Tapping for Addictions

Tapping for Addictions can be really complicated. Too often people want to tap for addictions as if the substance itself is the problem. In fact, that is the problem with much of the therapy that is wrapped around addiction. It is focused on eliminating the substance instead of dealing with the underlying issues. In fact, for the addict, the drugs or the alcohol are often their solution to the problem, and are not the problem itself.  But when we are tapping for addictions, we focus on the underlying traumas and anxieties rather than the substance itself. And in so doing, we can get amazing results with a bit of patience and understanding.

In this week’s Tapping Tip, EFT Master Practitioner and Certifying Instructor Deborah Lindsey discusses what lies beneath an addiction and how tapping on that rather than the addiction itself can provide the results your client seeks.

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Transcript: Tapping for Addictions

Hi. I am Deborah and I had a fun little tapping tip for you for this week, I was talking to one of my recent graduates yesterday, a woman by the name of Diane Sherman, and she said something that I thought was absolutely fascinating and worth passing on to you guys. Now, Diane is a drug and alcohol abuse counselor who’s been working with drug and alcohol abuse people for the last 30 years. And she said that in her practice, she had learned something that was very valuable.

And I agree. She said drugs and alcohol are not their problem. Drugs and alcohol are their solution to the problem. So what’s happening really is these people have this underlying anxiety that’s driving the addictions, right. So think of it as having beach balls that are on top of the water and you just keep pushing them down and pushing them down and they keep popping up, popping up. And so the alcohol, the drugs are like trying to help them keep all of that, all of the underlying trauma or underlying problems underneath the surface.

So rather than tapping on, even though I’m addicted to alcohol, you want to be looking for the underlying problem. Maybe there’s a trauma and maybe there’s a secret, maybe there’s a memory, something going on there that they are trying to manage by not paying attention to it, by not looking at it, pushing it, pushing it away in some way. So as a practitioner, go in there, figure out what that is. Figure out what it is.

Pull that out and tap on it. And you’re going to find that the drug and alcohol, the solution itself becomes less and less necessary. And you might find that you get a whole lot more response and a whole lot better result. So something worth passing on. Thanks, Diane, for the wonderful tips. And good luck to all of you. Love you. Bye.


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  1. Excellent.

  2. Good to keep in mid for my client who has the very bad hip. He also drinks quite a bit and has for quite a long time. If I can get to the root of that then maybe I will be able to help him get some pain relief as well. Thank you or posting this Deborah.

  3. Åsa, Sweden says:

    So true Deborah, the underlying problem drives us ofter to seek solutions of differnet kinds. To see the person, take the problem to the surface isn’t allways easy, but it can be done. Thank you. //

  4. Diane Sherman says:

    Thanks Deb – I have seen amazing results with tapping – and especially when we consider the underlying issues are the problem. Working with Tapping  to bring the issues into consciousness or awareness for clearing then helps my clients shift to improved recovery and wellness. Love this work with clients and persons in recovery – regardless of diagnosis or symptom.

  5. Tara Chambers says:

    Absolutely!!! I agree 100%

  6. Tara Chambers says:

    PS When is that level 3 course coming out?

    1. Deborah Lindsey says:

      I’m working on it, I promise!

  7. Great tip! From my own research our brain craves glucose and when they go through a trauma alcohol is what people will turn to to get it. Unfortunately it’s the wrong kind of glucose. Tapping on the real issues and getting them to eat a ton of fruit with the good glucose helps.

    1. Deborah Lindsey says:

      Great new info Nina. Thanks!

  8. Love the weekly tips!

  9. Rachel Maywood says:

    Hi Deborah
    I couldn’t agree more, I am one of your Tapping graduates and I struggled with a marijuana addiction for over 20 years and it was a large part of why I started tapping. Initially I tapped on the addiction and aspects of the addiction and I wasn’t getting any results so I decided to change tactics and not to focus on the addiction at all but rather all the stuff behind it. I went on an all out tapping binge on the feelings I had for myself, the shame, events that led to all this and guess what? Within a few days I just woke up and didn’t want it any more, I haven’t smoked for a month and it’ not willpower, my partner smokes and I could have it any time, my usual triggers still come up but I don’t even think about it. It’s so weird, and I just feel amazing within myself. I now think maybe it’s an area I can help others in. I can never thank you enough, my life has completely changed from tapping and it’s only the beginning xo

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