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The Secret Sauce

In order to deliver superior and permanent outcomes we had to take a different look at psychology and neuroscience. After studying the history and philosophy of these disciplines we found something deeper in the human psyche left unaddressed by others. The standard story is that sensations are delivered to the mind for both conscious and subconscious processing. Well, this is fine as far as it goes, but it primarily focuses on cortical brain regions on the outside of the brain.

What about the center structures of the brain, the deeper structures-what are they doing? Shouldn’t they be underlying the other activities of the brain? It turns out that they do. In an area called the striosome, the brain anchors our behavior through habits and skills. Moving and thinking are skills. And just as there are habits of moving, there are habits of thinking. What this means is that thought is not the deepest cause of your behavior-thoughts are just symptoms. While changing thought is an important first step, it is only a first step. The next step is to address the background skills and habits that make thought possible-and these can not be changed directly by way of thought or discussion.

A Radical Notion

This all leads to the radical notion that learning about and talking about problems will not by themselves make the problems go away, especially not over the long-term. By focusing on our thinking we can have some quick successes and moments of insight, but this only moves these out of the way for deeper restructuring to be done. Unfortunately, too many think that the work is done at this point and too few proceed further to address what is below thought and beyond behavior.

This is where Candeo shines. We begin where many programs end-by addressing your thinking and then moving to the deeper restructuring of your skills and habits. This requires not just a shift in thinking, but a shift in environment made possible by technology. In other words, we help you bring your recovery home with you and this is a critical piece to the puzzle. You might be able to address thoughts in an artificial environment such as a lab or a clinic but to get at deeper change you have to get out and live your normal life with the tools and methods Candeo provides. These tools and methods are what cause our students to remark that our program is unlike anything else they have ever tried.