Disclaimer - Results very from person to person. Hypnotherapy is not used to treat or diagnose any disease.

List of Impulse Control Disorders

  • Facebook
  • Mobile phones - texting
  • Food (eating)
  • Sex
  • Pornography (attaining, viewing) Using computers / the internet
  • Playing video games
  • Working
  • Exercising
  • Spiritual obsession (as opposed to religious devotion)
  • Pain (seeking) Cutting
  • Shopping
Stages of Addiction
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  • Gambling
  • Intermittent explosive disorder (compulsive aggressive and assaultive acts)
  • Kleptomania (compulsive stealing) Pyromania (compulsive setting of fires)

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Opioids (like heroin) Prescription drugs (sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics like sleeping pills and tranquilizers)
  • Cocaine
  • Cannabis (marijuana)
  • Amphetamines (like methamphetamine, known as meth)
  • Hallucinogens Inhalants Phencyclidine (known as PCP or Angeldust)


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Experts believe people with addictions go through a set of stages:

Experimentation - Addictive behaviour tends to start with curiosity and the desire to try something new. Very rarely do people set out to become psychologically and physically addicted to something.

Regular use - Some people try something once and never do it again, but there are those who will actively aim to recreate the experience. At this stage quality of life is not affected. Increased use - What might have begun as a temporary form of relief or escape will have quickly escalated to frequent use. At this stage warning signs start to appear and risky behaviour may emerge.

Dependence - This is when the user finds they can no longer function normally or happily without taking the particular substance or carrying out an activity.

Withdrawal symptoms are strong and despite negative consequences the user cannot give up.

How can you help me?

Hypnosis for addiction aims to get to the root of your problem by inducing a state of heightened awareness in you. In this relaxed state, you are more receptive to suggestions and ideas that are compatible with your goals. This allows me to offer ideas about the substance or activity that you are addicted to in order to help you gain control over your addiction. I can provide the support and guidance required to alter ingrained behavioural patterns. This enables you to treat the underlying cause of your addictive behaviour and rebuild your emotional strength. Hypnotherapy for addiction can be a very effective tool during the early stages of addiction during recovery.  Below is a list from Manchester hypnotherapy on addictions and behaviors and compulisve disorders

​List of behaviors that have been noted to be addictive:
List of Addictions to Substances?


What is Addiction?​

An addiction is an obsessive, uncontrollable and often harmful attachment to an activity, behaviour or substance. People can become addicted to all sorts of things, but it is most commonly associated with drug use, gambling, alcohol, the Internet, nicotine and food. According to the NHS, around two million people in the UK are struggling with an addiction. Overcoming addiction is hard. If you are dependent on a particular substance or activity to get through daily life, it is quite likely that you have an addiction. You may be finding it increasingly difficult to control your urges, and your relationships, work life and overall well-being could be starting to suffer. Recognising you may be addicted is an important step towards getting help. Addiction help is available in many forms, but a number of people find hypnosis Manchester for addiction particularly beneficial.

Certain behavioural traits (shaped by environmental and genetic factors) can increase the possibility of trying addictive substances or activities. 

These include:

Genetics - There is evidence to suggest a genetic link to addiction. If you have a family history of addiction, you are more likely to develop one too. Certain genetic traits could also delay or speed up its progression.

Background - Traumatic experiences during childhood such as neglect or abuse can increase the risk of developing addictive behaviours. Early use of certain substances or particular activities can also be linked.

Mental health - Experts believe that people who experience anxiety and nervousness in their approach to daily life are more vulnerable to addiction. Individuals struggling to cope with stress may also lean towards addictive behaviour patterns. Experts believe there is a link between the repeated use of certain substances and activities, and how the brain experiences pleasure. An addictive behaviour triggers the creation of the hormone, dopamine, which causes feelings of pleasure and satisfaction (a mental 'high'). The brain remembers this rush of pleasure and wants them repeated.

Over time, repeated use of a substance or activity changes how brain feels pleasure, so a user has to increase the dose or frequency in order to recreate the desired 'high'. When tolerance increases, withdrawal symptoms become more severe and this increases the likelihood of addiction. A key aim of hypnosis for addiction is to identify and work through the underlying causes of addiction. This empowers patients to see their addictive behaviour as something they can control and overcome. Stages of addiction Understanding how addictive behaviours develop can be helpful for spotting the signs and knowing when to seek addiction help. Manchester hypnotherapy and experts believe people with addictions go through a set of stages: