June 13, 2021

Feeling State Addiction Protocol for Addiction Recovery

Mindfulness and EMDR therapyAddictions are created when a desired feeling and behavior become fixated together. For example, if the feeling of being a winner has become fixated with the behavior of gambling, the person gambles in order to feel like a winner. So when a intense desired feeling becomes linked with a positive event then a addictive fixation occurs. To treat addictions we use the FSAP (Feeling State Addiction Protocol) by Dr. Robert Miller which is a modified form of EMDR therapy and is designed to break the fixation between feeling and behavior. This fixation is the cause of addictions.

In the process of  treating addiction I assist clients in identifying the exact feeling and behavior, the fixation can be processed using the modified form of the ‘EMDR protocol. The Feeling-State Addiction Protocol is designed to treat the following addictions such as smoking and substance addiction. It also treats behavioral addictions called impulse control disorders such as compulsive gambling, shopping, sex addiction, shoplifting, and many more.

Here are the steps that I take:

  1. Identify the exact behavior that has the most intense positive feeling.
  2. Identify the exact feeling that underlies that behavior.
  3. A modified form of EMDR is utilized to break the connection between the feeling and behavior.
  4. The negative beliefs that underlie the compulsive fixation are processed.


Once the fixation is broken, there are no further cravings or urges that have to be controlled or behavior that has to be managed. In fact the person is able to perform the behavior as appropriate. The underlying trauma that is connected to the addiction is processed with standard EMDR therapy. To learn more about the Feeling State Addiction Protocol please visit the website at: www.fsaprotocol.com.

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