An addiction is an obsessive, uncontrollable and often harmful attachment to an activity, behaviour or substance. People can become addicted to all sorts of things, but it is most commonly associated with drugs, gambling, alcohol, the Internet, nicotine or food. According to the NHS, around two million people in the UK are struggling with an addiction so if you are suffering you are certainly not alone!
If an individual is dependent on a particular activity or substance to get through daily life, it is quite likely that they have an addiction. That person will find it increasingly difficult to control their urges resulting in relationships, work-life and overall well-being suffering. The brain chemicals which are naturally released when we engage in positive interactions are substituted by the artificial feelings brought on by addictive substance or behaviour. The more we engage in that behaviour, the more that behaviour or substance is needed to attain the feelings necessary to make us feel good.
Addictions develop for a variety of reasons. We might use the addiction to help change how we feel about various parts of our lives or, it could be a habit we think we are in control of which then gets out of hand. The consequences are often poor health, poor finances, and difficulty in most relationships. This can go hand in hand with low self-esteem.
Usually, an addiction begins as a habit – a behavioural pattern that is not particularly damaging. Over time it can become more powerful and advanced, eventually interfering with a person’s quality of life and can become very harmful.
When we reduce our anxiety, we gain greater intellectual control of our lives and lesson the grip of the primitive emotional mind, the part of the mind which promotes the addictive behaviour. The length of time the addiction has existed need not be a factor in the number of sessions required to effect dramatic change. A permanent resolution can normally be attained in a very short period of time.
Most smokers at some time want to quit. There are a multitude of companies out there wanting you to convert to their nicotine-based products to ‘help you kick the habit’ when in reality all that they are doing is keeping you addicted to the drug – Nicotine.
Smoking is surprisingly easy to stop once you understand how the brain is operating. Some ex-smokers may tell you that you will be craving for the rest of your life – Take it from me, an ex-smoker, that is not true. When you quit the right way, the desire to not smoke just gets stronger.
Hypnotherapy is a fast, effective and powerful tool for the eradication of unwanted habits and smoking is probably the easiest! The physical addiction to cigarettes is less than 10% – the rest is all in the mind, which can be re-educated!
I can explain how your subconscious has created such a dangerous habit and remind you of the dangers to mind and body of smoking and how hypnosis will help you stop. So long as you have a genuine desire to quit, you leave my session a non-smoker often with no cravings. Please remember that it is not a magic cure so you must be committed to quitting.
I offer a 1 session Stopping Smoking program that takes approx. 1½ hours and is priced at £180