Do you ‘have’ to have a drink at night to relax or sleep? Do you keep on buying things you do not want or need for the momentary pleasure it gives you? Are your debts mounting up because of your need to keep playing bingo or buying lottery tickets in the hope of a win? Have drugs now become a need rather than a choice? Is your appetite for sex ruining your relationships? Do your family never see you because you are always at work?
According to the NHS an addiction is defined as “not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you”, the charity Action on Addictions states that 1 in 3 people are addicted to something.
When people think of addicts they think of films like Trainspotting, of addicts as drug misusers, out of control and stealing to keep their cravings under control and marginalised from society and social conventions. The reality is addicts, like most things can affect any of us, any gender, socio economic group, race, age it makes no distinction.
Addictions form because of the pleasure our habit gives us, if other aspects of our lives are not as we would want them to be this pleasure high can become our release from how we normally feel. Over time our brain forms a connection that says engaging in this habit makes us feel better so we crave it more and more.
The good news is that addictions can be overcome. These are not a quick fix despite what other therapists may promise. Addictions form strong neural pathways over a period of time and release neurotransmitters into the brain that makes you feel good. Using Solution focused hypnotherapy, I will work with you to reduce your compulsion to engage in your negative urges and work towards the kind of positive future you want where you are once more back in control of your life.
So if you are determined to get back in control once more and live in or around the Stockport area, Panacea Hypnotherapy can help, no judgement just a calm environment, an understanding therapist and a commitment to support you to get your life back once more.