Addictions are one of the most widespread problems in the world. Substance abuse is the third leading cause of death in the U. S. Addictions include the use of illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines, as well as prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Sugar addiction, alcohol, cigarettes, and other legal substances are problems as well. Outside of substance addictions, behavioral addictions like sex addiction to pornography, gambling, video gaming, “love” addiction, etc. involve millions of people and billions of dollars. Unfortunately treatment success for addictions is generally dismal and relapses have been common, until now.
Family and social factors can play a major role in addictions. If there is a “co-addict” who enables the person’s addiction, this can be corrected. Detoxification from the addictive source is often necessary in order for treatment to work. Developing the ability to overcome social influences like peer pressure may be important. The addict’s readiness to make the change can be helped through ETT®.
Scientists have now identified the exact parts of the brain involved in the brain’s addictive process. However, the findings have not been directly applied to psychotherapy, until now. ETT® uses specialized interpersonal processes whose outcomes are radically amplified by precise visual brain stimulation. This allows therapists to target and change the specific parts of the brain and neurotransmitters involved in addiction. This results in the elimination of craving and relapse.
Conventional wisdom about addictions is that once a person becomes an addict, they are an addict for life, and one must continually try to overcome it. This suggests that addictions are genetic. However, scientific discoveries from the Human Genome Project have shown that genes are generally not fixed and their expression is changeable by environmental influences, especially psychological ones. Therefore, if optimal psychosocial factors are used, genetic expression regarding addictions can change.
In addition to changing genetic expression, scientific research has revealed that a process called memory reconsolidation can permanently change unwanted core emotional memory that would otherwise continue to exist for life. This core emotional memory is the underlying cause of conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addictions. The new method of (ETT®) is an efficient means to rapidly facilitate memory reconsolidation. When ETT® eliminates the core emotional memory responsible for addictions; preliminary findings have shown a long-term alleviation of addictions, without relapse.
This treatment method is unlike any other addiction approach. This presentation will include case studies, lecture, discussion, and a forum for questions.