcomes and high relapse rates.
Addictions also share similar roots, including attachment challenges, adverse childhood experiences, and co-occurring disorders that require intervention. Having different programs to address different addictions when the roots for them all are similar, is not a productive use of your time and energy.
Overview of the 5-Actions™
The 5-Actions are not a specific intervention or treatment, nor are they five specific actions that you do. They represent five broad categories of actions that each contain many interventions and evidence-based practices.
Think of the 5-Actions as an organizational system and a way to group all the various things you may do at different times on your journey out of addiction.