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We find out with you what is at the root of your addiction: a genetic disposition, traumatic events, affect regulation disorders, a disturbance in the "addiction networks" of your brain or something else? Based on this, we create a treatment plan with you that is feasible for you and increases your quality of life and health in the long term. This plan can include, for example:
- EMDR trauma treatment
- EMDR Addiction Protocol
- IHHT oxygen treatment
- Food supplements, medicinal support
- Lifestyle Coaching
- Relaxation training
More info on addiction:
Through the use of various substances such as tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs or medication, one feels a short-term positive effect that seemingly improves the initial situation that is perceived as unsatisfactory or stressful. But this is usually followed by disillusionment, which sets a vicious circle in motion. The desire for renewed elation then becomes the focus of life for those affected.
It is important to understand that addiction can be triggered not only by substances but also by various behaviours, such as binge eating, gambling addiction, shopping addiction, internet addiction, sex addiction and many more. Addiction is by no means a character flaw, but a demonstrable disease of the brain.
The basis of an addiction lies in a dysfunction of the reward system in the brain. Addictive substances activate different messenger substances that can, for example, trigger a feeling of well-being or euphoria. The brain therefore very quickly perceives a certain addictive substance as a positive stimulus. If this stimulus is missing, the expected reward is also missing. The result is an uncontrollable craving for the addictive substance.
We can help you recognise the origins of your addiction and identify the actual needs behind it. Through targeted interventions, we disconnect the link between the addictive substance and the positive feeling it evokes.
The ImTT approach: In this method we explore what pleasant feeling is associated with your addictive behaviour and break this association. As a result, the addictive behaviour loses its appeal because the positive feeling is no longer associated with it. In practice, this means that alcohol or cigarettes no longer offer the same pleasure or that food is only perceived as "exciting" when it satisfies hunger, but not as a means to "feel good".
Often the feelings associated with the addictive substance are so-called "existential feelings" such as security, belonging or the feeling of being valuable. These have become so attractive because there may have been a deficit in these feelings in the past (e.g. in childhood) and now there is an over-need for them. An important step is to resolve this over-need in order to prevent relapse or a shift in addiction. This is where the ImTT technique comes in. Learn more about ImTT here (link) or watch the video interview on ImTT (youtube link).
The EMDR approach: If the ImTT approach does not work optimally for you, treatment with EMDR can be helpful. Here we explore what normal, everyday behaviour can produce similar positive feelings. Why might your brain not produce the same positive feelings in these "normal" situations as it does in other people? Often this is because of hurtful events from the past. With the help of EMDR, these events can be "processed" retrospectively, changing how you feel in situations where you used addictive substances in the past to "cope". As a result, the use is no longer perceived as so urgently necessary.
In addition, we use a special EMDR treatment procedure in which you develop an intensive picture of yourself without addiction and work on the "triggers" (the triggers for addictive behaviour). As a result, strong "craving" (desire) no longer arises in such situations.