Underlying Core Issues: Unfinished Business
Core issues are negative self-beliefs that are reinforced by negative life experiences. They often stem from experiences in our childhoods or young adult years. If you feel deep down that you are unworthy, will always be lonely, or aren’t good enough, that could be a core issue.
Underlying core issues can be unresolved traumatic or impactful events that haven’t been properly addressed, leaving us unsettled and overwhelmed, often without understanding why. Underlying core issues can arise from being abused, witnessing abuse, being the abuser, being abandoned, or going through great loss. They can also stem from thoughts of unworthiness, loneliness and hopelessness from the collection of events which compose our lives. Gestalt Therapists call underlying core issues “Unfinished Business.” In order to profoundly heal, “Unfinished Business” must be addressed.
After a trauma, people generally cope in a number of predictable ways:
- Acting out – using substances, addictive habits, and risky behaviors;
- Rationalizing – minimizing the impact of the situation;
- Staying busy – by distracting ourselves, we won’t have to deal with it;
- Repeating the behavior – often abuse is handed down generation to generation.
Underlying Core Issues Are Like a Splinter
Imagine you have a splinter deep in your leg. Your body is perfectly capable of healing over the splinter while it remains in place. In fact, healing can become so complete that it is no longer visible and you forget all about it.
But let the slightest pressure hit that spot and your pain returns anew and worse than before! The splinter is still there and in fact has festered, making it more painful than when it first went in.
This is the way an underlying core issue affects our lives. We try hard to mask the symptoms, hoping they will heal over and cause us no more pain, but in truth this isn’t so. An underlying core issue is waiting just beneath the surface for the slightest provocation and when triggered can explode forth with unnerving veracity.
Identifying and Healing Underlying Core Issues
Identifying underlying core issues requires a straightforward technique which can be mastered. It is as simple as taking a current emotional reaction and riding it back in time to the first time you remember feeling that way. What was going on? Who was there? Where do you feel it in your body? At The Clearing, identifying underlying core issues is the first step toward issue resolution. The ‘splinter’ is gently removed so healing can once and for all be complete.
The good news is it’s treatable. As mentioned above, simple and elegant processes allow the underlying core issue to be identified and healed, the ‘splinter’ is gently removed so healing can once and for all be complete.
Residential Treatment Needs a Facelift
Presently the residential treatment industry is in dire need of an overhaul; its overwhelming focus is on ‘coping mechanisms’ which don't address the underlying core issues causing the disturbance in the first place. This is what makes The Clearing’s program so unique. Our focus on addressing the underlying core issues which lead to substance abuse and mood disorders is unprecedented. We do so as a team - all participants go through the program from start to finish together; doing so allows us to follow a curriculum which progresses substantially day by day.
About The Clearing
The Clearing is a residential treatment center located on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington. We created The Clearing in response to the pervasiveness of treatment centers that focus more on luxury than modern, evidence-based therapy.
Our approach is based on healing the underlying core issues that cause addiction. If you'd like to learn more, contact us, or download our free eBook: