Is Changing Thoughts enough to Overcome Crime and Addiction?

No! Not according to Milkman and Wanberg. They suggest that “you must change core beliefs first, before you can expect long-term behavior changes.”

Judith S. Beck, author, “Cognitive Behavior Therapy,” says you must address permission-granting beliefs as soon as possible, in therapy…”

Knowing how to elicit, explore and resolve these permission-granting, core beliefs with the client is the key to long-term behavior changes.

The goals of drug courts and mandated programs are to: Reduce Recidivism and Lower the cost of treatment and crime. How do you do that?

The experts say to change the core beliefs first. How do you do that?

That’s what BEMT, Belief Eye Movement Therapy is all about. It’s about making belief changes priorities in the Master Problem List and Treatment Plans.

BEMT respects diversity, inclusion and autonomy. Anyone can learn and benefit from BEMT. Anyone can learn to do it for the benefit of others.

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What Role Will AI Such as ChatGPT Play in AOD Treatment?

Here’s where to get help with substance abuse.

Have you checked out AI programs such as ChatGPT? I’ve often thought, there must be a better way; this isn’t working long-term.

Relapse and recidivism rates are too high.

Ellis, Beck, Lipton and others have told us how important it is to change core beliefs first, before we can expect any long-term behavior changes.

But what does the program continue to do? It goes on with a check the boxes protocol and claiming we are doing evidence based best practices – CBT.

CBT? Really? Are you giving homework? If you are not giving homework, you are not doing CBT.

What is nice about a properly constructed homework assignment is that it is one, being assigned. Two, it is done the same way every time. The reader gets the ‘beliefs about ability to change’ message as intended by the author. Uniformity. Fidelity. Every time.

AI and ChatGPT will do that for the clients. It will deliver an effective lesson, the same, every time.

Consider apps like Duolingo and Babble language classes. Perfect! They do what the student needs, must have or wants.

I took two years of two foreign languages at two different universities. I always thought they taught the classes backwards. Four days of grammar and one hour of conversation on Friday.

I did not intend to become a language professor. I was there because I wanted to learn how to navigate, streets, a menu and find the bathroom.

There is a Language of Recovery too. AI apps like Babble and Duolingo are excellent ways to teach this language and core-belief change.

Belief Eye Movement Therapy, developed by me, Stan Dokmanus, is like EMDR. It’s also like EMI. My belief is that it is simpler and anyone can do it. BEMT can help you with substance abuse issues.

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How Important is it to Change AOD Beliefs for Substance Abuse Treatment?

“I was exhilarated by the new realization that I could change the character of my life by changing my beliefs. I was instantly energized because I realized that there was a science-based path that would take me from my job as a perennial “victim” to my new position as “co-creator” of my destiny. (Prologue, xv)”
― Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D. “Biology of Beliefs”

How soon should permission-granting Criminal Thinking and Conduct-Alcohol and Other Drugs (CTC-AOD) beliefs be changed? ASAP according to Judith S. Beck, “Cognitive Behavior Therapy.”

This is what BEMT is all about. Change the belief now. Change the behavior…

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ChatGPT/AI Recognize BEMT, Belief Eye Movement Therapy as Helpful Therapy.

I asked ChatGPT “Do you see how Belief Eye Movement Therapy, BEMT can be used with the Five Why’s and the Andreas Core Transformation methods of belief change?”

“Yes, I can see how Belief Eye Movement Therapy (BEMT) could be used in conjunction with the Five Why’s and the Andreas Core Transformation methods of belief change.

The Five Why’s can be a useful tool for identifying the root causes of limiting beliefs, while BEMT can help individuals transform those beliefs into more positive ones by using eye movements and cognitive reframing.

Similarly, the Andreas Core Transformation method can be used to help individuals access and transform deeper needs or positive intentions behind their negative beliefs, while BEMT can be used to reinforce those positive beliefs and reduce any remaining emotional distress.

By combining these different approaches, individuals may be able to achieve more comprehensive and long-lasting changes in their beliefs and behavior. However, it’s important to work with a trained professional when using these techniques, as they can bring up intense emotions and require skillful navigation to ensure the best possible outcomes.”

If you are looking for help with alcohol or drug use disorder, you might consider these tools that can help you with your recovery. BEMT is a powerful intervention that can help you identify and collapse limiting beliefs about your capabilities to overcome alcohol and other drugs (AOD). And, best of all, it can help you replace those limiting, permission-granting beliefs involving AOD with powerful beliefs that will enable you to recover. But, YouGottaWanna!

Do You Want an SUD BEMT Belief Change Model?

I asked AI ChatGPT, “Can you tell me in 25 words how to change beliefs about criminal thinking and conduct?”

The answer was, “Changing beliefs about criminal thinking and conduct involves cognitive restructuring, which is a process of identifying and challenging distorted beliefs and replacing them with more rational and pro-social thoughts.”

Do drug courts need a BEMT SUD belief change intervention involving CTC?

Say what you will about AI, Chat boxes, etc. However, the question and answer are clear.

I could have included how to change substance abuse or substance use disorder. It’s a similar answer.

If you want to reduce recidivism, relapse rates and the cost of crime and treatment you need a cognitive restructuring intervention or protocol.

That’s what BEMT, Belief Eye Movement Therapy is all about. It’s a simple four-step process, (not eight) that covers the stages of other eye movement therapies. It does the job nicely.

Counselors and therapists will serve their clients and patients well by learning how to elicit, identify, and change “permission-granting beliefs as soon as possible,” (Beck).

Why is this important? “Changing thoughts is not enough. There will be no long-term behavior changes unless you change core beliefs first.” Wanberg and Milkman.

Bruce Lipton, “Biology of Beliefs” talks about the EXHILARATION of realizing that you can change the course of your life by changing your beliefs. Wouldn’t it be nice to help your clients discover that for themselves?

Albert Ellis gave us the ABC-DE Theory of Beliefs lead to Behavior process that will help anyone understand how it works. See the CBT map below. Clients are amazed how easy it is to understand using that visual. Test it. Show your clients and ask for feedback.

I can hear Albert Ellis now. “Go then; and according to your beliefs, be it done unto you.”

Do you want an SUD BEMT belief change model? “Belief Eye Movement Therapy, Change Can Occur in the
Blink of an Eye.” $6.99

If you would like an individual or group zoom meeting, let me know.

Are you Tired of Traditional Treatment Methods that Fall Short in Helping your Clients achieve “Long-Term Recovery from Substance Abuse?”

Maybe you or a loved one are suffering from substance abuse and related problems. You’ve wanted to stop, but can’t. You could end up in trouble with the law.

With BEMT drug court professionals can offer a comprehensive and personalized CBT, VAK-TOTE approach to treatment that meets the unique needs of each client.

This will lower recidivism and the cost of treatment.

Compliance until graduation from drug court is not really success for drug courts or the judicial system. Yes. The client was successful and got out of the program. Graduated.

But how does that lend itself to “long-term recovery”?

Why is this important? As Beck and Milkman say, “There will be no long-term behavior changes unless you change permission-granting core beliefs first.” No B, Therefore, No A. No behavior change, therefore, no belief change.

Drug court case managers and treatment providers need to know how to elicit and change the criminal, permission-granting beliefs involving alcohol and other drugs.

Otherwise, it’s like they say in AA. “If nothing changes, nothing changes.”

Having adopted a CBT or DBT program is one thing. Actually, doing CBT and DBT is totally another. Drug courts must walk the walk too.

If you don’t show clients how to collapse criminal, permission-granting beliefs they will be recidivists.

Teach them how to desist. Desistance is the goal. That’s how you lower recidivism rates and the cost of treatment and crime.

Now – we all know the power of the mind-body connection. Add alcohol, drugs, CTC, mental health issues and pain, then you have a treatment challenge.

MAT is useful. No doubt. Some clients will use the system to get drugs while malingering. Is it better to wean clients in favor of a better treatment?

That’s what Belief Eye Movement Therapy is all about.

Here’s an example of using BEMT and the VAK-TOTE approach.

“The Therapy was successful the first try. I know you may be thinking this is impossible but I am living proof. My intestines are no longer running my life, limiting it as I should say.
I am now off all medications, and I have been able to return to work. My daily activities are no longer limited as they were for the last 11 years. I HIGHLY recommend this Therapy with Stan Dokmanus. I am fortunate to be relieved of my pain and limitations and begin functioning fully in my life! I am sincerely grateful to Stan for his work. This is all possible because of him.

Don’t be left out. Take action to learn this effective belief change method. Let’s do a group training in your area. Message me here for more information or to schedule an individual or group training.

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Individuals can learn to do this for themselves with a little instruction and coaching.

Belief Eye Movement Therapy book is available at $6.99