This is an in-depth integral exploration of the addiction healing journey of Dana (name and personal details changed), a 35 year old female entrepreneur, interior designer and high functioning, long term alcoholic. Integrated Recovery Therapy (IRT) invites methodological pluralism to meet complex and co-arising issues and trauma.
For Dana, recognising her early unconscious childhood sexual abuse during the treatment programme was a key milestone during the 12 weeks, albeit a painful discovery. Multiple modalities were applied in an integral framework in a way that offered synergistic value and profound transformation. These included: talking therapy, inner child work, somatic and visceral healing and integration, womb alchemy and embodiment of her feminine energy, and energy medicine to reintegrate her field where parts of her consciousness had become fragmented. Click here to watch my video on soul fragmentation.
In this post I discuss how 1) Addiction as an experience involves an altered state of consciousness and why this is important to acknowledge and work with 2) Integral enactment theory and how the treatment and energetic space often evokes the enacting of wounds particularly the soul wound of shame 3) Existentialism as more than a philosophical discussion but an energetic reality through the healing and re-embodiment of the divine feminine and the womb
My unique approach to trauma healing is somatically grounded, psycho-spiritual soul based that harnesses energy medicine and is trauma informed.
Women are now drinking more heavily than ever before
Over the past two decades alcohol related deaths in women have soared by 85% compared to 35% in men (White et al 2020). This has led to outspoken public concern:
‘Alcohol is not a benign substance and there are many ways it can contribute to mortality.’ NIAAA Director Dr. George F. Koob.
Contrary to what you might think, the research shows that it's actually educated and professional women who are more likely to drink heavily and also who are less likely to seek treatment for alcohol addiction.
Perhaps drinking wine most nights has become a normalised and sophisticated coping mechanism to deal with the increasing dem