Here are two methods of working with disassociation (yes, there are lots more):
1. Lengthen the movie (also my favorite addiction cure)
2. The Barking Dog
If you have a dog that barks the best way to stop them is through training the dog to bark on command. Once the dog can bark on a signal, you just stop giving the signal and the dog can’t bark until the signal is given.
Humans can also be conditioned (think the Army) to respond to a signal everytime that signal is given. Anchoring the signal to disassociate, in a given context, and testing it to make sure its a good anchor and then never firing that anchor again is a solution.
3. Collapsed Anchors
Ever hear of the Pavlov’s dog story? Most people have heard half of it. You know the guy rings a bell, the dog salivates, end of story. But that isn’t the whole story. The whole story is after Pavlov did the bell thing, he tried it again with a flute. Guess what? it worked perfectly.
Then Pavlov tried to alternate the two associations, the bell, and the flute, and everything stopped working. Why? Becuase those two associations to the same response were in conflict and it collapsed the response. Create two distinct associations to the same behavior and fire of both at the same time and the behavior won’t be able to work anymore. Yes it can be that simple. (I’ll post a link to anchoring)