Our names are Roger Smith and George Patriki and we offer you a big welcome to the Keys to Overcoming Addiction delivered in the SAMHI program. S.A.M.H.I. stands for ‘Substance Abuse Mental Health Interventions’ and it has originated from George’s highly acclaimed ‘Dual Diagnosis’ training programs. At the heart of S.A.M.H.I. is about helping people help other people with their addictions. The people we talk about are lay people-people who have a heart for others. That can be use you doing a brief intervention, acting as a first responder and then referring on to a professional help and/o support network. You’ll hear George say regularly, if you have that (i.e. a heart for helping others) you’re 85% there- the rest is our program which will give you comprehensive understandings and new skill sets. The following is a brief description about the keys to the program. The Online program will be launched during 2017 on samhi.online and other world wide platforms including Udemy.
Let’s get to it then! What are “the main keys to the SAMHI program? Before that a short commercial break from George “Maybe to explain the keys a little bit better it’s worthwhile to understand who I am and my journey over the last 33 years. I’ve been walking this journey and the program. First of all for seven years I was in the drug scene myself and then ten years in treatment working through my issues. I’ve been a therapist for twenty three years.
Let’s look at the keys to S.A.M.H.I.We’d like to introduce you to the integrative-holistic model first of all because that explains how each of the dynamics of our life need to be built into training and recovery when we’re trying to help and work with people.
So next we’d like to introduce you to the Body Soul and Spirit ‘Who-Am-I’ model (Key 2( because each of these’ voices’ are going on inside of us:
That gives us tools to be able to equip people to move forward as I understand what’s going on inside of them – not only addictions but also issues around trauma and recovery and working through the underlying issues. it’s an integrative model (Key 1) so it’s combining the best of orthodox medicine plus a lot of the the new medicines that have been coming through -so that’s working really well in the program. In actual fact, you’ll see on the integrative model slide we do talk about neuroplasticity: That’s why this next slide of the brain you will see that there are some key areas to recovery such as the power of free will which lies under the corpus callosum which is a DNA expression that’s exercised when we use volition and free choice. Te restore dignity to a person so that they can make choices regardless of where they’ve been. This is the foundation of this program that we can restore people’s confidence that they can move forward regardless of their past.
In the Key 3 diagram you’ll youll see the way our thoughts words and actions actually change the genetics inside of us for good or for bad depending on the choices we make. We call that field of science it epigenetics. So we switch on the genes that we want through healthy thinking and toxic thinking ruins and destroys everything on the inside including the electromagnetic signals and the bio-chemicals -the neurotransmitters that we make in our brain What’s really cool about humans is that they can recover whatever their age, from cradle to grave. So it doesn’t matter what the age is, there’s always a chance of recovery. So that’s the big breakthrough in the research, well fully explore in the SAMHI online program. I think the old school used to say we were stuck with the genes from our father, grandfather, grandmother whatever the case. That’s rubbish! What’s another key in the program? Well you see now from this ‘Needs-Emotions-Behaviours Model’
One of the underlying issues that drive addictive behaviours is unmet needs. So if our needs aren’t being met or if we have negative primary emotions or secondary emotions, it actually sets us up for addictive behaviours. It’s a counterfeit situation, because the needs aren’t really being met- We often say that addictions are a cheap substitute for love -the things that we’re really looking for. In fact it’s through unhealthy relationships that we are damaged and it’s through healthy relationships that we are healed. So love is the beginning and the end of this whole program. It’s all about love. Since we’re talking about love, let’s introduce you to the ‘Love Triangle’ (Key 5) and help you to actually see what are we talking about.
A lot of people in the program love this this part of the program. They love love We connect to family and friends and a love from the human spirit which has the capacity for unconditional love. People relate to that -they get it. They understands what we’re talking about . I think it’s that love combined with all those skill sets that come out of the program that allow people to be become very powerful in what they’re doing. You’ll see in this next slide titled the cycle of addiction (Key 6), that’s a very useful tool to help you understand how people get caught up in the addiction cycle
In this next slide adapted from Dr McCauley’ work , we talk about ‘Pleasure Unwoven’ (Key 7) and how addiction whether it’s gambling or whether it’s substances, hijacks the reward system side of our brain.
Central and essential to our understanding is ‘Stages of Addiction Recovery’ (Key 8) enabling us to work out where people are in the process or journey and how they can actually move forward. So for example we can see the pre-contemplation stage which is “I don’t have a problem get out of my face , leave me alone people to ‘Contemplation’ I know I’ve got a problem I just don’t want to change right now .
So the next key (Key 9) is to equip people with the ‘Brief Intervention’ (Key 9). That’s a really powerful technique that people learn in the course and it’s about weighing up the costs versus Benefits. Here are the costs of my addiction. What Are the benefits of my addiction. So here is a skilled person-this lay person will go and work with that person and we use the R.E.G.A.R.D. model to guide the brief intervention.
The Tripod of Support and Treatment is the 10th key and is about helping people and keeping them safe and in recovery. Counselling is needed to help work through the underlying issues. Secondly having a support group and attending meetings whether it’s AA or Narcotics Anonymous or Gamblers Anonymous. It’s important that you’re a part of – a place where you give and receive> The third thing, that’s really important is a sponsor -someone you’re accountable to. Someone who’s going to be there for you at four in the morning when you say, “Hey I’m struggling here ‘bro’ or ‘broess’. I need your help.” If you have a tripod of support in place, you’re less likely going to lapse and it’[s great insurance to prevent relapse.