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How One Psychiatrist is Ending Addiction Across the Globe

How One Psychiatrist is Ending Addiction Across the Globe

Addiction is something that can take over someone’s life, leaving them and their family to deal with its countless consequences. It involves relationships, finances, work, and every important part of healthy living. Yet the current treatment system is hard to access, expensive, and doesn’t have good success rates. We met with one doctor who is revolutionizing the way people get help.

About Self Recovery

Self Recovery is the simplest way to access the best approaches for anyone struggling with an addictive tendency. Most people already know what’s best for them, but they don’t understand why they keep making decisions that are destructive even when they know better. This program brings people on a journey to understand what drives that, and how to fix it. They use science, not old or outdated ideas.

Dr. Hochman designed SelfRecovery.org to meet real life challenges like hectic schedules, family needs, tight budgets, and fear of judgment. His online, on-demand approach lets anyone conveniently explore the causes of their addiction anytime, on any device. They have helped people in over 30 countries solve their addiction puzzles.

Being online has really opened things up for so many people. Of course it means it’s convenient and accessible, but it’s more than that. Being online lets people maintain privacy on such a sensitive topic. It also lets people work through their demons in a safe way, free of judgment and shame. It also lets you work through problems at your own pace, revisit concepts when you need to, and even include close people in your lessons and exercises.

The other interesting thing that being online allows is for people to change in their natural home environment. Part of the issue with rehabs is that you’re in a very protected and removed environment. So when you discharge and return home, it’s a great big test all over again. You still have to make the changes you needed to earlier, and that’s an uphill battle a lot of people lose. With Self Recovery, it’s a chance to methodically clean up areas of life that need attention so that by the end, you’re already on solid ground.

Dr. Hochman’s Story

Dr. Hochman is a board certified Psychiatrist, and has treated over 2,000 patients across several addiction treatment settings. He has been fortunate to have learned from the greatest leaders in the field of addiction and psychotherapy. That’s given him countless tools so there are almost always ways he can help people work through invisible barriers and find lasting success. 

“The problem is I can only get to so many patients, one at a time.” He gets call after call from patients who have been through rounds of treatment that have never stuck, and they’re so desperate for something different. “It’s an awful feeling when I don’t have space for a new patient, yet I know they’re likely to continue their misery if they keep trying the same fixes that haven’t helped before.”

Dr. Hochman explains, “I knew I had to do something bigger that could reach more people in that terrible spot.” His motivation comes out of the sadness that most people never get effective, science based help for their additions. “Although there’s a terrible industry average success rate of 8%, most people still blame themselves for any failure.”

“I wanted to make sure everyone has access to the most up to date tools that work, so nobody needs to blame themselves or remain confused about their own behavior,” says Dr. Hochman. It was important to him that everyone has that chance, and not be left to feel unnecessary shame or moral failure. 

Self Recovery is real help in the most simple manner at 1% the cost of traditional help with a more available platform and more effective results. Self Recovery is now helping people across the globe, and is driven by the mission to reach more people wherever they are.

The Problems with Typical Addiction Treatment

Most addiction recovery programs require you to take time off of work, leave your family, and make a big deal out of recovery. With SelfRecovery.org, they look to change that and offer up a solution that allows anyone to enroll while upholding life responsibilities.

They note that most people aren’t “full blown addicts,” so providing a solution that isn’t entirely overbearing or high intensity is a need they wanted to fill. This type of treatment provides a level of privacy that’s appropriate for people who are dealing with challenging personal struggles.

Another challenge to the field is that people know there’s such a low rate of success with typical rehab. This leads them to stay away from treatment, since it’s difficult to go through a monumental effort and spend a fortune only to go back to square one. As a Psychiatrist, Dr. Hochman finds it hard to watch people stuck with that idea, not understanding that there are effective tools out there. The big rehabs – no matter how ineffective – have enormous marketing budgets, so it’s all people think of when they imagine treatment.

The other big turn off with treatment is that the recovery community can be very overbearing and paternalistic. It’s common to be assigned a sponsor or counselor who doesn’t have any professional training, and is suddenly positioned to tell you what to do throughout the day. “Most of my patients are looking for professional guidance, not from someone who found temporary sobriety or loves controlling people a little too much,” says Dr. Hochman.

The Opportunity to Improve Addiction Care

Mental health has been swept into this age of technology, and there are opportunities to do it the right way. That has led to several apps and gimmicks that only aim for convenience. Dr. Hochman saw a different way to use technology, adding “the point for me has been to use technology as a platform to make sure anyone can access every tool they need to succeed. Anyone can learn the most up to date strategies with the click of a button.”

Traditionally, you would need to pick up tools from several people or treatments to have a whole treatment. That could be rehab, Twelve Step groups, a counselor, a psychiatrist, books, etc. Now though, it’s much easier to put everything people need into a program that ensures no ball gets dropped. Everyone that enters Self Recovery will be exposed to the most effective tools, not just the lucky few who stumble into the right therapist’s room.

There are a number of outside the box programs that can exist now that essentially anyone with good ideas can be “out there.” “Of course that brings the hazards of quacks as well, but I find people can sniff that out fairly well,” says Dr.Hochman.

There are many ways to improve as a person, so there’s no need to be restricted to only formal treatment methods we have known forever. Self Recovery has created this outside of the traditional modes used (being in a therapy room, or going away to a facility). They are a program but not considered medical treatment, and they are proud of that.

Advice from Dr. Hochman About Business:

Dr. Hochman explains, “I think about business in a simple way: Can I create something that people honestly want? If you can do that, you’re set no matter what the outcome is. If you can’t, you’re stuck being a salesman to people that don’t like your offer.”

“Running a business tests your patience, grit, risk tolerance, sleep, discipline, ability to work through endless challenges, and everything in between. If you don’t believe you have something valuable to offer, then that will probably be too much to put up with. But if you know you have something people want, it’s just a matter of sticking around and figuring things out.”

Dr. Hochman had his moments of doubt with Self Recovery, especially in the beginning when there were countless obstacles outside of his medical training. Dr. Hochman adds, “But the alternative would be giving up running a program that saves lives across the world. I would continue to do this no matter how successful the business is.”

“Another thing that happens when you run a business is that you learn a lot about yourself personally. You learn what you care about, what you don’t care about, what you’re good at, and what you hate doing. You can’t always control the success of a business. But what you can be assured of is that you will grow as a person, and offer your gifts to the world along the way. That process is never a wasted moment.”

Video of Daniel Hochman:

https://vimeo.com/414926110

MS, Durham University GP The work of a family doctor includes a wide range of clinical diversity, which requires extensive knowledge and erudition from a specialist. However, I believe that the most important thing for a family doctor is to be human because the cooperation and understanding between the doctor and the patient are crucial in ensuring successful health care. On my days off, I love being in nature. Since childhood, I have been passionate about playing chess and tennis. Whenever I have time off, I enjoy traveling around the world.

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