Addictions and compulsions

Having spent much of my twenties working in rehabs and drug clinics, I understand the specific needs of people with addictions to drugs and alcohol. If this is you, then you probably have already realised that your thought processes are different from people who are not addicted to a substance.

You may feel that there are parts of life that you just can’t cope with as well as others. You may be in a situation where you are lying or stealing from to those you love in order to cover up your addiction. Your health may be suffering. You are tired, physically and mentally – all the time that you are not under the influence. Relationships fall apart as people lose trust in you, and the time when you could have stopped on your own seems far, far behind you.

Having an addiction takes up ALL of your energy, and it has a very serious impact on your health that you may not be fully aware of yet.

I am a firm advocate of the disease concept of addiction – that a drug or alcohol addiction is a medical illness, and that recovery happens when actual medical intervention happens, and I have seen this particularly when it comes to alcohol and heroin addictions. The fact that addiction to alcohol or heroin is self-inflicted doesn’t stop it from making people very very physically ill. Being ill from addiction doesn’t stop you from being accountable for your actions, but it does point to a clear and proven treatment path.

For this reason, I have a strict policy of only providing hypnotherapy as a complementary therapy for those who have already stopped using their drug of choice. I am not medically trained, and as such I am unable to help people to break a physical reliance on drugs or alcohol.

It is imperative that anybody wishing to stop drinking alcohol seeks medical advice first. Stopping drinking suddenly can be extremely dangerous. At this stage, I am only able to provide encouraging and motivational support without hypnosis of any kind – for example to help explain to an alcoholic and their family what they can expect to change through the recovery process (short answer = everything!)

Once you have detoxed successfully from your drug of choice, I will be happy to work with you with the consent of your doctor or social worker. I can provide education about the many areas of your emotional life which have been affected by your addiction, as well as hypnotherapy to retrain your thought processes, strengthen your motivation, and reduce your cravings.

Hypnotherapy for recovery from addiction is an active process. You will need to be fully committed, and be ready to engage with the process. There is no magic wand.

In my experience, a non-religious 12 step approach to recovery offers the best chance of long-term recovery, and should you want to explore this path, I would be happy to help you.

The 12 step approach takes a recovering person through various stages of emotional understanding, starting with gaining awareness of your own thought processes and behaviours, and eventually moving on to rebuilding damaged relationships and helping others.

Hypnotherapy for addictions can include
Learning how to relax and express yourself without drugs or alcohol
Learning to live with the discomfort felt when getting honest about your addiction.
Gaining awareness of big feelings such as anger and abandonment
Resolving inner conflict when you don’t know the right choice to make
Working through bereavement and loss
Working with couples and families to help everyone understand the nature of recovery.
Seeking addiction treatment is very difficult. It is a stressful and difficult time, and you will no doubt have to face many truths that you have been running from for a long time. That said, if you are able to work through your recovery, seeking help will not just be the hardest thing you ever did, but the best thing you ever did too.

Don’t wait or you’ll talk yourself out of it. Get in touch today, right now, while you are in the right mood to do so.


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