Mydiscover: Intensive Outpatient Program
You must preregister for this program by calling 603-702-0117 or emailling Peter Stone direcltly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is offered on a split schedule: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Mondays and Thursdays, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mondays and Thursdays. Materials for the group will be provided.
Up front, I, Peter Stone, MA, CAS, CART, MLADC am not your typical mental health and addiction therapist. I have lived on both sides of the tracks. In fact, where I have been most have not survived. Where I have been there are three outcomes: death, prison, and lasting change. I have and live the process to lasting changed (life is a process and not event).
In late 80's I went on to transform my life-course from a life of negative self-destuction to a life of positive self-enhancement. To this effect, I went on to earn master's level advanced eduction in counseling psychology and addiction science (Norwich Univerisity and the University of Massachusetts). More, I went on to earn the distinction as a Board Certified Addiction Specialist through the American Academy of Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders as founded by Harvard University School of Medicine - Division on Addictions.
In respect to the foundation to my education, I have had the fortunate experience (1991-1995) to be influenced and mentored by the best of the best in the cutting field of Addiction Science to include and not limited to: Dr's G. Gordon Marlett (Pioneer to relapse prevention), Charlo DiClemente and James Prochaska (Pioneers to the application theory to change), Albert Bandura (Pioneer to social psychology), William Miller and Steven Rollinick (Pioneers to motivation for change), and Stanton Peele (Pioneer to putting the puzzle of change together). Combined and during the course of my education and mentorships, I have shaped MyDiscover applications and model, an eclectic model, a sort of compilation that is a fluid combination of cognitive-behavioral/social psychology. This model is paired, blended with the transtheoretical stage approach to change with motivational interviewing applictions to enhance the opporunity and progression to lasting lifestyle change. Combined, I present the essensence, opportunity, practicality, and functionality to MyDiscover.
Here in North Conway, 50 Seavey Street, I offer an Intensive Outpatient Program that serves three goals: Educate and counsel on what mental health is. MyDiscover does not distinguist between mental health and addiction for they are one in the same. Simple reference: abusing a drug, alcohol is a drug, the behavior is consuming the drug and outcome is abuse).
Behavior is what we do as founded in what we know: Meta-cognition. What we do is think and feel and oit this blend cognitive blend that produces the impulse control to our actions. What we think and feel is grounded in our cognitive-triad, and the triad, the three perspectives to thought are: (1.) Who I think I am, my personal self, (2.) How I want my world to see, act, respond, and treat me; my social self, and (3.) my thinking, relations, relating betweeh I am and it is (my persponal and social self). The result for many of use and those we care about is the behavior, the action of abusing drugs.
In behaviorl psycholgy, all behavior serves a purpose. The purpose of using a drug to the extent of abuse is to detach from real and perceptual pain. Pain is relative. Pain is necessary, it alterts us to something that is wrong, something that needs to be addressed, taken care of. In the experience of substance abuse, the address to real and perceptual pain is to indeed escape, avoid, detach from the pain.
MyDiscover has three goal: First, educate on what mental health and addiction are to the involved. Mental health and addiction are one in the same, they are processes. You can only experience one process at a time. With that point, mental health is a skill and not a condition. If you do not know the skill of mental health, well then, addiction, escape, avoidence, detachment represents the alternative. Lacking the skill, the involved looks outside of him or her for relief.
The second goal is to help client's think and feel more accurately. Most of us do not think accurately. In fact most of us look outside of ourselves for cause and reason for what and how we are experiencing our live's situations. The third goal is reinforce, we all want to fit in and feel good. By our nature we are all social interactionist. We define our life-ways through the representation and feedback from others. With this point, in the world of lacking mental health and surrendering to addiction insecurity marks our intimidation to life. No one, absolutely no one who looks outside of him self or her self for relief through a behavior is secure in his or her personal and social self. Enter the drug or obsession. They are referred to as mind/mood altering substances and behaviors for a reason.
This is a sample of what our participants recieve through our Intensive Outpatient Program. The power of control is in the control. Deliberate, purposeful ways of thinking and feeling are the essense of control over the path to one's life. The surrending of personal and social control is to instinctively, habitually go with the influence, the flow of a life that is without passion. Passion is purpose, challenge, and fulfillment. If you lack a sense of purpose, challenge for the day, and fulfillment to the effort and experience to the day, you are a candidate for a self-abusive mental health (i.e., addiction).