The first UK Colourpuncture light therapy of Addictions workshop in Advanced Colourpuncture will take place on the 2nd of December 2011.
What is addiction?
Addictions are a very complex matter. Traditionally, addiction has been defined as a physical or psychological type of dependence on psychoactive substances which cross the blood-brain barrier once consumed, and temporarily alter the brain chemistry. The ‘classical’ addictions are to alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. Also, there are many patterns of addictive behaviors. WHO defines addictions as dependancy. Dependency or addiction is seen as a compulsive need for and dependency on a certain substance or pattern of behavior.
Addiction can also be viewed as a recurring compulsion to be involved with a substance or an activity despite the harmful consequences to a person’s health, mental state, or social life resulting from it. Pleasure and enjoyment might have been an original goal; however, over a period of time involvement with the substance or activity is compulsively needed for a person to feel ‘normal’.
The types of addictions
Now the term ‘addiction’ has a much broader meaning and covers compulsions that are not substance-related. It can mean abnormal psychological dependency on such things as gambling, abuse of food, sex addiction, disease, sexual variety, certain
emotional patterns, pornography, computers, internet, social media, work, exercise, idolizing, watching TV, exercise/sport, spiritual obsession, self-injury and compulsive shopping.
A single dependancy such as smoking, for example, could be further graded in terms of severity, consequence and gradual dysfunctions. In a broader sense, any excessive engagement with any substance or activity could be viewed as an addiction.
So what are the reasons for developing addictions?
The causes for developing addictions can vary, from an acceptance and availability of a substance/activity, to specific personality structures. Many researchers agree that simply stress and pressure resulting from living in human society need routine release outlets. When the stress/pressure are too big and there are too little options for adequate release, then various patterns of addictions come into play. Unconstructive attempts at and short-lived effects of ‘compensation’ for fear, anger, lost meaning and direction of life, loneliness and insecurity through addictions are typical.
While addictive behaviors do not resolve the original problem, they progressively make matters worse due to the now physiological addiction to a substance/activity, increasing social problems, guilty feelings and direct harm to one’s health.
There are biological and psychological factors contributing to the development of addictions. On a physiological level, there is much research into how addiction potentials are formed within the brain. Addictions are often described as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related systems”.
What are the widely recognized risk factors for developing addictions?
- Ancestral factors and genetics: having parents or relatives with alcoholism, for example, makes people 4 times more likely to become alcoholics. More than 60 % of alcoholics have a family history of alcoholism.
- Mental illness and psycho-emotional problems: Many addicted people also suffer from various mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression or mood imbalances.
- Early use of substances: The earlier a person begins to use substances the more likely they are to progress to more serious abuse.
- Social environment: People who live, learn or work in an environment in which the use of substances is common – such as a workplace or even a national culture in which people see heavy drinking as an important way to bond with others – are more likely to develop addictions.
- Childhood trauma: scientific research has proved that abuse or neglect of children, persistent conflicts in the family, sexual abuse and other traumatic childhood experiences can shape a child’s brain chemistry in a particular way which can give rise to a subsequent susceptibility to addiction.
What are the root causes of addictions?
In Peter Mandel’s view, any addiction is merely a symptom. The root causes are to be found within an individuality of a person. Unprocessed and unintegrated experiences as well as conflicts from the Bardo space, Prenatal time and different stages of puberty tend to produce blockages, which can create or activate addiction potentials under certain circumstances.
Childhood experiences both of abandonment and of too strong love tend to trigger addiction patterns. Phychological or physical trauma (e.g. sexual abuse) do tend to produce addictions and there is a strong connection between addictions and transcendence of life experience in the Transmitter space.
Many Colourpuncture light therapy treatments can help overcome an addition problem – with Passive Water therapies being the focus. The Therapy of Addiction advanced colorpuncture workshop, however, is specifically designed to target addiction problems from many different angles while uncovering and therapeutically addressing individual underlying issues.
Colourpuncture therapy will not only help with addictions but will give you insights in the process, which will help you expand your consciousness, give you the tools for better everyday living, bring health, happiness and well-being and fine-tune your life direction.
You are going to learn, practice and experience new therapies for Limbic system, Transmitter Relays and information barriers, ancestral patterns, Passive Water – Neptune – principle Colorpuncture treatments and more.
Join us on the 2nd of December 2011 and start helping your clients make big steps to an addiction-free life!