EFT Tapping For Addiction: Healing The Mind, Body, And Spirit
In this article, you will learn about addiction, its types, signs and symptoms, the impact of addiction, stages of addiction, and ways to overcome it with the help of EFT Tapping for Addiction.
It’s been years since you went a day without caffeine. Your doctors have warned you, but you can’t seem to stop.
Just the thought of giving it up gives you shivers.
You are an addict.
An addict is someone who finds themselves trapped in a relentless cycle of dependence on a substance, behaviour, or activity, despite its detrimental effects on their life.
Addiction, in its various forms, is a complex and multifaceted issue that can have profound consequences for individuals and their loved ones.
WHAT ARE ADDICTIONS?
An addiction is a condition that is the result of the uncontrollably repetitive use of a substance (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, cocaine, nicotine, caffeine), or engagement in any activity (gambling, sex, shopping) that gives you pleasure.
The journey into addiction typically begins with experimentation or recreational use. For some, it may be a way to cope with stress, physical pain, or trauma, while for others, it's a social activity or a means of escape from reality.
Soon, your intake becomes a compulsion and necessity that interferes with your daily responsibilities and hampers your work, relationships, and health.
One of the most common types of addiction is substance addiction, which involves the abuse of drugs or alcohol. These substances have powerful chemical effects on the brain, and repeated use can lead to psychological dependence.
Individuals who become addicted to drugs or alcohol often find themselves unable to control their use, even when it is causing them harm.
Initially, the substance may provide a sense of euphoria or relief, reinforcing the behaviour.
Over time, however, the brain's reward system becomes dysregulated, and individuals develop tolerance, needing more of the substance to achieve the desired effect.
TYPES OF ADDICTIONS
Following are the two major types of addictions:
What all forms have in common is the way they hijack the brain's reward and pleasure centres. In a healthy brain, these areas respond to natural rewards like food, sex, and social interaction.
However, addictive substances and behaviours can flood these regions with dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward.
This flood of dopamine creates an intense feeling of euphoria, reinforcing the addictive behaviour.
"There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away"
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTIONS
Symptoms of addiction can vary depending on the specific substance or behaviour, but there are common signs and symptoms associated with most forms of addiction:
Cravings: An intense desire or need for a substance or behaviour, often leading to uncontrollable urges.
Loss of Control: The inability to control the amount or frequency of substance use or behaviour, often resulting in consuming more or engaging in the behaviour for longer periods than intended.
Tolerance: Increasingly needing more of the substance or behaviour to achieve the desired effect or experiencing diminished effects with the same amount over time.
Withdrawal Symptoms: Experiencing physical or psychological symptoms when the substance or behaviour is reduced or stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can be highly uncomfortable and are a driving force behind continued use.
Neglect of Responsibilities: Failing to meet obligations at work, school, or home due to preoccupation with the addiction.
Loss of Interest: A diminished interest in activities and hobbies that were once enjoyable.
Continued Use Despite Harm: Using the substance or engaging in the behaviour despite being aware of its negative physical, psychological, or social consequences.
Failed Attempts to Quit: Repeatedly trying to quit or cut back on the substance or behaviour but being unable to do so.
Deception and Secrecy: Hiding the extent of the addiction from friends and family, lying about it, or engaging in secretive behaviour to support the addiction.
Social and Interpersonal Problems: Strained relationships with friends and family, conflicts at work, or withdrawal from social activities due to addiction.
Preoccupation: Spending a significant amount of time thinking about, obtaining, using, or recovering from the substance or behaviour.
Loss of Behavioral Control: Engaging in risky or impulsive behaviours while under the influence or to support the addiction.
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF ADDICTION?
Understanding the stages of addiction is vital for early intervention and effective treatment. Ignoring the signs and allowing addiction to escalate can have severe consequences, not only for the individual but also for their loved ones.
These stages are particularly critical when dealing with the use of harmful substances like drugs or alcohol.
The journey through addiction typically encompasses five stages:
IMPACT OF ADDICTIONS
The impact of addiction on an individual's life is profound and far-reaching, affecting various aspects of their physical and mental well-being.
Addiction's detrimental effects extend to the nervous system, causing significant harm and impairments.
WHY IS IT DIFFICULT TO OVERCOME ADDICTIONS?
Overcoming addiction is challenging for several reasons:
Neurochemical Changes: Addiction alters brain chemistry, leading to cravings and compulsive behaviour. This makes it difficult for individuals to control their impulses.
Withdrawal Symptoms: Many substances and behaviours associated with addiction produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. These symptoms can be physically and emotionally distressing, making it challenging to quit.
Psychological Dependence: Addiction often involves a strong psychological dependence. The substance or behaviour may serve as a coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, or emotional pain. Finding alternative coping strategies can be daunting.
Environmental Triggers: The environment can be a powerful trigger for addictive behaviour. Places, people, or situations associated with substance use or addictive behaviours can reignite cravings.
Social and Peer Pressure: Social circles that encourage or normalize addictive behaviours can make it difficult to quit, as individuals fear losing social connections.
Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues: Many people with addiction also have co-occurring mental health disorders. Treating both conditions simultaneously is complex.
Relapse: Relapse is common in addiction recovery and can lead to feelings of failure. However, relapse is often part of the recovery process.
Stigma: Stigma surrounding addiction can deter individuals from seeking help, making it even more challenging to overcome.
Successful addiction recovery typically involves a combination of professional treatment, support from loved ones, and a strong commitment to change.
DEFEAT ADDICTION WITH EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
Addictions can range from something as simple as a craving for a cup of coffee or more complex, like dependence on drugs or substances.
Overuse of any substance can be detrimental to physical health and in some situations, sadly, can even lead to death. In severe cases, there can also be underlying psychological distress that can also lead to addictions.
You can identify the emotions underlying your addictive behaviour using EFT Tapping.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as tapping, is a therapeutic technique that involves tapping on specific acupressure points and energy points on the body while focusing on the issue or emotion you want to address.
Clinical studies show that EFT has been used to help manage various conditions, including addiction (1).
HOW TO USE EFT TAPPING FOR ADDICTION?
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EFFICACY OF EFT TAPPING FOR ADDICTION
A 2013 pilot study was conducted on 39 adults who self-identified their addiction issues. They examined the effects of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on psychological symptoms in addiction treatment (2).
The study revealed a significant reduction in psychological distress and concluded EFT Tapping is a crucial addition to addiction treatment plans (2).
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WHAT ARE SOME OTHER WAYS TO OVERCOME ADDICTION?
Defeating addiction is not just a problem of willpower. It involves changing your body, mind, and life.
You must create a new program for your brain to understand, that is as pleasurable and relaxing as the feeling while engaging in the addictive activity, so it can replace the addiction programs of the brain.
Here are some of the ways to help you overcome your addiction:
While addictions can range from something as simple as coffee to life-threatening substances like drugs or alcohol, you still have a chance to free yourself from them now.
EFT Tapping for Addiction can not only help you overcome your unhealthy habit, but you can also become a qualified EFT practitioner and help others overcome their addictions to feel healthier and happier.
Support from loved ones is also crucial for recovery from addictions. Families and friends can play a significant role in providing emotional support, encouragement, and understanding throughout the process.
Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)
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