How to use hypnotherapy to beat addiction:
When we talk about addiction, we often think about drugs like alcohol, opiates, nicotine, or painkillers. However addiction can come in many forms, some of which are more treatable than others.
Most people who engage in addictive behaviors and go on to develop an actual addiction, find that overcoming it is more challenging than they expected.
Even though the difficulties people have with quitting drugs are well known, when people start using, they often feel that addiction is a myth and they can quit any time they want. Or they feel that they are an exception to the rule.
This is even more likely with non-substance, or behavioral, addictions involving activities such as excessive eating, sex, gambling, shopping, and exercise. What makes the situation even more complicated is that for every addictive behavior, there are some people who are able to engage in the behavior without developing an addiction.
This is true of all of the behavioral addictions (some of which involve healthy or necessary actions, like eating, exercise, and shopping). But it’s also true of substance use. There are some cases of controlled drinking, recreational marijuana use, and even controlled heroin use.
Whatever kind of addiction you may be challenged by, there is often a way out.
How to use hypnotherapy to beat addiction.
How do we get addicted?
There are lots of reasons why addictions begin. In the case of drugs, alcohol and nicotine, these substances affect the way you feel, both physically and mentally. These feelings can be enjoyable and create a powerful urge to use the substances again.
Gambling may result in a similar mental “high” after a win, followed by a strong urge to try again and recreate that feeling. This can develop into a habit that becomes very hard to stop.’’
Being addicted to something means that not having it causes withdrawal symptoms, or a “come down”. Because this can be unpleasant, it’s easier to carry on having or doing what you crave, and so the cycle continues.
Often, an addiction gets out of control because you need more and more to satisfy a craving and achieve the “high”.
How do we take back control?
Think abut your life. You became addicted to something for a reason, so think back to analyze when and why it first stared, what were the triggers that kicked it off? Find out why you started using these substances or indulging in these behaviors.
In most cases, individuals start using stimulants to cover up the emptiness they feel. Others feel unhappy or stuck in life. Remember, your exterior world is a reflection of who you are. To change your outer world, you have to change your inner world.
When you fix yourself, the rest will fall in place. Reflecting on your life will help you understand why you became addicted and the best course of action.
Get creative! Do you like playing music, dancing, drawing or acting? These art forms are important for a recovering addict because he or she can do them without having to suffer from the side effects of substances and other destructive behaviors. Maybe this is the opportunity to learn something new in your life!
Be accountable. Tell someone about your addiction, someone who will support you through your journey. By sharing your thoughts, emotions and progress a couple of times a week, you can make much faster progress. Tip: Choose someone who will tell you the truth!
Exercise regularly. A study shows that physical exercise will improve your health and reduce the risk of developing terminal diseases such as cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes. Physical exercise will help you feel better about yourself because it energizes you during the day and makes you sleep better at night.
Identify your weak areas. When are you most likely to indulge in addictive behavior? Do you do it in your car? Or in the pub?
It’s important to make plans early enough to avoid sinking in the same act again and again. For instance, if you usually smoke in your car before walking into your office, you can think of doing something that will benefit you in the long run during that period.
It could be something like drinking some juice, calling someone or chewing gum. By replacing the negative behaviors with the positive, you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll start recovering.
Stay away from people who encourage addiction. If you want to stop using drugs, you won’t make any progress by associating with drug abusers. You have to surround yourself with people who focus on their health and indulge in positive habits such as exercising, traveling, eating healthy foods, writing and striving to achieve their dreams.
How to use hypnotherapy to beat addiction.
How does hypnotherapy help addiction?
Hypnotherapy works from 2 different directions, firstly to look and see what has actually caused the addictive behavior in the past, and then to give you the tools you need to be able to fight that addiction by increasing your willpower, resolve and determination.
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