No one ever really considers that they could be an addict. Most people will never be introduced to methamphetamines, cocaine, heroine or other illegal “hard” drugs, but most have been introduced to prescription drugs that can be just as deadly and addictive. Alcohol is just as addictive and cigarretteshave been a major addicitive force for centuries; we don’t think of sugar and caffeine as addictive, but those can be just as addictive.
When you come to the realization that you are addicted to something, what do you do to remove this addiction from your life? The Betty Ford clinic was set up by the First wife of President Ford because she recognized her problem and wanted to make a change. The most common form of therapy for addiction is psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and Alcoholics Anonymous or it’s off shoots for meth and other substance addiction.
And here’s my opinion of AA and psychotherapyand the current treatment programs: They don’t work. Not over the long run and not on a physical level, which is where addiciton treatment should be focused, on the body itself.
Addiction is a physicalogical dysfunction that has many different causes, such as childhood trauma, birth trauma, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, previous drug use by a parent and all manner of environmental causes as well. People who are addicts are not bored, they are not consciously aware they are addicted, they aren’t rebelling against anything and they certainly are not stupid. Addicts have many unconscious reasons for doing drugs, the least of which is to get some unfulfilled high temporarily. They are looking for missing pieces of what life should be like, they are escaping bad situations mentally and sometimes physically. In all seriousness, asking an addict to explain their drug use makes no sense. THey have become disconnected with their bodies and they have become disconnected with life.
I should know, I was one. The optimal term here is the word WAS. I am not any longer addicted to crystal methamphetamines and my addiction to sugar has dwindled to enjoying a pie or cookies once a week, maybe more, but hopefully soon a lot less. Most times you hear people say they are IN RECOVERY or that they are RECOVERING. How long does that process take? I can’t say for anyone else, but if you are over 10 years RECOVERING, you might want to look into the final stage of that process which is RECOVERED. Done. Finished. Not holding on to the title of addict or recovering addict or any other such label. I am me and being an addict is not a label I give myself any longer.
I reached my state of recovered and addiction free of meth through Craniosacral therapy. And this is how the explanation of being recovered went for me.
I started seeing a craniosacral therapist for every reason but addiction recovery. I realized that CST could make the pain and suffering of my body go away and make me feel more alive, calm, grounded and “in my body.” CST works with the connective tissues of your body and helps your spinal structure improve through manipulation of the CS system and all the other tissues of the body, especially the fascia–the connective tissues of your body.
Fascia holds all of your memories and emotions and we call this cell memory, some call it “muscle” memory, but that name isn’t accurate. Cell memory is a better term. When your fascia is under stress or subjected to trauma, force, or sudden changes in environment or emotional stress it tightens up and stores those negative memories. I’m sure there is a rhyme and reason for how and where fascia stores these negative memories and trauma, but I don’t know what that is. The fact is, when bad things happen to you, your body has the potential for storing it inside your body in any place it wishes and this is why people say, “I hold my stress in my shoulders/back/legs/gut.” Or they say, “I’m always tense and can’t seem to relax.” Those people that are “sensitive” to others emotions or those people that react at the drop of a pin have fascial tension.
Your organs are also great vessels for anything you want to put in them. By default, if there is already negative stuff in an organ, it will keep on shoving negative stuff in there and that makes the body react badly over time. Joints ache, liver inflames, lungs shut down, heart stops working and your body no longer stands up straight.
There is hope though! And lots of it. I want you to pay close attention to this next statement:
Your body is a self correcting Mechanism capable of getting rid of all manner of illnesses, injuries and other stuff.
Yep, if you got into a decrepit mess, you can get yourself out of it. Craniosacral therapy is the only therapy that I have found that effectively removes it. In conjuction with other forms of therapy, CST is a tremendous tool for allowing your body to tell you what it needs to get better.
After my first CST session I could already tell I was feeling better, but the road to my recovery was not paved in gold. I had a few falls along the way and there was some confusion as to how I was gonna get better, but over time and CS therapy every week, I did it. And it wasn’t just about the addiction. I wanted to remove all the hurt, trauma, pain, etc. that my body willingly wanted to. I let my body guide me through this process because the mind won’t. The mind has ego and ego likes to remain the same.
My addiction was attached to many of the traumas that happened in my life, so my logical conclusion was this: If I want the addictions gone, I would have to remove all the negative stuff in my body first. All the “triggers” all the habits, all that physiological stuff that I was doing unconsciously. CST helped me with that.
I’ve had three therapists guide me through this process and each time we worked, I got better and better and it occurred to me one day when I was faced with the thoughts of meth use, that the thoughts had no control over me because my body no longer had the negative stuff stored in it.
I also started eating better. I don’t really exercise due to other physical limitations that I am in the process of overcoming. The eating better became an integral part of my recovery in that I started juicing which gave my body tons of nutrients quickly without a lot of digestion. When you suffer addiction you deplete many of the nutrients your body needs and fast. Juicing is a great way to recover that.
Then there was the coffee enemas. Yes, I said that. Yes, I do that, even today. It has become a healthy part of my routine to help clean my liver and blood. Gerson Therapy is a great book for more info on that. As I ate better and got the bodywork I needed, which eventually involved lymph drainage, cupping, Gua Sha and frequent camping trips out in the middle of nowhere, I began to notice that there was nothing left of the addiction.
Trust me when I say that I actively engaged in trying to be addicted again and it didn’t work. The triggers were no longer there, even things that smelled that got me going were not there. I found myself focusing on camping and making things and doing all the things I found joy in before. I just had no emotions at all or thoughts about doing the drugs. I’ve even been told that I look amazing!
CST works because the therapist isn’t doing anything your body doesn’t want done. The therapist is supporting your own healthy ability to correct itself through manipulation of the CS system and other parts of the body. There is actually touching and acknowledging that you are a whole human being that requires support and love and healing.