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Since early 2000, our founder "Remedy" Max has been providing emotional support and educational harm prevention & risk reduction advice to help survivors of domestic abuse & intimate partner violence, accident survivors, victims of crime and those struggling with a deep sense of loss after a divorce or losing their loved one due to a terminal illness or in some accident to process and move past their trauma to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.
Through this work and her research findings, it became apparent to her that many survivors of trauma also struggled with some form of behavior addiction and/or substance abuse. Conversely over time she also observed that many who came in for recovery advice and support had survived some traumatic life event such as (but not limited to):
This correlate between survivors of trauma and those struggling with behavior addictions led "Remedy" Max to develop the revolutionary and progressive "Fractured Psyche Addiction Recovery Model" that has yielded consistent positive outcomes over the years for many individuals she worked with who were struggling with high risk self-destructive compulsive behaviors and those who previously tried to abstain but continued to relapse in their recovery efforts.
RemedyBlox is proud of its commitment and contributions made over the past 20 years in the field of behavior addictions recovery programs - where we share revolutionary recovery platforms based on "The Fractured Psyche Recovery Model" with individuals struggling with various high risk behavior addictions where we help guide them through their recovery journey.
Our Fractured Psyche Recovery Model is revolutionary as it affords addicts with new tools and a fresh mindset to:
RemedyBlox' founder belongs to various addiction recovery fellowships and organizations in Canada and the USA - some of which are listed below.
As an affiliate and contributing member she continues to enhance her knowledge about best practices in addiction recovery as well as remaining informed about latest research findings and trends in addiction treatment and recovery.
At RemedyBlox we regard all forms of behavior addictions as symptomatic expressions of the addict's subconscious mindset which was fractured following some earlier exposures to traumatic life event(s).
Examples of psychological trauma can entail (but not limited to);
Exposure to traumatic events is common among most (if not all) addicts. For those who have not properly processed the earlier traumatic injuries to their psychological state find it more difficult to abstain as well as tend to experience addiction comorbidity and even addiction vice transference. (Meaning once they successfully learn to abstain from one addiction another one pops up where they find themselves struggling with another type of self-destructive high risk compulsive behavior(s) and/or substance abuse.)
According to the principles of the "Fractured Psyche Recovery Model" - whenever an individual who survived a traumatic event or endured prolonged psychological blows fails to properly heal from that traumatic psychological injury- their psyche (subconscious mind) feels vulnerable and exposed impeding its ability to function. As such, the psyche (subconscious mind of the individual) takes over from the individual to find its own needed answers about how and why the traumatic past event(s) came about. Eventually this leads the psyche to attribute its earlier sustained traumatic injuries to their person whom it now views as being inept, weak and a loser who failed to prevent or stop the dire outcomes from happening also failing to protect their psyche in the process.
This negative view about the individual then becomes internalized by their subconscious - and needs to be constantly validated for the psyche to help it to continue to cope and function to its best ability. What becomes problematic though for the individual's psyche is when the individual musters up the courage to move on post the traumatic life event(s) where they start to thrive in life. But with each each new milestone achieved by the individual - prompts their psyche to work hard on undermining such successes, joys in life and a peaceful existence the individual is working towards.
To eliminate and destroy the individual's achievements and successes including their peaceful and happy existence - their psyche in its fractured (non-recovered) state - starts to look for high risk self-destructive behaviors that it can present to the individual in a deceptive manner so its own objectives and desired outcomes can be achieved. Once a particular mode of high risk behavior is identified as the individual's preferred activity - the game is on! The individual's psyche then repeatedly and masterfully pitches the high risk behavior as a wonderful and exciting experience brimming with endless opportunities to achieve one's dreams and goals in life. For the unsuspecting individual unaware of what their fractured psyche is doing to them - they find themselves engaging in a particular high risk behavior over and over again. They act on the urges even though doing so starts to take its toll on each area of their life - despite the individual's better judgment and self-preservation capacity.
As the high risk behavior intensifies in frequency and severity - the individual finds themselves in the throws of a full blown addiction where they see their life rapidly unravel. But for their fractured psyche - that is exactly where it wanted the individual to end up so that the psyche's negative view about the individual can be confirmed and re-validated with each new loss, injury and devastating outcomes sustained. There is also a secondary motivational factor in play why the individual's fractured psyche is setting them up for failure. It entails the fractured psyche's retaliatory desire and need for retribution to punish and make the individual suffer for the earlier traumatic injuries that the psyche endured when the individual failed to protect and safeguard their psyche against such harms. When the individual fails to recognize what is happening to them and that they are being duped by their own subconscious mind using a high risk behavior against them - they will continue to act on the addiction urges in blind faith and perpetual hope that which is being presented to them by their fractured psyche in a positive light will result in the promised outcomes. Unfortunately something that will never come to fruition as their fractured psyche is dead set on destroying the individual at all costs - especially when the psyche repeatedly witnesses the individual's ineptness and weakness to resist the urges being presented even though each urge they act upon is further destroying their life,
Through our "Fractured Psyche Recovery Model" we focus on how the individual needs to admit they have a problem, that they have lost control and need help in their recovery. Furthermore, it is equally important for the addict to recognize how the onset of high risk behavior unfolded and what the addiction urges really represent.
For Compulsive Gamblers, gambling urges are explained as being pitched by their fractured psyche - brimming with endless opportunity for the individual to secure a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This is a strong motivational factor - not because the problem gambler is lazy or greedy or has some moral defect or character flaw. Rather because of what they had endured and gone through in life (e.g., various struggles, set-backs and hardships) they know what it means to be vulnerable where they want to safeguard and secure themselves and their loved ones from experiencing similar hardships in the future by being financially secure. As such this aspiration makes them vulnerable to their fractured psyche' control - which is exploiting that need and the individual's fears and vulnerabilities. The individual's inability to recognize their own psyche's nefarious motives and timing with which gambling urges are presented to them is what leads most to their ultimate demise. For them, their fractured psyche portrays gambling not as a game of chance or as a form of benign entertainment rather as a means to improve their quality of life and gain a sense of security from the prospect of winnings. So they foolishly embark on the self-destructive path that their fractured psyche has put them on where they continue to assume the risks - playing harder, longer and with greater determination and higher amounts. Even after each gambling loss sustained the individual continues to stay the course believing their subconscious mind that the big win is within their grasp this time around.
However, even when a problem gambler hits a winning streak or wins a big jackpot they cannot bring themselves to just walk away with the windfall. Instead most will continue to gamble while others who do manage to walk away with their winnings end up returning soon afterwards as the urges to gamble become too difficult to resist. That's because after a windfall their fractured psyche steps into overdrive with its arsenal of deceptive tactics including convincing the individual that they are gambling with found money and that they can afford to up the ante and even absorb a few losses in the process because the next big win is bound to happen again. .
When the problem gambler buys into that coercive and manipulative thought process where they believe and trust that which their fractured mind is telling them after a win - they soon find themselves losing all of their winnings and also losing more of their own money as they continue to chase their losses where even at least breaking even becomes an illusive driving force for most. Something that never ever happens for any problem gambler because the odds of winning again are not in their favor. But even if they do happen to win again their fractured psyche continues to work against them. After all, the fractured psyche did not entice the individual to go and gamble so they would walk away with winnings where they would feel triumphant, good about themselves or have peace of mind that monetary security affords. Such positive feelings would contradict the internal negative view the psyche formed about the individual and threaten to destabilize the mind's current coping mechanism. So the fractured psyche wants and needs the individual to walk away from every gambling event in a self-deprecating mode where they feel anxious, fearful, unsettled, uncertain about their future and hating themselves for what they have done. Only then, does their fractured psyche feel satiated and it eases up temporarily on presenting further gambling urges. However, as soon as the individual finds a way to pick-up the pieces and starts to move forward with their life - their fractured psyche becomes unsettled as its negative narrative about the individual feels threatened. When this happens, the gambling urges are reintroduced to destabilize the individual all over again on numerous fronts. .
This phenomenon validates our notion that the fractured psyche never intends for the individual to win when the urges to gamble are presented. The fractured psyche has no intention to make the problem gambler feel good about themselves or afford them with increased financial means through gambling. Gambling is a means for the fractured psyche to have its negative view validated about the individual being weak, a loser, incapable of protecting themselves or others against risk exposures and unworthy to have anything good in their life. That is why the expression "PROBLEM GAMBLERS NEVER GAMBLE TO WIN ONLY TO LOSE" holds merit and why it also helps to explain why problem gamblers cannot walk away when they do happen to win big because their fractured psyche will not allow them to do so.
The timing and context of when gambling urges appear is also not coincidental. Gambling urges are strategically presented by the fractured psyche when:
Over time, all behavior addictions and substance abuse lead the individual to be sucked in further and deeper into the dark abyss of despair as their addiction grows in frequency and intensity - until there is truly nothing left for them to lose except for the last and most precious commodity each person possesses - "THEIR LIFE". So when the addict eventually hits their rock bottom - that is when their fractured psyche tends to step up its game plan as it shifts away from presenting addiction urges and instead starts to present suicidal thoughts as the ideal solution to end the pain and misery the addict is struggling with after they have lost their life savings, their family, job, home, perhaps even their freedom if arrested after trying to support their addiction through criminal activities.
Basically, their fractured psyche misleads the individual "self" into believing that by committing suicide they will finally be rewarded with the freedom, happiness and peace they have longed for and basically earned following all the turmoil and hardships they endured to date.
Given the high incidence rate of suicide attempts and successful suicides on a global scale (many of which are committed by individuals who battled a behavior addiction and substance abuse) - leads one to wonder if their fractured psyche was not gunning for their life right from the beginning when the addiction was first presented to them. Meaning the fractured psyche needed a tool (the addiction) to first eliminate everything the individual held dear) so that by losing it all the individual would be left standing vulnerable, desperate, alone and feeling hopelessly defeated and subsequently unlikely to resist the fractured psyche's presentation of suicide with a positive spin as their only viable solution remaining to escape their painful existence.
It also appears more likely than not that the fractured psyche's deep-seated anger, upset and desire to punish the individual for failing to protect it earlier from the past traumatic injuries sustained as well as being too weak to stop engaging in the high risk behaviors when the urges were presented to them as a test - actually is what compels the fractured psyche to regard death as the only way to even score as well finally be free from an individual whom the fractured psyche no longer respects, trusts or can count on to protect it from future risks and traumatizing events in the future.
To help addicts prevent this tragic end, it is imperative for all who are battling any addiction to enter recovery without delay so that they can end the BLEED, as well as finally come to recognize their addiction as a symptom of a much deeper underlying root cause (their fractured psyche) that needs to be healed so it will finally stop trying to self-sabotage and destroy the individual.
Recovery programs like the 12 steps program are a superb way to help addicts abstain and better manage their urges so that their financial, emotional, social, "BLEED" will stop. In turn, the individual's abstinence helps demonstrate their resolve and strength to their fractured psyche so it will take notice and slowly concede to the realization that its earlier negative narrative about the individual was incorrect and that the individual does have what it takes protect themselves and their psyche from future harms. It is at this time that the true healing and recovery can take place when the root cause of the addiction becomes seen as the problem needing to fixed rather than just learning to manage the addiction urges. Over time, those individuals who prove themselves to their subconscious mind that they are serious about their recovery where they demonstrate that they are strong enough, hold the necessary self-worth and the courage to refuse to relapse at any costs or engage in another high risk behavior addiction or substance abuse - leads their psyche to take notice and slowly abandon its negative view about the individual. The psyche also becomes open to allow the individual it has come to respect to help it heal its fracture. As the trust between the psyche and the individual forges - a new partnership emerges where the two become a formidable team that can start working in tandem to embrace new positive opportunities in life, to start living in harmony and peace, as well as with new found confidence that they have each other's back and will protect and safeguard one another against possible risks and harms that may arise in the future.
In May 2017 - Remedy Max created a closed On-Line Support Group on Facebook for Problem Gamblers who continue to struggle with relapse. The on-line support group is called "Hope for Gamblers Unable to Quit" and it is a confidential and private group to provide our group members the opportunity to openly discuss their experiences battling a gambling addiction and gain added insights and support from fellow members who also self-identify as problem gamblers in recovery.
Group members are also provided open access to many addiction recovery resources, guidance and support from fellow group members battling this addiction, as well as opportunity to access different recovery tools and strategies based on our Fractured Psyche Addiction Recovery Model to help them in their recovery journey.
In April 2020, RemedyBlox created the Behavior Addiction Recovery Knowledge (BARK) Exchange group on Facebook.
This group is designed to offer a secure resource exchange platform by and from members to facilitate ongoing and ready access to comprehensive recovery resources and tools aimed to further their recovery journey and ending the cycle of relapse.
Membership in this group has also been extended to published authors, subject matter experts in the field of behavior addiction and group admins of online recovery support groups and other recovery support services (e.g., Zoom meetings) - with the goal to broaden public education awareness and information sharing to benefit those whose life has been adversely affected directly or indirectly by a behavior addiction.
Members have ready access to resources and tools that can help bring an end to their cycle of relapse as well help prevent addiction vice transference in the future.
Our Group's Goal:
To offer a comprehensive ONE-STOP-SHOP for our members to help them keep abreast of new recovery support resources aimed to empower and inform them about the nature of their addiction and how to better mitigate against the urges for compulsive high risk self-sabotaging behavior by accessing resources that they might not be aware of and could be of value to their recovery journey.
Unlike traditional online closed recovery groups - this group welcomes input from members who are published authors, subject matter experts in the field of addiction recovery as well as admins of addiction recovery groups to post about their publications, books, online links to promote their valuable services and resources to others.
The BARK Exchange group success is dependent on the contribution and input of all its members whose goal is to learn and share tools, resources, links and books with others that they have found instrumental in promoting abstinence and recovery success.
In addition to the various online and social media group supports - we at RemedyBlox also offer individuals and those in their inner social social / professional circles with the following supports and services:
The 12-Step addiction recovery program was created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to establish guidelines for the best way to overcome an addiction to alcohol. The program gained enough success in its early years for other addiction support groups to adapt the steps to their own needs.
There are many 12-step programs for various addictions and compulsive behaviors, ranging from Gamblers Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous—all of which use the same 12-Step methods.
Although the 12 Steps are based on spiritual principles, many nonreligious people have found the program immensely helpful. The language emphasizes the presence of God as each participant understands him, allowing for different interpretations and religious beliefs.
At the very least, the 12-Step model provides support, encouragement and accountability for people who genuinely want to overcome their addiction. The sponsorship model as well as regular meeting times encourage the kind of social support that has helped countless people stay clean / abstinent by learning to manage their addiction urges and compulsions for high risk behaviors.
Facebook and many other social media platforms offer confidential and private support group forums where members battling the same type of addiction participate in sharing their own experiences from challenges, struggles with relapse to their recovery success stories.
Many of these forums also offer links to daily online ZOOM Meetings where participants gain added insights and recovery support from group moderators and guest speakers who share strategies that have worked for them to remain clean and sober.
EXAMPLES OF PRIVATE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ADDICTS IN RECOVERY (Some groups also offer support for their loved ones):
PROBLEM GAMBLER - ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS:
Remedy Max and her team of Subject Matter Experts in Addiction & Recovery also belong and collaborate with numerous Problem Gamblers Fellowships and online Addiction Support Groups on social media to lend insights and recovery support to its members - including but not limited to:
In 2022, Remedy Max was recognized as a distinct ISSUP Drug Demand Reduction Professional member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals.
ISSUP is a membership organization that connects, unites, and provides knowledge to the global substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support workforce.
Their vision is to have a connected, trained, knowledgeable, and effective international network of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery professionals undertaking and promoting high-quality, evidence based, and ethical substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support.
ISSUP's mission is to establish Substance Use prevention, treatment and recovery support as a unique and multidisciplinary field through the professionalisation and development of its network of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support professionals.
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RemedyBlox Corporate Presentations deliver valuable insights and strategic approaches to help employers / business owners mitigate their risk exposures when one of their employees is discovered to be battling a behavior addiction or struggling with substance abuse.
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RemedyBlox Staff Training Workshops help employers and employees readily recognize if an employee might be battling a behavior addiction or substance abuse and how to positively motivate and encourage they seek help to end the downward spiral of emotional, physical and financial despair.
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At RemedyBlox offer we deliver engaging public talks and online seminars about various behavior addictions and substance abuse to special interest groups and for members of the general public at public community events and public forums.
The purpose of our public educational platforms on addiction recovery is to spread public awareness and also open the dialogue to dispel common misconceptions - especial behavior addictions that often go unnoticed until such time that the addict finds themselves hitting rock bottom with dire consequences affecting them and everyone else around them.
Through our presentations we help audiences to readily recognize the Yellow & Red Flags of when someone may be at risk of developing a serious addiction and the essence of addiction prevention. We also identify effective recovery platforms that are available for both the addict and their family, friends and employers to help them commence their journey of self-discovery, healing and empowerment to avoid future relapse including transferring to another addiction vice.
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We deliver insightful addiction presentations at corporate events, industry forums and conferences to help employers / business owners gain insights and strategic approaches to mitigate their risk exposures when an employee is discovered to be battling a behavior addiction or may be struggling with substance abuse.
Many employees battling a behavior addiction and/or substance abuse can hide their addiction pretty well from others at their workplace - especially in the early stages of their addiction when they remain in denial of having a problem.
However, over time every addiction that remains undetected by colleagues and the employer - runs an increased risk to negatively impact not just the addict and their life but also to everyone they work with, report to, manage and clients they serve.
In addition, the longer the addiction goes undetected business operations and quality of business services produced and delivered often start to progressively decline in quality which adversely affects the company's reputation, profitability and public brand name in an already competitive marketplace.
Then there are additional potential harms, losses and liabilities employers and business owners face when an employee battling an addiction in silence starts to struggle financially to sustain their habit. For those individuals It is not uncommon for them to turn to various criminal activities in attempt to feed their addiction that continues to grow worse over time. This may involve them stealing products, merchandise or money from their employer, borrowing / owing money to coworkers or business clients, embezzling funds from the company, taking out loans or writing bad cheques they know they cannot repay, or turning to corporate espionage to sell stolen proprietary intellectual business information to the competition.
Over time, it is not a question of "IF" but "WHEN" and by "HOW MUCH" an employee's undetected addiction will expose their employer / or business owner to such losses, harms and liabilities. Not to mention the adverse toll it will have on the workplace morale itself - where many coworkers, business clients and customers will be shocked by the surreal dark reality that problem gambling entails.
Fortunately there is hope and opportunity for employers and business owners to gain the needed insights and strategies on how to identify the early warning signs of addiction in their staff and also how to remedy the situation before it spirals out of control. And the following staff training platforms we deliver assists our business clients with the needed tools and insights to mitigate against such losses and risks including preventing the situation from escalating over time.
In-Person Employee Training Workshop Series offered to Employers:
Presentation Topics Designed for Corporate Events:
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We deliver various addiction presentations at community events and for special interest groups looking for added insights to better understand behavior addictions, their progression patterns, driving forces and recovery program options to break the addiction cycle, prevent relapse and addiction vice transference.
We at RemedyBlox deliver various engaging public talks and seminars about various behavior addictions and substance abuse to special interest groups and at public community forums for members of the general public.
The purpose of our public educational platforms on addiction risk management & addiction recovery is to spread public awareness on this social pandemic and also open the dialogue to dispel common misconceptions about addictions and substance abuse. Particularly as it pertains to behavior addictions which are often misunderstood and go unnoticed until such time that the addict finds themselves hitting rock bottom with dire consequences affecting each area of their life and the lives of everyone else around them.
Through our presentations we help audiences to readily recognize the Yellow & Red Flags of Addiction to help both those individuals who are on the brink of developing a full blown addiction or those who addiction has spiraled out of control where they may feel all alone, desperate, filled with despair and uncertain about their future.
We also speak to addiction recovery and the support programs and resources available for both the addict and those affected directly an indirectly by their addiction.
The overall goal is to provide the audience with greater understanding about behavior addictions. We also offer audiences with renewed hope that the cycle of relapse and addiction vice transference can end when one commits to a recovery program that helps guide them on their journey of self-discovery, healing and personal empowerment..
REMEDYBLOX' PUBLIC PRESENTATION TOPICS ON ADDICTION & RECOVERY:
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We are in the process of developing new online educational course programs on UDEMY that will include the addiction and recovery component to spread awareness as well as offer support and direction to those battling a behavior addiction and/or substance abuse.
Our online courses will deliver their own set of valuable insights, practical tools and applicable recovery strategies for those battling an addiction as well as for individuals whose life has been adversely affected by someone they believe is struggling with an addiction.
The overall objective of each course is to create a better understanding into how addictions manifest themselves and the steps needed to reclaim one's life back and start anew.
REMEDYBLOX' UPCOMING ONLINE ADDICTION & RECOVERY COURSES ON UDEMY:
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