Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm.
The term addiction does not only refer to dependence on substances such as heroin or cocaine. A person who cannot stop taking a particular drug or chemical has a substance dependence.
Some addictions also involve an inability to stop partaking in activities, such as gambling, eating, or working. In these circumstances, a person has a behavioral addiction.
Hypnotherapy is a fast, effective and powerful tool for the eradication of unwanted habits. The physical addiction often less than 10% – the rest is all in the mind, which can be re-educated!
How addiction works
In most cases, the substance or activity will trigger the brain’s reward system, releasing the feel-good hormone dopamine. The reward system controls the body’s ability to feel pleasure and so when it is triggered, it encourages you to trigger it again. When the substance or activity are involved, the reward system is over stimulated, leading to a ‘high’. This high makes people want to partake in the activity or have the substance again and again.
Over time, the brain adjusts itself to produce less dopamine and/or making the cells in the reward system less responsive. This means the user won’t get the same effect and will build a tolerance. This leads them wanting more of the substance or activity to feel good again.
Addiction come in the forms of:
- Excessive drinking
- Over eating
- Social Media (click here to learn more about social media addiction)
How can Hypnotherapy treat Addiction?
At The Hypno Clinic we explain how your subconscious has created such a dangerous habit and remind you of the dangers to mind and body of you addiction. So long as you have a genuine desire to quit, Hypnotherapy has a high success rate to get you there. Hypnotherapy in combination with psychotherapy takes the approach of looking into the brains unconscious processes, looking at the “how” side of the equation