Let me explain the framework of Capstone’s Core-Systems Model. It is important for you to know as you are making the decision on how you are going to help your son, first by determining the accurate level of care, and second by finding the best place for him to get that level of care.
Most parents looking for answers and help for their young adult or teen struggling with drug and alcohol abuse will only search for “teen drug rehabs” or “young adult or teen treatment programs.” But if you will read this section you will understand that the picture of what you are up against is much broader.
When many, maybe most of you, have contemplated your situation, you’ve asked yourself, “What’s the problem we are trying to solve?” You probably find yourself answering by naming a singular problem, for example: poor decisions, got with the wrong group, his addiction, his trauma, or his ADHD. But, point of fact, it’s not a single problem, it’s a systemic problem. Multiple parts interacting to make a whole that is bigger than just the sum of the parts. In other words, there is a synergy that the parts gain from the systems they are a part of. Let me explain.
You are up against a core-systems problem, a multifront battle, not a linear problem like “just addiction” or “just poor choices” or “just the healing of a specific trauma”.
- The Core-Systems Model looks at 3 interconnected systems that must be faced with equal intensity and success. They are like 1 war with 3 battlefronts…
- The struggle is never just found in one battlefront and not in the other two.
- The solution is never found only in one battlefront and not in the other two.
- Improvement in one battlefront cannot last without improvement in the other two.
- The war, if you will, cannot be won without winning in all three battlefronts.
When playing in a baseball game, if a line drive hits a person in the nose, his hands don’t say, “Yipeeeeeee! We’re so glad that wasn’t us!!” Because it was us, it happened to me. The battlefronts are just like that. Hurt in one causes hurt in the others, as does joy in one (1 Corinthians 12). The battlefronts are like 3 thermometers on the wall of the same room. We can’t do anything that can make one go up or down and not the others. If you want one thermometer to change, you must change all three because they form a system and move up and down simultaneously.
The Core-Systems Model approach that Capstone calls the three battlefronts the Eruption, the Core, and the Context.