We have been programmed to believe that addiction to alcohol and drugs is genetically transmitted and an incurable disease. Typically, once such a diagnosis has been made, treatment and participation in 12-step programs such as AA (Alcoholic Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) is prescribed, as well as psychotropic medications for those individuals with co-occurring mental health diagnoses.

Dr. Bruce Lipton is a renowned scientist who has devoted his life to understanding human biology and behavior. In his book, The Biology of Belief, he shares the latest scientific discoveries about the biochemical nature of brain function and that, specifically, every cell in our body is affected by our thoughts, both positive and negative.

“The function of the mind is to create coherence between our beliefs and the reality we experience,” Dr. Lipton says. “What that means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs.”

If you’ve been told you are powerless and you have a disease that is incurable, and your mind believes it, you most likely will experience powerlessness and hopelessness. That’s called the nocebo effect, the result of a negative belief, which is the opposite of theplacebo effect, where healing is mediated by a positive belief.

“The ‘secret to life’ is BELIEF. Rather than genes, it is our beliefs that control our lives.” – Bruce Lipton, Ph.D Cellular Biologist, author of Biology of Belief. Consequently, we need to change the way we think and believe if we are to heal our addictions.

“Chronic substance use is the addict’s attempt to escape distress. From a medical point of view, addicts are self-medicating conditions like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or even ADHD and addictions. Addictions always originate in pain, whether felt openly or hidden in the unconscious. They are emotional anesthetics. Heroin and cocaine, both powerful painkillers, also ease psychological discomfort.” – Gabor Maté, a physician and author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.

Dr. Mate states that addiction is not a cause. It causes things to happen. To treat an addiction as if it was isolated from the person’s life leaves the causes untouched, and the person untransformed. Typical counseling techniques, which rely almost exclusively on “insight” and “motivation,” seldom create real and lasting changes because these methods do not address the cause of addictions, which lie in the subconscious mind. The latest understandings in neuroscience are revealing important information for psychotherapists that at least 95% of our thoughts and decisions originate at the subconscious level of the mind (Zaltman 2003). That leaves a very small percentage of our decision-making capacity for the conscious mind to exercise.

People are told, “Addictions are incurable.” It is a belief we have bought into and I am here to say, it isn’t necessarily so. Just as we were led to believe the world was flat many years ago, and upon later investigation, it was proven incorrect, so it is with many diseases, health challenges and addictions: When we shift our way of thinking, we achieve different results.

PSYCH-K® is the Key to Shifting Limiting Beliefs

Developed by a psychotherapist, Robert M. Williams PSYCH-K® is a popular and effective system for subconscious change that has been successfully used for over 23 years by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, professional performance coaches and many others. This process helps to re-write the self-limiting beliefs in a matter of minutes. It utilizes the whole-brain integration approach, which increases the communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The whole-brain state is used as a foundation for quickly and effectively changing self-limiting subconscious beliefs and healing traumas.

“Research reveals that the Whole-Brain State is a significant contributor to human evolution. From a neuroscience perspective, it allows greater efficiency in the brain and enhances both conscious and subconscious processes. From quantum perspective, it is the gateway to higher consciousness.” – Dr. Jeffrey L. Fannin, Director for Cognitive Enhancement.

Addiction by itself is not the problem. It’s an expression of the problem. “Addictions are really the result of problems with self-esteem, shame and guilt embedded in the unconscious,” says Dr. Walter E. Jacobson, psychiatrist and author of the book Forgive to Win!

Basically, with PSYCH-K, people are able to tap into their core self definitions. We do that with a series of new suggestions, new definitions. It’s almost like post hypnotic suggestions where these new definitions replace the old ones. Once this is done, there is an alignment of the subconscious mind with the conscious desire to succeed and be happy.

This technique is a way to cut through all the stuff that therapy and medication can’t get to. It works very well with psychotherapy and other healing methods. It can easily be used by anyone for personal or professional use.

Ignorance can kill us or, at the very least, kill our spirit. It is incumbent upon us, as professionals, to educate ourselves with the latest technologies, methods and processes for sustained good health. Blending PSYCH-K with psychotherapy has allowed my clients to freely move forward in life, feeling joyful and empowered. I am passionate about sharing this work with those who are looking for ways to improve the quality of their life or help their clients/patients more effectively.