Emotional Freedom Technique
Also known as 'TAPPING'
What Is EFT And How Does It Work?
Founded by Gary Craig in 1995 EFT was still a very new concept at that time and not many people had heard about it. Basically it is a form of acupuncture, but without the needles. Instead, you tap on meridian points on your hand and upper body whilst repeating a phrase related to a specific issue.
According to Gary Craig, a Stanford engineering graduate, “The cause of ALL negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” These disruptions include fears, phobias, anger, grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, worry, guilt, and other restricting emotions that also contribute to physical problems. When you clear the disruption or blockage using EFT, you experience physical and emotional freedom.
EFT is a simple, gentle, rapid, respectful, and startlingly effective way to eliminate a wide variety of old and new fears, memories, and conflicts, sometimes in less than half an hour. Similarly, lifelong phobias, compulsive behaviours, and unhealthy patterns of belief can be eliminated.
Its effects often seem miraculous, even to those who are sceptical. In fact, you don’t even have to believe that it works in order for it to work. It is definitely worth a try.
- Is usually rapid, long-lasting, and gentle.
- Uses no drugs or equipment.
- Is easily learned by anyone.
- Often EFT works where nothing else will.
EFT is a well-known and widely used energy healing modality. Although not that well known in the addiction recovery field, it is rapidly gaining popularity and is used by many addiction recovery coaches and rehab clinics.
How Does EFT Apply To Addiction Recovery?
Achieving sobriety is one thing, but avoiding a relapse is another! What I have learnt from my personal experience on my addiction recovery path is that abstaining from alcohol did not automatically wipe my slate clean. And I had to learn this the hard way. As I mentioned before, I expected to be rewarded for my good sober behaviour, but I still had to learn to live life on life’s terms.
The problems I had when I was drinking were still there and I could not run away from them. The trauma and memories of my past that triggered my drinking in the first place were still there. They could not and did not magically disappear. I could no longer ignore them or try and drown them in alcohol.
But what I could do was face them head-on, and accept them for what they were – emotional manifestations of the past that no longer served my new sober life, eliminate them, and move on.
It is indescribable the peace and joy that emerges once the stuck energy from the past is dissolved.
To that end, I have found EFT to be the fastest and most effective technique. And I believe that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and you will not know if it works for you until you try it!