Analytical Hypnotherapy for Addiction

“Mostly, I have learned that the most unwelcome things, the things we would never want, are the things that end up making our bones, making us. I did not want addiction. I was given addiction” Holly Glen Whitaker

Scientific research has shown that humans and animals all share the same basic pleasure and reward circuits in the brain; circuits that are activated when in contact with addictive substances or during pleasurable acts such as eating or orgasm. One conclusion from this evidence is that addictive behaviours are normal, a natural part of our wiring. If they weren't, or if they were rare, nature would not have let the capacity to be addicted evolve, survive, and stick around in every living creature. It is when addictive behaviours around things like alcohol, drugs, food, shopping, gambling, sex, porn, social media, for example become all-consuming that people’s lives are negatively impacted. Some signs and symptoms that are common include:

  • Defensiveness
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Low self-esteem
  • Memory problems
  • Secretive behaviour
  • Withdrawing from social situations 
  • Withdrawing from responsibilities
  • Losing interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Poor performance at work/school

It is important to recognise how human and how hard addiction is, but it is most certainly not hopeless. Hypnotherapy can help people change their perspective on addiction, fundamentally changing their habits, thought patterns and behaviours. I help my clients to see that returning to healthy non-addictive behaviours is achievable when it often feels impossible. I aim to dispel common misconceptions and reduce the stigma associated with addiction. It can happen to anyone; we are all human.

Please do contact me to talk in complete confidence about how I may be able to help you with any addictive behaviour you are experiencing.