• Did you know that addiction is NOT a progressive, incurable brain disease?

  • Would you like to learn what the research actually shows about addiction, and how that can help you to solve your problem for good?

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  • If so, then it’s time to enroll in The Freedom Model Online Program and join the tens of thousands who've solved their addictions for good!

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The Freedom Model Online Program

The online program contains more than 120 video tutorials that guide you through The Freedom Model for Addictions book (and we are always adding more), as well as a 2-hour, live monthly coaching session, along with many other program modules! Know that 27,000+ people (as of 2024) around the world just like you have already freed themselves from the addiction and recovery trap with The Freedom Model Online Program.

Addiction experts Mark Scheeren, Steven Slate & Michelle Dunbar present the proven, revolutionary, Freedom Model addiction-help model that they developed over 34 years of research and experience coaching tens of thousands of people to solve their addictions and move on with their lives.

The Freedom Model is the replacement for the ineffective disease-based addiction treatment model that has been failing the world for more than 80 years! It’s time for a change that’s based in logic, research, decades of positive proven results, and common sense! The Freedom Model has the highest verified post-program abstinence rate of any addiction-help method in the world! You’ll receive the following when you enroll:

  • The Freedom Model Online Program contains: More than 120+ pre-recorded video lessons taught by Freedom Model co-developers Mark Scheeren, Michelle Dunbar, Steven Slate, and Freedom Model coaches as well as The Freedom Model for Addictions book, workbook, audiobook, and worksheets

  • The Freedom Model for the Family Online Program: 12 video lessons taught by Mark Scheeren and Michelle Dunbar, along with The Freedom Model for the Family book

  • Monthly 2-Hour Live Coaching Session (identities of all participants are hidden in the coaching Q and A event for complete privacy): This is an interactive forum where you will be able to ask questions about The Freedom Model and how you can apply it to your life.

  • New monthly Video Quick Lessons from Freedom Model developers and certified Freedom Model Coaches (more than 50 lessons with more added every month)

  • The Deprogramming from the 12 Steps Course

  • 10% discount off all additional Freedom Model Coaching Sessions

  • At any point you can upgrade your online experience and get one-on-one coaching sessions via Zoom with a certified Freedom Model Coach. You will receive 10% off these additional coaching sessions as a Freedom Model Online Program member. Call 888-424-2626 or go to The Freedom Model Coaching page for more information.

What Others Are Saying About The Freedom Model Online Program

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read!

Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021

The best $ I ever spent. I am reading this book and a piano has been lifted off my back. Also listening to "The Addiction Solution" podcasts . I joined AA zoom 5 months ago and the AA fanatics on zoom really cornered me. The AA Daily reprieve bs and the disease concepts is all bs. AA freaked and creeped me. This book with its common sense, its deconstruction, it’s simple logic is great to have to live my life in.

5.0 out of 5 stars Best approach to addiction

Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2021

Amazing book. The only way I could realize I was in total control of my decisions. The principles are so good you can apply in many other areas of your life. I'm happy to feel strong and in control again, easily choosing what's best for me. Recommended!!


Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2021

This book is POWERFUL. After 14 years sober, I am now a social drinker. It IS possible. This book teaches abstinence, moderation, etc. - whatever you're looking for. It uses evidence-based approaches to tell the TRUTH about addiction today according to the science - not folkore and guesses from the 1930's. Even if you just want to read an empowering and interesting text, this book is for you. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has changed my life.

5.0 out of 5 stars They nailed it!

Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021

During this past year I read the book again, listened to all the podcasts and YouTube videos and all while remaining in the 12 step world. After all this, finally the bubble burst, the veil lifted, and my mind is no longer “infected” by the 12 step/treatment society misinformation. I can finally see what my issue has been all along and can confidently say that my mind has made a big shift. A shift I never thought possible or could even imagine while “working” the 12 step program.

5.0 out of 5 stars Have been brainwashed by the "Recovery Iindustry"? This is your book!

Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2021

I am so thankful I found this book and will share it with all my clients, I myself have had problematic substance use and I couldnt find enough resources to reprogram myself from the teachings i was taught in academia and by the system, I wish I found the freedom model years ago... every person who has struggled or struggles with problematic behaviors/ substances shall read this! 10 stars! Thank you!!! You are changing lives!

Meet Your Instructors

Mark Scheeren, Michelle Dunbar and Steven Slate – Authors of The Freedom Model for Addictions, Escape the Treatment and Recovery Trap

Mark Scheeren

Chairman of Baldwin Research Institute

Co-Founder and Co-Author of The Freedom Model, Addictions Researcher, and Instructor

Michelle Dunbar

Executive Director of Baldwin Research Institute

Addictions Researcher, Instructor, Co-Author, The Freedom Model, and also the Author of Freedom Model for the Family

Steven Slate

Senior Director of Research and Development

Research Fellow at Baldwin Research Institute, Instructor, and Co-Author of The Freedom Model

Meet Your Instructors

Mark Scheeren, Michelle Dunbar and Steven Slate – Authors of The Freedom Model for Addictions, Escape the Treatment and Recovery Trap

Mark Scheeren

Chairman of Baldwin Research Institute

Co-Founder and Co-Author of The Freedom Model, Addictions Researcher, and Instructor

Michelle Dunbar

Executive Director of Baldwin Research Institute

Addictions Researcher, Instructor, Co-Author, The Freedom Model, and also the Author of Freedom Model for the Family

Steven Slate

Senior Director of Research and Development

Research Fellow at Baldwin Research Institute, Instructor, and Co-Author of The Freedom Model


COURSE OVERVIEW (You must enroll to see course videos)

  1. 1
    • Introduction

    • Meet Mark Scheeren

    • Meet Steven Slate

    • Meet Michelle Dunbar

  2. 2
    • Preface

  3. 3
    • Mind And Brain Lesson

  4. 4
    • Lesson 1: Constructing the Binge

    • Lesson 2: The Fantasy and the Inevitable Reality

    • Lesson 3 : Ending the Binge Cycle

  5. 5
    • Lesson 1: Addiction Treatment Creates “Addicts”

    • Lesson 2: Nobody Needs Treatment

    • Lesson 3: Addiction And Recovery Are Opposite Sides of The Same Coin

  6. 6
    • Lesson 1: Timing Is Everything

    • Lesson 2: Cornered Into Perpetual Recovery

    • Lesson 3: Indirect Processes of Change

  7. 7
    • Lesson 1: Are You Denying Addiction Exists? What Is The Freedom Model And How Can It Help Me?

    • Lesson 2: How Do I Quit Drinking/Drugging? How Do I Deal With Withdrawal? How Do I Resist Cravings?

    • Lesson 3: Is Addiction Genetic? Can I Really Moderate?

  8. 8
    • Lesson 1: Primary Reasons For Use

    • Lesson 2: Secondary Reasons For Use

  9. 9
    • Lesson 1: Causes vs. Reasons

  10. 10
    • Lesson 1: What Are Learned Connections?

    • Lesson 2: Mental Illness And SUD (Substance Use Disorder/Addiction)

  11. 11
    • Lesson 1: What Is The PDP?

    • Lesson 2: Happiness Is Subjective and A Mixed Bag

  12. 12
    • Lesson 1: Everything Changes Once You See Yourself As Addicted

    • Lesson 2: Expectancy Response - Placebo Effect

  13. 13
    • Lesson 1: The Playground Effect

    • Lesson 2: Cognitive Dissonance

    • Lesson 3: Learning From Our Culture

  14. 14
    • Lesson 1: Constructive Self-images

  15. 15
    • Lesson 1: Mental Autonomy And Free Will

  16. 16
    • Lesson 1: Are You Going To Be A Person In Recovery

    • Lesson 2: Living Free

  17. 17
    • Lesson 1: What Does Success Mean To You?

    • Lesson 2: You Are Free

  18. 18
    • Lesson 1: You Are What You Think

    • Lesson 2: Direct Preference Change

  19. 19
    • Lesson 1: You Don’t Have To Quit

    • Lesson 2: Categorical Thinking

  20. 20
    • Lesson 1: What Is A Preference, And How Do You Change It?

    • Lesson 2: The Problem With Replacement

    • Lesson 3: Don’t Make Your Change Unnecessarily Conditional

  21. 21
    • Lesson 1: Drug, Set, And Setting

    • Lesson 2: You Can’t Need What Doesn’t Help You

  22. 22
    • Lesson 1: An Emotion Is An Evaluation

    • Lesson 2: Drugs And Alcohol Can’t Think For You

    • Lesson 3: Constructing The Illusion 15 Minutes

  23. 23
    • Lesson 1: The Origins Of The License To Misbehave

    • Lesson 2: The Illusory Benefits Of Lowered Inhibitions

  24. 24
    • Lesson 1: Exploring The Concept Of Pleasure

    • Lesson 2: Substances and The Not-So-Simple Pleasure Center

  25. 25
    • Lesson 1: Don’t Make A Hasty Decision; Consider Your Options

    • Lesson 2: A New Choice Called Moderation

  26. 26
    • Lesson 1: The Hidden Costs

  27. 27
    • Lesson 1: A Happier Vision

  28. 28
    • Lesson 1: The Foundation Of Moving On

    • Lesson 2: Open Your Mind To The Possibilities

    • Lesson 3: Building A Direction By Swinging The Bat

  29. 29
    • The Freedom Model Book - PDF Version

    • FM Life Movements Workbook

    • The Binge Construct Workbook

    • FM Program Workbook

    • Suggested Reading List


  30. 30
    • Opening Credits

    • Dear Freedom Model Reader

    • About the Authors

    • Foreword

    • Preface

    • Chapter 1: How to Escape the Addiction and Recovery Trap

    • Chapter 2: "You Have to Want It to Work"

    • Chapter 3: The Quick Answers

    • Chapter 4: Why Do I Keep Doing This? Why Do I Prefer It?

    • Chapter 5: Causes vs. Reasons

    • Chapter 6: Learned Connections

    • Chapter 7: The Positive Drive Principle

    • Chapter 8: The Addict/Alcoholic Self-Image

    • Chapter 9: Learning the Addict Self-Image

    • Chapter 10: Constructive Self-Images

    • Chapter 11: Mental Autonomy and Free Will

    • Chapter 12: Leaving the Cage of Recovery

    • Chapter 13: Success

    • Chapter 14: Reclaiming Your Freedom and Happiness

    • Chapter 15: Motivators vs. Deterrents

    • Chapter 16: Forging a Lasting Preference Change

    • Chapter 17: Questioning Drug Effects

    • Chapter 18: The Illusion of Emotional Relief

    • Chapter 19: Lowered inhibitions and the License to Misbehave

    • Chapter 20: Pleasure

    • Chapter 21: The Benefits of Adjusted Substance Use

    • Chapter 22: The Hidden Costs

    • Chapter 23: A Happier Vision

    • Appendix A: The Myth of Loss of Control

    • Appendix B: The Brain Disease Model of Addiction

    • Appendix C: Addiction Isn't Chronic

    • Appendix D: Heroin and the Myth of "Addictiveness"

    • Appendix E: People Can Moderate - If They Prefer It

    • Afterword

    • End Credits

Still Have Questions? FAQs:

  • What Is The Cost Of The Program?

    The cost is $395.00 for the first month, and 49.95 each month thereafter. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

  • How Long Is The Program?

    The program consists of more than 100 video lessons. Each lesson ranges from 5 minutes to 30 minutes in length. The Freedom Model team updates and adds videos each month.

  • If I Enroll In This Program, Is That Kept Completely Confidential?

    Yes. To guarantee full confidentiality when signing up for this program we recommend that you create a unique login for this program only. Do not login using your Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn accounts.

  • Can You Help Me With Work Or Legal Issues?

    You can print out a receipt confirming that you purchased this program, but as you’re doing it from home on your own, we cannot provide written documentation attesting as to whether or not you are actually doing the coursework. If you need help with work or legal issues, we recommend calling 1-888-424-2626 and discuss those needs to see if Private Coaching or The Complete Addiction Solution Program is a better fit for your circumstances.

  • Does This Program Have A Religious Or Spiritual Component?

    No, The Freedom Model Online Program contains research based information to help people to make lasting changes to their substance use habits.

  • Where Did Your Research And Program Originate?

    In 1989 career researcher and mathematician, Jerry Brown, set out to learn how people resolved their addictions. He had seen firsthand that the AA program seemed to have abysmal rates of success. He met a young man named, Mark Scheeren at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and the two hit it off. Both were curious and skeptical about AA, and began their research to see what parts of AA, if any, were helpful and what parts were not. They scoured the research that had already been completed and was being conducted on addiction, and also opened a retreat where people could come and stay and learn how to resolve their addictions and move on with their lives. They eventually abandoned all of AA’s teachings completely as they learned from their research and experiences helping people that there was nothing in the current treatment and 12-step paradigm that helped people to resolve their substance use problems, and in fact, much that hindered it. The Freedom Model evolved over the course of 3 decades from that starting point.

  • Can The Freedom Model Online Program Help Me If I’m Dual-diagnosed?

    Yes, The Freedom Model Program has helped many thousands of people who are dual-diagnosed to solve their addiction and move on with their lives.

  • How Do I Know If I Need Detox Services?

    If you are drinking alcohol, using benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, etc., or opiates, and you would like to stop, we recommend that you consult a medical professional to be evaluated for medical detox.

  • What If I Start The Program But Feel I Need More Help?

    You can call The Freedom Model team at 1-888-424-2626 and learn about your options such as Freedom Model Coaching and The Complete Addiction Solution Program. Once enrolled in The Freedom Model Online Program you are eligible to receive a discount for Private Coaching.