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Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, ISSN: 2320-0227,Vol.: 2, Issue.: 1 (January-June)

Original-research-article

The Effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Psychological Symptoms in Addiction Treatment: A Pilot Study

 

Dawson Church1* and Audrey Brooks2

1Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, 3340 Fulton Rd, #442, Fulton, CA 95439.
2Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, PO Box 210068, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Article Information

Editor(s):

(1) William Ebomoyi, Department of Health Studies, College of Health Sciences, Chicago State University, USA.

Reviewers:

(1) Anonymous.

(2) David Feinstein, Energy Medicine Institute, USA.

Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/1382

Abstracts

Objective: Studies have found a frequent co-occurrence of psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression with addiction. This pilot study examined the effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a widely practiced form of energy psychology, on 39 adults self-identified with addiction issues attending an EFT weekend workshop targeting addiction.
Measures: Subjects completed the SA-45, a well-validated questionnaire measuring psychological distress. It has two global scales assessing intensity and breadth of psychological symptoms and 9 symptom subscales including anxiety and depression. The SA-45 was administered before and after the workshop. Twenty-eight participants completed a 90-day follow-up.
Results: A statistically significant decrease was observed in the two global scales and all but one of the SA-45 subscales after the workshop, indicating a reduction in psychological distress (positive symptom total -38%, P<.000). Improvements on intensity and breadth of psychological symptoms, and anxiety and obsessive-compulsive subscales were maintained at the 90-day follow-up (P<.001).
Conclusion: These findings are consistent with those noted in studies of other populations, and suggest that EFT may be an effective adjunct to addiction treatment by reducing the severity of general psychological distress. Limitations of this study include a small sample size, lack of a control or comparison group, and attrition between primary and follow-up data points.

Keywords :

Addiction; EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques); depression; anxiety.

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DOI : 10.9734/JSRR/2013/3500

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