One of the primary reasons for St. Jude's overwhelming success is our non-disease philosophy. The notion of disease literally relinquishes responsibility and control for poor habits and behaviors, rendering people powerless to change. The Saint Jude Program focuses empowering individuals to change themselves and overcome lifelong self defeating habits. The program itself is in a state of constant improvement, employing the most up-to-date scientific research and proven methodologies. The science of Neuroplasticity is the latest research that has been integrated into the program. Studies on Neuroplasticity show unequivocally that any individual can change their thoughts and behaviors and quite literally change their brain tissue as a result. In other words, the common notion that "once and alcoholic always an alcoholic" has once again proven to be completely false. It only makes sense that if you make choices that result in emotional pain and depression, that the opposite behaviors will provide a basis for happiness and relief from self imposed suffering. We all have the power to change our lives, and that is what is taught at St. Jude's!