Addictions― Clinical ―

  • I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

    Anna Freud

Treating substance addiction with hypnotherapy and its related disciplines can be an effective approach. Hypnosis is generally used from that time immediately after the person has ceased to take whatever problematic drug has been at the heart of the issue. Treatment can work in a variety of useful ways to first substantially ease the person’s transition back to drug-free living and to then make continued drug-free living less difficult to manage, particularly in the critical short to medium term.

Addictive substances are, of course, not limited to the likes of alcohol, cocaine and heroin. People also frequently become reliant on various authorised, over-the-counter products, such as Nurofen Plus, Solpadeine and paracetamol. In addition, we are now seeing a proliferation of so-called legal highs, which can be just as addictive as more traditional nartcotics, and sometimes even more dangerous. Numerous deaths have already served to bring the attention of these substances to the general public and, in a roundabout way, they have served to almost glamorise them. Worryingly, very little detail is often known about their chemical composition and even less about the health related implications of their long-term use.

Invariably, there is an underlying root cause lodged at the very heart of people’s dependency issues. Both ingrained habits and chronic stress might have come to play a significant role. A large percentage of the drug-taking community will use a substance as a means of escaping their every day activities - if not the grim reality of their lives. Of course, we all may feel a need to avoid or forget certain things every now and then - that is quite normal. However, the use of chemicals on a regular basis to accomplish such escapism can be dangerous - even deadly.

Psychologically, your body may become dependent on a substance, which, in turn, may help your mind to suppress underlying needs or bury disturbing feelings such as fear, anxiety and depression. These unmet needs or disturbing emotions can, of course, be uncomfortable to accept and face head-on – perhaps even more uncomfortable than it is to ignore the strong cravings sometimes experienced by a person with substance dependence.

Once caught up in this sort of harmful cycle, you can soon find yourself repeatedly doing things that you know are not in your long-term best interest. Destructive patterns of behaviour can become ingrained in your unconscious mind, which, in turn, can cause those damaging practices to become habitual. Because the unconscious is considerably more powerful than your conscious mind, it is all-to-often able to simply override your best intensions.

These are just the sorts of conditions that hypnotherapy is effective in addressing. Along with hypnosis itself, such related disciplines as Mindfulness practice, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), guided visualisation and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) are often employed simultaneously. Together, they can form an effective, multifaceted approach to treatment, rehabilitation and the ultimate retraining of your mind.

It may be the case that you now seem to “need” the drug, rather than just want it, as you previously did - or that life has stopped feeling “normal” without the use of that detrimental chemical. If this is the case, it is time for you to consul a professional clinical hypnotherapist before the problem becomes even more unmanageable.

The combination of hypnotherapy and its related disciplines is arguably one of the most effective ways of dealing with whatever the root cause of the dependence might be, and then creating deep-level, positive change. The work I do in the practice is geared at consciously targeting the all-important unconscious mind. Such an approach is likely to help you overcome a chemical-related habit faster than most other types of treatment.

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