TRE® For Addicts – Finding Balance And Sustainability In Recovery

“Just one more drink”
“I’ll stop tomorrow”
“I’m just so stressed”
“I need something to deal with the pain and anxiety”

In South Africa’s diverse population, many people abuse substances or alcohol. For some, chronic stress due to poverty, lack of safety, and other environmental factors lead to the internal need to dull feelings. For others, drinking and taking drugs may have started out as curiosity.

Addiction is a pathological relationship to any mood altering substance or behaviour. A person continues to use, despite growing negative consequences which impacts their life and those around them.

Trauma is any experience that overwhelms one’s normal coping mechanisms. The experience or perception of helplessness defines the incident as traumatic. The body perceives trauma in the same way whether it is the result of abuse, neglect, an accident, chronic criticism, bullying, a medical operation or chronic stress.

(after experiencing TRE)

“I haven’t laughed like that since I was a child”
“I feel so much better – I haven’t cried like that in years”
“Something feels likes it’s shifted”
“I was craving at the start of the session – that’s gone now”
“I don’t feel the withdrawals as badly”
“Something feels like its released”
“I felt like I could let go”

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime

"Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on."