The Addictions Project
Dec 18, 2015

Getting treatment
Treatment results
Institute addiction techniques
Project updates
Project director

Update - December 2015

            In the fall of 2015 we finally were able to understand the biology of smoking addiction, and then develop a treatment for it. This treatment is now available from private-practice Institute certified therapists on a 'pay for results' basis. Other addictions have a very different biological basis, although there can be overlap between the different mechanisms.
            We are continuing this project as there is some indication that a simpler method might be possible. However, our existing techniques work well now.

            One of our important research projects has been to find a simple, fast and effective way to eliminate addictions. We started about 1999 on this project. We eventually discovered that the primary cause of cravings and withdrawal symptoms were body associations - and in the last two years have made a breakthrough in simplifying our technique. We plan on publishing our methods (Whole-Hearted Healing™ for Addictions). We continue to do research in this area, as there are still unknowns, such as if there is a relationship between addictions and the desire for peak states of consciousness.

Getting Treatment
            For a description of what a therapist will treat and how you would interact with them, see our certified therapist
website. For mild addiction, we recommend any Peak States certified therapist who is available to work with this problem. For severe addiction clients, contact any of our addiction certified therapists.

Institute addiction techniques
            Articles about the applications of ISPS techniques to addictions.

General Information
            For more general information on the field of addiction, we include some of the legitimate member-based organizations working in this area in the US. Unfortunately, organizations using deceptive businesses practices appears to be the norm in this field; consumers need to be very cautious. Worse, 'pay for results' billing policies are virtually unknown in this field.

Project Updates

December 2015: Smoking addiction technique
            In the fall of 2015 we finally were able to understand the unusual biology of smoking addiction, and then develop a treatment for it. This treatment is now available from private-practice Institute certified therapists an a 'pay for results' basis.

July 2011: Breakthrough in simplifying the addiction technique

            We figured out a way to greatly simplify our process for cravings and withdrawal symptoms, using our improved 'body association technique'. This is now taught to all of our certified therapists.

March 2009: Teaching only PeakStates Basic Therapists

            We've decided to only train students who already have their basic peak states certification from the Institute. This change was for several reasons: the therapist then has the best and most complete training; it ties the therapist into our support and safety network of advanced therapists and clinics; and because of our requirements that the therapist charges for results.
            We now teach our techniques for eliminating addictions to certified peakstates therapists. The course description is on the webpage labeled
Course #190: Whole-Hearted Healing™ for Addictions.

January, 2007: Large scale testing

            We're currently negotiating with a US university to test our addiction treatment process. Here is a copy of our updated
research proposal as a pdf file (168K). Note 2008: Unfortunately, this effort was not successful.)

August, 2006: Licensing agreement for the PeakStates Addiction Process

licensing agreement revision 2.4 for our process to eliminate or reduce addictions (Whole-Hearted Healing for Addictions™) is attached here as a pdf file. Although the agreement is pretty standard, there are a few unusual points that addiction counsellors may have not encountered before: 1) charge only for results; 2) agree to keep skills up-to-date as the process improves; 3) an intellectual property rights proviso. (Note: The license agreement is now revision 2.4 as of 11/6/07. There were only minor changes to the content.)

Spring 2004: The discovery of vortexes
            One of our staff found the cause of the alcohol craving in herself and how to eliminate. A few years later we revised that process using a different approach that gave much more consistent results. With this new approach, we found that we can now routinely eliminate the cravings and the withdrawal symptoms of addictions (alcohol, crack cocaine and opiates).

Project Director

Ian Waugh photo

Australia - Gold Coast, Queensland
Ian Waugh, addictions counselor

Phone: (075) 524-3387


Ian has been studying and practicing Gestalt Therapy, psychotherapy and counseling for the last twenty years. He has extensive experience in healing work and assisting couples and individuals work through their relational stuff. Ian also works with families who have been affected by addiction and other behavioral problems. Ian became interested in Whole Hearted Healing and Peak States work while searching for simple and effective trauma healing techniques to use in his addiction program and private practice. Ian is the Director of Bridging the Barriers, a private consultancy, counseling, coaching and training company which specializes in healing addiction and relationship issues. He heads up the addiction project at the Institute for the Study of Peak States. Ian is available for private sessions, personalized programs and retreats.

Our thanks to former project director Matt Fox, who worked on this project for 12 years.

Revision History
Dec 18, 2015: Introduced our smoking addiction treatment breakthrough.
Jan 18, 2014: Updated information and put in the current director of the project.
May 4, 2011: Shortened and clarified the description of what the process can do.
March 12, 2011: Removed Matt Fox's bio, as he has retired from the Institute after a 12 years of dedicated and exemplary work.