David W Peak
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend only two treatments for this condition: one of which is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which has been clinically proven, by randomised controlled trials, to work effectively with the disorder.


The sensation of pain has been shown to be created by the involvement of no less than 6 distinct areas of the brain.   

For the same injury, people can experience different levels of pain, depending on the importance the brain attaches to the injury.   

People who are distressed, anxious or depressed, tend to need stronger pain relief for the same kind of injury as people who are happy, elated, or just expecting good things to happen.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can reduce the perceived intensity of pain, and with it the strength of the analgesia needed for relief, for many people who suffer various, chronic, degenerative or autoimmune conditions; and phantom limb pain is often completely cured by this therapy.


 “It wasn’t lack of knowledge that made me drink, it was lack of power”.   This is how a recovering alcoholic explained why he spent so many years of his life hopelessly intoxicated

70% of clients who undergo conventional treatment for alcohol, drug, or gambling addiction relapse into old habits either during treatment itself, or after it is completed.   Yet still the statutory services and others continue to offer these treatments that do not work, for addiction, obviously unaware of Einstein’s observation that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the results to be different, is the definition of madness.

It is time for a radicle re think of how we help these poor suffering people who are slaves to their addictions, who desperately want to, but don’t know how to, stop their destructive behaviours.   But what are the alternatives?    Safe detoxification is essential for someone who is physically dependent on alcohol, but more than this is required if the addict is not to pick up their habitual behaviour just where they left off.

Trials of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment for addictive behaviours have shown positive results in freeing the sufferers from their habits.   But, it needs to be said there are no guarantees, because addictive behaviours can be reinforced by the environment created by friends or family.