Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an evidence-based approach conducted by our licensed therapists. At The Bluffs, you’ll be exposed to multiple treatments to identify what you respond to best. Your ongoing treatment plan may include EFT if it’s right for you.
What Is Emotional Freedom Technique?
Emotional Freedom Technique is an alternative, unique therapy that is similar to acupuncture but aimed primarily at treating mental distress.
EFT is based on the idea that tapping specific points on the body that are believed to be endpoints of different meridians can improve unpleasant mental symptoms. The term “meridian” refers to channels of energy flowing within the body.
Unlike acupuncture, which typically involves placing a needle in the skin at specific points, Emotional Freedom Technique involves tapping.
How Does Emotional Freedom Technique Work?
Proponents of EFT believe that it can be used to relieve strong emotions, such as guilt, sadness, anxiety, and anger.
During a treatment session, you’ll be asked to focus on a specific thought, image, or feeling associated with the condition being treated. While you’re focusing, the therapist will tap different points on your body.
Emotional Freedom Technique is considered an “alternative” therapy and, therefore, is controversial in some circles.
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However, according to the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, multiple studies have shown that EFT can effectively improve certain emotional symptoms. Studies have shown both short-term and long-term positive effects for patients who have participated in EFT sessions.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Emotional Freedom Technique?
The Emotional Freedom Technique can be used to improve symptoms related to new emotions, as well as strong symptoms related to trauma experienced in the past. As a result, this type of therapy can be useful for almost any patient undergoing addiction treatment.
Whether you’re dealing with negative emotions related to your addiction or you have a long-standing emotional disturbance, Emotional Freedom Technique may be useful.
EFT may even be helpful for dealing with the symptoms of certain chronic mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How Many Sessions Are Necessary?
Every patient’s journey with addiction will be unique. As a result, it’s impossible to say exactly how many sessions of Emotional Freedom Technique will be required before you’ll achieve the desired results.
In order to determine how often your sessions should be scheduled and the total number of sessions you need, you’ll spend some time with one of our trained therapists.
The therapist will talk to you about the negative feelings and other symptoms you’re experiencing, as well as the source of these symptoms. Together, you’ll decide whether EFT is right for you, as well as how long you’ll continue with treatment.
Is Emotional Freedom Technique Painful?
When performed by a trained therapist, Emotional Freedom Technique should not be painful. This is a safe, non-invasive treatment with no side effects that can be used without serious risk.
However, for the best results, you should only undergo Emotional Freedom Technique therapy under the supervision of an experienced and licensed therapist.
Can Emotional Freedom Technique Be Used With Other Therapies?
Emotional Freedom Technique is a useful therapy, but it will rarely be used on its own in the treatment of addiction.
In most cases, it will be used as a supportive therapy to help you deal with the emotions that arise during treatment, as well as to treat underlying mental health conditions that may be contributing to your substance use.
Some of the other treatment approaches that may be used in conjunction with EFT include:
- group therapy
- behavioral therapy
- medication-assisted treatment
- expressive therapies
Addiction Treatment At The Bluffs
The Bluffs offers a range of treatment options for people struggling with substance use disorders. If you’re ready to achieve sobriety and begin living a fuller, healthier life, we are here to help you reach your goals.
At The Bluffs, we understand that every patient undergoing treatment for a substance use disorder is unique. For this reason, we customize all treatment plans based on the patient’s individual needs and preferences.
We offer Emotional Freedom Technique and many other treatments to provide every patient with the best possible outcome. Please contact The Bluffs to enroll in a program today.
- Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine — Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health