tHE SCIENCE

The science of
connection

Disconnection, distraction, and divisive opinions have become the narrative of how we experience (or don’t experience) relationships, family and community in the modern world.

Recent studies in neuroscience and psychology clearly show that loneliness, isolation and gaps in “social health” are driving deadly, secondary medical and mental health pandemics across human society: addiction, suicide and chronic illness.

The neuroscience of meaningful social connection

Just like food and shelter, we desire and need social connection to thrive. There is a certain kind of nourishment on a biochemical, physiological level that happens through social interventions.

How this relates to SeekHealing:

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Relational Cultural Theory

Relational Cultural Theory helps us understand how humans become increasingly relationally complex, rather than more individuated and autonomous, over our developmental life spans.

How this relates to SeekHealing:

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Polyvagal Theory

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How this relates to SeekHealing:

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Attachment Theory

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How this relates to SeekHealing:

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Trauma-Informed Practice

Since the late 1990s, research continues to show a strong correlation between trauma and severe mental health disorders (including Substance Use Disorder).

How this relates to SeekHealing:

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Relational Model for Social Health

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How this relates to SeekHealing:

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Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is something we all practice whenever we take risks, which happens on a moment to moment basis in life. We are almost constantly going through the process of assessing risk, deciding what level or risk we’re willing to take, and doing things to minimize the risks we don’t want to take.

How this relates to SeekHealing:

The goal of harm reduction is not to get people into an addiction treatment center, or to get them to commit to a certain type of capital-R Recovery journey by going to meetings and doing what has worked for other people. The goal is to inform people about the risks they’re taking with their substance use, and help them identify the best way to manage that risk while still achieving their goals.

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