Research — and experience — point to trauma as being one of the primary reasons people turn to drug use. My patients, most of whom experienced childhood trauma that led to a lifetime of drug use, point to the memory of the event(s) as the factor that contributed to initial and continued drug use. I believe that recovery is very difficult to achieve and maintain unless this memory is addressed and dealt with once and for all.
Cognitive Confrontation, the intervention I developed to address these memories, works well for about 70% of my patients. They describe the memory as a recurring loop that plays repeatedly in their minds and which interferes with their ability to achieve success in life. Self-confidence is reduced and individuals tend to see themselves as victims their entire lives — always at the mercy of others just as they were at the mercy of someone else when they were kids. I help them deal with the impact of this trauma by helping them escape the memory loop — by helping them find their Hidden Door.