(PRWEB UK) 28 November 2012
Christmas is a period of overindulgence, with the entire nation tending to eat more, drink more and inevitably spend more during the festive season.
Whilst for many of us these extras are considered to be a seasonal luxury and a source of joy and pleasure; pressure and expectation to ‘be merry’ can make any addiction more difficult to tackle during this time.
According to the NHS around two million individuals in the UK are believed to suffer from some form of addiction at any one time, with alcohol addiction, food addiction and shopping addiction in particular among the most difficult to cope with during this time*.
For an addiction sufferer, having to avoid temptation at a time when everyone else seems to be having a marvellous time can intensify their desire for what they know they shouldn’t have even further.
Alcoholics for example, may find Christmas one of the most challenging times of year because so many people appear to enjoying themselves whilst drinking. In fact, statistics from alcohol and drug abuse charity addaction show that alcohol consumption increases by a staggering 40% in December making the Christmas and New Year period seem like a very bleak place for a recovering alcoholic**.
According to statistics compiled by Hypnotherapy Directory, 54% of registered hypnotherapy practitioners said they experience an increase in clients approaching them for help with addictions during the Christmas and New Year period.
When asked what was the most common addiction a client sought help for during this period, 38% of hypnotherapists said food addiction, followed by smoking and alcohol addiction (23% each) and then drug addiction (15%).
Over Christmas and New Year our social settings are all geared towards indulgence and excess. Constant pressure on people to enjoy themselves could mean that those in recovery from addiction or battling an existing problem may veer from the straight and narrow or be coerced into thinking that ‘just one drink won’t hurt’, ‘it would be rude not to accept that mince pie’ or ‘I deserve a cigarette after cooking lunch for ten’.
For anyone thinking to himself or herself that the above sound familiar, ensuring that they have a strong support network in position to help them through what could be a very difficult time is essential.
Below are some practical tips for dealing with an addiction:
- Be open with your friends and family
If you are hiding an addiction from those closest to you then it will be easier for you to continue drinking, smoking, gambling, shopping etc. Even though it may be hard, be honest with your friends and family so that they can A) support you through this time B) be sensitive about what they offer you.
- Have a plan to deal with cravings
Breaking free from an addiction is not as simple as just avoiding that which you crave. Unfortunately the likelihood is that there will be times when you feel tempted to start using again because you are feeling bored, lonely or vulnerable. In order to avoid finding yourself in this situation take time to formulate a plan so that you won’t be taken by surprise. Consider circumstances that might trigger a craving and strategies for dealing with them. For example, taking deep breaths, going for a run or calling a friend. It is a good idea to then keep this plan handy.
- See a hypnotherapist
Hypnosis for addiction aims to tackle the problem at its very root by inducing a state of heightened awareness in the patient. In this relaxed state we are all more susceptible to suggestion and this is when the hypnotherapist can take advantage by reprogramming our subconscious mind to loosen those deeply ingrained behaviour patterns and give you more control over your addiction
Whilst the vast majority are able to enjoy a wonderful Christmas with friends and family, there are those for whom it is a desperate and lonely time. For any individuals who are battling against an addiction, Hypnotherapy Directory could prove to be an invaluable resource. The directory features a dedicated addiction section full of useful information about addiction in its various forms, and also features a countrywide online directory full of professional hypnotherapists.
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*Overcoming addiction, NHS. Available: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Addiction/Pages/addictionhome.aspx
**Christmas statistics, addaction. Available: http://www.addaction.org.uk/page.asp?section=414§ionTitle=Christmas+statistics
Hypnotherapy Directory figures based on an online survey carried out by members between October and November 2012.