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Tapping the way out of addiction

Government policies for treating drug addicts in England are flawed and "doomed to failure", a think tank says. The Centre for Policy Studies says rehabilitation is a better use of the £3.6 billion now spent on treating users with drug substitutes like methadone and keeping them on benefits each year.

The Government isn’t yet looking at holistic therapies as a solution, as far as we know. But perhaps it should.

An estimated two million people in the UK have an addiction to some form of substance or activity. People can become addicted to all sorts of substances and even activities, like shopping or eating or sports.

Psychologists believe that some people have what they call ‘addictive personalities’ and for that reason, they can become obsessive about just about anything including gambling and sex.

Treat the addict, not the addiction

That’s why trying to wean an alcoholic off of their daily bottle of vodka doesn't work, because he or she will immediately transfer their addiction on to cigarettes or equally ill-advised, on to his therapist. Anything, in fact, is fair game for the addict searching feverishly for a dependency.

Therapies that work with addicts of any kind are those which treat the emotional/spiritual cause of the addiction. On top of that, the addicts themselves have to really want to be released from their slavery for their own sakes ~ they cannot do it for another person, how ever much they love that person.

Luckily, though, there are many good holistic therapies which treat addictions, but they only work well because they treat the patient and not the symptom.

Some therapies which are good for addictive personalities are Adventure Therapy, Auriculotherapy, EFT, Life Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Neurofeedback Therapy and Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and EFT and Auriculotherapy are very similar in that they utilise tapping of the meridans.

Tapping the meridians

Thought Field Therapy was developed by an American psychologist named Roger Callahan in the early 1980s. Having tried a number of different techniques to try to rid a patient of their phobia, he experimented with tapping on the meridian points and was reported to have immediate success.

He began testing this treatment on more of his patients who had phobias and other conditions, like addictions, and when he found success, he set about developing Thought Field Therapy fully.

Callahan predicated the therapy on the belief that when we think about an experience or a thought which we associate with an emotion, we are ‘tuning in’ to a ‘thought field’ and hence in our minds, a predetermined reaction to a specific thought. He further believes that these concerns are directly related to negative emotions and that each one of them corresponds to a particular meridian point.

By tapping a precise sequence on the meridian points, it is said to unblock imbalances and the flow of Qi (the life force or human energy flow).

So it would seem that something like TFT or EFT combined with a therapy which addresses the client’s lifestyle, such as Adventure Therapy or Life Coaching, could have a good result for someone with an addiction.

However, whatever the therapy, it is essential that the addict wants to overcome the addiction for themselves, and not just because somebody else tells them they should.

To learn more about therapies which treat addiction, go to The Therapy Book.