Hypnosis for Addictions


Addictions are an attempt to give something to the self. They are not a character flaw. Most people with addictions had some kind of difficulty in childhood. This difficulty can range from a childhood trauma, like physical abuse to something more benign but still traumatic to a child’s personality like a highly critical and cold parent. These children will be more sensitive, perhaps anxious and so more likely to try to self medicate at an early age. The early exposure to brain altering drugs and the over stimulation of the pleasure center sets them up for addictive behaviors in life.

The addiction does not only need to be to drugs. Food in some cases can also act like a drug especially carbohydrates. These foods will increase pleasurable feelings and therefore increase addictive behavior. Texting is a relatively new addictive behavior. Texting stimulates the pleasure center in the brain and gives the texter a rush just like hard drugs. This behavior also has its dangers since people addicted to texting won’t or can’t stop while driving. This low level of communication also results in below average communication skills and can negatively affect relationships.

I use hypnosis to help my clients with addictions. By using hypnotherapy and training the person in self-hypnosis you give the addict a healthier alternative to drugs and alcohol. They now have something inside themselves that can be used to change their feelings. By helping them to give to themselves in a positive way, the addict gains control.

In order for hypnosis to work the person must want the change. Just like working with a smoker who says they want to become a non-smoker. If that person doesn’t truly want to quit smoking, they won’t. If the person really wants to overcome their addiction, hypnosis can make a huge impact on their ability to live clean and sober.


Stress Management using Hypnosis

According to the American Medical Association approximately 80% of the patients who visit an internal medicine doctor are there due to the long term effects of stress. Long term chronic stress or a person’s perception of the stress causes a great deal of physical damage and is underlying almost all disease. Symptoms like headaches, back pain, stomach problems, rapid heart rate, fatigue, nervous habits, cognitive problems and the list goes on and on.

Stress is a normal physical response to an event or problem that makes you feel threatened or overwhelmed. Our nervous system is sensitive to danger in order to keep us safe. But the same system that helps us avoid physical danger can be the system that creates long term chronic stress and damages our mind and body.

When the fight or flight response kicks in we are sent into a focused, energetic and alert state. This state can help you to meet challenges, make you sharp when doing presentations, help you to react quickly in an accident or other dangerous situation. However the problems arise when we stay in this state too much or when every little thing that goes wrong sends us into hyper drive. When adrenaline and cortisol are released constantly the damage it does to the body is extreme. Over time it will damage and inflame every system of your body and this includes the brain. Things like memory problems, the inability to concentrate, seeing only the negative and constant poor judgment are directly related to chronic or high levels of stress.

To break this pattern, it is important to take back some control. Using hypnosis to calm the central nervous system is the first step I take with my clients. Then we work to change their thinking regarding the stressors in their life. Alleviating negative habits like procrastination, too much alcohol, improving sleep and connecting more to others will make a big impact on the perception of stress. Also to be able to self-soothe is incredibly important to the reduction of stress.

You have more control then you might think. The simple realization that you are in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. So do something that makes you feel in control and you will feel your sense of well-being grow.

Stop Smoking and Feel Less Depressed

Smokers, you can have less Anxiety, depression and stress.  All you have to do is stop smoking.

In a study published last week many of the common beliefs of the smoking community were debunked.  By studying the emotional life of people who stopped smoking for 6 months the study was able to determine that once the withdrawal symptoms had passed and the person was able to effectively reframe the habit that person become much more positive. In fact in the language of the study it had a similar effect to taking an antidepressant.

This is great news for smokers who wish to stop.  So many smokers believe that when they stop smoking they will become depressed or anxious or more stressed but in fact the opposite is true.

In my experience as a hypnotherapist, smokers who stop fall into a couple of categories.

Instant gratification: This group stops smoking and expects instant bliss.  The waters will part the birds will sing and they will feel healthy.  Reality is somewhat different, yes they do feel healthier but until they move past the habit and get a couple of months as a non-smoker under their belt they do not feel the full result.

Big picture thinkers:  These folks have stopped several times before and know what to expect.  They are in it for the long haul and know that it will take a couple of months or at least a few weeks to feel major impact.

Part of what I do as a hypnotherapist is to help smokers get some of the results they desire while increasing their level of confidence. It’s very important for anyone attempting change to be able to know the results will come.   With that knowledge they will be more easily able to commit fully and that will of course lead to success.



Goals and “The Secret”

In this season of reassessment, looking back over the year as to what we have accomplished and what we would like to achieve in the next year, I am reminded of “The Secret.”  The book and movie was a huge hit back in 2006 and even though some of its participants have been discredited, much in this concept is valuable.  The idea that what we think about we will get more of is behind “The Secret”.   It’s called the Law of Attraction. I use this same premise with all my hypnosis, NLP and coaching clients.

This idea can be seen in most successes and failures.  Have you ever gotten up in the morning and something goes wrong and then the whole day just seems to get worse? This happens because your negative attitude, your belief that this day will go badly, causes you to make bad choices and decisions which can create a really bad day.  This also applies on the good days by using a positive focus and a goal which you can clearly see and imagine you will inevitably have a great day.

How can the Law of Attraction be used most effectively when you commit to a goal for the coming year?  First of all the goal needs to be SMART.  Whether your goal is to lose weight, stop smoking, improve sales or sports performance, develop better relationships or get rid of Anxiety or another life limiting disorder; all these goals need a way to make it clear to your subconscious or feeling mind.

Using the SMART goal template, we make the goals: specific, measurable, achievable and realistic with a time frame in mind.  I also add to this list inspired, because the feeling, emotional aspect will make the motivation stronger to reach the goal.

Now the most important part is which goals to go for.  It is vital that you don’t commit to too many goals at the same time.  Generally 1 or two major goals are all that is realistic to accomplish.  Once you have your SMARTI goals written, then using the Law of Attraction focus your mind on those goals daily.  Post them in your house, on your planner, in your office as reminders. Using self hypnosis you can use a process of visualization, seeing the goal as you want it to be.  The more you can see and imagine having the goal the more it will be drawn to you.


Stop Smoking

Smoking is a habit and an addiction. The addiction to nicotine is strong, but the habitual behavior associated with smoking is far stronger. If the addiction to nicotine was very strong then I would have clients with an addiction to nicotine gum or patches.  The smoker has linked all the pleasures in life with smoking. So the smoker is more addicted to the ritual of smoking then to the nicotine itself.
hypnosis gets you in touch with your subconscious mind which is the part of your mind where habits and behaviors are formed. The best way to become a non-smoker is to realize that this is a habit. Smoking became a habit because at some point in your life you needed it. Whether to feel as though you fit in or because you felt less anxious when you smoked, there was a reason you started. Once you really know that it is just a habit it loses some of its power.
Hypnotherapy is the tool to release you from this habit. By changing the way you think about smoking and yourself you can release this habit and take back control of your life.

If you want to get back in control of your life and your health call now to hear more about my Stop Smoking Program.