“The Path” takes Dr. Sideroff’s Resilience Model, which is based on his forty years of research and clinical work, and puts it in a easy-to-follow format. This book is full of information on how to overcome obstacles, improve stress responses, and optimize personal health. It is also a handy tool for regular self-assessment while you are on “The Path.”
Dr. Stephen Sideroff has been an important part of the addiction treatment community since initiating a research program examining conditioned aspects of addiction, at UCLA and the VA in 1976. For the last 30 years, he has coordinated the Psychiatry department’s certification course in Chemical Dependency. Dr. Sideroff is an expert in resilience, optimal performance, addiction, and neurofeedback.
I believe a common denominator underlying addiction is either the loss of or lack of ever establishing good physiological self-regulation. This impairment sets the stage for addiction vulnerability, makes treatment difficult and once abstinence is established, leaves the addict vulnerable to relapse.
In the first two articles in this series, I presented the first six of the nine pillars facilitating one’s shift from Addiction to Resilience.
Resilience is a state highlighted by the ability to recover from stress and to optimally deal with the challenges that life delivers.