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 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. ABIT 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, 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.