Addiction essentially hijacks the brain. When we carry out an addictive behaviour such as gambling, drug taking or excessive drinking, the reward centre in our brain experiences a surge of dopamine. This lights up the reward centres and creates a conditioned response to certain triggers. This response leads to a craving or a 'need' to act out the addictive behaviour, use drugs for example. This then of course leads to you engaging in the addictive behaviour.
What is addiction and how can Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy help you to overcome addiction?
The reason that you cannot just stop using drugs for example, despite all your best efforts is because once the trigger (need) is activated, this creates an overwhelming desire to act out the behaviour (use drugs) at an emotional level. This means that you stop thinking rationally and become overwhelmed by the need to use drugs. This is essentially why your behaviour seems irrational to others and often to yourself.
So how can we use Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy to change this?
To overcome the overwhelming 'need' that you have to use drugs, we work to find out what is triggering that conditioned response that leads to drug taking in the first place. We are then able to use cognitive restructuring and hypnosis to alter those triggers so that they no longer lead to the old conditioned response of drug taking.*
The reason that people often try, but fail to overcome their addiction is because often they have no conscious awareness of what triggers that need to use drugs in the first place. But by addressing these triggers and putting in place strategies to improve your ability to cope in trigger situations, you are able to adopt new healthier coping behaviours, alter unhelpful beliefs and break free from addiction.*
Please note that a successful treatment outcome cannot be guaranteed and results may vary from person to person*