The Imax Approach Part 6


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imax approach examines home social biology perceptions

Over the last few weeks I have introduced you to my concept of the Imax Approach, which I have been working on and refining since 1982.  This week I hope to present one of the remarkable components of this very simple yet profound concept.  I am asking each of us to see the other at an Imax, a profund position of respect.  And because each of us have an Imax, and each of the domains so intimately connected, small changes can have big effects.

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This is a very important aspect of the Imax.  Because these domains are so intimately and fluidly interconnected, a small change in any one domain can have an amplified and ripple effect throughout the whole system.  This is very important, especially in recovery, as it implies that we do not have to make these huge changes in our lives.  Small changes can have a big effect.  Going to a meeting, not taking that first drink, saying thank you or holding open the door for the person behind you, in these small samples of respect we can have a huge impact on each other’s brain.  When is the last time you got angry at someone treating you with respect?  You don’t.  If anger is truly an emotion designed to change the behavior of someone else. Why would you want to change feeling respected?

The Imax Approach breaks down the chaos of life into four manageable bits, encouraging you to look at the interactions between them, and helping you identify what you need to change in any one domain, that will have a ripple effect throughout the other domains.  It is a road map to your success, and to your next Imax.

Returning to the question of the disease model of addiction, the Imax now asks what is disease at all?  If we are all doing the best we can, perhaps the real question is how can we develop each other’s current maximum potential rather than viewing it through a lens inherent with disrespect.  If we feel disrespected through the Ic domain we will want to change someone else’s behavior, potentially leading to aggression, or simply shutting down our connectedness.  Perhaps the love one feels in meetings, which one reader commented on in a response to the first of this series of blogs on the concept of addiction as a disease, perhaps this love is indeed seeing each of us at an Imax: we don’t have to like the behaviors of addiction, nor condone them.  We will hold each other responsible and accountable.  But given the influence of the four domains, our home environment, social environment, the Ic and our biology, this is the best we can do at this precise moment in time, but it changes from second to second.  Just as I have changed writing this blog, and perhaps you have changed by reading it.

It is an Imax thing.