A New Paradigm in Addiction Recovery
The idea that one can be rid of addiction in 15 hours’ challenges best accepted practices including psychotherapy in its various forms. The reason why 15 hours of The Lerner Method works, is because unlike psychotherapy which primarily engages the limited and rational conscious mind, The Lerner Method deals directly with the source of the problem, the Subconscious Mind.
The Subconscious Mind is the store-house of our memories beliefs and perceptions. It is where trauma and pain resides from birth. Addiction oftentimes become ones shield from such early trauma and it’s therefore necessary to address the pain at its source (memories, beliefs and perceptions) and resolve its crippling effect.
Addiction is but a Byproduct
At its core, addiction is the byproduct of our daily and often desperate attempt to escape, curb, numb, dissolve and compensate for the relentless torment of powerful emotions stemming from our experience of violence, abuse, neglect, loss bullying etc. that are trapped in our mind, body and heart.
Because the distress caused by these unprocessed and unreleased traumatic emotions is experienced day-in and day-out, so is the effort and desire to not feel them become our daily focus, which is how a habit is formed.
Feelings triggered by trauma range from anger, sadness, and fear, to rage, a sense of isolation, guilt, shame, hopelessness, helplessness, and a loss of self. Compulsive behaviors, such as substance abuse, food addiction, compulsive gambling, work addiction, sexual addiction, codependent behavior, or being trapped in perfectionism, reflect the presence of traumatic feelings, and our need to relieve and control them.
The emotional, physical, and cognitive energy that becomes trapped when trauma is unprocessed and unresolved can continue to be triggered and lead to the compulsive and shame-filled behavior we call addiction.
Trauma Based Addiction
It is often the mental and emotional burden of trauma that is at the foundation of addiction, which is why a multi-disciplinary approach is the most effective path to recovery. Addressing the non-physical root of addiction, either before or after formal medical treatment, can help increase the efficacy of treatment and possibly prevent future relapse.
Trauma is often associated with physical, mental or emotional abuse. The term however extends far beyond these experiences to include any frightening or painful experience e.g. mental/physical/emotional abuse, sudden life changes (divorce or death of a loved one), growing up in a poverty-stricken environment or even being in a car accident to name a few.
In reality, trauma is subjective and therefore contingent on a person’s internal beliefs and sensitivity to stress. If trauma is truly in the eye of the beholder, it means dependency is an effect and not the cause. And since beliefs and perceptions can be accessed and altered; you can ultimately eliminate the effect.