Online Mindfulness Therapy for Addictions
Online Counseling for Addictions – Mindfulness Therapy for Addiction Recovery
Online Mindfulness Therapy via Skype is a very convenient and highly effective way of healing the underlying core emotions that fuel your addiction.
Full recovery depends on healing the underlying depression, self-hate and low self-esteem that fuels addiction. Nothing else will produce greater results than learning how to do this. I will teach you how to do this during our Skype therapy sessions together.
I work with substance abuse, alcohol addiction, food addictions, binge eating disorder and bulimia, and all other forms of obsessive compulsive disorders.
This approach is remarkably effective and most of my clients/students see noticeable results after the first few online sessions with me.
Online Mindfulness Psychotherapy is very effective for stopping anxiety and depression without using drugs. It is always better to treat the underlying psychological cause of your emotional suffering as opposed to just trying to manage symptoms.
The main healing factors developed during Mindfulness Meditation Therapy are Consciousness, which is necessary for overcoming the reactive psychological habits that cause psychological suffering, and Inner Compassion, which is what accelerates healing and resolution of emotional suffering.
“After each session, I come away with something of substance to work on throughout the week. Often, I recall something in everyday life, that was said in our session; A nugget of wise advice or a helpful technique, that provides an alternative avenue, to my habitual way of reacting to a life situation.”
Does this interest you? Send me an email now. Tell me about yourself and how I can help you. Schedule a trial session via Skype now.
Many people do not like the 12-Step approach to addiction recovery and would prefer a different approach that focuses on changing the underlying emotions that fuel the addiction. Also, many people are not comfortable with a group therapy approach. There is often shame around addiction and people prefer an individualized approach where they can work one-on-one with a therapist. The choice of Online Therapy for Addictions can be far less intimidating and will likely be a very good addition to your progress with addiction recovery.
If you want to recover from an addiction you must heal the underlying psychological causes such as depression and low self-esteem
There is also a lot of interest in mindfulness-based therapy, which is really are good at helping you work in a positive way with your emotions so that you can gain more control and balance in your life.
Mindfulness teaches you how to work with the compulsive impulses of an addiction so that they don’t get the upper hand. This is a central focus in Online Addiction Counseling.
However, to fully recover from an addiction, you must also treat the underlying depression, guilt, stress or low self-esteem that lies at the core of your addiction. Many people feel a great sense of emptiness at the core of their being that they are trying to fill through the addictive high.
But, of course, this temporary fix does nothing to heal the underlying pain. During Online Treatment for Addictions, we use mindfulness to transform and heal the core emotions that fuel your depression.
Online Mindfulness Therapy for Addiction
Welcome. My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional psychotherapist based in Colorado and I offer online therapy for the treatment of addiction, as well as for working with anxiety and depression and many of the other underlying causes of addiction, and I offer online therapy over Skype, which makes it very convenient for most people who are struggling with addiction and looking for a way of managing their addiction, of helping to heal the underlying causes of addiction.
So that is one of the first things to really understand, is that addiction is simply a form of reaction, a behavioral reaction, to unhealed emotional pain. It could be anxiety. It could be depression, that’s very common. It could be shame. It could be self hatred. It could be a whole range of persistent chronic underlying emotions that are unresolved and that continue to create emotional suffering.
Then the addiction becomes essentially a way of trying to escape this inner pain, and this is very common, especially with alcohol addiction. That’s the most common form of addiction that I work with. People become alcoholics because they are trying to escape emotional pain and they don’t know how to heal this internally, through psychological means, they become a prisoner of their emotional suffering.
So the key to healing from addiction is to find those underlying emotions that are providing the the fuel for the addictive behavior. And that is very much the focus of Mindfulness Therapy, which is the system that I have developed for working with addiction.
It’s a way of fundamentally changing your relationship to your emotions and also beliefs and thought processes and other internal mental processes that feed those underlying core emotions.
So we do this by learning how to meditate on our emotions. We find that emotional suffering and then instead of ignoring it or trying to dull the pain with alcohol or other substances, we instead try to develop a conscious relationship with those emotions based on mindfulness.
So mindfulness is simply a form of training in conscious awareness where you’re learning how to be present with your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them, without becoming identified with them, without becoming a prisoner of those emotional reactions.
It is a way of looking at your emotions and seeing them as objects in the mind instead of just becoming those emotions. So, mindfulness training and Mindfulness Therapy is designed to teach you how to meditate on your emotions to develop what we call “objective consciousness,” the ability to see those emotions as objects. And this is central because if you can’t see them consciously, if you don’t have a conscious relationship with your emotions, then they will run the show. They will dictate your emotional well-being and they will feed the addiction.
So we deliberately find those emotions and meditate on them to develop this objective consciousness that’s so important in the recovery process.
We then learn how to interact with those emotions that we now have a conscious relationship with and we learn how to interact with them through the process of developing inner compassion. This is what is usually very much missing when people become addicted. They basically hate themselves. They do not like their emotions, their thoughts, feelings. Anything that arises in the mind they react to with extreme aversion. They may feel tremendous guilt or shame, as well. That’s a very common kind of emotional reaction to the inner pain, whatever it might be.
So we have to learn how to see all of these reactions and develop objective consciousness, mindfulness, towards all of them. We have to learn how to invite them into the mind and develop a friendly but conscious relationship with them. That’s the only way you can break free from their influence.
You have to make friends with them. You have to learn how to sit with your emotional pain. That’s the required condition for healing. So that’s the central focus of Mindfulness Therapy, and the best way to do that is to deliberately meditate on your emotions.
Abstinence is not a solution for alcoholism. Willpower is not a solution. These are simply forms of reactivity in themselves that avoid that underlying pain. The only thing that will heal you and lead to your full recovery is when you can completely embrace those emotions and help them heal. When they have healed, then you will have taken away the fuel source that’s driving the addiction.
So that’s what I will teach you during these online therapy sessions together. And this approach is very effective. It works extremely well as long as you are committed to making a change, and that’s very important. You have to be committed and you have to start meditating regularly every day on your emotions.
So here we are using meditation in a very different sense than is usually taught. Most people think of meditation as an escape from the mind, of developing a pleasant or blissful state of consciousness as an alternative to our emotional pain. In my opinion, that is not an effective way to work with emotional suffering. You have to meditate on the suffering itself and help it heal. And that’s how I teach mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation, I define as meditating on the mind in order to achieve freedom and to promote healing and well-being.
So if you would like to schedule some online therapy sessions with me to work on your addiction and to learn how to apply mindfulness and mindfulness meditation to heal your addiction, then please reach out to me.
Go to my Contact Page and email me and tell me more about yourself. Tell me what you’ve tried so far. And if you’d like to schedule a Skype Therapy session with me, then please tell me what days and times work for you and then we can go ahead and schedule a Skype Therapy session.
This process of Mindfulness Therapy is very effective for addiction recovery. Most people start to see significant improvements within the first three or four sessions.
So please contact me if you would like help in overcoming your addiction. Thank you.
Addiction Counseling Online – Online Therapist for Addictions via Skype
In order to fully recover from alcohol addiction or any other addiction you will need to heal the emotions that drive the addiction. During these online therapy sessions we will focus on the two classes of emotions that need to change: the addictive compulsions and the underlying core emotions such as anxiety, depression or low self-esteem, that fuel the addictive cravings.
We need to transform and neutralize both the compulsive impulses of an addiction and the underlying unresolved core emotions that feed those impulses
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional online therapist. I offer online counseling via Skype for help with a range of emotional problems, anxiety, depression and emotional stress, and also for addictions.
The method that I use is called Mindfulness therapy, which is particularly effective for working with the difficult and powerful emotions that underlie most addictions. During these online therapy sessions, we focus on the two kinds of emotions that dominate most addictions, and especially alcohol addiction, and that is the compulsive-craving emotions themselves, and the underlying core emotions that fuel those addictive cravings. We must address both of these kind of classes of emotions if you are to fully recover and to prevent relapse.
So, mindfulness is very good for this purpose. It allows you to essentially form a stable relationship with your emotions in which you can learn how to experience the compulsion or the underlying core emotions without becoming overwhelmed.
The biggest problem we find is this habitual tendency to identify with our emotions. When we identify with them we become entrap by those emotions and then we become reactive and more or less lose control. So, mindfulness teaches us how to maintain balance in the face of these very emotions.
When you learn how to do that then you begin to gain greater freedom from the emotions themselves, and if you can prevent yourself from becoming reactive towards these emotions or becoming identified with them, then that allows the emotions to begin to begin to change, to begin to transform and heal, and this is of course necessary for the recovery from addiction.
If you would like to learn more about Mindfulness Therapy for your addiction, or for your recovery from your alcohol addiction, please contact me and we can schedule a Skype therapy session.
Not everyone is comfortable with group meetings or 12-Step programs; many would prefer to manage their addiction online with the help of an online therapist. Also, residential programs are frequently very expensive and require a major commitment of time, sometimes months, before returning to the community.
The success rate of many of these programs is also not as high as one might like or expect. There are now a growing number of studies showing that Online Addiction Counseling can be very effective.
Online Counseling for Addictions – Mindfulness Therapy for Addiction Recovery
Online Mindfulness Therapy via Skype is a very convenient and highly effective way of healing the underlying core emotions that fuel your addiction. I work with substance addictions, alcohol addiction, food addictions and bulimia, and all other forms of obsessive compulsive disorders and I have had great success with this Online Counseling Service for Addictions.
Addiction Counseling Online
Many people do not like the 12-Step approach to addiction recovery and would prefer a different approach that focuses on changing the underlying emotions that fuel the addiction.
Also, many people are not comfortable with a group therapy approach. There is often shame around addiction and people prefer an individualized approach where they can work one-on-one with a therapist. The choice of Online Therapy for Addictions can be far less intimidating and will likely be a very good addition to your progress with addiction recovery.
There is also a lot of interest in mindfulness-based therapies, which really are good at helping you work in a positive way with your emotions so that you can gain more control and balance in your life.
Mindfulness teaches you how to work with the compulsive impulses of an addiction so that they don’t get the upper hand. This is a central focus in Online Addiction Counseling. However, to fully recover from an addiction, you must also treat the underlying depression, guilt, stress or low self-esteem that lies at the core of your addiction. Many people feel a great sense of emptiness at the core of their being that they are trying to fill through the addictive high.
But, of course, this temporary fix does nothing to heal the underlying pain. During Online Treatment for Addictions, we use mindfulness to transform and heal these core emotions.
At the end of the day, you will need to learn how to manage and defuse two types of emotion: The compulsive impulses to indulge, and the underlying core emotions that feed these addictions. This is where Online Mindfulness Therapy can be very effective – in helping you get on top of those powerful driving emotions before they get on top of you.
The first stage of learning how to manage these emotions is by changing your relationship to them. Our habit is to react and become the emotion. The emotion then takes hold and dictates our thinking (cognitive reactivity), our emotions (emotional reactivity), our behaviors (behavioral reactivity) and will also produce changes in the body (somatic reactivity) that can be very harmful if left untreated. So-called stress disorders are a very common feature of chronic addiction as is depression, anxiety and compulsive behaviors.
Mindfulness-based Counseling for Addictions
Mindfulness is a very special form of awareness that is fundamentally non-reactive in nature and expressly positive in outlook (not judgmental or based on aversion). Through training during the online Skype Therapy sessions, you will learn how to develop mindfulness and how to apply it to your impulse-emotions and your core emotions so that you naturally begin to break free from the patterns of habitual reactivity that feed the addiction.
It is hard at first because the habit is so strong, but with practice you will begin to break free from the grip of your emotions, which then makes it possible to bring about healing of the core emotions that fuel the whole process.
Abstinence is not sustainable
If you pursue the path of total abstinence, you will avoid many of the issues associated with substance abuse, of course, but if you do not change the underlying emotional compulsion then you will forever be a victim and remain vulnerable to your addiction and the chances of a relapse will be very high.
During the mindfulness-based approach to addictions, you will actually be encouraged to meditate on a glass of whiskey or wine, or whatever, so that you can practice processing the addictive impulses that arise. You have to face these impulses directly if you want to break free from their grip, but mindfulness therapy gives you very effective tools for doing this successfully, rather than just an act of will-power, which is seldom sufficient to neutralize a habit.
With practice, the power of those impulses to control you will subside, and the less you indulge those impulses, the less you feed them, the weaker they become. It is totally possible for an addict to sit with a bottle and not be compelled to abuse the contents. In fact, the final step of the process of mindfulness-based addiction recovery will involve being able to take a drink, and know when enough is enough. Moderation is the goal rather than abstinence.
Learn More About Online Addiction Counseling
The Mindfulness Therapy approach that I teach via Skype sessions is very effective for healing and changing compulsive emotions and underlying anxiety, depression and problems with self-image and self-esteem. Most people see significant improvements after 6-12 sessions, and even after the first 3-4 sessions, you will notice a difference.
If you would like to learn more about online addiction counseling, please contact me and tell me about yourself.
Online Therapy – an alternative to AA and 12-Step group meetings
Many people are ashamed of their alcohol addiction and would rather not join a group where they have to share their deepest and most painful secrets in front of others. This is why many addicts prefer some form of online counseling so they can work on their problem at home.
Group therapy can be very helpful, of course, for many reasons such as realizing that you are really not alone. Being able to share your experiences with someone who has the same issues is also very helpful.
Most people do not really understand what it is like to be an addict, so talking with another addict can be helpful indeed. However, not everyone is comfortable with sharing their emotional suffering in public. Also, it may be extremely difficult to find the words to properly describe what you are feeling. For some, group sessions are just too intimidating and frustrating.
The other issue, is that although talking about your feelings is generally very helpful, providing someone is really listening, it is not necessarily enough, in fact seldom enough, to heal the underlying cause of your alcohol addiction or other form of addictive behavior.
What is it that drives your addiction? What are the underlying core emotions? Guilt? Self-hate? Depression? These have to be healed if you wish to break free from your addictions.
Heal the Underlying Core Emotions that fuel Your Addiction
During Online Mindfulness Therapy sessions via Skype, we work together to help you discover the underlying emotions that are driving your addictions and heal them through cultivating a deep relationship with those emotions based on mindfulness and compassion. This approach really works; just as resistance and avoidance does not.
It takes work to overcome an addiction, but Mindfulness Therapy gives you the tools to overcome the compulsive impulses and cravings. It is a great advance on conventional talk therapy because it works on the underlying process that fuels addiction; just talking about your feelings is seldom sufficient to effect a lasting recovery.
Would you like to Schedule a Skype Session of Online Counseling for Help in the Recovery from your Addiction?
I now provide an Online Therapy Service to help people work through difficult emotional habits and addictions. Mindfulness Therapy Online is definitely worth considering and I invite you to contact me to learn more. It is easy to get started. Simply email and ask your questions and, when you are ready, you can schedule a session.
Online Treatment for Addiction via Skype
Welcome. My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional psychotherapist and I offer online therapy for anxiety, depression, PTSD and also addictions. Many people like the idea of online treatment for addiction by Skype because it’s more private for you. It means that you can have your sessions from home. You don’t have to travel to the therapist’s office and you can work in a more private and intimate way on your addiction.
The other reason that people like online therapy for work with their addiction is because often people feel a lot of shame and guilt around addiction. And it’s again difficult to get the motivation to go and see a therapist or counselor in their office.
The approach that I use for treating addiction is based on helping you change the underlying psychological emotional habits that cause your addiction. Mostly I work with addiction to alcohol but there are many other forms of addiction.
The one thing they all have in common is that they are based on an underlying emotional reactivity, some form of unresolved painful emotion that is not healing, basically, and that fuels the addictive process, usually as a way of escaping that emotional pain.
So during the online sessions I will be teaching you how to apply mindfulness, specifically, for working with these unresolved emotions to help you bring about their resolution, to heal those emotions. And we do this at two levels.
One of which is that we learn to work with the emotional reactivity in the form of those addictive impulses, those compulsive impulses themselves. So we have learned how to manage those. Because if you don’t if you become a slave to those emotional impulses to drink or over eat, or whatever it might be, then that behavioral reactivity will reinforce that underlying core emotion that’s causing the addiction in the first place.
So we have to learn to manage the impulses and the second thing we do is work on the underlying core emotion, the depression, the shame, the guilt, the stress whatever it might be. The emotional trauma, whatever it might be that’s fueling the addiction.
So we do this by learning to meditate on our mind. You learn to meditate on those emotional reactions. The two types the core emotion, of course, but also the impulses, the addictive impulses.
We will deliberately bring those into the mind so that we can begin to change our relationship to them so that we break this habit of becoming a slave to those emotional habitual reactions. This is the most important thing that will promote healing.
If we stop feeding the reactivity then you allow those emotions to continue their process of healing.
So there are a variety of techniques we use, but the most important one is meditation on your emotions.
We do not meditate to escape our emotions, which is often taught, but this is something that I fundamentally disagree with. We meditate on our emotional pain, itself, in order to facilitate healing. That is what needs our attention.
So we begin to see that emotional pain very much in the same way that we might see a child in pain. We don’t avoid the child’s pain. We go and take care of it. We learn how to establish a conscious and friendly relationship with that child because that is what will promote its healing and we must do the same thing with our own emotions.
And that is the focus of the mindfulness approach approach. There are lots of other details in this approach that explain why the mindfulness approach to working with emotions and working with addiction is so effective. I will teach you these during each of our sessions.
The main factor that you need to have is motivation. You need to be committed to changing and healing this underlying emotional reactivity. If you are committed, then you will see substantial improvements.
\You will be able to break the habit of your addiction. It may take several sessions to do this but that is a function of how committed you are, how well you understand how to apply mindfulness and meditation to work on your addiction and the underlying emotions, and how much you practice.
So if this is something that you’re interested in pursuing and you feel ready for this work then I invite you to email me, contact me and let’s schedule a session so you can see for yourself if this approach is going to work for you.
It certainly has helped a great number of people over the last 10 or so years that I’ve been offering online mindfulness therapy for the treatment of anxiety, depression and also for the treatment of addictions. So please reach out to me. Ask any questions you may have and let’s get started. Thank you.
Mindfulness-based Addiction Counseling
Welcome, my name is Peter Strong, and I am an online psychotherapist, teacher, and author. My specialty is Mindfulness Therapy, a very interesting and very powerful and quite unique approach to working with all forms of emotional suffering, whether it be anxiety, depression, stress, or addictions, including alcohol addiction.
Now, I’ll give you a little overview of what mindfulness therapy is and also why do mindfulness therapy online. People are using the Internet more and more now to seek the help that they are looking for, for managing emotional problems.
Using the interface of Skype, it’s possible to have one on one sessions with your therapist or teacher, and it’s really just as effective as being in an office with a therapist. The prime advantage of online therapy is mostly convenience. It’s easier to schedule in a busy work day or when you have children to deal with at home. So convenience is a big factor.
Secondly, it’s easier to get access to a therapist, for example, if you’re living abroad or if you are living in a rural community where the options are limited, then an online therapist can be your best solution. And, as I say, for many people, it’s just so difficult to leave home.
Another advantage of online therapy is the anonymity factor. Many people who are struggling with emotional problems and particularly with addictions is that they feel quite embarrassed about their addiction or anxiety or depression. They don’t feel they can talk to anyone locally. It’s something that they don’t necessarily want to share in a group, either.
Although group therapy is very useful and definitely recommended, because you can meet other people who are sharing the same problems that you are facing, so you have a commonality there that can be very, very beneficial.
But nevertheless, when it comes to that personal work where you have to try and resolve the underlying emotional issues that you’re struggling with in your addiction, then perhaps the group format is not quite what you need. You need something more. You need to work with a therapist.
Now, the style of therapy that I offer, mindfulness therapy, is very different than traditional talk therapy. It’s not about talking about your emotions and trying to understand them and analyze them, and review your childhood and the history, and so on. No, this is quite different.
Basically, it’s about learning how to form a relationship with your underlying core emotions, the emotions that are driving your addiction.
What is it that makes you go to such extreme lengths to get that next hit of alcohol or substance abuse, or what is it that drives you to go out shopping yet again, or to go back to work to do just a bit more work? Work addiction is quite a big problem that goes unrecognized. And, of course, another huge area is eating disorders, binge eating.
These are all attempts at trying to fulfill an underlying need, but as you know, that need can never be fully met by seeking an external solution. You get a slight moment, a slight hit of happiness, but it’s so fleeting, and then it’s gone, and then you’re left with that emptiness again, and your desperate attempt to try and fill it again.
In mindfulness therapy, we work at two levels, really. First of all is managing the compulsive emotion itself, that terrible need in us, that yearning that drives you to your addictive behavior.
That’s one thing, one level, but the other level is, what are the underlying core emotions that are driving the addiction? That sense of emptiness, sense of guilt, sense of unworthiness, whatever it may be. That sense of meaninglessness, that dead feeling inside. This is what I work with using mindfulness therapy.
And mindfulness is simply a very advanced form of awareness, originally taught by the Buddha over 2000 years ago, that allows you to really, really develop a relationship, the kind of bond of friendship, with your inner pain, the things that are driving your addiction.
You have to learn to make friends with it, because if you don’t, you will never heal. If you fight it, you make it worse. If you ignore it, it persists. The only option left is to make friends with it, and this is different than acceptance. It’s not about just saying, oh, there’s nothing I can do with it, I have to accept it. No. This is about establishing a real friendship with the thing that you hate most. It’s in that relationship that the real transformation that leads to freedom from addiction and freedom and resolution of that underlying neediness and pain, that’s where it really happens.
So that’s just a short introduction to this subject. If you’d like to learn more, please contact me through the website. Send an email to me, and let’s discuss this further and see if online counseling, online therapy through Skype, is appropriate for you. Thank you. I look forward to meeting you.
Addiction Recovery through Mindfulness Therapy via Skype
The main lesson here is that addiction is a form of escape from inner emotional pain. You need to heal that inner pain to fully recover from an addiction.
The more familiar form of talking therapy can be a great help, but what most people find is that talking about your feelings does not transform the cognitive reactivity that reinforces your anxiety and depression or other painful emotions that lie at the heart of your addiction.
The same can be said for prescription medications – medication may provide a temporary relief from anxiety and depression symptoms for a while, but medications are not effective for changing the underlying psychological habit that causes the emotional pain. You need a psychological approach to heal psychological pain.
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong. I am a professional psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness therapy, which I teach over Skype for working with emotional problems and also addictions. So if you’re interested in online therapy to help you overcome your addiction and to recover from addiction, then please go to my website and learn more about the Mindfulness Therapy approach that I have developed and schedule a session with me over Skype.
So for most people suffering from substance abuse and particularly alcohol addiction, which is what I mostly work with, there are always underlying emotions that are fueling that addiction. There is inner psychological pain that is the root cause of the addiction. People use alcohol to try and escape their addiction. This is the most common situation that I find. There is underlying depression, low self-esteem, sometimes tremendous stress and very often some form of emotional trauma that is fueling the addiction. So to recover fully, you have to heal that underlying emotional suffering and that is the focus of Mindfulness Therapy. It’s a way of working with your emotions very directly, quite different than just talking about your feelings.
So talk therapy has a place, but it’s seldom really able to heal the underlying psychological trauma or emotional pain directly. It is too indirect in its approach. So we learn to work directly with emotions. And the first thing we have to do is really learn how to develop a conscious and non-reactive relationship with our emotions We have to see the pain without becoming overwhelmed by it, without becoming identified with it, without becoming reactive.
Addiction is simply a way of trying to escape this emotional pain. It’s an avoidance reaction. In my system, it’s defined as a form of behavioral reactivity; it’s a way of trying to escape that emotional pain. And that’s quite understandable, but it’s not going to work. That’s the problem with any form of avoidance. It simply prolongs the problem.
And the same goes for many medications too, for treating depression or anxiety. They really are not addressing the underlying problem. They’re just a form of avoidance.
In Mindfulness Therapy, there is no avoidance whatsoever. We focus very directly on our emotions. We learn how to sit with our emotions without becoming reactive, without becoming overwhelmed. That process we call reactivity is habitual in nature, it is simply because we are not conscious. We become victims of our emotional, reactive habits. That’s the problem, much more than the actual emotion itself.
So overcoming that blind reactivity and identification is an essential part of healing, and that’s a primary focus and Mindfulness Therapy.
And the way we go about doing this and establishing some freedom from our emotional reactions by meditating on those emotional reactions. It is no good whatsoever to meditate on the breath or some other object in order to try and escape your emotional pain. That is an improper use of meditation.
Meditation should be for the purpose of promoting healing in the mind. And that’s what I teach. That’s the approach that I teach. It’s quite different than conventional meditation, which is usually trying to escape the mind in some way. We’re not trying to escape the mind in the meditation that I teach; we are trying to heal the mind. Therefore, you have to meditate on your emotions, on your thoughts and on your beliefs and on your traumatic memories and anything else that is inhibiting your natural state of well-being, that is holding you back from living fully, that is impacting your happiness.
So in the mindful approach to addiction recovery, we learned to meditate on the underlying emotions that are fueling the addiction.
We also work with the emotional impulses of the addiction itself. So, for example, to do this effectively, we would actually challenge ourselves to work with the addiction. In the case of alcohol, we do not advocate abstinence or some kind of complete avoidance of alcohol. That is again, simply avoiding the problem, the underlying unresolved emotional problems that are fueling that alcohol addiction.
So we might meditate with a glass of wine in front of us. We want to do that in order to get access to the impulses so we can work with them, but also those underlying emotions, the underlying inner dialog that says drink that alcohol and make it all better.
The desire to escape is very strong. If we want to break free from that desire to escape, then we need to meditate on that desire to escape. There is no other way of breaking free from that internal emotional reactivity and there’s no other way to heal it other than to meditate on it and bring full non-reactive awareness to that emotion.
We also need to develop a compassionate relationship to our internal emotions. That’s what that emotional pain underneath the addiction needs more than anything. It needs your complete presence. It needs you to be present for that emotion with mindfulness, which is this very high quality consciousness that has these features of compassion and friendliness and kindness and non-reactivity. These are what promote healing. This is well tested. This is not speculation. This is fact. Those qualities, when developed internally, promote healing. Mindfulness promotes healing.
Don’t worry. I will teach you how to do this
So I will teach you how to do this in our sessions together. It takes a little training, but once you start taking this direct approach to healing your addiction, you will see results much faster than just talking about your feelings or trying to avoid them or suppress them or other escape behaviors, that simply is not going to work. You have to work directly on healing the problem underneath.
So if you’d like to schedule some sessions with me, then please contact me via my website. Send me an email. Tell me about your specific needs and we can schedule a session.
I expect everyone that I work with to see substantial improvements after the first three or four sessions. Psychotherapy should not be open ended; it should have very tangible goals in mind. So if you’d like to start with me, then please send me an email and let’s get started on your recovery process.
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