Are you addicted?

These days it is possible to become addicted to anything. You might be thinking about common addictions such as alcohol, drugs and gambling but you can also develop an unhealthy habit around sugar, shopping, social media, computer games, pornography – the list goes on and on.

Help with addiction

Break the habit

Addiction is defined as ‘the compulsive repetition of a habit/behaviour, regardless of negative consequences’.  The American Society of Addiction Medicine says, ‘Addiction is what happens in a person’s brain when they are exposed to rewarding substances or rewarding behaviour’.

I am not sure that I am addicted to the Internet and Facebook but I know how upset I become when my broadband connection fails or is weak. When it happened recently I got stressed and then angry. I also know that sometimes I start looking at social media sites for ‘5 minutes’ and then time passes and I feel guilty that I have got nothing done. Guilt, stress and anger are all symptoms of addiction.

Some of the developers of the apps and programs we us in everyday life are now concerned about how addictive they have become. These men (mainly) who are now in their 30s and early 40s are having children and are starting to worry about the impact of tech on the next generation.

There were some useful tips in The Guardian Magazine about how to stop tech from stealing your time:

  • Turn off notifications which are not from a real person, such as Twitter updates or news bulletins
  • The only easily accessible apps you should have are those with a clear endpoint such as National Rail, TfL, Maps or Notes
  • Do not have your phone or tablet in your bedroom. Use an external alarm clock
  • Create custom notifications for special people, so you don’t feel tempted to check your phone whenever it vibrates or chimes
  • Scramble your apps regularly by rearranging your screen, so you don’t click on time-sapping apps out of habit

You can read more at http://www.timewellspent.io/take-control/

So, what might you be addicted to? What is stealing your money, health, time or attention? What one change could you make today that is going to make a difference?

If you need help to make a change contact me today.

It’s Stoptober – Are you motivated to stop smoking?

Every October the Government launches its Stoptober campaign to encourage people to give up smoking.   Research has shown that people who stop smoking during October and manage to stay off the habit permanently could gain an extra week of life for every month they are smoke free.  Some more immediate health benefits:

  • After 8 hours – nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal
  • After 24 hours – carbon monoxide eliminated from body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
  • After 48 hours – No nicotine left in the body. Ability to taste and smell improved
  • After 72 hours – breathing becomes easier, bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase
  • After 3-9 Months – Lung function improved by up to 10%
  • After 5 Years – Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
  • After 10 Years the risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker

Various research studies have shown the effectiveness of using hypnosis to stop smoking*.  Reported success using hypnosis ranges from 81% to 90.6% in these studies.  The Australian Stoptober site states that hypnosis is the 2nd most effective way to make someone stop smoking.  The most effective is a heart attack.

I don’t accept every client who contacts me for help stopping smoking.  I only work with those who are really motivated.  No therapist can guarantee success but the chance of success is far greater if you are well motivated.

Contact me if you want to discuss how I could help you pat@roystonhypnotherapy.co.uk .

If you sign up via the official Stoptober website you will receive free support tools.  Visit https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/registration-c

* http://www.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_statistics_on_the_effectiveness_of_hypnosis