BlogNLP and Hypnotherapy Fighting Modern-Day Addictions

March 16, 2020by admin0

As soon as we hear the word addiction, our thoughts immediately jump to smoking, alcohol, or drugs. Unaware as we are, as we adapt to the contemporary lifestyle, we face more unique, modern challenges inviting newer addictions. Today, children and adolescents have different addictions – the Internet, gaming, shopping, and caffeine are just a few names. Even adults are not spared – turn round a corner and you will find someone with their neck bent over their mobile phone, playing PUBG. Addiction to activities is called a process addiction.

So, when does it stop simply being a hobby and becomes a full-blown addiction? Addiction is when a person becomes physically or mentally dependent on a substance or activity, so much so, that he/she feels powerless to stop. So, a hobby becomes an addiction when it dominates one’s life to the point that he is sacrificing his health, safety and life to engage in the activity. If your hobby negatively interferes with your ability to lead a functional every-day life, then it is an addiction.

Signs that you are becoming addicted

If you’re worried you or your child might be dependent on something, here are some common signs to identify addiction:

  1. Withdrawal symptoms: Withdrawal is most commonly known when it comes to substance abuse, but it can also be applied to process addiction. Each time you try to stop, you become moody and irate.
  2. You can’t stop: You said you would watch one episode of a new series and go to sleep. But one episode becomes one season and you are going off to sleep at 5 AM.
  3. No time for other hobbies: You start disregarding other activities that you earlier enjoyed participating in.
  4. A way to escape: You use that activity/substance as a way to relieve anxiety or guilt, live in a fantasy bubble and not feel the real deal.
  5. No social life: You pass up on social situations so that you can spend more time on the said activity.
  6. Others are concerned: Someone close has expressed concern over your dependence on the activity.
  7. Your gut feeling: Somewhere deep down, you have a feeling that the activity is affecting your personal life. However, you make excuses for it.

What you can do

For parents, this situation is all the more alarming. As the youth get more and more dependent on the Internet, research indicates that this is affecting their confidence and social life. They are placing their self-worth on how famous/likable they are on various social media platforms.

Here’s what you can do to help your child tackle their addiction:

  1. Strengthen your relationship: Engage with your child. Ask them about their day-to-day activities. Display a sense of acceptance and understanding. Be kind and respectful, instead of being patronising.
  2. Set boundaries: Though there is no way that you can completely stop their Internet usage, ensure that home is a safe zone for them. Keep a watch on their screen time. Lead by example, if you are constantly on the phone yourself, they are not likely to take you seriously.
  3. Encourage positive behaviour and treatment: Engage in new activities with them. Do not depend on punishments and restrictions to help them fight their addiction. Have a dialogue about the negative impact of their addiction and reward them for positive results.
  4. Keep your medications in a safe place: If your child is fighting with substance abuse, ensure that your home is completely clean. This includes your medicine cabinet – make sure it is out of their reach.
  5. Seek professional help: If they are involved in substance abuse, there are several establishments that can help them out. Ask your doctor/counsellor for recommendations.
  6. Trust Renaé: Try our Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy program to discard harmful behaviours as easily as deleting an app. Based on leading scientific research, this program helps you re-organise your subconscious mind and be the best version of yourself. We use the power of hypnotic suggestion, reinforcement, and neural modelling to rectify or enhance your deep-rooted perspective. Because the process is subconscious, the improvements ate all natural and permanent. This way you are not only helping your child let go of their addictions now, but also ensuring that they never go back to it.
  7. This program will also help them gain confidence and bring out the leader in them.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us now and take control of your life!

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