“When people turn to an experience, any experience, for solace to the exclusion of meaningful involvements in the rest of their lives they are engaged in an addiction.”
(Stanton Peele, Ph.D., JD.)
“The person feels an increasing sense of tension or arousal before committing the act and then experiences pleasure, gratification, or relief at the time of committing the act. Following the act, there may or may not be regret, self-reproach, or guilt”. (DSM definition)
How are addictions created?
Addictions are created when positive feelings, linked with specific objects, substances or behaviour, form a particular state-dependent memory. When that state-dependent memory is created in the brain, it can easily become accessed and/or triggered by an event and followed by the desire to feel in a particular way and then the addictive behaviour takes place! The person feels the compulsion to do some behaviour despite knowing its destructive consequences.
Can therapy work?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) technique is well known for its ability to help the individual process traumatic memories. Using the same principle the EMDR technique helps the client break the links between the feeling and the addictive behaviour.
Advantages of using EMDR therapy:
- There are no manuals to work through, no affirmations to write.
- This approach works with the clients’ needs for quick results with minimal effort.
- Even people who are less motivated can receive help.
- For behavioural addictions abstinence is not necessary before, during, or after treatment.
- Irrational cognitions change to more adaptive patterns with little effort.
What kind of addiction do you have?
- Behavioural addiction
- Gambling Compulsion
- Sex addiction
- Shopping compulsion
- Shoplifting compulsion
- Food compulsion
- Substance addiction
- Club drugs (LSD, Ecstasy)
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