Habits & Addictions?
A habit is a learned pattern of behaviour that is repeated so often that it becomes automatic. Often there is a particular stimulus, or trigger, that activates the automatic behavioural response.
Habitual behaviour is a natural part of our lives and includes everything from changing gears as you drive, to tucking your hair behind your ear. Of course, some habits can be bad and this is when you may choose to seek hypnotherapy to help you.
We often refer to things like not putting the lid on the toothpaste, thumb sucking, or biting our nails as ‘bad habits’. These bad habits can be broken because they are, more often than not, unconscious or passive actions. Once we get a conscious handle on them, we can stop them. A hypnotherapist can help you to do this easily and effectively.
Addictions on the other hand, are conscious and impulsive responses that can become very difficult to control. There are two types of addiction.
Physical Addiction: Physical Addiction refers to a state resulting from chronic use of a drug that has produced tolerance and where negative physical symptoms of withdrawal result from abrupt discontinuation or dosage reduction.
Psychological Addiction: People who compulsively use drugs, gamble, or shop nearly always do so in reaction to being emotionally stressed, regardless of whether or not they have a physical addiction. Since these psychologically based addictions are not based on drug or brain effects, they can indicate why people often switch addictive actions from one drug to a completely different kind of drug, or even to a non-drug behaviour. The focus of the addiction isn’t what matters; it’s the need to take action under certain kinds of stress.
Hypnosis may be able to help the patient gain control over their addiction while providing the support and guidance required to alter ingrained behavioural patterns.
If you would like to discuss any issues you have with habits or addictions and how hypnotherapy can help you then please just give me a call or send me an email.
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