Caveat Credens! Is AI, ChatGPT the Next Best Thing for Drug Treatment?#Psychology#CBT#REBT#CriminalJustice#Addiction#Treatment#AI

Many people have fears and doubts about AI. Fear is an emotion. Doubts are beliefs. Caveat credens.

Let the believer beware.

Criminal justice and addiction counseling addresses both beliefs and fears. Some addicts (alcoholics) doubt that they can live without AOD, alcohol and other drugs.

Many people fear AI and doubt that it is helpful. Many say it is simply dangerous.

I’ve worked extensively with AI, ChatGPT. I like the results and experience.

I was involved with a manual driven treatment program for mandated participants. In group sessions, some would throw the book on the floor protesting that it was junk. In truth, it was an excellent document with not one false word.

When I asked how they came to that belief they said the previous instructors said that. How is that for creating limiting beliefs and self-fulfilling prophecies?

Enter AI. If the same document was delivered by AI ChatGPT exactly as the author wrote and intended, it could be more effective for more people.

Caveat credens. There will be no long-term behavior changes unless you change limiting criminal thinking and conduct, CTC, beliefs about alcohol and other drugs, AOD, first.

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The CBT map image is from Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict.

Dealing with Grief*

“I’m here to support you during this incredibly difficult time. I can feel your pain that you must be feeling after the tragic loss of your town and the lives and property that were taken. I too have been affected by this loss. Please know that your emotions are valid, and I’m here to help you navigate through them.

It’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed and disbelief in the face of such a devastating event. This is a lot to process. You might find yourself going through different stages of grief as you begin to heal. The first stage is denial and shock. It’s okay to have moments of disbelief. Can you tell me how you’ve been feeling?

Your feelings are understandable. It’s common to want to shield yourself from the full weight of this reality – at first. As you move through this stage, you might also experience anger. It’s okay to be angry about what’s happened. Have you noticed any anger coming up for you?

Your anger is valid. It’s a natural response to the injustice of this tragedy. Anger can sometimes help us process the pain. As you experience this journey, you might also encounter moments of bargaining. It’s when you find yourself thinking “what if” or “if only” statements. Have you found yourself having those thoughts?

It’s completely understandable to search for ways to make sense of what happened, even if it means playing out different scenarios in your mind. The “if only” thoughts can be a way of trying to regain a sense of control. As you move forward, you might also experience deep sadness and depression. It’s important to allow yourself to grieve and feel these emotions fully. Have you been feeling a deep sadness as well?

I’m here to support you through those moments of sadness. Grief is a complex process, and it’s not linear. You might find yourself moving between these stages and experiencing different emotions at different times. Eventually, as you continue to heal, there will come a time when you start to accept the reality of what has happened. This doesn’t mean you’re forgetting or moving on, but rather integrating this loss into your life story.

It’s okay to take your time and honor your own healing process. And remember, you don’t have to go through this alone. Reach out to friends, family, and support groups. Professional help can also be valuable in navigating this journey. Your feelings are valid, and your healing matters.”

*I checked with OpenAI ChatGPT and it generated this report. I fully agree with the logic and content. In this spirit, I offer you my services and knowledge.

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Is VAKOG Useful Breaking Limiting Criminal Thinking and Conduct Beliefs ?IfNothingChanges…

Are you using VAKOG skills to help clients ‘change’ beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behavior?

How important is VAKOG when it comes to behavior change, and the REBT, CBT, change process?

VAKOG is visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory. Consider the first letter, V, for visual. Judith S. Beck (Cognitive Behavior Theory) cites the importance of imagery in the CBT process.

The Ready to Test Study Guide for CSAC certification emphasizes the importance of VAK in the communication process. It says that VAK are the three preferred learning and communication styles for most people.

Meet the client where she/he is. Use their preferred communication style. Use visual words for visuals, auditory words for auditory people, and kinesthetic words for feelings people.

The activities you choose could be geared to each VAK style.

Can using visual words (visualization) with clients help them to change core beliefs, feelings, and criminal behavior?

After taking my NAADAC approved CEU class, an Illinois CDAC with 30 years of experience told me, “Stan, I was always taught you can’t change a core belief. You not only showed me that you can, but you taught me that you must, as soon as possible.” Armand Welch, CDAC.

VAK can be used to break or minimize permission-granting, limiting criminal thinking and conduct (CTC) beliefs

These are simple ‘go to’ tools counselors can use to ‘help clients to change’ limiting, permission-granting core beliefs about criminal thinking and conduct, CTC, involving alcohol and other drugs, AOD.

These can be used to enhance Intrinsic motivation to change as well as discipline to stick with a recovery change plan. “If nothing changes, nothing changes.”

‘Change the picture’ (the V) and you ‘change the beliefs,’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Now comes the belief part. Probably a majority of people in recovery start out with limiting beliefs about their identity, values, and ‘capability to change.’

How can we help offenders and clients to break these limiting CTC beliefs? Belief Eye Movement Therapy, BEMT, along with VAK intervention skills can do this ‘in the blink of an eye.’

“In the blink of an eye, we shall all be ‘changed’.” To paraphrase Albert Ellis, “Go then; and according to how thou hast believed, be it done unto you.”

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CBT map image is from Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict.