Action Based Induction Therapy
Action Based Induction Therapy, or ABIT, was specifically created to target the prefrontal cortex in substance abuse and addiction recovery clients. Based on the principle of brain plasticity — that is, the brain’s ability to adapt to stimuli by building new neural pathways — ABIT exposes participants to situations that stimulate the prefrontal cortex and encourage restoration and strengthening of the damaged neurons and connections. Think of it as a weight training exercise for the brain: repetitive use of the neural pathways in the prefrontal cortex makes them work faster and more reliably over time, just like repetitive physical exercises strengthen your muscles.
ABI therapies are usually activities that require skills like quick thinking, coolheadedness and moral decision making — for example, a simulated group survival drill or fast-paced sport. These activities require that participants work together, put each others’ well-being ahead of their own and act quickly, all while maintaining an accurate understanding of how their actions will influence their outcomes. After treatment, these skills are vital to succeeding in personal and professional relationships as well as holding oneself accountable for avoiding relapse.
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ABIT at Tree House Recovery PDX
With our fully equipped, state-of-the-art gym, our primary method of ABIT at our Portland location is regimented mixed martial arts (MMA) techniques. Fight choreography, strict adherence to form and safe sparring require discipline and lightning reflexes, honed over the course of our clients’ stay in our programs. MMA requires on-the-spot problem solving and chess-like strategy skills — underneath the fast-paced surface, every move must be carefully considered and precise. It’s an ideal conduit for ABIT that ties together many of the important functions of the prefrontal cortex and gives the brain a thorough workout.
Our Portland location’s physical director, William Bogynska, leads our MMA exercises. He is a credentialed therapist, Muay Thai instructor and personal trainer with CPR and first aid certifications. Under his expert eye, the men in our programs learn how to practice MMA with an eye for safety and a respect for the technical demands of the sport. Action based induction therapy with MMA also blends seamlessly with our fitness, yoga and action treatment modalities for a well-rounded and holistic approach to addiction recovery.
If you believe that our community might be the right fit for yourself or your loved one, please reach out to us to learn more. We welcome adult men from the Portland area, across the state of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and beyond — men who are ready to begin their journey of recovery and commit to a fulfilling sober lifestyle. Call us today with any questions, or to get started with the admissions process. Our team is waiting to help you at 855-969-5181.
ABIT: BUILDING STRENGTH, BUILDING SOBRIETY
ABIT can be effective for any of the men who enter our programs in Portland. It is ideal for men who are motivated to be stronger, healthier and more disciplined — both in terms of their physical fitness and their mental fortitude. As a men’s addiction recovery center focused on long-term recovery, these are qualities we seek to build upon and instill in every one of our clients. We are confident that action based induction therapy is an engaging and energizing therapeutic modality and we have seen first-hand the difference it can make in a client’s confidence and determination.
We strongly recommend action based induction therapy for anyone who is physically able. We work with every client to build up their strength and abilities: we will challenge every man to push his body to its limits while working through intensive therapies like ABIT at a pace that makes sense for his physical health. We know that drug and alcohol abuse takes a toll on the mind and body, but the only way to reverse this is through dedicated effort and stepping out of one’s comfort zone. ABIT is included as a core component of our treatment programming, barring extenuating circumstances that may prevent participation.
Action based induction therapy is one of our many therapeutic modalities and is offered as part of our comprehensive eight-part approach. As a residential treatment program, our clients live and breathe recovery during their stay with us — they participate in intensive daily programming that includes a blend of physical and mental health therapies designed to challenge and strengthen the body and the mind. ABIT is provided as part of our regular, rotating schedule for the duration of the client’s stay at Tree House’s Portland location. It is interwoven with our other therapies to ensure a productive, progressive and cohesive recovery experience.