Posted on November 28, 2017 by Laura Fuller
Is there a correlation between what PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP) interventions and the 12-steps of recovery do for the individual when applied? Definitely.
How does this personality change come about? It is well known now that the brain has the ability to change throughout its entire life. Through the brain’s plasticity, PNP applies this truth through certain techniques to alter and build new neuro-pathways. Using the “Big Book” as a reference guide to the Twelve Steps, it is very clear that if the precise instructions of taking the 12 steps and are applied, the same results occur.
Dr. Silkworth in the chapter, “The Doctor’s Opinion”, refers to this change as a “psychic change.” He firmly states that this psychic change has to occur in order for the alcoholic/addict to have a life-changing experience. The good Doctor also admits, out of his own experience in working with countless alcoholics and addicts, that “… physicians have made little impression upon the problem as a whole.” In another statement, he says, “We (physicians) are perhaps not well equipped to apply the powers of good that lie outside our synthetic knowledge. He also adds, “Many types do not respond to the ordinary psychological approach.”
Many of our clients at Origins may sincerely have the honest desire to stop the insanity of drinking and drugging, but have not been able to do so because of the mental obsession. These particular clients come to PNP for some cognitive relief. With an open-mind and cooperation, they get that relief. Having applied certain techniques, specific to each individual, many a client has left PNP with a sense of comfort and ease. Many are released from the state of being restless, irritable, and discontent. These states have been clinically described as: anxiety, stress, tension, and depression, etc. Many have also reported that they have been relieved of their mental obsession, for others, it has been lessened to a tolerable state.
Please note that we at PNP do not consider its techniques to be the cure-all, though some clients have improved considerably. We emphasize to the clients to continue the process of the Twelve Steps, to get the fullness of the psychic change. We also emphasize to them to continue being opened to the expertise of their primary counselors, as well as the discharge personnel. With the integration of all departments working for the wellbeing of each of our clients, and with the client’s cooperation, we will have altered the individual’s mind, emotions, body, and their spiritual wellbeing, to a recovered state.
At PNP, we apply the techniques to all of these major components of the individual. We include spirituality as a major component of this process. We use an array of interventions, including:
All of these, as well as other techniques, helps the client to have a psychic change, as well as a spiritual awakening. As the 12th Step suggests, our clients learn “…to practice these principles in all of our affairs.” At PNP we also emphasize that they continue to practice these techniques until it becomes a way of life. With continued practice of the 12-Steps, along with PNP techniques, which are already suggested within the Twelve Steps, the individual will reach a higher level of consciousness never thought possible.
Ramon Rodriguez, PNP Specialist