WHY I CAN HELP YOU WITH ADDICTION
I can help because I understand….
Addictions are like little secrets you keep to yourself and you don’t want anyone to find out about. Addictions make you have little routines that you have to go through to get/aquire/bring the addiction into your day. Perhaps you have to wait until everyone is out of the house to get your fix. Perhaps you need to travel out of your way to get/see or do whatever it is. Perhaps you watch the clock at work or with friends so you can escape to get your ‘fix.’Perhaps you are putting yourself in debt because of it, perhaps you are putting your health or even your safety at risk. Perhaps you hide it from your partner or children. Perhaps you do it in plain site and pass it off as something else. Addictions are like fragile lids ontop of a volcano. You are always never fully relaxed because you are in an internal battle of wanting the addiction in your life and usually hating yourself for it at the same time.
In hypnosis it’s ok to let us know what your addiction is and we’ve heard so many different types of addictions, nothing shocks us and everything can be healed.
OUR HYPNOSIS TREATMENT FOR ADDICTION
During hypnosis, we regress you back to a child or the time when your first experience occurred that caused addiction to come into your life. It’s ok if you have a belief it’s genetic but an experience will trigger addiction. I bet you can remember an adult experience that really triggered or still triggers your addiction?
We regress you back at least 3 times to 3 different scenarios in the past in one session. Once we know what the common theme is then we reverse the effect of those experiences using at least 3 or more specialist hypnosis techniques.
Case Study: Addictive Nature, swapping alcohol to gambling to smoking to eating.
Diane a 55 year old female had a life-time from swapping one addiction for another, as she conquered alcohol she moved to eating and then the gambling and then to shopping. Diane had a lot of grief over being separated from her mother at a young age and she ended up living with her father and her father’s girlfriend. Her father’s girlfriend was very abusive and cruel. Diane like many children beleived she was responsible for for the events that took place. Under regression, we looked at scenes that caused the addictive nature.
The common theme in Diane’s scenes is that no one cared about her, not the dad’s girlfriend, no adults around her such as teachers or doctor’s really took any notice of her or understood her needs. Diane, grew up believing she was not deserving of love, that there was nothing remotely lovable about her. Diane’s addictions were filling up the void of not being loved. So as she concquered one addiction by will and determination she still had the void and simply replaced the addiction with something else.
She was shown that she was innocent as a child and not responsible for anything that happened and just like we love children who are not perfect, then she could see although she wasn’t a perfect child (as she believed she should have been) she still had the right to be loved and nutured.
Today, addiction is a hip word thrown around but essentially it’s socially understood for serious addiction such as alcoholism and drug addiction. Food addiction, gambling, shopaholic and sex addiction etc are not considered an addiction by the medical profession but certainly from a therapy perspective and certainly by individuals.
An addiction is anything resulting in a negative behaviour or negative consequences that the person craves and relapses into.
Is addiction genetic?
With alcoholism, it is widely considered genetic and a fact, whereas drug taking is considered a social condition. However, the alcoholic gene, a hotly debated topic, has never been found, but research has found various gene differences and variants, to suggest genetic addictive blueprints, but scientific research is now challenging this theory.
So how does alcoholism pass down in families if it isn’t genetics?
It is believed it is through epigenetics. Epigenetics a layer over genetics. This is when emotional disorders are passed from parent to child.
Experiments were carried out on rats where they were exposed to an electric shock during being exposed to a certain food, in this case, a cherry. When their offspring were born the baby rats showed high stress levels when exposed to the same food.
Basically, epigenetics are small modifications in DNA that switch on and off during certain experiences and these modifications are passed onto children.
DNA IS THE GUN BUT EPIGENETICS ARE THE TRIGGER.
ADDICTION IS NOT JUST ALCOHOL & DRUGS
Addiction comes in many forms some recognised some not.
Mobile phone addiction
Childhood trauma causes addiction?
Addiction is now being considered a result of childhood trauma according to Dr. Gabor Maté. Traumatised children being exposed to at least 6 common traumas have 4,600% increased risk of addictive behaviour as an adult.
10 Common trauma’s in childhood.
Parent being jailed
Violence in the family
Parent being addicted
Parent with mental illness.
Dr Gabor, further argues addiction is environmental that shapes the brain and sets up neurological pathways that brings life long pain which the addiction soothes TEMPORARILY ONLY.
Happy rats rejected heroine.
It was found that rats in cages offered water and water with heroine, drank all the heroine water until they died. However, when the rats were offered cages full of everything a rat would feel happy in, things to climb, places to investigate, warm places to sleep then the rats rejected the heroine laced water and drank only the fresh water.
This experiment pointed to investigations into human behaviour and the environment with the importance of feeling connected, fulfilled, socially, emotionally, physically and mentally.
The Final Word. PAIN
Addiction is complex but undeniably pain exists under every addiction. The question is not so much what is the addiction but what is the pain?
When pain is acute then harming yourself through injecting drugs, or making yourself overweight, smoking or drinking into oblivion all feels good in comparison to the pain you feel. So the brain links painful and hurtful actions towards ourselves as pleasure in that moment. The mind always moves you away from pain to pleasure even if it’s bad for you.
Hypnotherapy addresses this pain and rewires healthy actions to pleasure and unhealthy to actions to pain. This gives you the best results possible which you can integrate with other treatments. Pain release heals the body and mind on multiple levels.