Addictions Appear to be on the Increase and in Intensity
“Addictions Appear to be on the Increase and in Intensity”
by Alice Stacionis
The ones easy to label are the physical addictions, i.e. food, alcohol, drugs both legal and illegal. Addictions are not limited to just the physical. The next level up being emotional/behavioral addictions. Addictions make us “feel good”, but as with any addiction, no amount is enough.
As hypnotists we can deal with clearing the behavior (addiction), all too soon it will reappear. You hear of people losing a lot of weight then gaining it back, plus more. People who are successful in smoking cessation then go thru a stressful event and start again. The same goes for drugs and alcohol.
We also see a lot of behavioral addictions. We see the “need for greed”, the “need for power”. These are especially noticeable. in the big corporation, banks, etc. The need for power just look at governments and even churches. It is unhealed individuals that bring their life trauma with its accompanying addiction into the organizations that they are part of.
There are so many behavioral addictions, any behaviors can be made into an addiction. Shopping addiction, gambling addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, the list goes on and on. In a healthy relationship, we see a natural balance of power. We also see people acting on their addiction to be in control and on the other end of the spectrum the addiction to be controlled.
All addictions go back to a life trauma and the emotional reaction being an addiction to “feel better”, but no amount of the addiction will truly make us feel better. It is in healing the life trauma and having no need for the addiction that will free us and bring us into balance.
People often come to hypnotists to release addiction. Fortunately, hypnotists have the “tools” to do regression to cause. In dealing with the cause the addiction will no longer be necessary.
Often teaching clients stress/anxiety relief techniques will help them in times of a potential relapse.
At the end of the day, it is always a great joy in my life knowing that my skills as a hypnotist have brought some peace and balance into one’s life, for this I am grateful.