An addiction often begins as a habit – a behavioural pattern that is not particularly damaging. Over time it can become more powerful and eventually takes over your whole life. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can assist you to break these behaviours.
Addictions do not only include physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but may include virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless products, such as chocolate – in other words, addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioural addiction(e.g. overindulging).
Habitual behaviour is a natural part of our lives, and many of us will have what are referred to as ‘bad habits’. These can be broken because they are typically unconscious or passive actions. Once we get a conscious handle on them, we can stop them. Addictions, however, are conscious and impulsive responses that can be very difficult to control.
Warning signs of an addiction are:
It distracts you from normal life and day-to-day responsibilities.
It overrides your feelings and emotions
You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy.
You have physical withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to stop. These include irritability, anxiety, nausea and shakes.
It is causing problems at work and in your relationships.
It is having negative effects on your health, mood and self-respect.
You need to perform the habit more regularly to experience a ‘high’.
The goal of hypnosis for addiction is to identify and work through the underlying causes of addiction. This empowers you to see the addictive behaviour as something you can control and can overcome.
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