This course is for individuals who struggle with addiction as well as the family or partners of those who struggle with sexual addiction or similar compulsive behaviors. It is designed to give the basic platform for understanding addiction, how it got started and how to heal from it. It is the designed as a first step in the healing journey from an addiction that affects more than 1/3 of all marriages and 50% of American Households.
This introductory series will take about 2 - 3 hours to complete. There are lectures and small quizzes along with a helpful handout to aid in recovery. This course does not take the place of therapy. However it does provide an excellent starting point for recovery to begin.
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Addiction is defined as: Using any substance or any behavior to numb pain or control how we feel, that cannot be stopped even in light of serious consequences and whose life becomes unmanageable as a result. In this lecture students will explore this definition further and gain greater clarity into what are the underlying causes of addiction.
See how well you learned about the addiction cycle and how sexual addiction affects the brain.
The addiction cycle always starts with pain and then progresses to preoccupation followed by ritualization. Eventually, if the addict doesn't pull themselves out of the cycle, they will end up acting out. This only increases the pain and the shame they were originally feeling. The cycle starts over again.
How well do you remember the addiction cycle?
Students will learn about Dr. Daniel Amen's 6 types of addiction based on the different part of the brain.
Students will increase understanding that acting out is simply a way of trying to medicate parts of the brain that are not functioning properly.
Review the 6 types of Addiction
Students will learn about Supernormal Stimulus and how that phenomenon also happens with humans. Students will see pictures of SPECT scans that show how addiction affects the brain.
This lecture explores some of the common signs of addiction. If you are wondering whether you have an addiction, take a look at how many of these you have experienced.
This brief lecture explores the difference between a relapse and a slip. After watching this video, students are encouraged to think about and write down what their bottom lines are. Students are also encouraged to take a look at what kind of triggers can lead a person to start slipping towards relapse.
We have explored how addiction affects the addict. Now let's explore how addiction affects the partner or significant other.
This is typically the wife or girlfriend of the addict, but not always. Sometimes, it is the female who is the addict and the male who is the partner. The issues discussed here can happen to either gender.
Students will learn the fundamental secret that significantly increases the chances of full recovery from addiction and trauma.
This article written by the instructor covers 10 strategies that the current pull-up world record champion used that an addict can also use in order to be successful!
Troy serves as the President and Clinical Director of Courageous Journeys Counseling and Consulting Services. He has over 17 years of experience in the mental health field. Troy received his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, PA in 2000 and much of his training has focused on addiction recovery. Troy has also been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy (EFT), the only research verified couples counseling model in existence. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements while participating in EFT.
Troy specializing in working with individuals trauma related concerns, couples struggling in their relationships, and individuals who numb their pain through compulsive or addictive behaviors. Troy also helps couples and individuals who are experiencing sexual issues that reduce the ability for physical intimacy.
Troy's clinical focus is to help individuals make the changes in their lives that they want to make while helping them remove the barriers, traumatic emotional responses, and belief systems that keep them stuck.
Troy is currently the Lead facilitator of the LifeStar Network, a sexual addictions program. Troy is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona Western College for over eight years. In addition, Troy is certified as a Human Resources Professional and has over six years of experience as a Leadership Consultant providing leadership coaching, conflict mediation, and strategic planning.