USE ACUPRESSURE TO HELP CONQUER CRAVING
Many years ago, Addiction Today printed simple steps from Leeds Drug Project on how it taught clients to use acupressure, tapping on acupuncture points, to reduce cravings. It was so successful that not only have clients taught it to friends outside treatment but AT staff were thanked by a number of readers who found them effective. These readers suggested we reprint them, and we are happy to do so.
o Formulate a clear target for treatment – such as fighting the phrase “I’m dying for a drink”
o Rate the level of craving or emotional distress on a scale of 0 to 10
o Tap with one hand on the outside edge of the other while stating the problem as an affirmation three times – for example, “even though I’m dying for a drink/drug, I deeply and completely accept myself”
o Tap 5-10 times with two fingers on the following sequence of points, while repeating the reminder phrase “dying for a drink”:
a) just beneath the collarbone about an inch out from the central notch
b) under the centre of one eye on the socket edge
c) about four inches directly below the armpit
d) collarbone again
o Rate the distress again and repeat treatment until the rating drops to 0.
Many clients will respond immediately to this simple application.