Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is commonly called “tapping.” Likely the term, “tapping,” doesn’t sound familiar, either. Today’s guest blogger, Leanne Hall, explains EFT and how it can help with addiction treatment and recovery. From my own personal experiences, I’ve found it also helps with codependency (secondhand drinking / drugging) recovery, as well.
Leanne writes for AddictionInfo.org, a website designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional, containing information intended to be used solely for informational and educational purposes.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Explained
If you’ve ever seen someone practicing Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFTs), you may have thought this person was acting rather oddly. The techniques are not for the easily embarrassed, but they do seem to be effective at helping addicts recover from their addictions.
EFTs can be understood as “a kind of psychological acupressure,” describes licensed psychotherapist and EFT Master Loretta Sparks on her website. The techniques tap into the body’s energy system via “energy meridian treatment points,” also called acupoints, located on the hands, face, and torso.
The idea is that disruptions in the body’s energy system cause negative emotions, which can lead to the development of an addiction. EFT is a form of treatment that allows an addict to look beyond his or her thinking and behavior to something greater.
How EFTs Work
While experiencing the urge to drink, to use, to gamble, etc., the recovering addict is asked to rate his or her level of distress on a scale of zero to 10, with 10 being the strongest.
As the client concentrates on this urge, he or she taps on the acupoints with his or her fingertips until his or her distress is reduced to a manageable level. A therapist may give the client some positive messages to repeat to him- or herself while tapping on these energy points.
When the recovering addict’s level of distress reaches zero, he or she has achieved emotional freedom.
“After using EFT for a dozen years, I continue to be grateful to be able to share these wonderful techniques with my clients,” writes Sparks. “They are easy to learn, easy to use and a blessing in a recovering person’s sobriety tool box.”