Overcoming addiction with NLP
What’s your poison? Drugs? Nicotine? Alcohol? Sex? Exercise? Any one of these or more can become your poison and develop into an addiction – an insatiable craving and dependence that is uncontrollable and damaging to every part of your life. Addictions can crush relationships, both personal and professional. An addiction can affect your physical and mental well-being and hurt not only yourself, but those around you. From someone who has never had an addiction, their advice would be to “just stop”. But you know that you can’t do that. Your addiction won’t necessarily stop because you consciously decide to stop it. Your addiction may lay in the part of the mind that can’t be accessed so easily – the subconscious. Addiction also affects your self-esteem and stopping won’t necessarily boost your confidence. To successfully overcome an addiction, whether it’s to smoking, drugs, booze or sex, you’ll need to program the brain in a different way and improve how you perceive yourself. This is where neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) can help.
How do I know if I have an addiction and how can NLP help?
The fact that you’re researching addiction could be a good indicator that you’re an addict. However, defining addiction can be more complex than that as each addiction can have associated problems. Let’s first classify the types of addiction. Substance addiction is linked to a dependence on drugs, alcohol or nicotine. Process addiction covers things such as sex, eating, shopping or gambling. But are there symptoms of addiction? Most definitely.
Your addiction can cause impairment (sensory or judgement), attachment, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. An addiction can be a chemical reaction taking place in the brain whereby certain substances and activities trigger a release of chemicals that provide a natural ‘high’. The more you feel the high the more you want it and you develop a strong positive association to what triggers that response. Similarly, when you don’t have the high you experience ‘lows’ that cause a change in mood. As your tolerance to the substance or activity grows stronger, so you need more of it to hit those high points. You can begin to lose self-control and your behaviour starts to affect others because you can’t see any harm in what you do. At this point, your addiction is set in stone within your mind. You’ve crossed a line and it’s difficult to repair the damage. However, help is available that is safe, effective, fast-acting and can make a huge impact to your life – Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
NLP for beating addiction
NLP uses a variety of techniques to make changes to your conscious and unconscious mind. If your addiction has connections to negative thoughts and beliefs in your past life, NLP can help you desensitise to those associations. If cravings for your addiction are out of control, NLP techniques can install positive triggers for you to use each time a craving occurs. Should other factors be the cause of your addiction, such as means of escape from stress, anxiety or an unfulfilled life, NLP can help you set goals that can push aside the need for escaping and detaching from your current predicament and boost your self-esteem.
If your addiction is formed by deep-rooted habits, NLP coupled with hypnosis can unlock the subconscious part of the mind where those habits reside. Hypnotic suggestion can alter the way your mind perceives negative feelings so it can powerfully overcome the need to interact with your addiction. NLP, plus your willingness and motivation to overcome your problem, can prove a powerful way of challenging and overcoming an addiction.
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Daniel James Alexander, GoToSee Journalist