ADDICTION - - Where to next after the 12 Step Programme and the detox - 12th Feb 2020

ADDICTION -  - Where to next after the 12 Step Programme and the detox


one of the best you tube interviews but anything with Gabor Mate is true


The recent client came for addiction in February 2020

We went back to discover that it was her sexual abuse that was the main cause of addiction and her soul told her that in the Journey

If Nigella Lawson took drugs, maybe  it was to dull the pain of her husbands death and the control of her new husband.  We are all addicts to hide unmet pain. 

Who am I to  talk about addictions, coming from a family of alcoholism, going out with 2 ex drug addicts and being saved from addiction myself I now run and Health & Healing Retreat in Diamond Harbour, Christchurch New Zealand where we work with the person not the addiction. I have great respect for the 12 step programme but there is the next step beyond – the spiritual awakening, the coming home to yourself,the work after rehab.
The body mind soul detox.

"Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic and the food addict and in the sex addict as we saw in "Thank you for Sharing".The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden-but it's there. As we'll see, the effects of early stress or adverse experiences directly shape both the psychology and the neurobiology of addiction in the brain."

Addiction in New Zealand is widespread not only in alcohol, drugs but in food and recently even sugar addiction is common.  What makes an addict?  The most recent amazing book on addiction I have ever read Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari confirmed all my theories on why some people end up addicts and others don't.  It's to do with the childhood wounds and if these are dealt with then the addiction gives them up.

There are so many people addicted to methanphetomine in NZ or P and so far have had amazing success with dealing with the after work .of detox.  Combing Ayurveda, the most ancient form of balancing body, mind and soul, mediation, the journey to deal with childhood trauma or letting go of beliefs and phobias and depression and anxiety and doterra pure essential oils that go beyond the blood brain barrier into the limbic system, there is a lasting shift happening

In the 16 years Shunyata has been open – I have seen many people go into the wounds and the
trauma from childhood.  In the addiction convention, there is an irish lady dealing with ayurveda
balancing the dhoshas and a few people have come off meth after doing this panchakarma.
Combine this with the journey and the enneagram - dealing with the trauma and voila -
I believe that the addiction can leave you.  You can be free and for me this is the most amazing
thing in the world- true freedom.  The beauty of Shunyata is it's very one on one - max 2 people
at a time, so you are met where you are at and not just part of a large group.  Everyone is unique
and their story unique and for this - you matter.

Nobody grows with judgement - we grow with love but it has to be tough love which an addict needs.They need to hear the truth and someone to love them, nurture them but not be sucked in thw lies and the bullshit.   The enneagram work helps to see the patterns of unconcious behaviour. 90% of the lies are the lies we tell ourself and trust me - addicts are great liars.
Combine this with meditation and one of the best NZ Yoga Retreat's and we will get to the core.

There are many parts to addiction Psychological, social, spiritual, physical and biological and it’s important to address each one.
Biological – Detox the liver  or colon with Ayurvedic Detox 
Physical – Can show up as depressed – depression can me unmet feelings 
Socially – marriage falling apart – Return to Love
Spiritual – hole – void – something missing
Emotional sobriety – when you have tried everything on outside – the job shifting the addiction - very important part and this is done at Shunyata with The Journey
Under most addicts there is a great deal self hatred, shame & guilt - the lowest calibre of consciousness so it’s important to meet that. This can be then continued with meditation, mindfulness & prayer.

As Tony Robbins says there are 6 human needs
4 basic
2 spiritual
If 3 or more needs aren’t met – then often addiction will form

1. certaintity comfort survival – god is my rock
2. uncertainty and variety – (need to risk unknown) associate death
3. need for significance or need important or special – always someone more – balance – need to share
4. love and connection – give up love too scary – connection is easier – important


2. Contribution - doing for others.

An addiction with trauma can also be stored in the body and then body cellular healing is important with Cranio Sacral Balancing .When we are disconnected from our true self, our joy – we become addicts to get that. Take away medicine (drug) replace with other tools.

When you leave the addiction & you start turning your gunk into gold you become a recovery alchemist. You have control and miracles start happening. I have met many addicts who then go on to help other addicts and are amazing therapists.

Book your one on one retreat today by calling 0272 777734 or email


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