Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it’s possible to be addicted to just about anything, including:
What causes addictions?
There are lots of reasons why addictions begin. In the case of drugs, alcohol and nicotine, these substances affect the way you feel, both physically and mentally. These feelings can be enjoyable and create a powerful urge to use the substances again. Activities like shopping can give you a kind of high that you want to repeat.
The mind is always trying to move you towards pleasure and away from pain. Unfortunately, if you spend a lot of time on these addictions it starts to affect your life in negative ways.
Therapy can help you to pinpoint what the pain is that you are trying to get away from and when it began. This undertanding then empowers you and you can find new positive ways of thinking and behaving. You may feel there is some kind of hole in your life that your are filling with the addiction.
I used to be addicted to alcohol and to work. I found that the missing piece was lack of self-love. I developed a personal spirituality that gave me the inner strength to overcome these issues and I benefited from therapy.
Addictions can be helped with either a course of hypnotherapy or psychotherapy.