Addiction: every day is a second chance
We used to associate addiction only with substance dependence (drugs, alcohol and tobacco) which temporarily alter the chemical balance of the brain. In addition, acceptance towards psychological dependency (gambling, internet and work) is on the rise and is classified under behavioral addiction. A few signs of addiction include feeling that drugs will help solve problems, secrecy surrounding the use of substances, having stashes, denial and dropping hobbies and activities.
There’s a difference between habit and addiction. One is by choice the other is uncontrollable. Physical substances cause chemical reactions whereas psychological addiction can lead to feelings of humiliation, failure, shame, despair and anxiety. Addiction will have negative effects on one’s life, failed work or personal relationships, as well as increasing the risk of psychological and physical issues.
A hypothesis behind Bruce K. Alexander’s study - Rat Park, 1981 - was that living conditions also contribute to the likelihood of addiction. A large rat cage for about 20 rats was built with lots of food available, balls and wheels to play with and enough space for mating.
The results of the experiment appeared to support his hypothesis. People who are content with their lives, have close friends and some fun in their lives are less likely to use drugs. Many people support this hypothesis and we are developing a deeper understanding of addiction - its affect on the brain and damaging affect on quality of life.
Treatments like addiction treatment programmes, psychotherapy and self-help groups are good but may not yield the best result. Hypnotherapy goes deeper and searches for the possible hidden issues. A hypnotherapist will help you to understand your motives behind the addiction and guide you towards a recovery.
About the author
Adam Cumberland is the founder of Cumberland Hypnotherapy, he has worked closely with the well known and respected hypnotist Paul McKenna. With over 12 years of experience with his practice on Harley Street. He is trained to the highest level in Advanced Hypnotherapy, NLP and TFT.
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