Perhaps one of the most difficult of all human problems to address is the widespread use of addictive substances and maintaining a drug-free life in recovery.  The Choice Theory approach to addiction deals with the general unhappiness people have that compels them to numb their unwanted emotions.   Clients learn about Choice Theory and develop plans which are supported by their counsellor as they improve relationships with important people in their lives.



In a world where the term mental health really focuses on mental illness, the challenge we face to teach people how to improve their own mental health without being labelled with a mental illness and be treated with brain drugs.  Programs offered by the Institute help improve mental health and encourage people to take charge of their life.



Many religious traditions have embraced Choice Theory because it is so compatible with their systems of belief.



Applying the principles of Choice Theory in education from early years through to Year 12 and beyond gives educators a framework for quality learning, competence and strong healthy relationships built on trust and respect.  Schools on the journey in Australia pride themselves as having a unique, caring, fun and supportive learning culture where students produce quality results.  The focus on excellence in learning and positive relationships with the entire school community is the heart of all that they do.



Using Glasser’s Reality Therapy and through the relationship developed with the counsellor,clients come to greater understanding of themselves and their behaviour.  The connection with the counsellor helps people find ways to build relationships and the important people in their lives.  They learn to self-evaluate and choose more effective behavious to meet their needs and wants.



For many years programs have been implemented in court mandated diversion interventions, in prisons and by parole officers.  Currently a program titled the Choice Theory Connection Program has become very success at the California Institution for Women.  Follow-up studies show that after five years, with 500 women who have trained in Choice Theory there has been a drop from 70% recidivism to 2.9% recidivism.  Choice theory used as a rehabilitation program helps inmates get along better with each other and with the staff and ultimately live happier, more productive lives.