Hypnotherapy for Addictions in Dundee
An addiction is an obsessive, uncontrollable and often harmful attachment to an activity, behaviour or substance. People can become addicted to all sorts of things, but it is most commonly associated with drugs, gambling, alcohol, the Internet, nicotine and food. According to the NHS, around two million people in the UK are struggling with an addiction.
If 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 be finding it increasingly difficult to control your urges, and your relationships, work life and overall well-being could be starting to suffer.
Recognising you may be addicted is an important step towards getting help. Addiction help is available in many forms, but a number of people find hypnotherapy for addiction particularly beneficial. On this page we will explore signs and causes, and exactly how hypnotherapy for addiction works.
What is addiction?
If you have an addiction, it means that you have no control over taking, doing or using something. Typically an addiction begins as a habit – a behavioural pattern that is not particularly damaging. Over time it can become more powerful and advanced, eventually interfering with a person’s quality of life.
Habitual behaviour is a natural part of our lives, and many of us will have what are referred to as ‘bad habits’. These can be broken because they are typically unconscious or passive actions. Once we get a conscious handle on them, we can stop them. Addictions, however, are conscious and impulsive responses that can be very difficult to control.
Signs of addiction
Warning signs of an addiction are:
It overrides your feelings and emotions.
It distracts you from normal life and day-to-day responsibilities.
You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy.
You have physical withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to stop. These include irritability, anxiety, nausea and shakes.
It is causing problems at work and in your relationships.
It is having negative effects on your health, mood and self-respect.
You need to perform the habit more regularly to experience a ‘high’.