What are Addictions?

The subject of addiction is a vast and complex field so a thorough in depth treatise of this is not feasible in this brief introduction. Addiction - the compulsive need to perform a behaviour, always involving the acquisition of something, such as a substance or a feeling acquired from the use of a substance, or some other "benefit". One of the most common addictions, smoking, may not actually be an addiction after all, opinions vary, but is thought popularly to be an addiction simply because withdrawal from it causes symptoms. It is certainly habit forming and fosters physical dependence and often, but not always, psychological dependence.

Addictions are usually covers for some other issue such as feelings of guilt, anxiety, grief or sadness or even anger. The need to "tranquilise" the anxiety caused by one's underlying anger, fear, guilt, trauma, etc., persistently supports the addictive behaviour. Until these issues are dissipated or addressed, the addictive behaviour will remain. This is why people who successfully give up one form of addiction simply switch to another (from alcohol to coffee/cigarettes, for example).


EFT is ideally designed to collapse these underlying emotional issues (that is what it does best) and, properly applied, the need to tranquilise disappears. It should be evident that addictions, compulsions, eating disorders and weight issues have similar emotional causes.

EFT's results for Addiction and Substance Abuse problems are often extraordinary. The benefits are two fold: First, EFT brings down the immediate craving within minutes so that one can easily walk away from food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc. In a few cases this simple procedure also collapses the overall addiction. Second, EFT's long term successes are due to its ability to address the true cause of most addictions, specifically the deeper issues involving guilt or shame, anxiety, fears and so on.

This sounds good so...

What should I do? Talk to someone who can help. If you are struggling with an addiction then you will probably benefit from an initial consultation to find out your best alternatives. Talk to your GP if you can, although many find this difficult because of the fear of information being placed permanently in their medical records.

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