Drugs, food, alcohol, sex, gambling: addiction can come in many forms but whatever the problem, it is characterised by an uncontrollable need, desire or compulsion.
Our subconscious is the part of our mind that doesn’t think or rationalise. It’s our instinct, determining how we feel, react and behave in certain situations. If we’re in danger, our heart rate might increase. We may develop sweaty palms or a desire to run away. It’s trying to warn us against potential harm in an attempt to protect us and keep us safe. So why then would our subconscious create a destructive addiction that could harm us physically, emotionally and mentally? What purpose would this serve? It is this contradiction that needs to be understood in order for control to be regained and the addiction disposed of.
Hypnosis can be used in a number of ways; the most conventional of all is to use powerful, positive suggestions in an attempt to persuade the subconscious to react differently. But what would happen if we tried to override a bodily reaction that was essential to our wellbeing? Try to stop yourself blinking, for example. You can give it a good go and maybe manage 30 or 60 seconds, perhaps even 2 or 3 minutes, but eventually your eyes will start to dry out and you will be forced to blink. Instinctively, your subconscious will always do whatever it believes is best and thus revert back to its old ways and habits. Unfortunately, as our subconscious is not rational, it can easily make a mistake. Its interpretation of events and experiences can sometimes be misguided, and what might start out as just a seemingly small, insignificant misunderstanding, can be the first stepping stone on a path to a lifelong debilitating condition. Once our subconscious believes there’s a problem, it sets out to find a solution: and an addiction can be the end result. It believes it is doing the right thing based on inaccurate or out of date information.
So rather than trying to override the addiction with suggestion, hypnotherapy can be used to identify the underlying subconscious need for it. Once the subconscious no longer believes the addiction is needed, required or deserved, it can dispose of it naturally, completely and permanently. This process of finding and resolving the root cause is known as Lesserian™ Curative Hypnotherapy. You can find out more about this treatment by clicking here.