Given that prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem and the US is recognized as one of the largest recreational drug users, three times the expected rate worldwide, a novel idea. may be gaining strength.
Not to suggest abstaining from drugs, but something much more elegant than that. It is continuing to use all the medications and recreational drugs that we need but focusing on raising the set point of the brain. Over time, natural homeostatic “healing” chemicals become dominant, and people notice that they feel great without or with less of medications and drugs.
Use natural chemicals…
One EBT participant, “Pamela,” shared that one of her daughters was killed by her roommate, who was on drugs, and her stepson overdosed on a cocktail of oxycodone and methamphetamine. She was on antidepressants and her husband was on Suboxone for an undisclosed mental health problem, and her 14-year-old daughter was on Dexedrine for ADD and Ativan for anxiety.
She said: “I think the whole world is going crazy. My goal is to be…”.
I said, “Naturally Drug Free” or NDF.
Do you want to be Naturally Drug FREE (NDF)?
The program is EBT, but to be on the safe side, it is important that Pamela NOT stop taking any medically indicated medication, but stick to her EBT prescription of 10-5-1: 10 spiral ups, 5 minutes learning a new EBT skill and 1 community connection to practice them.
In a recent discussion with EBT providers, they reported that most people stopped taking medications/drugs in about a year, some in two years. There are two key elements of the approach…
Two key elements of the NDF approach
One is that tapering off drugs only happens when the emotional brain is rewired enough that the person can be in brain state 1 without needing them. The other is the focus on the rewards of purpose. Pamela was not participating in the program because she wanted to get off drugs, but because she wanted to be free of all of them.
By using EBT to get to a natural high, and using EBT’s extreme resilience abilities to get there, people can change. EBT rewires the circuitry that controls our physiology and the more optimal our physiology is, the less we need external chemicals to see results.
I explained to Pamela, “The change in the brain is natural and there are no side effects other than joy.”
She said, “Sign me up.”