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Project Recovery Model

Final Model of Recovery

The What & Why


True Self is committed to shaping the landscape for how our society views and treats a wide variety of maladaptive behaviors, patterns, habits, and coping skills characterized under the subtitles of addiction, substance abuse, and Recovery.  We also recognize that the current treatment and twelve-step model of identifying as an addict for the rest of your life are not an adaptive means of recovering who you really want to be. The reason for this is that our personal identity and beliefs about ourselves, both now and who we want to be in the future, shape our trajectory for the rest of your life. If you think that everything you do after you wake up is great, simply because you are not an addict, then you are likely setting your standards for yourself fairly low. That may be ok for some, but we see it as unnecessary and highly limiting.


The True Self Method provides a framework for accepting our past and present circumstances, taking responsibility for what we can, and choosing who we want to be in the future. We have all done things in our past that we wish we had done differently, so have most others. However, accepting and forgiving those things about ourselves and others is key. 


As we can begin to bring awareness to our maladaptive tendencies and begin to change those habits and behaviors into more productive ones, we can then set new goals and reward ourselves for those achievements. That being said, it is difficult to do anything without personal integrity, belief, and a supportive team. True Self is committed to teaching people how to believe in themselves, identify their needs and wants and how to choose the right environment to nurture their personal recovery on their True Self.

True Self sees the current model as lacking and problematic for a variety of reasons. Specifically, there is a general lack of education, information, and awareness pertaining to both prevention and recovery. 


True Self has a different conception of the problem. We see addiction as a symptom of society's lack of education and valuation of socio-emotional needs-emotional stability, identity, individuality, purpose, meaning, and connection.  Essentially, we are not taught how or why to meet our most basic needs and in the process, we are creating generations of individuals that are inauthentic and have no idea what authenticity really is.  To encapsulate this idea, we have coined the term "Spiritual Sickness", where spirituality is the relationship with oneself (not religion).

To address this, True Self has a vision of an extensive awareness campaign providing insights into how we see addiction and how the current paradigm is flawed.  In addition to raising levels of awareness, we also offer the True Self Method to help anyone struggling with identity, confidence, awareness, contentedness, purpose, meaning, or support. 

Scientific Studies

Component Model of Addiction Treatment: A Pragmatic Transdiagnostic Treatment Model of Behavioral and Substance Addictions

Drug and alcohol treatment providers’ views about the disease model of addiction and its impact on clinical practice: A systematic review

Other Resources

Coming Clean, Overcoming Addiction without Treatment by Robert Granfield and William Cloud
Discusses that the current disease model is flawed and that proclaiming that one is born an addict and will die an addict is flawed and self-defeating.

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