Stress and anxiety are felt by everyone to some degree, but they can easily spiral out of control and dramatically affect one’s life. Stress often leads to addiction by increasing levels of certain brain chemicals that are tied to “a cascade of biological responses” – responses that can drive people towards substance abuse.
When it comes to addiction, stress and anxiety serve as some of the most common causes of relapse. Any solid approach to treating addiction has to address the underlying issues that trigger it, not just the addiction itself. Avery Lane offers participants many valuable techniques in dealing with stress in a healthy way, among them Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT.
EFT is a self-help and stress reduction tool based upon releasing stress through the stimulation or physical tapping of acupressure points. Based on the concept of energy pathways known as meridians within the body, EFT works by combining principles from Cognitive Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Acupressure. Tapping specific acupressure points on the body releases brain chemicals, or neuropeptides, that combat anxiety and create feelings of calmness and overall well-being. EFT helps participants at Avery Lane focus on and release the feelings of stress and unease that are attached to a specific psychological issue, whether a negative belief, emotion, or thought pattern.
EFT is one of the most heavily studied energy psychology techniques. It is a safe and effective method for releasing the stresses and anxieties that can lead to addiction. When used in conjunction with other methods of emotional and psychological healing, EFT can contribute to a healthier mind and body that is better able to face, and constructively deal with difficult emotional states. With the guidance and care of the staff at Avery Lane, our participants learn to use EFT and many other tools to beat substance abuse and addiction and create a healthier, happier life.