Addictions are an obsessive, uncontrollable and often harmful attachment to an activity, behavior or substance. People can become addicted to a wide range of things or behavior but it is most commonly associated with drugs, (Heroin, Cocaine, Prescription, Marijuana),Gambling, Alcohol, Digital, Nicotine,Shopping and Food.
According to the drug addition stats,, around 21 million people in the US are struggling with at least one addictions of some sort. Only 10% receive treatment and drug overdose have tripled since 1990. New drugs have hit the streets to encourage users to handle their anxiety disorder, depression and even grief.
If you believe that you are dependent on a particular substance or activity to get through daily life, it is quite likely that you have an addiction. You may find it increasingly difficult to control your urges, and your relationships, work life and overall well-being could be starting to suffer as a result.
Recognizing you may be addicted is an important step towards getting help. Help for Addictions is available in many forms, but a number of people find hypnotherapy for addiction particularly beneficial.
However, in the first instance we always recommend that clients should seek the appropriate medical advice from your doctor if on a prescribed Medication.
What Is Addiction?
If you have an Addiction, it means that you believe that you have no (or very little) control over taking, doing or using something. Typically an addiction begins as a habit – a behavioral pattern that is not particularly damaging. Over time it can become more deeply ingrained and eventually start to impact on wider areas of your life.
Habitual behaviors are a natural part of our lives, and many of us will have what we call ‘bad habits’. Once we can learn to exercise conscious control over them, we can often stop them. In many cases, the difference between ‘habitual’ and ‘addictive’ can be quite blurred.
Signs of Addiction
Common warning signs of an addiction are:
- It overrides your feelings and emotions.
- It distracts you from normal life and day-to-day responsibilities.
- You stop doing activities you used to enjoy.
- You have physical withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to stop including irritability, anxiety, nausea and shakes.
- It is causing problems at work and/or your relationships.
- It is having negative effects on your health, mood and self-respect.
- You need to perform the habit more regularly to experience any ‘benefit’.
What Causes Addictions?
There is no known cause, but there are several factors that can increase the risk of developing an addiction. These are generally split into either Behavioral or Chemical factors. Many believe its genetics others believe its the environment your raised in. Sometimes we think differently as a child that your upbringing is normal, but really it was not normal if raised in a addiction type of atmosphere.
Certain behavioral traits may increase the possibility of trying addictive substances or activities, including:
- If you have a family history of addiction, you are more likely to develop one too.
- Traumatic experiences during childhood such as neglect or abuse can increase the risk of developing addictive behaviors.
- Mental health – Experts believe that people who experience anxiety and nervousness in their approach to daily life are more vulnerable to addiction. Death of love ones and abandonment cause a lost feeling.
- Individuals struggling to cope with stress may also lean towards addictive behavior patterns.
Some experts believe there is a link between the repeated use of certain substances and activities, and how the brain experiences pleasure. An addictive behavior triggers the creation of the hormone, dopamine, which causes feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. The brain remembers this rush of pleasure and wants them repeated. Over time, repeated use of a substance or activity changes how brain feels pleasure, so a user has to increase the dose or frequency in order to recreate the desired ‘high’ which can often mean it is more difficult to stop.
Hypnotherapy sets out to help people to see their addictive behavior as something they can control and overcome.
Hypnotherapy for Addiction
Hypnotherapy for addiction aims to get to deal with the problem by inducing a state of heightened awareness in the patient. In this relaxed state, the patient is more receptive to suggestions and ideas that are compatible with their goals. By helping the client to gain a greater sense of self-efficacy they can start to exercise control over their behavior.
Pattie Freeman, she is recognized and works with many of her clients in rehab all over the us and international and others who needed help to overcome the addiction of drugs and alcohol. She provides the support and guidance required to alter habitual behavioural patterns. This enables her Clients to be able to handle and cope with the underlying cause of their addictive behavior and rebuild their emotional strength. Hypnotherapy for addiction can be an effective tool during the early stages of addiction during recovery and even after rehab to maintain their sobriety. Addiction coaching is available for those wanting day to day help for the most severe.
What are you waiting for?
The Arizona Hypnotist
Pattie Freeman BCHT, CI
6895 E. Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
All conditions that may be helped using Hypnotic Techniques also require the use of willpower. Hypnotherapy is not magic and can only help you to make changes if you have a strong desire to change and put in a maximum effort.