Addicted - are you?
3rd November, 20150 Comments
Written by: Victoria Droy BA (Hons). HPD. DHP. MNCH (Acc).
We all know what it is like sometimes when that box of chocolates seems to be calling us, "Just have one chocolate, go on treat yourself, you deserve it after the day you have had!" Except quite often, we decide we deserve just another one and another one... You probably recognise the scenario.
Sometimes that little voice in our head may be telling us that if we have just one cigarette, we know we will feel so much more relaxed. It might be that bottle of wine in the fridge that makes us remember how well we get on with people and enjoy ourselves when we have had a drink or two...
For some people that internal voice is even stronger. People who are addicted to cocaine or cannabis easily recognise the allure of the 'high' or that 'mellow' feeling they associate with their drug of choice.
The fact is, we can all find ourselves in thrall to one substance or another. Our own neurological/chemical makeup is actually designed to make us want to try new things and experiences and then repeat those actions again and again. It is all part of the chemical dopamine system intended to motivate us to do things which will meet our needs.
Meeting our needs is the crux of the matter. We are all driven by our fundamental programming to meet our physical and emotional needs. This means we are wired to want to eat, drink, feel safe, interact with others, have sex and so on. The problem arises when there develops an in-balance between differing needs. When our need for alcohol, for example, becomes too strong it starts to dominate over other needs. Our quality of life is affected. It is often at this stage that people realise that their relationships are suffering or their work performance is compromised. Self esteem often takes a hit and the fall out of addiction can be devastating.
There is light at the end of the tunnel however, hypnotherapy can have a powerful influence in enabling a client to overcome his/her dependency.
Through talking therapy, clients are helped to understand how to meet their fundamental human needs and to understand what is going on in their mind. Hypnosis builds on this process by encouraging the subconscious to consider new ways of giving ourselves happiness and fulfillment.
It is when a client sees how good life can be when his/her needs are met in a variety of different ways that the limitations of dependency become crystal clear. The process of overcoming an addiction does not usually happen overnight but it is absolutely possible, and the rewards are so worth it!
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