Addictions, compulsions & OCD

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077199 58726
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Addictions, compulsions and obsessions obviously cover a vast range of conditions, from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) to substance addictions (alcohol, smoking and drugs) to addictive behaviour (such as pornography and gambling) and even sugar addictions. (I include OCD here with addictions only because it consists of unwanted, repetitive behaviour. In other respects it is very different, as outlined below. At some point when I have time, I will give OCD its own page. For now, please scroll down the page!) I see more people for alcohol addiction and smoking than other forms, and often a client will come for help with more than one form of addictive behaviour.

For addictions, hypnotherapy can be a process of gradual improvement

There is often a certain amount of repetition and persistence necessary in order to be effective in working with substance and other addictions since there may be changes in the way your brain functions and in your body chemistry. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be of help in many cases and may prove effective for you.

How addiction starts

In the case of smoking, it is usually peer pressure and the urge to experiment, sometimes at an early age, and recreational drugs show a similar pattern. Sometimes addiction begins when drugs are taken to escape from a stressful situation. By the time clients come to see me, sometimes the pleasure has diminished considerably or is no longer there.

Hypnotherapy and addiction

With most issues, my job consists primarily in neutralising negative emotions and thoughts. With some addictions, it may be necessary to address pleasurable emotions as well, since motivation to stop is mixed. There is both a perception of pleasure, and the negative effects on the body and sometimes the mind (e.g. paranoia and memory loss with some recreational drugs).

Where shock, trauma, or specific events lead to addiction, hypnotherapy works even better

In cases where particular stressful events have led to creating an addiction, hypnotherapy is often particularly effective, since when the effects of those events have been neutralised, there is much less need for the addictive behaviour and as a result it’s often possible to let it go.

Hypnotherapy treatment for addictions pays for itself

Since most forms of addiction can be quite expensive, whether smoking, alcohol addiction and binge drinking, gambling or drugs, any improvement we achieve with hypnotherapy will end up paying for itself within a few weeks or months.

OCD

As mentioned above, OCD consists of compulsive repetitive behaviour, but otherwise has little in common with addictions. Often OCD is a response to some kind of traumatic event and the need to keep checking is the brain’s attempt to stop a similar event happening in the future. At some point your mind will have made an association that a particular event, events or situation was shocking enough that it becomes vitally important to stop it recurring. Therefore the logical approach is to reduce the importance of this situation in your mind, and therefore the unwanted habit can be let go.

Hypnotherapy for OCD

Once we isolate the event or events, it is a question of using hypnotherapy in gently dissolving your emotions and trauma around it. Once we have done that, there should be no need for the OCD any longer. Sometimes this is rapid, but since the original event was considered stressful enough to develop the OCD, it may take a few sessions to do this, and it really depends on you. Some people let go more quickly than others, and it’s impossible to forecast in advance.

If you have any questions about how hypnotherapy could help you with addictions or repetitive behaviours, which I haven’t addressed, please get in touch and ask.

To book a hypnotherapy session, or if you have any questions, please contact me, or phone:
077199 58726
(+44 77199 58726 if calling from outside the UK)

This is a small study investigating the effects of group hypnosis on drug addiction (addicts being treated with medication but also using street drugs). Despite the small scale of it, the results were promising to say the least:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18935753

This study shows the effectiveness of intensive hypnotherapy with alcohol addiction:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15376606

This placebo-controlled study shows that people under the influence of alcohol are more susceptible to hypnosis:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/239587951

Self-hypnosis with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) for pathological gambling:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24256479

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