Energy Psychology

Although most of the modalities within Energy Psychology are evidenced-based, many of the tools are still not widely used in addiction treatement. At Avery Lane, we have used these tools with our clients since our inception and have seen incredible results. Tools applied from Energy Psychology have been shown to support clients overcome mental health symptoms, minimize trauma patterns, and reduce relapse risk post-treatment.

WHAT IS ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY?

Energy psychology

“Energy Psychology is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. Energy Psychology focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors, and known bioenergy systems (such as meridians and the biofield). Within the Energy Psychology framework, emotional and physical issues are seen, and treated, as bio-energetic patterns within a mind-body-energy system. The mind and body are thought to be interwoven and interactive within this mind-body-energy system, which involves complex communication involving neurobiological processes, innate electrophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), consciousness, and cognitive-behavioral-emotional patterns.”  From the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP); energypsych.org

Historically, Energy Psychology methods integrate concepts and techniques from related fields, including acupuncture meridian theory, neuroscience, physics/quantum mechanics, biology, medicine, chiropractic and psychology to facilitate change. Since the 1970s, these methods have been further developed, refined, and supported via clinical experience and research across multiple areas of application.

Benefits of Energy Psychology:

  • Reduce and eliminate effects of trauma more quickly and effectively than traditional talk therapy
  • Gives access to insight and positive memories that were obscured by trauma
  • Self-help method, can use the tools individually yourself and increases sense of self-control
  • Calms individuals down without use of medications
  • Cost-effective and can shorten the length of treatment while providing quick responses

Energy Psychology Uses at Avery Lane:

  • Cravings to use and memories of using
  • Triggers, especially trauma related triggers
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional issues
  • Shame/guilt
  • Fear/doubt
  • Dissociation
  • Feelings of emptiness and disconnection
  • Cross addictions
  • Co-dependency
  • Grief/loss including loss of drug of choice
  • Traumatic memories
  • Ambivalence to change
  • Catastrophic and other distorted thinking patterns

Specific Modalities within Energy Psychology:

  • Be Set Free Fast (BSFF)
  • Brain Spotting
  • Access Consciousness

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Emotional Freedom Technique

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.

Neuro Emotional Technique

Stress plays a major role in addiction for many women. Many turn to drugs in order to cope with financial, personal, or emotional issues, hoping to escape their pain and anxiety. At Avery Lane, we provide our participants with many tools and techniques to cope with such stresses, so that healthy stress management removes the desire to turn to substance abuse or other harmful addictions. Among these tools is Neuro Emotional Technique, commonly known as NET.

NET is a mind-body stress reduction technique that is easy to implement and helpful in ridding patients of unwanted emotional patterns that often arise from past traumas and stresses. NET is used to locate and remove neurological imbalances and emotional blockages. NET recognizes that emotions are physiologically based, and can lead to physical expressions within the body. These physiological markers of unresolved tension – also known as Neuro Emotional Complexes – appear as conditioned responses to trauma and stress patterns.

As the patient visualizes a stressful event or feeling, the NET practitioner seeks out the location of its physical manifestation in the patient. These are then addressed with various physical corrections depending on the afflicted area, helping the patient’s body to complete the processing of emotions that occur naturally. This decreases the patient’s stress and helps them to heal emotionally and physically, leading to a sense of greater well-being.

Avery Lane uses NET alongside other treatment modalities to help participants learn how to control their stress and work through their worries in healthy, productive ways. The more healthy approaches and behaviors one learns to react to, and manage these emotions, the less likely it is that one will turn to substance abuse. With its gentle, easy to practice nature, NET can prove a valuable tool in reaching and sustaining a healthy mind and body free of addiction.