Addiction can impact a person to various degrees and can describe a wide spectrum of behaviours. Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP) and hypnosis can be incredibly effective in helping a person harness their mind and gain control of a habit or behaviour that has become out of control. According to Robert B. Dilts NLP is described as the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming). Placing oneself in a hypnotic state can allow a person to become more present and allow a person to connect more deeply to his or her senses and their experiences. The way an addiction can be described is when there is a part of you that really wants to stop the behavior and then a larger part of you that feels you can’t stop the behaviour. The National Drug Institute of Drug abuse says that most drugs affect the brain’s “reward circuit” by flooding it with the chemical messenger dopamine. Dopamine helps us control our emotional reactions and can help us see the benefit in a situation and help us move towards seeking the reward that situation provides for us. A person with low levels of dopamine is more likely to indulge in addictive behaviour.
A negative habit or behaviour can begin with wanting to keep a good feeling going or when one wants to avoid bad feelings. An example of how good feelings impact a person is when Suzan feels good about going gambling. She feels she can go to the casino, enjoy herself and believes she won’t allow herself to lose more than $200 but as the night progresses she ends up getting caught up in the positive rewards of winning and loses $2000. The way bad feelings lead to addictive behaviour is when Frank believes he is not in control of his irrational thoughts and the stress of these thoughts overpowers him. This causes him to become more and more distant from the present moment, not able to rationalize and is so overcome by the need to escape he decides to use Cocaine.
Here are a few tools and techniques that can help a person work through an addictive behaviour:
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