The Addictions Project
Dec 18, 2015
One of our important research projects was to find a simple, fast and effective way to eliminate addictions. We started about 1999 on this project. We eventually discovered that the primary cause of cravings and withdrawal symptoms were body associations - and in 2011 we made a breakthrough in simplifying our technique. In 2016 we solved the entirely different biology of smoking addiction. We continue to do research to continue to simplify our techniques, and in improving behavior change.
For a description of what a therapist will treat and how you would interact with them, see our certified therapist website. For mild addiction, we recommend any Peak States certified therapist who is available to work with this problem and is qualified in this area.
Institute addiction techniques
A brief explanation of our addiction technique can be found in Subcellular Psychobiology Diagnosis Handbook pg. 247. We plan on publishing our treatment techniques in an upcoming book in our PeakStates Therapy series. An outdated but historical snapshot into our research in addictions can be seen in "Using ISPS techniques with addictions" by Matt Fox (2002).
For more general information on the field of addiction, we include some of the legitimate member-based organizations working in this area in the US. Unfortunately, organizations using deceptive businesses practices appears to be the norm in this field; consumers need to be very cautious. Worse, 'pay for results' billing policies are virtually unknown in this field.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM): www.asam.org; Wikipedia
- National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP): www.naatp.org
- Society of Addiction Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 50: www.apa.org/divisions/div50/; Wikipedia
December 2015: Smoking addiction technique
In the fall of 2015 we finally were able to understand the unusual biology of smoking addiction, and then develop a treatment for it. This treatment is now available from private-practice Institute certified therapists an a 'pay for results' basis. Other addictions have a very different biological basis, although there can be overlap between the different mechanisms.
We are continuing this research project as there is some indication that a simpler method might be possible. However, our existing techniques work well now.
July 2011: Breakthrough in simplifying the addiction technique
We figured out a way to greatly simplify our process for cravings and withdrawal symptoms, using our improved 'body association technique'. This is now taught to all of our certified therapists.
March 2009: Teaching only PeakStates Basic Therapists
We've decided to only train students who already have their basic peak states certification from the Institute. This change was for several reasons: the therapist then has the best and most complete training; it ties the therapist into our support and safety network of advanced therapists and clinics; and because of our requirements that the therapist charges for results.
We now teach our techniques for eliminating addictions to certified peakstates therapists. The course description is on the webpage labeled Course #210: Whole-Hearted Healing™ for Addictions.
January, 2007: Large scale testing
We're currently negotiating with a US university to test our addiction treatment process. Here is a copy of our updated research proposal as a pdf file (168K). Note 2008: Unfortunately, this effort was not successful.)
August, 2006: Licensing agreement for the PeakStates Addiction Process
The licensing agreement revision 2.4 for our process to eliminate or reduce addictions (Whole-Hearted Healing for Addictions™) is attached here as a pdf file. Although the agreement is pretty standard, there are a few unusual points that addiction counsellors may have not encountered before: 1) charge only for results; 2) agree to keep skills up-to-date as the process improves; 3) an intellectual property rights proviso. (Note: The license agreement is now revision 2.4 as of 11/6/07. There were only minor changes to the content.)
Spring 2004: The discovery of vortexes
One of our staff found the cause of the alcohol craving in herself and how to eliminate. A few years later we revised that process using a different approach that gave much more consistent results. With this new approach, we found that we can now routinely eliminate the cravings and the withdrawal symptoms of addictions (alcohol, crack cocaine and opiates).
Kirsten Lykkegaard, Ph.D.
Phone: +45 20643935
Kirsten is active in supporting peak states therapists and is involved with research. She has a background in veterinary medicine, a PhD in pharmacology and is currently working in medical research.
Our thanks to former project director Matt Fox (USA), who worked on this project for 12 years on the connection between addictions and body associations. And to Ian Waugh (Australia) who worked on the connection between addictions and peak states in 2010.
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Dec 1, 2017: Dr. Lykkegaard becomes director of the addictions project.
Dec 18, 2015: Introduced our smoking addiction treatment breakthrough.
Jan 18, 2014: Updated information and put in the current director of the project.
May 4, 2011: Shortened and clarified the description of what the process can do.
March 12, 2011: Removed Matt Fox's bio, as he has retired from the Institute after a 12 years of dedicated and exemplary work.