The M.I.N.E. Program: In 1935, when Alcoholics Anonymous was founded, the general opinion among physicians was that:
“Most chronic alcoholics are doomed.” (A.A. PXXX)
A.A. changed that death sentence.
“We of Alcoholics Anonymous are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.” (A.A. P XIII)
How Did They Recover From This Hopeless State?
1. They didn’t do it by treating the symptom of the disease, alcohol and drugs. They went right to the source of their problem.
2. From his own personal experience, Bill Wilson was able to pin point the source of the suffering and pain that alcoholics (and drug addicts) experienced in their lives. In a talk he gave in 1953, he said: “Alcoholism is a cancer of the emotions and the soul.”
Buddha came to a similar conclusion. He found that all the pain and suffering in his life could be traced to what he called The Three Poisons: Delusional Thinking, Destructive Emotions, and Cravings.”
3. The original members of A.A. set a specific goal. “We would go to any lengths for victory over alcohol.” (A.A., Page 76)
4. They identified the tools and resources they needed to accomplish that goal: emotional balance, spiritual power, and altruism, unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
5. They understood that real sobriety was much more than just not picking up a drink or drug.
“No true alcoholic ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.” (As Bill Sees It – P 1)
What Did Bill Wilson Mean By: “A Cancer of the Emotions and Soul?”
“Resentment is the number one offender. It destroys more alcoholics (and drug addicts) than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease.” (A.A. Page 64)
“Fear… this short word somehow touches every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread. The fabric of our existence was shot through with it.” (A.A. Page 67)
“To see how erratic emotions victimized us, often took a long time.” (12 Steps and Twelve Traditions, Page 47)
“By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can then move toward their correction.” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Page 43)
“When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. (A.A. Page 64)
By focusing their attention on the “source” instead of the “symptom” of the problem, what were the original members of A.A. able to accomplish? They tell us: “The problem has been removed.
It does not exist for us.” (A.A. Page 85.)
Unfortunately, this accomplishment is rarely mentioned at A.A. meetings. It’s usually: “You will never recover.” But let’s put this in perspective. It is true that no alcoholic or drug addict will ever recover the ability to safely use pills, alcohol, or drugs, but they can and do recover – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and in most cases, physically. The original members of A.A. were living examples of this.
“When I became willing to clean house and then asked a Higher Power, God, as I understood Him, to give me release, my obsession to drink vanished. It was lifted right out of me. In A.A. meetings all over the world, statements just like this are heard daily. It is plain for everybody to see that each sober A.A. member has been granted a perfect release from this very obstinate and potentially fatal obsession.” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Page 63)
Now, if you are an alcoholic or drug addict, once you “recover,” is there anything you must do if you want to stay recovered? Absolutely! Abstaining from drinking or using drugs is Phase 1 of recovery, physical sobriety. Phase 2 of recovery is emotional sobriety. Without Phase 2, all you have is a dry drunk. How does one make progress in developing emotional sobriety? The same one makes progress in developing the skills it takes to become a good golfer or tennis player, practice, practice, practice.
“We begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives, so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Page 106)
The focus of the M.I.N.E. program is on emotional sobriety. It is a major breakthrough in treating addiction because it bridges the gap between the wisdom passed on to us by the original members of A.A. and the incredible and miraculous technologies of the Twenty-First Century. It provides alcoholics and drug addicts with the tools and resources they need to diffuse the emotional triggers that most often lead to relapse: anger, resentment, fear, depression, and boredom.
To build this bridge, I have drawn on the talent and expertise of some of the best people in the fields of psychology, stress relief, music therapy, motivational, and vibro acoustic therapy (VAT). Two cutting edge treatment centers that have put the M.I.N.E. program to the test are The Treatment Center, in Lake Worth, Florida, and Affinity Lodge, in England.
Unlike prescription drugs, which have many negative side effects, the only side effects produced by the M.I.N.E. program are more peace, more relaxation, more balance, less tension, less anxiety, and less pain.
In the book Alcoholics Anonymous, it states that in order for alcoholics to recover they must have a “vital spiritual experience.” Why is a spiritual experience so “vital” to alcoholics and drug addicts? Because of the effect it has on them. The effect shows up in the form of “huge emotional displacements and rearrangements.” (A.A. Page 27)
These huge emotional displacements and rearrangements are what heal the cancer of the emotions and the soul that is destroying their lives.
With the M.I.N.E program, these huge emotional displacements and rearrangements normally take place within the first 20 minutes you are with your patient or client.
In a typical session, this is what an individual normally experiences: “At the beginning of the session, I felt depressed, stressed, anxious, and tense. At the end of the session, I felt relaxed, calm, and motivated.” (Ted D.)
If you have patients or clients who feel anxious, angry, depressed, stressed out, or are experiencing cravings, their state of dis-ease is soon transformed into a state of ease.
It is a very empowering experience because the M.I.N.E. program awakens them to the fact that they are much more powerful than their addiction, much more powerful than the obsessive thoughts, compulsive feelings, and physical cravings that currently control and dominate their lives.
They become conscious and aware that they are power-full. When they learn how to access this power, it provides them with the guidance, strength, and motivation they need to transform their cravings for pills, alcohol or drugs, into a craving for freedom, honesty, integrity, humility and peace.
What is addiction? The original members of A.A. described it as “cunning, baffling, and powerful”. If an alcoholic or drug addict learns how to harness, guide, and direct this powerful force, it transforms their lives. If they don’t learn how to harness, guide, and direct this powerful force, it destroys their lives, and the lives of those they love.
In admitting that they lack the power to control the obsessive thoughts, compulsive feelings, and physical cravings that keep them stuck on the Relapse Roller Coaster Ride, the choice every alcoholic and drug addict must make is this:
Do I want to take the fork in the road that leads to more suffering, or do I want to take the fork in the road that leads to freedom?
Like childbirth, both roads have some pain associated with them. But one road ends in death, because addiction, left untreated, is a terminal disease. Remember Whitney Houston, (cocaine), Amy Winehouse, (alcohol), and Michael Jackson, (prescription drugs)?
The other fork is a Christopher Columbus experience. It opens the door to a new world, a world of imagination, intuition, creativity, and power.
To become addiction survivors, alcoholics and drug addicts must focus their attention on the solution; not the problem. They need to invest time, energy, and money into treating the cause, not the symptom of their disease. As healing takes place, they begin to experience the personality change that is required to achieve permanent sobriety.
HBO did a Documentary called REHAB. Their conclusion, after three years of research, was that the failure rate for alcoholics and drug addicts leaving treatment was 92%. This sounds like nothing has changed since 1935, when alcoholics and addicts were doomed to a future of detoxes, jails, institutions, or death.
Alcohol and drugs are just symptoms of a problem. So, it’s important to understand that the benefits of the M.I.N.E. program go far beyond helping overcome issues of substance abuse and dependency.
By relaxing and stabilizing the central nervous system, it provides significant benefits for anyone who suffers from sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic pain issues, or traumas associated with Post Traumatic Stress: rape, war, abandonment, or tragic auto or motorcycle accidents.
The benefits of the M.I.N.E. program are not theoretical. They are experiential. There are two ways you can appreciate the benefits provided by the four stages of the program. One, you can believe that the testimonials on the last page are true. Two, you can invest in a Serenity Lounge and experience the benefits for yourself. It comes with a 30 day money-back-guarantee.
In the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, it states: “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance; that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” (A.A. Page 568)
Perhaps the interests of the alcoholics and addict we treat would be better served if we practiced what we preach:
Honesty: What we are doing isn’t working very well.
Open-mindedness: The mind is like a parachute. It works best when open.
Willingness to Change: Don’t judge something until you have tried it.
Jack Kelly, CAP, NLP, LHMP is the founder of The Lazarus House, in Boca Raton, Florida. He holds certifications in the following areas: Addiction, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Trauma, and Hypnosis Therapy. He is also a Licensed HeartMath provider. He provides training for The M.I.N.E. Program, and conducts educational programs for schools, parent teacher organizations, treatment centers and prisons. He explores the myths presented in his book: RADICAL RECOVERY: Twelve Recovery Myths – The Addiction Survivor’s Guide to the Twelve Steps. Reviews of the book are available on Amazon.