The Duplex Pyramids

Outline of an Online Workshop on Addictions

Understanding and Dealing with Problems Related to

WEEK 1. Physiological Processes Underlying Different Types Of Addiction

Similarities And Differences Between Substance, Sexual, And Psychological Addictions, Panic, And

Differing Physiological Processes With Different Substances And Non-Substance Addictions

The Dynamics Of Taking Multiple Substances

WEEK 2. The Role Of Family And Childhood Developmental History In Addictions

A Personal History Chronolog

Shaping The Child’s View Of The World

Internalized Parents

The Tyranny Of Internalized Parents

The Origin Of Inauthentic Public Personality

Inferring The Influences Of Internalized (Implicit) Parents From The Addict’s Behavior

The Competing Effects Of Implicit Parents And The Inner Child

Loving, Accepting, And Nurturing The Inner Wounded Child

WEEK 3. How The Teen Years Contribute To Addictions

Enforcing A Teenager’s Self Betrayal Leads To Self Destruction

Teen’s Implicit Parents Turned Back Against The Parents

Teen Outrage Toward Parents’ Double Standards

Early Parent-Child Relationships And Adult Relationship Styles

Diagramming Distance-Closeness And Role Structures In Families

Inescapable Clutches Of The Bitter Sweet Mother

Hope For Unconditional Love From Parents As A Barrier To Inner Freedom

Re Parenting, Self Love, And Emotional Independence

WEEK 4. Trigger Social And Intimate Relationships And Trigger Situations

Intimacy-Ambivalence And Addictions

Mutual Self Destruction In Love Relationships

Boundaries, Borders, And Authenticity In Relationships

Differentiating Between Self And Other
The Cycle Of Co-Dependency-Depression-Resentment-Rage-And Addictions

Detecting And Altering Inner, Personal, Criteria For Fulfillment In The Relationship

Emancipation From Attachment To A Parent Before Forming Adult Love Relationship

Friends And Social Situations Versus Isolation As Triggers

Unrelated Situations That Accidentally Become Triggers

Re-Engineering Situations And Relationships In The Treatment Of Addictions

WEEK 5. Trigger Emotions And The Dynamics And Treatment Of Addictions

The Addict’s Inner Pain And Emptiness

Anxiety And Dealing With Anxiety

Rage And Dealing With Rage

Transformations From Anxiety To Fear To Rage

Dynamic Inter-Changeability Of Rage And Depression

Traumatic Life Experiences As Perpetual Triggers

The Addict’s Living Nightmare

The Function Of The Addiction In The Suppression And Release Of Emotion

Detecting Cycles In Relationships, Emotions, And Behavior In Addictions

Learning To Live With Emotions

The Transformation Of Emotions Into Feelings You Can Live With

WEEK 6. Trigger States And The Dynamics And Treatment Of Addictions

Ego States-Ego Feelings-Modes Of Being- And Their Use In Treating Addicts

Splitting And Polarizing Self Esteem Into Public Versus Private

The Curse Of Urgency And ‘Having To’ Feelings

The Limits Of Will

What The Addict Does And Does Not Incorporate And Own

Searching For Causes And Blame In All The Wrong Places

WEEK 7. The Addict’s Complex Defense Mechanisms

Defenses Against Underlying Conditions

How Do Defenses Against The Addiction Work

Conditions That Immobilize Defenses

WEEK 8. Personality Factors And Social Roles Involved In Treatment Of Addictions

Public Vs Private Personality

Our Grizzly Twin

Public-Private Split And Regaining Authenticity

Compelling Role Networks

Authenticity And Freedom From Addiction

Breaking Free And Facing The Unknown You

WEEK 9. AA And Twelve Step Types Of Approaches

Professional Stigmatizing

‘Recipe" Programs Eliminate Majority Who Do Not Fit

Identity And Dynamics Of The Addict

Language Traps

Ego Strength Development Traps

Recurring Melodramas

Advice That Pushes The Addict Into The Abyss

WEEK 10. Alternatives To AA Types Of Approaches

Non Traditional Treatment Of Addictions

Three Factors Involved In Prevention And Treatment Of Addiction

WEEK 11. The Use Of Roles In The Treatment Of Addictions

The Nature And Value Of Roles

The Role Of Roles In Relationships

Roles And Practice

Roles And Maturity

Role Specific Behaviors And Incorporation Of Positive Character

Roles: Channeling Un Socialized Behavior Into Pro Social Behavior

WEEK 12. Addressing Inner Processes In The Treatment Of Addictions

A Model Of Addiction: Unresolved Conflicts And Intentional Processes

A Model Of Inner Processes

Addressing The Brain, Intentional Processes, And Addictions

Definition Of Specific Intentional Processes

Use Of Intentionality Model In Psychotherapy

Use Of The Intentionality Model In The Treatment Of Addictions

Model Emphasizing Criteria For Fulfillment

Themes Of Incompleteness And Dream Interpretation In Psychotherapy

Accepting Aloneness, Feeling Connected To Universality


A Model For Self Transcendence

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'Duplex Pyramids' below is the logo of the Natural Systems Institute.  The top inverted pyramid represents layers of  external structures and systems and the bottom pyramid represents layers of internal structures and systems.  The extension of the pyramid to the left represents degrees of distance into the past, while extension to the right represents degrees of projection into the future.  The underlying theoretical assumption is that effective, enduring change in humans and human social systems comes only when these multidimensional relationships of the external, internal, past and future perspectives are all addressed as change efforts are attempted.

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