¨Yasmin¨ first contacted me several months ago asking for help to come off crystal meth, or tik, as it is known in South Africa. She had seen my advertisement for stopping smoking hypnosis with EFT, and she wanted hypnosis for her addiction. I advertise my services as hypnosis with EFT, or I call it Advanced Hypnosis, as EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, is not really known in Cape Town, where I work. Anyway, last week and after many emails and promises to see me, Yasmin finally made that first brave step.
Well, actually, she had made that first brave step about three weeks ago, when she started using only on alternate days, totally of her own volition. However, she just could not stop and was plagued with cravings. Drugs can sap anyone of money, and Yasmin is a single parent, so I am seeing her at a fraction of what I normally charge in return for writing her story. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to help, and even the first session left us both feeling very optimistic.
In taking Yasmin´s details, she said that she had first started with tik when she had her baby a few years back. The baby kept crying and stayed up all hours. Her boyfriend at the time suggested tik so that Yasmin could cope, and the rest was history. I then asked her what number out of 10 of craving for tik she had at that moment, and she answered a 5.
Yasmin asked me if hypnosis was indeed the best route for her, and I explained that hypnosis only achieves relaxation, and it is the treatment we do in or out of trance that actually does the work. I briefly explained EFT and that I would do the EFT tapping on her as she was lying down, in a hypnotic but fully awake sort of way, and that at the end of the treatments, her reward will be a deeper hypnosis relaxation.
Yasmin lay on the couch. I made sure she was comfortable, and also covered her for warmth, as people can get chilly when they relax. I sat behind her head, and explained that I will be tapping on the Top of her Head, her Eye Brow, Side of Eye, Under Eye, and Collarbone. I tap in feathery strokes gradually moving between the points tapping all the way in a continuous movement. I do this for two reasons. One is that it is reasonably comfortable for me in that position to concentrate just on those points, and another is that it feels nice for the client.
I started with a progressive relaxation in the waking state as I tapped continuously on Yasmin, in order for her body to relax gradually but surely, from her head to her feet. Somewhere along this process, I asked if the craving was still as five, and as she thought of it, what image did she get in her mind. Yasmin said that it was, and the image was of smoking it in the toilet at work. Once we had reached the feet, I started the treatment.
I tapped continuously as I started the EFT statements. I started with an Ericksonian story. Erickson, the great hypnotist, helped his patients by telling them a therapeutic story using metaphor. The story was about two girls in a club who had just taken a cocktail of drugs and were rushing (high). They were doing the usual drug-talk and started by saying how good they felt. One girl then said that she felt sorry for normal people (people who do not take drugs), because they will never get the opportunity to feel this good. In a flash of clarity, the other girl said: ¨But what if normal people always feel this way, what if they don´t need drugs to feel this good?¨, and that was a turning point in the first girl´s life. She realized that what her friend had just said somehow rang true, and there must be a way to feel that good naturally. She just had to find it. And she did.
I then carried on tapping to the following statements.
“Even though you can imagine yourself smoking in the toilet, you can accept, love, and forgive yourself anyway”
“Even though when the baby was crying, tik was a solution, maybe the baby was just trying to communicate something, or maybe she was just very active. You found a way that helped you stay up, and have more energy, and concentrate, you found a way that worked. Even though it has become the problem, you can accept, love, and forgive yourself, and allow yourself to move forward.”
“Even though you can imagine yourself smoking in the toilet, you can love, accept, and forgive yourself anyway, even if you don´t totally buy into loving, accepting and forgiving yourself.”
“Even though you have this tik craving, you can accept yourself anyway.”
I asked again for a craving number out of 10 (SUDS), and it was 0. I then suggested to Yasmin that the next time she gets a craving, she can go to the toilet and tap, and reassured her that I would show her how. Having earned her reward, Yasmin then happily went into a hypnotic trance to a peaceful paradise Island, where she relaxed even further. I then awakened her and gave her EFT homework. She took two; one for emergency cravings, and the other was to tap as she read the Serenity Prayer.
Yasmin must have been happy with the EFT. She asked about Reiki, and I said I can use it instead of hypnosis next time, combining it with EFT, and she was happy with that suggestion. Our work continues next week.
It is great that Yasmin found EFT. She has no option of going into rehab, because despite the chaos that the tik had caused in her life, she manages to hold down a job and has a relatively good relationship with her family, who would probably abandon her if they found out. Going into rehab would mean that she would lose her job and family, and EFT is giving her control over her life now. She is not dependent on a rehab program. She will soon not be dependent on me either. And she has a technique to help her with cravings in-between sessions. EFT is empowerment.
© Suzanne Zacharia 2010. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is. And of course, you are advised to consult with your medical practitioner before embarking on any course of alternative, complementary, or beauty therapy. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE “EFT How-to for You” and regular free EFT Tapping script samples in my newsletter at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com – New to EFT? No worries, just get your own copy of “EFT How-to for You” and start EFTing with ease very soon! Or train with me at http://newageinternationaltraining.com/eft-course-cape-town I also work with addicts and their families worldwide, over Skype, Google Hangout, and the phone.
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