Addictive Behaviours

Addictive behaviours is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful for you. Being addicted to something means that not having it causes withdrawal symptoms or a ‘come down’. Because this can be unpleasant, it’s often easier to continue maintaining the addictive behaviours and so the cycle continues. Addictive behaviours are most commonly associated with gambling, illicit drugs, alcohol and smoking but it’s possible to be addicted to just about anything including work, food, computer games, shopping, exercise, sex, pornography and prescription medications.


Hypnotherapy is a very powerful tool for resolving addictive behaviours as it works with the subconscious part of your mind. During hypnosis, your mind is more open to suggestions and it is possible to change your beliefs and behaviours and deal with the underlying cause of the problem to enable you to live a drug and alcohol free future.


What are the causes of addictive behaviours?


There are many reasons why addictive behaviours occur. For example, in the case of drugs such as cocaine or heroin, these substances are often used experimentally during the beginning to change the persons’ mindset. The pleasurable feelings derived can create a powerful urge to use the substances again. Gambling may lead to a similar mental ‘high’ after a win, followed by a strong urge to try again to recreate that feeling. This can develop into a habit that becomes difficult to cease.


For other people, addictive behaviours can be a way of coping with stress or blocking out unpleasant memories associated with traumatic life events. Some research suggests addictive behaviours can be genetic but environmental factors such as being around other people with addictive behaviours can play an important role.


The strain of managing an addictive behaviour can have a very serious impact on your psychological wellbeing and physical health. For instance, in the case of using illicit drugs, the addictive behaviours can have serious psychological and physical effects.


How can hypnotherapy help with addictive behaviours?


Hypnotherapy is increasing becoming recognised as a valuable aid for helping people to overcome addictive behaviours. Hypnosis involves taking you into a deeply relaxed state, known as a hypnotic trance where your subconscious mind is more open to suggestions. This is where hypnotherapy can help to change your perspective on the addictive behaviours and modify the behaviours, habits and thought patterns that lead to the addictive behaviours.


The process of hypnotherapy is very relaxing and can help you to lower stress levels and enable you to feel better able to manage stress. As stress can often be a trigger for addictive behaviour, this can make a big difference.


Hypnotherapy can help in one session or may require a package of sessions and this will depend on the nature and severity of your addictive behaviours.


I offer all clients an initial consultation and can help clients with most addictive behaviours including alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, gambling, prescription medication, food, pornography and sex.

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