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A Pocket Guide to

EFT
(Emotional Freedom Techniques) for Addiction Treatment, Self-Help and Recovery
How to use EFT for relief from addictive cravings, withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, pain and upsetting memories

Masha Bennett

“Addictive behaviour is the mindbody’s normal and natural response to the pathology of sobriety” (Gregory Bateson)

What is EFT? The Emotional Freedom Techniques are a group of brief therapeutic interventions and self-help tools, sometimes known as “acupuncture without needles” or “tapping therapy”. EFT brings together the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, neuroscience and cognitive-behavioural therapy by combining stimulation of a series of acupressure points with cognitive restructuring
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“EFT brings immediate results. It makes me feel in control and independent, increases faith and confidence in myself and my abilities. It is a tool I can use anywhere… it is simple, but so powerful.” (J. S.)

Research is ongoing to evaluate the efficacy of EFT, but thousands of case studies have already been published. Numerous professionals, clients and members of the general public are reporting profound and long-lasting benefits of EFT as a therapeutic intervention and a self-help tool.

EFT Procedure for Self-help In this pocket guide I will describe a modified version of the original “EFT Basic Recipe”. One “round” or cycle of EFT would usually take just a minute or two, and can be repeated a number of times until relief from a craving, tension, pain or negative emotion is achieved. Step 1 - Awareness. Become aware of the problem you would like to work on. Notice any unpleasant bodily sensations, any tension, anxiety, or negative thoughts. Describe what is bothering you concisely but specifically – for example, “alcohol craving”, “thudding headache”, “worry about tomorrow’s interview”, “anger at Joe Bloggs for not ringing me”. Rate the problem on the scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the mildest, and 10 is the highest intensity of the problem.

Step 2 - Balancing (or “The Set-Up”). For this step, you will need to locate one of the following two points (it doesn’t matter which, it depends on personal preference). Either, find the Karate Chop point

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