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Habits & Addictions

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something.

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.

Addiction is most commonly associated with gamblingdrugsalcohol and nicotine, but it's possible to be addicted to just about anything, including:

  • work – some people are obsessed with their work to the extent that they become physically exhausted; if your relationship, family and social life are affected and you never take holidays, you may be addicted to work

  • internet – as computer and mobile phone use has increased, so too have computer and internet addictions; people may spend hours each day and night surfing the internet or gaming while neglecting other aspects of their lives

  • solvents – volatile substance abuse is when you inhale substances such as glue, aerosols, petrol or lighter fuel to give you a feeling of intoxication

  • shopping – shopping becomes an addiction when you buy things you don't need or want to achieve a buzz; this is quickly followed by feelings of guilt, shame or despair

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How can Hypnotherapy help with Habits or addictions?

As our habits and addictions are based on subconscious behaviours that have be learnt over time, they can also be unlearnt by changing our way our subconscious mind perceives these things. 

We also work with taking control of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours by learning new tools and techniques to take control back in a more positive way. 

We can look at the triggers and change our behaviour with taking a more relaxed, calmer take on things. Allowing us to feel more confident, growing stronger. Depending on the habit or addition will have an influence on how many sessions are needed. 

A habit may be described as:-

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behaviour acquired through frequent repetition, where there are no physical or psychological effects of withdrawal. Although the behaviour may be unconscious, when their attention is brought to it, the person has a choice whether or not to carry out the behaviour and can usually cease the habit under own steam. A habit may eventually develop into an addiction.

Some habits may include:

  • Thumb sucking

  • Bed-wetting

  • Hair pulling

  • Nailbiting or peeling

  • Nail or skin picking

  • Facial or bodily tics

  • Stuttering

  • Blushing

  • Checking (doors locked, switches off, etc.)

  • Compulsions (shopping, spending, etc.)

  • Tooth grinding

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