I came across this article when I first got into EFT and had it posted on my old site. As I am moving everything over to this site I moved the article also.
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By: StewartRobertson | Posted: 25-11-2008
Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT works successfully in controlling addiction and even substance abuse problems. There have been a lot of testimonies from people who have been cured of their addiction and abuse problems.
There various kinds of addiction and EFT work in almost all of these. Some of the common types or addictions or addictive patterns include illegal drugs, smoking, alcohol, eating or food, sex, shopping, among many others.
The results of EFT in these addictive conditions, according to numerous testimonies, are immediate and most of the time permanent. EFT works first and foremost on curbing the cravings of people in order to empower them to turn their backs from their addictions. EFT experts cite that addiction is not really about the object, substance, or the habit that people are addicted to or crave for, but the issues beneath the addiction.
EFT nips the problem or addiction in the bud, so to speak. It zeroes in on the underlying causes of addiction or what prompt people to smoke, get drunk, engage in excessive sex, overeat etc. Of course, the causes or ‘triggers’ differ from one person to another.
Most of the time the addiction can be traced from emotional and mental issues such as stress, anxiety, anger, guilt, fear among others, some of which may have scarred the person or caused trauma. These emotional or mental traumas or issues should be settled first, before the person can be freed from addition. If not, he or she will just move from addiction to another.
The process of facing one’s addiction is not as simple as it sounds and should not be forced under any circumstances. People with addiction should not be forced to withdraw from their addiction right away. It should be done gradually and in the most natural way. Each person should progress following their own pace.
Likewise, there is a different starting point for every person. To each his or her own, as they say. The important thing is that the person is relaxed or comfortable enough so that the process of eliminating his or her addiction will be effective. Acceptance is the key. The person should be reminded that despite the phobic condition, the person is loved or the he or she loves himself or herself. Eventually, the addiction will subside.
EFT has solved long-term addictions involving alcohol, cigarettes, and even illegal drugs or substances. Since most of these addictions are deep-seated, it takes many EFT sessions for the individuals involved to overcome the addictive substance’s hold on them. EFT experts or therapists usually press the addiction sufferers for the first time they smoked, drank alcohol or took drugs. Then they ask them about the circumstances at that time the urge or craving to do so appear. What is their mental or emotional state at those times when the cravings persist? Eventually, the desire or urge to smoke, drink or take drugs would lessen then finally disappear.
EFT works for some of the most unusual addictions as well such as nail-biting, hand-washing, hoarding, ice cream, computer, chocolate, or other food cravings.
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