Addictions

Dependencies

Obsessive Compulsion

The Problem

There are many different substances that a person can become addicted to. There are many reasons why someone may intentionally become addicted, including emotional, stress and anxiety, however sometimes addiction is unintentional and can even be as a result of managing a more serious medical condition.

The most common dependency problem is alcohol, though some would argue that excessive eating of high calorie food is also a dependency problem for many people. Of course you can live without alcohol, but you cannot live without food.  

Many people suffer from obsessive compulsive problems and disorders, and are happy in their lives, however in more extreme cases problems can arise in relationships, work and undertaking normal everyday tasks.

Getting Help

Help in this area will normally only be undertaken in association with other specialist therapists and medical advisors.

My intention as a therapist is to help you recognise your condition and become more motivated to control your addiction or dependency. I may also be able to use clinical hypnotherapy to help you stop certain actions and self-destructive tendencies, and help reduce distressing withdrawal symptoms. However, all of my help should be coordinated with your existing medical advisers to ensure I do not undermine or contradict their professional efforts.

If you feel that negative past life events have contributed to your addiction or dependency problem, including an unhealthy food dependency, I can help you explore and understand those events, and guide you towards a resolution that will enable you to stop responding in a destructive manner to the reactive emotions caused by those events.

Managing obsessive compulsive problems and disorders (OCD) can be a challenge as the OCD could have been created sub-consciously to protect you against a past emotional issue or trauma, or be related to a mental condition or syndrome. OCD sufferers often have irrational fears and anxieties that when the OCD is challenged cause panic and withdrawal. It must always be established to what degree the OCD is adversely affecting your life before attempting to modify your obsessive compulsions.