Inner Substance® was created for those suffering from addiction or substance use issues or abuse. We found that many people of diverse background drop out of treatment early and when asked about the reason for them dropping out many said their values, cultural beliefs, religion and spiritual practices, sexual preference, and feminist perspective were not met and could not see the value of what current treatment had to offer. Inner Substance® was created with this population in mind. We wanted to create an inclusive intervention that did not segregate further isolation.
We were motivated to develop a cross-cultural model that was reflective of the diverse population being challenged by the current spiritual and cultural modalities that monopolize current treatment settings. We adapted an integral model from Ken Wilber’s’ Four Quadrant Theory and developed a cross-cultural psycho-spiritual Intervention called Inner Substance®. The Integrative Model and the Intervention both focus on moving one forward to transformative change. Cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien developed the first cross-cultural model for healing called the Four-Fold Way. Her work has been a major contribution to the development of Inner Substance and its intervention to heal addictions.
Inner Substance® is a treatment philosophy that bridges modern knowledge and indigenous spiritual and cultural traditions to foster transformational change.