Lets start by saying that in practical terms, most activities that turn into an addiction, with the exception of drug abuse, when in control are often enjoyable pursuits for those consenting adults that are attracted to them to start with. I'm referring typically to Alcohol, Gambling and consensual Sexual Activities. It is when that enjoyable social activity becomes out of control, over doing, taking or using something to the point where it is out of balance with the rest of your life and starts to become detrimental and harmful to you or others, that there is then a real problem.
There are many reasons why addictions can begin. In the case of drugs and alcohol, these substances affect the way you feel, both physically and mentally. These feelings can be enjoyable and help you escape the stress from your otherwise normal life. And that escape can create a powerful urge to use the substances again.
At Mindset Clinical Hypnotherapy I am able to offer a dedicated 'Addiction's focused therapy program that is centred around a Clients Core Identity. In simple terms this is all about how the Client perceive themselves in a negative context to the Addiction. You have to realise that the enjoyable pursuit you once started has become out of control and you want to break away from it. Therapy cannot be guaranteed, as addictions can be very personal which makes them complex. But we have had a lot of success with this programme nationwide. Hence if you're looking to break away we may have the solution for you.
Alcohol - Like all additions there are levels of abuse/use. From the wine drinker having a bottle an evening per day through to a diagnosed Alcoholic of several years. Each will have a different journey to get control of their drinking and that journey will be very personal based upon the driving factors of the addiction to start with. Mindset offer a free Initial Consultation to just allow us to discuss the background and I will then give you an honest assessment if I feel you would benefit substantially from therapy.
Drug/Substance - Due to the chemical effects that long-term substance abuse has on the human brain, there are several Drug addictions for which medical help and further drug interventions are required, in order to allow a withdrawal from the effects without further harm to the body. There are then those drugs that are viewed as 'Social' drugs where the habit and lifestyle has become embedded within the Clients life where we can assist most. This becomes more of a psychological battle to break away from the habit and that's where BWRT & Hypnotherapy come into their own as therapies.
Gambling - Has a very compulsive element for some addicts, chasing the 'thrill' of anticipation and 'buzz' of that big win, that the Gambler 'instinctively knows' is just around the corner. This mis-placed 'instinct' is in fact a suspension of 'reason' which most often results in the addict loosing much more often than winning and invariably running up significant debts in order to recover. With Mindset's use of a dedicated BWRT Core Identity therapy, we have had good success in helping Clients take back control and removing this destructive addiction from their lives.
Sexual Addiction - This might encompass an unhealthy use of Pornography, Masturbation or Sexual Partners. It can also involve a Fetish addiction. All of these can be quite natural and normal when in control as already indicated. It is when they become an addiction creating an unhealthy imbalance in your normal life. A sexual addition is not unlike Gambling in the thrill of the chase and buzz of the end desire, however like most addictions the de-sensitisation often leads to more extreme pursuits. Unlike some other addictions where total abstinence might be better for a Client, Sexual addiction can be brought back into balance in your life with Mindset's therapy.
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