Frequently asked questions
- What is Intuitive Recovery?
- Where is the nearest support group?
- Where can I learn more?
- Why education not treatment?
- What advice can you give for friends and family?
- Can friends or family attend the classes? Are there triggers they need to learn?
- Detox. What’s involved?
- Can I do Intuitive Recovery whilst on medication?
- Why not moderation?
- What comes after the course?
1. What is Intuitive Recovery?
Intuitive Recovery is a set of piercing insights into the real reason why people addict to pleasureable substances such as alcohol, cocaine, heroin, nicotine etc.
Drawing upon work by Jack Trimpey of Rational Recovery, Thomas Szasz, Jeffrey A.Schaler , Gillian Riley, William Cloud, Robert Granfield, James Desena, Allen Carr and an ever increasing body of informed opinion, Intuitive Recovery sets the standard for the use of education as the primary tool for dealing with addictive behaviour.Back to top
2. Where is the nearest support group?
At Intuitive Recovery support groups are a thing of the past. Our classes are the only meeting you need to complete, and thereafter we suggest only that you keep yourself up to date by subscribing to our members pages. This valuable resource allows you to share experiences and common problems, and to keep abreast of new thinking and research. In addition, Intuitive Recovery have a growing recommended reading list which provides a solid foundation on which to build your new, abstinence rich life.Back to top
3. Where can I learn more?
Come and visit the Intuitive Recovery Academy in Manchester where you can attend the relevant course. Your life will never be the same again. Alternatively, digest all the relevant information from this web site, read our supportive reading list, or contact our telephone based I.R helpline.Back to top
4. Why education not treatment?
At Intuitive Recovery we recognise that addiction is the product of a healthy, functioning brain. We call it your “Euphoric Recall” and every human being will be familiar with it. Your problem is merely the excessive nature of your euphoric recall - a matter of degree - and has nothing whatsoever to do with a disease or a condition. Intuitive Recovery works precisely because it empowers the individual to take responsibility for their actions.Back to top
5. What advice can you give for friends and family?
Family, friends and loved ones are the real victims of your addiction. They get all the pain and vitriol of your totally unreasonable behaviour without any of the pleasure, which of course you reserve entirely for yourself. At Intuitive Recovery the only advice we give to your loved ones, friends and family is to ensure that “tough love” prevails. If an ultimatum is given, see it through.Back to top
6. Can friends or family attend the classes? Are there triggers they need to learn?
Yes, most certainly. Our course will skill you in dealing with the difficulties of living or caring for a person caught in the mindset of addiction. Don't worry about your role here though - you are not responsible for someone elses behaviour. We challenge strongly the notion that there is any such thing as a co-dependent or that responsibility for sorting the problem out lies with anyone other than the addicted individual. Back to top
7. Detox. Whats involved?
Detoxification from alcohol and drugs is a potentially dangerous process which requires expert medical assistance. We strongly recommend that you seek advice and guidance from your GP or local hospital before starting a detox course. We can provide contact information for your locality upon request.Back to top
8. Can I do Intuitive Recovery whilst on medication?
Since at Intuitive Recovery we recognise that the existence of cravings is actually a sign of health, it is difficult to endorse or comment on the use of medications to control what is a perfectly self-controllable function of the human brain. Drugs such as Antabuse create a false impression of safety within the addict, in that they confer some non-existent power upon the drug itself. Other medications used such as Naltrexone or Subutex act upon the Opiate receptors in the brain, blocking them and effectively competing with the client's drug of choice. Intuitive Recovery can be taught whilst on any non-mood altering substance but the longer the period clean the better. If in doubt, please ask one of our course tutors for advice and guidance.Back to top
9. Why not moderation?
At Intuitive Recovery we teach abstinence as a choice. Our tools, properly installed, will deliver this outcome. However, just as addiction is a choice so is abstinence. You must make your decision - reduce or stop. We do point out however that abstinence is by far the easiest option. Back to top
10. What comes after the course?
Our courses teach an individual how to say no to their addictive desire, and to continue saying no forever. As a result, our classes are the end of your addiction and therefore your “recovery”.
However, we recognise the value of sharing information with peers, and as we know it is all too easy to forget just how appalling our addiction was.
To this end we have started a chat area within this site, and we invite all visitors to leave remarks, stories and opinions - whatever you feel is pertinent to your continued abstinence.