Addictions and Habits

So what are these?

The habit or an addiction is a human trait that is often difficult to break. It’s something that:

  • you are used to doing
  • satisfies a part of you
  • you have developed because at the time you gained benefit from it
  • over time the benefit may have been lost, but the trait continues

Habits or addictions are at opposite sides of the dependency scale, however if you have a dependency to anything, you can feel very uncomfortable with it.

Hypnotherapy can help with what is sometimes thought of as annoying habits, such as nail biting, through to serious addictions including drug use, gambling and alcohol.

We develop habits and addictions through moments of vulnerability. Whatever form of dependence you have developed for a very good reason. Maybe you began consuming large volumes of alcohol for escapism or smoking for social inclusion. Perhaps you started sucking your thumb for comfort or biting your nails for distraction.

When you have a habit, you are psychologically dependent on the thing that you do, so you have a dependency of the mind and the habit forms a part of a reward or is a means for avoiding something undesirable. Psychological habits are those where you engage in the behaviour for the overall effect, rather than to overcome or relieve an unwanted symptom and achieve normality.

Addictions can be both psychological and physically dependent behaviours. Physical dependency typically involves some sort of withdrawal period and symptoms,  after the use has ceased. Depending on the substance used, this can be mild or debilitating until your body finds a new normality.

Many habits and addictions are symptoms of anxiety and / or depression. Left untreated these symptoms can only increase in severity and lead to problems at work, in personal relationships and socially.

Hypnotherapy can get you back on track. Firstly by explaining how the mind works, you will be able to make sense of the situation. Next we will work with you to reduce your anxiety and bring about permanent changes to your response patterns and behaviours, so that you no longer need these habits or addictive substances.

The initial consultation will enable us to assess your overall goals.  For instance do you want to stop drinking completely or do you want to be able to drink socially?

The overall therapy plan will depend on your habit or addiction – nail biting is usually successfully treated in 2 to 3 sessions, with drugs, gambling and alcohol addictions usually 8-12 sessions. Ongoing support may also be required.

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