Addiction & Dependencies Explained

Addiction & Dependencies Explained

Understanding Addiction and Dependencies helps treat it.

The driving force

Addiction is driven by what can it do for me, not what it can do to cause me harm.

Powerful tools

Specifically structuring the resources that resonate for you, what will be a realistic goal, so you do not fail. Finding the alternatives that suits you, is a powerful tool, to have and take with you, from your hypnosis session recording to use whenever you choose.

How to

How to overcome addictions, by using Strategic Psychotherapy question “How” before the addiction behaviour you managed without, your ability to cope. The event led to or thought pattern formed the need to self soothe. When was addiction not a problem? Then look for pre coping style habits. How to create a healthier alternative? What determines what you control versus what you cannot control? What would be the benefit to change or stop, what is your why-money, health, relationship, job loss or family? Use these resources to then create change by apply Hypnosis to reset adjust to re-gain control and modify behavioural changes required to have a healthy body and positive mindset, feeling confident in control in the present and for the future.

Self-Soothing Rituals

Self-Soothing Rituals form as a method to cope using one or more of the following Alcohol, Food, Gambling, Drugs, or other substances. Addictions can affect your mood experiencing, frustration, anger, sadness and can leading to anxiety, depression, lack of control, insomnia, guilt, and shame. It can also be a way to self soothe pain or emotions finding a quick fix to numb unwanted sensations or supress past trauma and or unwanted memories attributed to a past event or even trauma. Fear of failure, rejection, own negative thoughts, and past orientation.

The Gordian Pillars of Addiction and Dependencies

The seven pillars represent how addiction and dependencies are self-soothing rituals associated with an intolerance of discomfort, which lead to unwanted habits which result in patterns and behavioral issues creating addiction and dependencies. Alcohol, Drugs, Substances, Food, or other unhealthy habits. The pillars can be broken down to remove the patterns leading to behavioral modifications, using Strategic Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.

Addictions and Dependencies are coping mechanisms to Self Soothe the discomfort or numb the pain, physical or emotional the pillars represent the following pattern distortions.

Low Tolerance for Discomfort- Being unable to detach the emotions associated to pain, physical or emotional, relationships, work situations, excessive responsibility, trauma, anxiety, depression, frustration, guilt, anger.

Duality Re Substance-as if the brain stops working it doesn’t affect the mind because the mind continues to exist- like being on autopilot to cope.

External Locus of Control-believe they are controlled by the substance and behavior. That the problem is hereditary, rather than learned.

Poor Attribution Style-as with depression, morbid hopelessness. Believe they cannot change and as if it’s permanent, the situation is hopeless.

Internal Focus- Self Referencing internal thoughts conclusions thoughts believing and judging they can’t gain control. Unable to discriminate between what they can and cannot control. Internally justifying their behavior rather than reasons for finding a better way.

Present Orientation-dismissing the consequences regarding consumption. Focus on the present, the need to block out thoughts and feelings, about the past and any future consequences.

Avoidant Coping Style- avoidant coping to avoid situations and escaping from environments and decision making to cope rather than facing the things they have been avoiding turn to substance to cope rather than being action orientated use self-soothing rituals which become habit to avoid action at all costs of discomfort.

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