Stress is a major trigger for addictive behaviors, and it’s common for many people to relieve their anxiety with alcohol, drugs, overeating and other compulsive behaviors. That’s why alternative solutions like Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) have entered the mainstream.

The Development of EFT and TFT Tapping Treatments

TFT and EFT are interventions that stimulate by tapping, rubbing or applying pressure to relieve stress and anxiety. Thought field therapy was developed in 1981 by Roger Callahan, who discovered innovative applications for its use. Despite the anecdotal success of his research, many claimed that TFT was a pseudoscience with improperly controlled trials as its only evidence.

In the ’90s, Gary Craig, a student of Roger Callahan, continued to develop TFT and remove the stigma associated with it. He continued the research and coined the term “emotional freedom technique.”

There were a few significant differences between his method and Callahan’s, as he combined healing scripts with the treatment. These served as neuro-linguistic programming to retrain the mind and let go of negative emotions.

Why Are These Alternative Treatments Important?

EFT and TFT tapping are effective tools to naturally reduce anxiety, without the harmful side effects of some pharmacological solutions. This allows people with a dual diagnosis of addiction and anxiety to find an alternative solution without pharmaceuticals.

The American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America survey reveals that stress levels continue to rise among adolescents and adults, with work and finances among the top stressors. This mental health crisis sweeping the nation requires alternative methods of dealing with everyday stress, which is one reason why EFT and TFT have gained popularity.

How Does Tapping Therapy Work?

Both techniques share the ability to heal mental and physical imbalances by tapping certain sequences at different points on the upper body using meridian therapies. These therapies utilize the principles of acupuncture but incorporate tapping and pressure along the body’s meridian points instead of needles.

Most TFT practitioners believe that TFT algorithms are a type of healing code that helps you balance your body’s energy system, target specific emotions and promote your body’s natural ability to heal. Likewise, EFT instructs users to tap with the same pattern across varying pressure points while focusing on affirmations or different triggers.

EFT promises to be a therapy that can be used alone, without the guidance of a practitioner or therapist, making it a readily available option to overcome negative thoughts and reduce stress. EFT can be used to relieve pain, promote relaxation and find a sense of calmness in stressful situations.

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The Difference Between TFT and EFT

There are only a few differences between  relate to the tapping sequence itself and the affirmations or intentions. TFT tapping points and sequences are based on which specific emotion the client is feeling at the moment. In EFT, the same generalized sequence for tapping points is used, making it more of a “one size fits all” solution. Healing scripts are also added for EFT tapping to help the client focus on a certain message or affirmation provided by the facilitator of the tapping session.

Is EFT and TFT Tapping Scientifically Proven?

One recent study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine shows that EFT results in marked decreases in pain, anxiety, depression and PTSD. Additionally, tapping therapy rated well as a noninvasive treatment for lowering resting heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels.

Practitioners who obtain their TFT certification must undergo rigorous training before practicing it with clients. When they complete TFT training, they can use the method in various clinical settings, including addiction and recovery treatment.

Is One Technique More Effective Than the Other?

TFT is the only one considered effective by the national registry of evidence-based programs and practices. Additionally, many TFT practitioners adapt the different tapping sequences into their own methodology to find the precise tapping needed to bring relief to a client.

Some falsely assume that for these treatments to work, you must talk endlessly about your problems while completing the potential tapping sequences. However, the setup phases of TFT treatments require precise sequences to avoid ineffective outcomes and ensure the continued development of the client undergoing treatment.

Whether you incorporate the Callahan techniques or the emotional freedom technique along with affirmations or use unique tapping patterns that feel best for you, this powerful alternative healing method works. You’ll notice significant differences in your stress level and mood immediately and can even alleviate physical pain by completing tapping sequences effectively.

EFT and TFT Tapping

How Does Tapping Help With Addiction and Recovery?

Roger Callahan’s TFT techniques, and the EFT methods that became more mainstream later, use the same tapping points to bring about positive changes for the person receiving treatment. However, they’re only part of the solution.

While both are highly effective for anyone seeking treatment for alcohol abuse or drug abuse, they should be used alongside other therapies for managing traumatic memories, reducing cravings and other symptoms. There’s no “one size fits all” solution for addiction treatment, so you’ll need to speak with an addiction counselor to find the best path forward to recovery.

How Do I Find a TFT Expert To Help With My Addiction?

Don’t be fooled by thinking that by simply tapping different sequences and following other TFT techniques, you can end pain and recover from addiction on your own. While these methods certainly help in the recovery process, you also need a program that will work with you individually to address your addictions and get to the root of what has caused them to take control of your life.

While TFT instructs users to complete tapping sequences on their own, you still need the guidance of behavioral health specialists to fully detox and start a new path toward sobriety. Don’t expect to fully recover from your addictions through only tapping therapy, as it is one of many modalities required in the recovery process.

Our Goal Is for You to Thrive

Ranch Creek Recovery has three locations that offer holistic addiction treatment, including EFT and TFT. Additionally, we provide daily individual sessions and an individualized treatment plan to help your mind, body and spirit heal.

There’s no magical solution to treat addiction, and alternative techniques alone won’t solve the ongoing struggle that addicts face. That’s why we offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment alongside a recovery plan created by experts in behavioral health to help you find the right path for you.

Give us a call at (877) 997-8931 or visit one of the locations listed below:

25650 Bass Point
Murrieta, CA 92592

36702 Doreen Dr,
Murrieta, CA 92563

43264 Business Park Drive, Suite 101
Temecula, CA 92591