Types of Addiction People can become addicted to substances and to actions. I do not believe there is such a things as an ‘addictive personality’.
Substance addiction can include addiction to drugs, including nicotine, alcohol and certain types of food rich in fat or sugar, (carbohydrates), chocolate and caffeine.
Action addiction can be gambling, (in betting offices and on the Internet).
Addiction to aspects of the Internet is becoming increasingly more common – pornography, chat rooms, social networks, games and many others. In the beginning the particular substance or action will be been associated with either pleasure or be effective in relieving pain or anxiety.
When it worked the natural human reaction to try it again would kick in. If the effect was still as good the do it again and again. It becomes a problem if the activity gets in the way of normal day-to-day functioning and health or social problems manifest.
Psychological Addiction Psychological dependence occurs when the activity is the only thing that will give pleasure or relief to the addict. The mind learns the behaviour and wants to resist any attempt to control it.
Physiological Addiction This happens when the body’s metabolism changes, (the body chemistry alters), and the effects of withdrawal become physically unpleasant.
Hypnotherapy for Addiction
Responsive Hypnotherapy can be effective in treating many addictions. It addresses the psychological dependence and helps remove any physiological withdrawal symptoms.
There are people with very deep-rooted psychological problems and those with significant metabolic addictions that I will not work with.
Responsive Hypnotherapy is not suitable for some hard drug addicts.
I guide the client into a light hypnotic trance in which the person is able to see, sense and feel a better way of living their life.
They can accept new self-generated changes and become more imaginative.
They find problem solving easier and develop strategies for defeating their own addictive behaviours.
Responsive Hypnotherapy is effective as it allows the addict to get truly involved in the treatment process. Hypnotherapy can only be effective for addiction is if the person being hypnotised genuinely wants to give up their addictive habits and behaviours.
It is important to understand that hypnotherapy is not a cure-all for every addiction. It is particularly useful in helping recovered addicts stay on the right track. Hypnotherapy can be complementary to other treatments for addiction.
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