MindShift to Recovery

The roots of substance abuse

Affordable healthcare remains a critical concern in the United States, as highlighted by Forbes magazine. The complexity of terms like premium, copay, deductible, and out-of-pocket maximum can turn a seemingly straightforward process into a cumbersome one. And this is only for those fortunate enough to have insurance. For the uninsured, routine doctor visits or unforeseen illnesses can lead to severe financial hardship, making essential treatments and therapy seem unattainable. This issue extends beyond the U.S., persisting in many countries worldwide, with a few exceptions. According to Statista.com, countries like Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany have made significant strides. Reports from the World Bank and WHO indicate that at least half of the global population lacks access to vital healthcare services.

This leads to many people turning to emotional self-medication (EMS), a psychodynamic model of substance dependence that sees drug consumption as a strategy for coping with disordered emotions, self-care, self-esteem, and challenging personal relationships.

Throughout history, humans have employed psychoactive substances for various purposes, including mystical ecstasy, pleasure, relief from physical pain, and the treatment of mental illness. Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychoanalysis, developed a tobacco addiction after his first encounter with cigarettes in his twenties. He later endorsed the use of cocaine, which he believed improved digestion and spirits when he drank water laced with dissolved cocaine. However, when he administered cocaine to a close friend to help him overcome his morphine addiction and chronic pain, the friend developed a cocaine addiction instead.

Substance abuse has emerged as a public health issue in the 20th century, encompassing medical, social, legal, and political implications. The societal stigma surrounding substance use disorder (SUD) remains a significant obstacle, preventing many individuals from openly discussing their struggles. It is crucial to recognize that substance abuse is a psychosomatic illness that deserves understanding and proper treatment.

To combat this issue, it is vital for knowledgeable individuals to gently correct misinformation and provide support for those facing these challenges. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely used form of psychotherapy that aims to help individuals modify negative thought patterns and enhance problem-solving abilities for managing challenging situations. In the United States, the cost of psychotherapy sessions typically ranges from $100 to $500, making it accessible to only a select few.

One resource available to individuals seeking help is the book "MindShift to Recovery," grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy and equipping readers with practical tools to address substance addiction.

MindShift to Recovery


This book is the result of my professional knowledge in psychology and also of my personal experience in overcoming addictions.

As soon as I started working as an addiction counselor, one thing that’s become obvious to me is that the majority of people struggling with addiction never had anyone explain to them how to actually live a post-addiction life. And that was the main reason for people relapsing.

And, in the same way that it’s really difficult for a first-time cook to prepare a complicated meal without a clear, detailed, step-by-step recipe, it’s really difficult for a person trapped in the chains of addiction or another mental condition to overcome their ill habits without a clear, detailed, step-by-step explanation of how to do so.

​Here is a practical guide to understanding addiction, liberating yourself from it, and living a healthy, purposeful, and happy life. This transformative book illustrates how a focused mindset can empower an individual to change their life for the better, anytime. An invaluable resource for post-addiction life planning and achieving your desires, this book includes The Ultimate Life Guide to overcome addiction and help you craft a personalized life scenario that perfectly aligns with your most intimate desires. Embrace this guide to consciously infuse your life with the elements of the eight dimensions of happiness, enabling you not only to make the decision to overcome addiction but also to sustain it throughout your lifetime.

Here's what you'll find in this book:

Chapter 1. Understanding addiction

Chapter 2. Our mindset shapes our destiny

Chapter 3. The roots of drug abuse

Chapter 4. Types of drugs

Chapter 5. The effects and consequences of drugs

Chapter 6. The effects of drugs on cognition

Chapter 7. Deciding to quit: the secret to overcoming addiction

Chapter 8. The pursuit of happiness

Chapter 9. The Ultimate Life Planner

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"MindShift to Recovery" has two primary objectives. Firstly, it aims to explore the profound impact of psychoactive substances on cognitive abilities, encompassing crucial mental functions such as perception, reasoning, memory, attention, and decision-making. Secondly, it strives to provide individuals struggling with addiction to psychoactive substances with a valuable psychotherapy tool to facilitate their recovery journey. This book serves as a comprehensive guide to rebuilding a fulfilling life after addiction and serves as a substitute for cognitive-behavioral treatment.

The Author

Written by a psychologist specializing in addiction recovery, this book draws from her personal journey with substance abuse, extensive international living experience in 10 countries, and professional expertise. With invaluable insights and guidance, it offers a profound roadmap to navigate the path to recovery.


#1: What format does this book come in?

You'll receive “MindShift to Recovery” in PDF format for you to download and read instantly on any device you'd like. I opted for the electronic version of the book because I am hoping to save some trees. If you would like to purchase a printed version of my book, please visit Amazon.com.

#2: Why should you feel confident that this book will be really helpful?

This book is grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy, which, in case you don't know, is a leading form of treatment for addictions, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, personality disorders, and a wide range of other mental health issues. It's also been written by an ex-addict who overcame her addiction with the help of this very strategy!  I understand addiction really well and know exactly how to help people battling this illness get better and back on track to living the life they want.

For the above reasons, since being released, “MindShift to Recovery” has sold over 3,000 copies, and as you'll see below, the feedback it's received has been overwhelmingly positive!

#3: What if you give this book a try and you don't like it?

I'm extremely confident that you're going to find “MindShift to Recovery” immensely helpful. But, just in case you don't, you're protected by 100% Money-Back Guarantee to completely put your mind at ease.

Readers’ Reviews

NOTE: To protect people's privacy, all names in the reviews below have been changed with their permission, and stock images have been used in place of their actual photos.

Alex (USA)

“This book was so insightful! For the first time, I actually understand why I have always relapsed again and again back into addiction, and now I know the steps I need to take to try to prevent this cycle from always occurring in the future. I have hope again!”

Anna (Canada)

“Understanding the "8 Dimensions of Happiness" and why you need to address all of them to overcome addiction was really eye-opening for me. For years, I'd just been addressing 3, at most 4, so this book has really made me identify the ways in which I need to improve my recovery plan.”

Mary (UK)

“Do yourself a favor and read this book! It's made me see addiction in a whole new light, and I really feel as if I now know the steps I need to take to overcome my addiction!”

Your bright future awaits you!

Embark on a journey towards self-awareness and sobriety. Initiate self-help addiction therapy to revolutionize your life, redefine your aspirations, and unleash the addiction-free, joyful individual you were destined to become!

Dr. Natali Mei Online Counseling

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Let’s make it together.

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