Seeking Help From Addiction
Being addicted can feel like no one understands you, they only reject your behaviour without even trying to understand you.
You, yourself swing back and forth between feeling great, knowing you have what it takes to stop, then the self loathing comes back once you've "indulged" in your preferred substance or behaviour again.
Perhaps, you have tried everything to stop but feel powerless to resist. You know there can be a life without this.
Addiction can quickly take over your thoughts, life and relationships.
Once you understand what is driving and fuelling your addiction, the power starts to return to your life, new strategies can be formed to help guide you.
As an advanced therapist, addiction is something that I am comfortable in treating and assisting you to reclaim your life and relationships back.
In each session, we work on your motivations, values and beliefs assisting you to understand what lies beneath quickly before working on coping strategies for the future.
Everyone responds differently to treatment, therefore the number of sessions you will need depend entirely on your situation. Get in touch to make your first appointment.
Info about addiction
Many people wonder when they know they've crossed the line into addiction. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, in an article published on 20th October 2011, stated that there were 5 elements involved in addiction, these are:
- Engagement in behaviour to achieve appetitive effects (meaning to satisfy the bodily needs)
- preoccupation of this behaviour
- temporary satiation
- loss of control
- suffering negative consequences as a result of continuing to satisfy the desire
Majority of addicts, no matter their preference of addiction, cite that all they can think about is when they can next take part in their chosen behaviour and that they are constantly seeking more as the euphoria doesn't seem to last as long anymore. This is due to the dopamine released in the brain each time, eventually the brain becomes numb to it and so needs more to keep feeling the same pleasure as they first time.
Contrary to the mainstream view of addiction, my belief, after knowing many addicts, is that addiction is not a disease, but rather a learned behaviour in response to using the addictive circumstance/substance to fulfil a desire. The addict may not remember the inciting circumstance or be aware that something was missing in their life, they merely report that what they are doing/taking makes them feel better, powerful, normal even. This is very common and it is herein that the solution lies.
Addiction has serious consequences on life, health, relationships, mental health and status, it takes strength to come face to face with this part of yourself and to ask for help. The great news for those who are suffering from addiction is that there are solutions and they can help rapidly improve your quality of life.
"Rules" of engagement
I have a few conditions regarding working with addicts before I will consider taking them on as a patient:
- The person with the addiction personally has to contact me to schedule an appointment
- The person has to have already stopped their preferred addiction for at least 3-4 days prior to meeting with me for our first appointment
- They have to be ready to actively work on improving their behaviour and thinking
- If you have an addiction to hard narcotics or alcohol for an extended period, that the person has sought support to deal with the detoxfication of these chemicals from their system from their doctor
The reason for these conditions is that clinical hypnotherapy is not a passive -you come, I rewire your brain and you are "healed" after the first session type therapy - it takes work and input. I believe that everyone can overcome their addiction with support, fresh perspective and new strategies. It takes a tailored treatment plan and a positive working relationship with their therapist, someone they can trust whilst they learn to take their life back, one step at a time.
Types of Addiction
Some of the most common types of addiction that people seek assistance with are:
- Daily Wine Drinking
- Online Gaming
- Social Media
- Alcohol - prolonged use
In some people, addiction is very often coupled with something else such as anxiety, severe stress, grief and or depression. These factors are identified and where applicable are worked on through the sessions alongside the work on addiction. These conditions are some of the most studied that even doctors agree that treatment through clinical hypnotherapy is effective.
Addiction treatments are completely bespoke to each individual, so it is difficult to say how long it would take, however, all of my clients have reported feeling much better after the first session. It is also important to note that I never guarantee any result, just because the treatment has worked for some does not mean necessarily that it will work for you. You are responsible for your own progress throughout the treatment plan and every person responds differently.
If addiction is something that you are ready to overcome, then please get in touch with me to schedule an appointment.
This TED video on the right gives you an indication of my type of thinking about addiction. This is a topic that I care deeply about and one that I have spent many many years researching. So I do not throw my opinions around lightly, albeit they may be controversial for some.