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Integrated Recovery Therapy: Toward an Integrally Informed Individual Psychotherapy for Addicted Populations.

Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 2012, 7(1)

25 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2017  

Guy Pierre Du Plessis

California Southern University

Date Written: March 3, 2012

Abstract

This article proposes and outlines an integrally informed 12 Step-based therapy that is adapted for treating addicted populations. Integrated Recovery Therapy (IRT) as a therapeutic orientation is an Integral Methodological Pluralism to therapy for treating addiction. Its two main features are paradigmatic and meta-paradigmatic. The paradigmatic aspect refers to the recognition, compilation and implementation of various methodologies in a comprehensive and inclusive manner. The meta-paradigmatic aspect refers to IRT’s capacity to weave together, relate and integrate the various paradigmatic practices. IRT is a meta-therapy derived from the Integrated Recovery Model, which is a comprehensive, balanced, multi-phased and multi-disciplinary clinical model designed for in-patient addiction treatment. As with the Integrated Recovery Model, IRT’s philosophy is derived from an integration of the 12-step abstinence-based philosophy, mindfulness, positive psychology, and Integral theory. It is suggested here that the application of IRT as a meta-therapy provides a truly comprehensive and integrated therapeutic orientation for therapists who treat addicted populations.

Keywords: Integrated Recovery Therapy, Integrated Recovery model; 12 Steps; mindfulness; Integral theory; positive psychology

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Du Plessis, Guy Pierre, Integrated Recovery Therapy: Toward an Integrally Informed Individual Psychotherapy for Addicted Populations. (March 3, 2012). Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 2012, 7(1). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2996684

Guy Pierre Du Plessis (Contact Author)

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