Addiction

Understanding Addiction

Do you find yourself compelled to engage in certain behaviours or use substances to a harmful extent? You may be experiencing addiction. Addiction goes beyond simple enjoyment or engagement in a particular activity—it is characterised by a lack of control and the potential for significant problems. While commonly associated with substances such as drugs, alcohol, and nicotine, addiction can manifest in various forms, including gambling, work addiction, excessive computer and smartphone use, uncontrolled shopping, and pornography addiction.

The Nature of Addiction

Signs of addiction may include spending increasing amounts of time on the addictive behaviour or substance, feeling a strong need for a “fix” and experiencing a “high,” feelings of guilt, shame, or despair due to the consequences of the addiction, neglecting responsibilities or sleep, pressuring others to participate, and feeling unable to resist the addiction despite negative impacts on life.

Unexpected Addictions

Addictions can sneak up on anyone and may take the form of behavioural addictions. Excessive internet use, for example, can trigger neural processes similar to substance addiction, making it difficult to go without. These addictions often arise during periods of boredom, loneliness, anxiety, or depression, becoming a cycle where individuals use addictive behaviours to distract themselves from negative emotions, only to have those emotions resurface when the distraction ends.

Effects of Addiction

Addiction can have both physical and mental effects. Substances like drugs, alcohol, and nicotine alter how a person feels, creating pleasurable sensations and a strong urge to use them again. Gambling can also produce a mental “high” after a win, fuelling a compelling desire to repeat the experience. Managing an addiction can strain work performance and relationships, while substance abuse can lead to severe psychological and physical consequences.

Recognising Addiction

Sometimes individuals may not be aware of their addiction. Common signs include repeating the behaviour despite negative consequences, engaging in illegal activities to sustain the addiction, losing interest in other aspects of life, experiencing mood changes or changes in eating and sleeping patterns, and feeling physically unwell or shaky when attempting to quit.

How Addiction Affects Your Life

Dependence on a substance or behaviour can result in withdrawal symptoms or a “let down” when the addictive element is absent. This unpleasant experience often reinforces the addiction cycle, as individuals continue to pursue the behaviour or substance to satisfy cravings and maintain the “high.” Addiction can consume a person’s life, strain relationships, hinder work performance, and jeopardise overall well-being. The factors contributing to addiction can be diverse, including genetic predisposition, environmental influences, stress, and emotional or professional pressures.

 

Discover the Root Cause through Hypnotherapy

Addiction often leads to feelings of shame and guilt, and those struggling with addiction may face judgment and be perceived as weak-minded. However, it’s important to understand that addiction is both a symptom and a coping strategy for dealing with unresolved pain from the past. Regardless of the source of your addiction or the emotions you are trying to suppress, we are here to support you. Our unique approach to hypnotherapy facilitates profound insights into the root causes of your addiction and focuses on achieving permanent recovery. We are dedicated to helping you regain control over your life.

Our Mission

At 123 Hypnotherapy, our mission is to assist individuals in transcending their emotional and physical limitations, discovering their innate ability to heal, and living full and free lives. We are committed to supporting you in your journey to overcome addiction, addressing the underlying causes, and empowering you to regain control of your life.

Take the first step towards healing and freedom by reaching out to us at 123 Hypnotherapy. Together, we can embark on a transformative journey towards lasting recovery and well-being.

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By the time people come to me, they often feel stuck and beyond frustrated. Desperate for a solution to their problem.  

And that’s because the more common support methods and therapies may only address the tip of the human iceberg.

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So, what is your challenge?

By the time people come to me, they often feel stuck and beyond frustrated. Desperate for a solution to their problem.  

And that’s because the more common support methods and therapies may only address the tip of the human iceberg.

But humans are complex. With plenty going on below the surface. And hypnosis addresses that.

So let me help you get to the core of your concern. And let it go – for good.