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Addictions

What Is an Addiction? and How Can Hypnotherapy Eliminate Addiction!

Addiction happens when someone compulsively engages in behaviour such as drug taking, gambling, drinking or gaming. This is when you’re craving for a substance or a behaviour which comes from an emotional or psychological desire. Your brain is so powerful that it can produce physical symptoms like withdrawal, including cravings, irritability and insomnia. Even when bad side effects kick in and people feel like they’re losing control, addicts usually can’t stop doing their addiction.

Guy drinking alcohol and passed out at desk

Types of Addiction

  • Drug addiction
  • Ice addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Marijuana addiction
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Prescription drugs addiction
  • Smoking addiction
  • Solvents addiction
  • Work addiction
  • Shopping addiction
  • Computer games addiction
  • Internet addiction
  • Phone addiction
  • Exercise addiction
  • Coffee or caffeine addiction
  • Food addiction
  • Sex addiction
  • Pornography addiction

To name just a few...

When someone has an addiction, they can’t control how they use it, and they may become dependent on it to get through daily life.

What Are the Symptoms of Addiction?

You may experience a range of symptoms and they will vary from one person to another. Below is a range of symptoms that you may experience.

Emotional Signs of Addiction May Include

  • Angry
  • Sad
  • Anxious
  • Guilt
  • Resentment
  • Shame
  • Useless
  • Not good enough
  • Worthless
  • Unlovable
  • Lost
  • Helpless
  • Trapped
  • Confused
  • Lonely
  • Isolated
  • Failure
  • Exhausted
  • Hopeless
  • Numb
  • Empty

Physical Signs of Addiction May Include

  • Headaches Or Migraines
  • Upset Stomach
  • Digestive Problems
  • IBS Symptoms
  • Muscle Aches
  • Joint Pains
  • Eye Problems Or Decreasing Vision
  • Back Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Dizzy Or Faint
  • Feeling Sick Or Shaky

Other Signs of Addiction May Include

  • Repeating something even though it interferes with your life.
  • Stealing or selling things to continue the addictive behaviour.
  • You’re not interested in your usual interests and hobbies.
  • Seeing changes in eating habits, sleeping habits, or weight.
  • Feeling sick or shaky when trying to quit.
  • You’ve been unsuccessful in trying to quit.
  • You need to use more of a substance or to do an activity more often to get the same effect.
  • It’s a way to forget your problems or to try and relax.
  • You’re withdrawing from family and friends.
  • You are arguing a lot with family, friends or work colleagues.
  • You are keeping secrets from the people who care about you.
  • It’s causing you performance problems with school or work.
  • Prioritise the addiction over other things.
  • You are having trouble sleeping, or can’t stop sleeping.
  • You have become unreliable.
  • You have started high-risk behaviour such as unprotected casual sex, drink driving, using dirty needles, leaving home or quitting your job.

Symptoms of Withdrawal May Include

The symptoms of withdrawal will include all or some of what is listed in the above section “What Are The Symptoms Of Addiction” but the intensity may be greater than when engaging in the addiction.

What Are the Complications?

  • Physical, such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and neurological damage.
  • Psychological and emotional, such as anxiety, stress and depression.
  • Social, such as jail and damaged relationships.
  • Economic, such as bankruptcy and debt.
  • Serious complications can cause end of a life.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption can cause illness, resulting in absenteeism, poor work performance and accidents.
  • The risk of road, boating and work-related accidents is increased.

Current Statistics

Substance Abuse in Australia

In 2010, Australia was ranked 19th in the world in terms of per capita consumption of pure alcohol at 10.4 litres per person (age 15+). That same year, the consumption of alcohol was a contributing factor in the deaths of 5,554 Australians aged 0–64 and 157,132 hospital admissions.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey:

  • 8 in 10 Australians had consumed at least 1 glass of alcohol in the last 12 months.
  • Among recent drinkers: about 1 in 4 (24%) had been a victim of an alcohol-related incident in 2016; about 1 in 6 (17.4%) put themselves or others at risk of harm while under the influence of alcohol in the last 12 months; and about 1 in 10 (9%) had injured themselves or someone else because of their drinking in their lifetime.
  • About 1 in 8 Australians had used at least 1 illegal substance in the last 12 months and 1 in 20 had misused a pharmaceutical drug.
  • In 2016, the most commonly used illegal drugs that were used at least once in the past 12 months were cannabis (10.4%), followed by cocaine (2.5%), ecstasy (2.2%) and meth/amphetamines (1.4%). However, when examining the share of Australians using an illegal drug weekly or more often in 2016, meth/amphetamines (which includes ‘ice’) was the second most commonly used illegal drug after cannabis.
  • Most meth/amphetamine users used ‘ice’ as their main form, increasing from 22% of recent meth/ amphetamine users in 2010 to 57% in 2016.

Gambling in Australia

  • Total gambling turnover in Australia for 2016-17 exceeded $208,608 million.
  • Of this, $174,633 million was from gaming, including gaming machines, instant lottery and casinos.
  • In Australia, from 2016 to 17, Australians gambled on average over $11,000 per person.
  • The most prevalent form of gambling in Australia is gaming machines (pokies), with Australians spending, on average, $7,617 per person on gaming machines in 2016-17.

Smoking Statistics

  • In 2014/2015, one in seven (14%) Australians aged 15 years and over smoked daily, with an additional 2% smoking irregularly. This represents 2.5 million Australians who smoke daily, with more than 200,000 smoking irregularly.
  • Three in ten (30%) Australians reported ex-smokers, with over half having never smoked (55%).

Smoking by Gender

  • In 2014/15, Australian males aged 15 and over were more likely to smoke than females.
  • More than 1.6 million Australian males aged 15 and over smoked, 90% of which smoked daily. More than 1.2 million Australian females aged 15 and over smoked, 91% of which smoked daily.

Internet Addiction

  • In April 2015 in the US, it was reported by Pew Research Centre that 24 percent of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.
  • Social networking already accounts for 28 percent of all media time spent online.
  • Users aged between 15 and 19 spend at least three hours per day on average using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Around 70 percent of internet use of people at work has nothing to do with their job.

Testimonials

A new day - Gambling & Alcohol

Gambling & Alcohol

After gambling (and drinking) for close to 29 years, I never thought I’d be rid of my addiction... I will admit that after hearing I could be rid of it in one session, it seemed a bit of a long stretch and the cost (at the time) also seemed a lot.

But the amount of money I’d wasted in 29 years, the fee was a drop in the ocean. 90 minutes later the urge to gamble was gone ... completely.

I went back for another session for alcohol issues, that also is gone.

Rodney’s straight down the line, no bullshit approach is amazing and refreshing... and he’s a top bloke too

Robert ( one very happy guy)

Robert M Entertainment

Marijuana Addiction

Hi Rodney

It's Richard here. I came to see you a few weeks ago about my marijuana smoking. I just wanted to let you know that I havent smoked for 2 weeks now and everything you said would happen, has happened.

I started slowly and smoked a little for the first few days after i saw you but gradually I began to realise i didnt even know why I was smoking, I had no reason to. I have since stopped completely and as it has snowballed, I have noticed some amazing changes both physically and mentally.

I have stopped biting my nails (incredible!) and have been generally calmer and more pleasant to be around which has not gone unoticed by family and friends. I still use all of the visual images you gave me in our session and they continue to grow and help me from day to day.

Whilst I know this new journey has only just begun and I have a long way to go yet, I wanted to thank you for the time you spent with me. Before I saw you, I really felt like a lost cause but now i am feeling free of a huge weight that had just about dragged me under.

I can't thank you enough.

Take Care Richard

Richard

Quit Smoking - Cold Turkey to Patches and Finally the Solution

After trying everything to quite cigarettes, from cold turkey to patches, I scoured through the internet to find another means to give up.

I hen found Synergy Hypnotherapy website, and while somewhat skeptical, I decided to contact Rodney.

At first, I did not know what to think or expect from hypnotherapy. However I was willing to try anything to give up this habit that I would use unconsciously fall back on when anxious, stressed, upset, etc..

To my surprise, and to the surprise of everyone I knew, I left that hypno session as a non-smoker. Rodney worked miracles, peeling back the layers to find the source of my reason to smoke.

I remembered everything about the session, I was aware of what he was doing, however it was obviously that I needed that push.

I strongly recommend Rodney and Synergy Hypnotherapy to anyone looking to give up cigarettes.

Sam 28 year old Manager

Sam 28 year old Manager

How Do You Develop an Addiction?

There are many reasons why addictions begin. In the case of drugs, alcohol and nicotine, these substances affect the way you feel, both physically and mentally. These feelings can be enjoyable and create a powerful urge to use the substances again.

Gambling may cause a similar mental ‘high’ after a win, followed by a strong urge to try again and re-create that feeling. This can develop into a habit that becomes very hard to stop.

Being addicted to something means that having it causes withdrawal symptoms, or a ‘come down’. Because this can be unpleasant, it’s easier to carry on having or doing what you crave, and so the cycle continues.

At the heart of all addictions is a desire to avoid something unpleasant and escape or at least feel better or get a high or enjoyable feeling by engaging in the addiction. The high or enjoyable feelings of an addiction are real in the beginning but once addicted these pleasurable feeling are gone, it is more about trying to recapture the feeling but usually ending up feeling numb and escaping the problem.

Below is a list of some things that may cause a person to develop an addiction. Also, all the things listed in “What Are The Symptoms Of Addiction” above can cause someone to develop and addiction.

  • Genes ‒ you may be biologically prone to addiction.
  • Environmental factors, such as being brought up by someone with an addiction.
  • A desire to relax.
  • A desire to block out difficult issues.
  • A desire to achieve peak physical or mental performance.
  • Trauma or stress.
  • Pressure at work.
  • Relationship breakdown.
  • Unemployment.
  • Poverty.
  • Socioeconomic, ethnic or racial marginalisation.

So Let’s break it down even more I will explain in more detail but I will explain it from the perspective of it being an alcohol or drug addiction. At the end I will highlight the differences between drug and alcohol addiction and other types of addiction.

A person with an addiction will feel angry, anxious, sad, not good enough, worthless etc then they will drink or do drugs. When they drink or do drugs, they are disconnecting their mind from their body so they cannot feel the emotions anymore they are becoming numb and also they can shove all the thoughts off into a corner so they can get some peace.

So they become numb they escape everything that is causing them pain. This is the heart of an addiction it’s all about escaping emotional, psychological and physical pain they may be experiencing.

However, it’s not that simple. We store our emotions in our body and we anchor them to our memories. So over time as you have more and more memories or experiences of doing drugs or alcohol the more you store these emotions in your body anchored to your memories and you accumulate them.

So imagine emotions are not on or off they are on a scale of say 1–10 so when you’re young your anxiety level is low say a 1 and as you get older and accumulate more memories of anxiety that level goes up to say 3, 6, 7 etc till it reaches a point where you really feel it. You will be at this level 24 hours a day 7 days a week, it might fluctuate around this level but not by much.

So as you do drugs or alcohol your anchoring those negative emotions you’re trying to escape to the addiction and your storing these emotions in your body anchored to those memories, and it builds up over time.

The next thing that happens is you can actually amplify the emotions so if you’re an anxiety level 3 before doing drugs or alcohol then it can go up to a 8-9 while doing drugs or alcohol but you think you feel relaxed but you’re not relaxed it’s an illusion you are actually numb. The next day when it wears off you feel really bad because all the emotions you’re trying to escape, well are there but at a very intense level and you don’t have the drugs or alcohol protecting you from them and it could take several days for this negative emotional level to come back down to a normal level where you feel ok again.

This is what people refer to as with-drawl but it’s not, it’s you don’t have the numbing effects of alcohol protecting your from the intense negative emotions, psychological and physical pain and it takes days for the level to come back down to a more tolerable level so its withdrawal from the numbing effects of the drug.

Next it could take say 80 years to get to a certain anxiety level say an 8 but by using drugs or alcohol you can get there much sooner like months or years. Doing drugs or drinking greatly accelerates this process, so you can really mess your self up psychologically and emotionally by doing drugs or alcohol really quickly.

There Are Several Differences Between Drugs and Alcohol and Other Types of Addictions

Smoking

When someone smokes, they do it for all the reasons mentioned above, but they go into a meditative trance when they zone out and relax. So they relax when they smoke, unlike people doing drugs or alcohol.

All Other Addictions Other Than Drugs and Alcohol

When people do their addiction they go into this trancelike state where they escape all the emotions and thoughts that are causing them pain, but this only lasts as long as they continue to engage in the addiction and as soon as they stop all the emotions and thoughts come back.

You can think of it in terms of away motivation and towards motivation. I feel anxious, angry, sad, etc I need to escape this at all cost. Then they think of the addiction and there’s an illusion of a reward, like relaxing, numb, feeling good, escape and it doesn’t even matter if they actually get this reward all that matters is the possibility of getting the reward will lure them into doing it.

You need both to form an addiction.

Treatments for Addiction

  • Behavioural and lifestyle changes.
  • Counselling.
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy.
  • Medications.
  • Group therapy (including support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous).
  • Family therapy.
  • Detox programs in a hospital or at home.
  • Rehab in a hospital or at home.

How Can Hypnotherapy Eliminate Addiction?

Hypnotherapy that is designed to work with emotions and eliminate emotions is very effective in eliminating addictions.

However, most hypnotherapy approaches don’t work to eliminate addiction in this way most hypnotherapists work by introducing suggestions into your subconscious mind to change your thoughts and hence your behaviours, so it can work great with behaviour problems but not emotions. Unfortunately, most hypnotherapists are taught this behavioural suggestion type of hypnosis.

Fortunately, I am trained in how to work with emotions, more importantly how to remove them, and this is the key to eliminating addiction.

I have been working with clients for years helping them eliminate their addiction by using hypnotherapy and other neuro-hypnotic re-patterning techniques.

This is achieved by removing or disconnecting the emotions from your memories; Remember your emotions are stored in your body anchored to your memories.  So using these techniques, we can make your memories emotionless.

So we will remove all emotions that trigger you into wanting to do your addiction like anxiety, anger, sad, worthless, etc. We also remove the craving feeling that draws you into wanting to do the addiction so even if you thought about doing the addiction you just cannot get that old feeling of wanting to do it.

At the end of my hypnotherapy sessions as a test I get the client to go back to all their bad memories and try to get any old emotions associated with them back,  but hey cannot get any emotion associated with these memories, they just feel blank or neutral. I also will get them to test a variety of contexts in their life such as work, self, relationships, future, etc. But all of these different contexts and memories are the same they just feel blank or neutral.

Finally I will get them to go back to all the times they can remember doing their addiction and they won’t be able to get any of the old emotions, physical sensations from those memories, even if they try to get the old craving feeling back of wanting to do the addiction they can’t.

So at the end of the session these clients no longer have the addiction.

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