Addiction is defined as compulsive, uncontrolled behaviour, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something. You can be addicted to lots of different things. Someone who is unable to stop taking drugs, alcohol, or nicotine, for example, has a substance dependence. Someone who is unable to stop eating or gambling has a behavioural addiction.
You have decided to stop or cut back the compulsive activity and want to be in control of your behaviour. On your first day you are determined and full of optimism and expectations. You may have even decided to replace your compulsive behaviour with some healthy habits: exercising, drinking healthy juices or eating fresh vegetables instead of junk food. The first days are fine and you seem to be doing great. But the time arrives when you start thinking more and more about your compulsive behaviour, you start feeling anxious. You push the desire away but it comes back like a boomerang. You feel strong, physical wanting sensations in your mouth or stomach. You start thinking: “I can’t do it longer”. When this thought arrives in your head this is the point you start giving up and finally you go back to your compulsive behaviour.
This is a simple test will help you decide if you have an addiction. Answer the following questions:
1. Do you sometimes feel guilty after doing some activities e.g. drinking, eating specific food?
2. Do you get annoyed or angry when somebody talks to you about your behaviour such as drinking or smoking?
3. Have tried you tried to cut down the activities but you haven’t succeed or succeeded only temporary?
If you have answered yes to two of the above questions there is a 75% chance that you have an addiction. The first step in the process of overcoming any addiction is admitting that you have a problem and you need help.
Hypnotherapy involves the use of hypnosis to make you relax and help you access your unconscious mind. I will guide you away from harmful behaviours and towards more positive and helpful ones. When you’re in a hypnotic trance, you naturally become more open to suggestions. And that means I can help you access your internal resources.
"I had the hypnotherapy sessions with Marta to overcome my anxiety. At our sessions we talked about triggers of my anxiety and I realised that I had drinking problems. Marta worked with me on my goals to stop drinking and give me tools how to relax when I had urge to drink. The sessions changed my life." MR