Fast addiction treatment with neuroscience techniques

People who are prone to addiction often believe they cannot become addicted or stop their addiction any time they want. However, the reality of it is different and they feel despair when they cannot break the strong addiction cycle that negatively affects their life and their loved ones.


Whether you have a behavioural addiction, alcohol use disorder (AUD), or substance use disorder (SUD), the first step to addiction treatment is to recognize your addiction and decide to change. Next, you have to select the right treatment approach so that you can get the resources required to overcome the mental challenges.

How to overcome addiction?

In order to overcome addiction, you have to recognise that you have a problem that needs to be fixed. This is tough for most people who have become a victim of addiction and it takes time to process your thoughts internally to make a life-changing decision. This period is known as the ‘contemplation’ stage.

Forms of addiction

Common forms of addiction include:

  • drug addiction
  • cocaine addiction
  • cannabis addiction
  • alcohol addiction
  • gambling addiction
  • food addiction (eating disorders)
  • anxiety
  • PTSD

It is recommended that you consult an addiction specialist to help you understand the harm reduction strategies that you have to follow. Setting ambitious goals such as trying to quit ‘cold turkey’ is an unrealistic approach and can cause more harm since you can end up relapsing. It is much better to consult an experienced addiction specialist and set a more realistic goal that you can follow.

How neuroscience techniques can help treat addiction fast

There are many different approaches to overcoming addiction such as using psychotherapy practices and medications for different forms of addiction. The different forms of psychotherapy that are used to treat addictive behaviour often includes the 12-step facilitation.

Medication-based therapy includes detoxification for treating serious substance use disorders using suitable medications. However, using neuroscience techniques, hypnotherapy, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), and rapid intervention techniques can help you to get rid of your addiction in the shortest time possible.

You need to be in the care of an experienced addiction specialist who can personalise a recovery program suitable for you. The program would allow you to recognise your cycle of addictive behaviour and allow you to cope with the triggers.

How to manage withdrawal symptoms and avoid relapse

Overcoming any form of addiction is challenging since you have to deal with withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and sometimes life-threatening. Generally, acute withdrawal symptoms pass within a week or so. However, if you suffer from post-acute withdrawal syndrome(PAWS) the symptoms can continue for weeks, months, and even years if not managed properly.

On average, almost 40 per cent of people who are trying to overcome substance use addiction relapse at some point in their journey. This happens due to strong urges known as cravings which can cause you to engage in your favourite form of addictive behaviour. Cravings can creep up on you after weeks or months and can be difficult to manage without help.

Using a combination of integrative therapies and neuroscience techniques, the addictive behaviour is controlled/ reduced and the route cause issues resolved.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Stuart Downing, DMH DHyp Anxiety, Insomnia, Eating Disorders ,EMDR Therapy
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Stuart Downing, DMH DHyp, DNLP, EMDR Dip, MNACP, clinics in Warwickshire, Birmingham and Harley Street, London.
Extensive client experience of successfully treating addictions - drug, alcohol, gambling and the associated anxiety and stress which is often present. Specialist treatment for B.P.D, O.C.D and eating disorders . E.M.D.R -

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