Sex, drugs, gambling, and chocolate: Are these your coping methods?


Addiction is Americas most neglected disease:

• 23.5 % of Americans over the age of 12 suffer from addiction – that’s 40 million people
• Another 80 million people exhibit “risky substance use”
• Only 1 in 10 reports receiving any treatment at all
• Only 11% receive successful treatment
• With the most common forms of treatment exhibiting only 5 – 8% success rates

And those numbers apply only to those people addicted to drugs and / or alcohol. They say nothing of the myriad other addictions present in our society – sex, gambling, shopping, gaming, food, just to name a few. Statistics for these addictions are equally as dismal as those above, if not more so. Because, by and large, there has been no comprehensive approach to addiction up to this point. But there is hope.

Combining concepts and techniques from dialectical behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, philosophy, and motivational coaching will help you raise your threshold for tolerating distress, better regulate your emotional responses, increase awareness and mindfulness, examine and refute the irrational beliefs that underlie addictive behaviors, and align your body, mind, and spirit with your core values and beliefs to consciously, actively participate in a life of choice and freedom.

All addiction stems, first and foremost, from the brain. If you want a better life, the first place to start is having a healthier brain. As the organ of behavior, healing the brain eases addiction. Using the Amen approach to brain health, The Meehl Foundation addresses the heart of your addiction struggle, while simultaneously supporting and empowering you to creatively adapt to the financial, relational, and spiritual changes that you will experience.

Blending sacred and secular insights, The Meehl Foundation’s unique approach provides clear instruction, practical steps, pragmatic advice, necessary tools and skills essential to achieve the stable, contented, and prosperous life you’ve always wanted.

Bringing together the best practices from a range of approaches, including neuroscience, philosophy, dialectical behavior therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, nutrition, and transformative motivational coaching with a combined 20+ years of residential treatment experience, The Meehl Foundation’s team of intensively trained professionals presents hands-on exercises, proven techniques, and valuable resources to help you manage change and optimize your life.


At this two-day intensive retreat, you will learn:

• How the brain works and is involved in everything you do
• How to capitalize on the natural chemical process of the brain to maximize change
• The physical impact of addictive behavior
• The connection between physical and emotional health
• The impact of nutrition and diet on brain health
• How to improve brain health
• How to interact more positively and effectively with family and friends
• How to cultivate a support system to help you maintain clarity, commitment, and change
• How to better tolerate distress, regulate emotion, and increase personal awareness
• How to feel more resilient and flexible
• How minor adjustments in your thinking can create major changes in your life
• How to finally breakthrough to sobriety

Please check back regularly for updates concerning dates, locations, and keynote speakers.


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Debra Meehl

Debra Meehl, DD Pastoral Counselor, DBT Trained Skills Trainer, Board Certified Hypnotist & President, Meehl Foundation Intenselevly Tained DBT Team

Speaking Engagements
Texas TAAP Convention-San Antonio, TX
August 15, 2014 (11:00am-12:30am)
West Coast Symposium- Cape Cod
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
Sept, 13, 2014 (10:45am-12:15am)
NAADAC- Seattle, WA
Radical Acceptance-Getting to the root of the problem
September 28,2014 (1:30pm-3:00pm)
NASW-Texas State Conference
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
San Marcos, TX October 18, 2014 (2:30pm-4:00pm)
NASW-Atlanta, GA State Conference
Using DBT Therapy for Mood Disorders and SA October 23, 2014 (9:00am-12:15)
Radical Acceptance-getting to the root of the problem
October 24th, 2014 (1:30pm -3pm)
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