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Review of The Freedom Model

Stanton Peele

"The Authors have created an indispensable guide through the labyrinth of claims about the nature of addiction to explain how this understanding leads to resolution of addiction and to overcoming it. Indeed, their thoroughly grounded scientific exploration of "the meaning of addiction" IS the basis for such personal resolution. To know that your enemy is not only your addiction, but, more importantly, how you think of it, is the key to freedom from addiction. And no volume in the world can put you in a better position for this resolution than The Freedom Model"

Addiction Program Review

Peter Venturelli Ph.D.

"The Saint Jude Retreat is remarkable in that it provides a curriculum specifically designed for self-directed change: The Freedom Model. In going through the educational process, each person gains knowledge and the information necessary to move past the addiction and recovery constructs. Essentially, they are freed from both! They are then able to face any future struggles with confidence, strength, and hope for a better future. No alcohol rehab program is this motivational!"

Dr. David Rud Reviews The Freedom Model

Dr. David Rudy

"During much of the past century, there has been a consistent trend to increasingly medicalize behavioral issues. Viewing behaviors, for example heavy drinking and alcoholism, as diseases is a flawed model. Drinking, heavy drinking, and alcoholism are behaviors and their causes are many and diverse. It stands to reason that alcoholism and substance abuse treatment approaches that are based on facts are more likely to provide an environment for success than those that are based on beliefs. The Freedom Model does just that. Through a fact-based approach, the programs educate, motivate, and empower substance users to make choices and decisions that will lead to self and life control."

Joseph G. Vacca, Ph.D. Addiction Program Review

Joseph G. Vacca, Ph.D.

"Finally someone has built a program to help people struggling with addictions, utilizing the latest research and technology available. As scientists have uncovered more and more about how the brain works, Baldwin Research has incorporated that information into a comprehensive program for self improvement. People literally learn how to reinvent themselves and plan for a better future, regardless of their past struggles."


Reaume Carroll Mulry, PhD

The Freedom Model vividly operationalizes the words of Nobel Prize winning Physicist, Max Planck: "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

In The Freedom Model, the things you look at are you, me, and our fundamental ability to make willful, constructive choices and changes in our personal lives. Utilizing the power of free will in the pursuit of happiness, we actively shape our destiny. We welcome adaptive changes in our search for new and more promising ways to effectively engage in the world around us. Beyond powerlessness, mindless addiction, and extrinsic influences, we seek internal locus of control and a life made from the stuff of our own choices.

The Freedom Model is well aligned with Positive Psychology and Neuropsychology, each offering dramatically new and promising possibilities for rewarding personal change. These exciting developments consistently emphasize neoplastic qualities of the human brain and our immense capacity for adaptability and creatively. We are always changing, making the opportunity for positive personal growth a genuine alternative at any moment in our life.

It is our opportunity to define what is right for ourselves, knowing this definition may not find support from others. In The Freedom Model, use and abuse of alcohol and drugs allows for three basic options: heavy substance use, adjusted substance use and total abstinence. In reality, these options have always been there and it is our right to choose the alternative best suited to our own, self-defined vision of happiness. We decide how we wish to live our life and benefit when our choices derive from voices deeply within. Would we want it any other way?

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