A NEW ADVANCEMENT IN THE TREATMENT OF ALCOHOL AN DRUG ABUSE
There are a multitude of theories about therapies, methodologies, and treatment
of drug and alcohol abuse. For example, the medical model presupposes that drug and alcohol addiction is a disease like any other disease and that there may be even later biological predisposition to becoming an abuser. The development of even newer medications to suppress the habitual desires have been on the market for years. Spiritual theorists believe that there is a void or disconnect from a divine source and that addictions serve as compensation for this emptiness. Cognitive behavioral approaches focus on changing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors to manage the symptoms. The well known Twelve Step Recovery Program embraces a social approach with specific guidelines that teach individuals how to handle sobriety in a community setting of other recovering individuals.
Each person challenged with chronic addictions finds his or her own paths and treatment options that best fit him or her. Each person discovers at any given time what recovery means for him or her. However, abstinence, medications, group support, spiritual awareness, or even changing one’s thinking and behaviors do not address the time line of events that appeared prior to these addictive behaviors. For some there may be problems arising from the developmental past or family environment. For others death, bereavement, and loss, or peer pressures during childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood may facilitate early patterns of alcohol or drug usage. Societal, cultural, or even religious pressures are known to cause enough anxiety and internal conflict to drive one to escape into a world of drugs and alcohol. Certainly, early traumas and even early medical interventions hamper an individual’s ability to cope in life. Relationship issues or general life dissatisfaction and disappointments can cause one to look for an addictive relationship for pleasure and relaxation.
Currently there is a fresh and extraordinary new approach to the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse developed by Akhter Ahsen, Ph.D. Through this method a person gains access to inner strengths and resources and the experience of health and well-being are restored.
Eidetic Imagery and the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
While other models consider drug and alcohol abuse to be a spiritual void, an incurable genetic disease, a negative habit, or a result of distorted thinking, Dr. Ahsen considers it to inherently represent an intense desire for a peak experience in life and couples with an inherently false assumption that a chemical can satisfy that need. The qualities of being high are associated with feelings of euphoria, excitement, freedom, relaxation, and feelings of ultimate well being. Most of us have occasionally experienced these natural high states sometime in our lives without any chemical substances. Childhood typically captures some of these curious moments and adventures: the thrill of riding a bicycle for the first time, roaming and exploring the neighborhood, or riding a horse. Dr. Ahsen calls this high finding the “expectation high” which contains an experience of hope, enthusiasm, and new possibilities. It can be generated by our own profound images. Recovery in the Eidetic Imagery perspective means reclaiming this natural high or “expectation high” and applying it toward a healthy and more fulfilling lifestyle without the use of outside dependence. Eidetic Imagery at the same time offers a person the ability to gain new insights into problem areas often associated with drug and alcohol abuse enabling the person to see and experience oneself and the world from a very different perspective.
Nanette Tashnek MSW, D.PSc
Eidetic Imagery Practitioner, Trainer, Coach