Thu Apr 12, 2012, 02:42 PM
MindMover (5,002 posts)
Memory 'trick' relieves drug cravings
Researchers have come up with a way to help prevent recovering drug addicts from relapsing — without using other pharmaceuticals to help. The approach involves modifying addicts' behaviour by weakening their memory of drug taking, which relieves their cravings and might help to prevent relapse.
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Memory 'trick' relieves drug cravings (Original post)
Response to MindMover (Original post)
Sat Apr 21, 2012, 06:16 PM
tavalon (27,250 posts)
1. Knowing what little I know about neural pathways and decreasing the intensity
of certain memories with EMDR. This makes sense. Many a 12 step group will encourage a complete change of friends and venue, if possible. So, I think this has been a folk understanding for some time.
Response to tavalon (Reply #1)
Sat Apr 21, 2012, 06:51 PM
MindMover (5,002 posts)
2. In my experience as a hypnotherapist.....
this idea resonates with making total sense......
I have induced hypnotic coma and helped alleviate memories from reoccurring in many clients....
Response to MindMover (Reply #2)
Sun Apr 22, 2012, 10:01 AM
RD1angel (11 posts)
Most alcoholics and addicts I am familiar with, are NOT SUGGESTIBLE. Therefore can not be hypnotist. I will at least give some credit to the idea though. Yes, when a person changes memory of "items" It does allow for an easier time with cravings, like tavalon said, 12 step programs suggest, you only have to change one thing: Everything.
It does not make sense for a person in recovery to hang out in a bar, or drive by the crack house. etc... But what about the person whose addiction didn't have any paraphernalia?
I do truely believe that when someone in recovery, practices the 12 steps, (and I say that for me, as that is the only one that worked for me and I have tried almost all of them) then there are no cravings, or obsessions. Now, when one strays away from doing what they should be doing...... emotion always wins over intellect!!!! I doesn't matter how much reconditioning a person does, the memory of what works will return.
Always somebody trying to figure out the mind of a alcoholic and/or addict. Most just do not get it!!! It has nothing do with the drugs or the drink.... it has everything to do with the "thinking" Ask any person in recovery! If they are willing to give you the time of day to explain what is impossible to understand unless you one of us.
You want to see some Memory Reconsolidation???? But a ex-addict/alcoholic in a really stressful situation!!