Thanks for the detailed response Jeff. However, I wouldn’t say it’s based on CBT. For me, it would be more aligned with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), but at the end of the day they are just therapies and it is the mechanisms that count.
I suffered from mental illness myself which resulted in 15 years of chronic heroin addiction (I’ll link post below of pre-post pics) and the change for me happened through acceptance and surrender. But I 100% hear what you are saying. I’m not saying it’s easy, far from it, but it is possible.
The choice that I’m talking about is to stop resisting and avoiding and then there is an opportunity to stop the suffering. But if someone keeps fighting it, fighting reality, it is very difficult to escape.