Addictions

    Addictions are behaviours that you keep doing although you don’t want to do them anymore. You promise yourself you are going to stop, yet you keep going back for more. You can be addicted to alcohol, drugs, sugar, shopping and much more.

    Why is it important to change now?

    All addictive behaviours have a cost, and this cost tends to increase over time. Excessive drinking or taking drugs has a cost on your health and your finances. Gambling does not just cost you money but also in some cases cost you your home and your family.

    How do you know if it’a problem?

    Do you tell yourself time and time again that you are going to stop. That you can do this, do you keep breaking promises to yourself and those who are important in your life.

    It’s impacting your family in some way.

    It’s costing you money.

    You get angry and annoyed with yourself because you know it’s becoming a problem.

    You are disappointed with yourself after doing it again.

    You are hiding the extent of the problem to yourself and to others.

    You would be upset if somebody you loved was doing it.

    What have you done about it up until now?

    Maybe you haven’t tried any form of therapy and you are just starting out. Or more likely, you have tried other talk therapies before but you have not got a sustained result.

    Why does Hypnosis for addictions work?

    Hypnosis for addictions work because all of your habits are stored at your subconscious level. Think about something you do every day, like driving a car or brushing your teeth or running to something. As an adult you do these functions automatically, your instruction manual is stored at your subconscious level. It is the same with your addictive habit, your instruction manual is stored at your subconscious level. And, it’s because this is the realm where hypnosis works. We will go in at a deeper level and change your automated patterns.

    If you have an addiction or dependancy you will be running some of these programs.

    1. You will have a low tolerance for discomfort. When times are tough or you have had a bad day, you will find yourself automatically going for your ‘drug of choice’, this might be marijuana, alcohol, sugar or even gambling. You will be using this substance to temporarily forget about your life. Of course this is very much a temporary solution - when you wake up the next day the problems are still there and you may be feeling a little bit worse.

    2. You will be using the substance as a self-soothing ritual. It will calm you down or give you some fleeting pleasure, but it will not resolve life issues.

    3. At the moment you do not have a strategy on how to change your behaviour. You keep telling yourself that you can do this, but deep down you are beginning to realise that you need some help.

    4. You believe the thoughts in your head, you think things like, I can’t give this up or maybe to the contrary you tell yourself that you can give this up anytime you please. The truth is that you know this is not true anymore.

    5. You have love/hate relationship with the substance, being truthful if there were no consequences to this behaviour then you would keep doing it. However, the reality is different, there are consequences.

    6. You are running poor risk assessment - you are truthfully telling yourself that you will ‘win’ this time, or that everybody drinks at night or that marajuna is a natural drug and there really isn’t any harm with it. The reality of these statements doesn’t stand up. Deep down you know you are on shaky ground.

    7. When you are running a behaviour that you don't want to do anymore, you will either have no idea why you keep doing itl Or you will be blaming something or somebody outside yourself for your behaviours. ‘Oh, I only smoke because I have a stressful job and I need to calm myself down’. Does everybody who does this type of job smoke, or is this a statement that you have been telling yourself in order to not feel so bad.

    8. I can say almost without exception, all people who are running an addiction are dismissing the future consequences. This is an absolute common trait of addictions

    9. Lastly, you will feel like you cant control your behaviour.

    What are some of the mind programs that need changing when getting rid of an addiction?

    If you have an addiction or dependency you will be running some of these programs.

    1. You will have a low tolerance for discomfort. When times are tough or you have had a bad day, you will find yourself automatically going for your ‘drug of choice’, this might be marijuana, alcohol, sugar or even gambling. You will be using this substance to temporarily forget about your life. Of course this is very much a temporary solution - when you wake up the next day the problems are still there and you may be feeling a little bit worse.

    2. You will be using the substance as a self-soothing ritual. It will calm you down or give you some fleeting pleasure, but it will not resolve life issues.

    3. At the moment you do not have a strategy on how to change your behaviour. You keep telling yourself that you can do this, but deep down you are beginning to realise that you need some help.

    4. You believe the thoughts in your head, you think things like, I can’t give this up or maybe to the contrary you tell yourself that you can give this up anytime you please. The truth is that you know this is not true anymore.

    5. You have love/hate relationship with the substance, being truthful if there were no consequences to this behaviour then you would keep doing it. However, the reality is different, there are consequences.

    6. You are running poor risk assessment - you are truthfully telling yourself that you will ‘win’ this time, or that everybody drinks at night or that marajuna is a natural drug and there really isn’t any harm with it. The reality of these statements doesn’t stand up. Deep down you know you are on shaky ground.

    7. When you are running a behaviour that you don't want to do anymore, you will either have no idea why you keep doing itl Or you will be blaming something or somebody outside yourself for your behaviours. ‘Oh, I only smoke because I have a stressful job and I need to calm myself down’. Does everybody who does this type of job smoke, or is this a statement that you have been telling yourself in order to not feel so bad.

    8. I can say almost without exception, all people who are running an addiction are dismissing the future consequences. This is an absolute common trait of addictions

    9. Lastly, you will feel like you cant control your behaviour.


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