Addiction and its associated habits and behaviors are tremendous challenges that those afflicted have extreme difficulty in overcoming. Whatever the type of addiction may be, the addicted individual struggles against these urges, with some having a measure of success and others needing to seek professional help. While there are those who triumph over their addictions after a long, hard battle, there are just as many who revert back to their “old ways” after a few weeks, months, or years.
Why Addiction Develops
At the very core of all addictions are False and Limiting Beliefs (FLBs). These FLBs developed out of the desire to fulfill certain basic needs that an addict has been deprived of in the past and perhaps continues to lack in the present time. Other FLBs developed as part of their survival mechanism, especially if the addict experienced pain and trauma in the past.
All of these FLBs, including the behaviors that give the person peace and satisfaction, are gathered by the Conscious Mind and end up getting stored in the databanks of the Subconscious Mind. It should not come as a surprise, therefore, that during times of duress or in the presence of addiction triggers, the subconscious causes the addiction behaviors and related emotions in order to provide instant relief and temporary pleasure.
Let us enumerate just some of the FLBs that are associated with addiction:
1) “It helps me to get over all the trauma and pain that I have experienced in my life.”
2) “It helps me to overcome my depression and loneliness.”
3) “It relieves my boredom.”
4) “It makes me become part of the ‘in-crowd’.”
5) “It revitalizes my creative juices.”
6) “It clears my mind.”
7) “It relaxes me.”
8) “It gives me the courage to relate with people and when confronting difficult circumstances.”
9) (In the case of gambling) “I expect a huge windfall when I win.”
10) “Once an addict, always an addict.”
To get rid of these FLBs and more, there are a number of reprogramming techniques that you can try out. While using just one among the techniques discussed below may be sufficient to cure your addiction, in more difficult cases, a combination of these techniques may be used.
Mindfulness in addiction serves four main goals…
1) It increases the addict’s awareness of their attachment to the object of their addiction.
2) It allows for the recognition of FLBs which not only have led to the development of the addiction but also those that persist and cause the addict to resist any attempts at cure
3) It allows for the recognition of the negative emotions that accompany and are driving the effects of the FLBs. For example, a gambling addict who has money problems will continue to gamble not just because they want to get out of the hole; they are driven to gamble out of envy and greed, especially if most of the people around them have an easy life.
4) It keeps the mind focused on the present moment, leaving no room for unwanted urges/cravings or distractions.
If you have an addiction and wish to develop mindfulness, it is simply directing your full attention to the present moment. This increases your awareness of the triggers of your addiction. As an example, if you happen to be stressed out at work and struggling to finish deadlines, you find yourself grabbing a smoke. With mindfulness, you will be able to stop yourself from reaching for that cigarette. If you happen to be suffering from a bout of depression, you find comfort in unhealthy junk foods. Being mindful of your bingeing during the depression will enable you to take early action, such as replacing all the junk foods in your fridge and cupboard with healthy options.
In any circumstance where you may be tempted to give in to your cravings, being mindful when this temptation strikes will allow you to pursue another, safer activity, such as going out for a walk and enjoy nature or just reading a book.
Subliminals are special audio files that contain empowering suggestions and affirmations that target various forms of addiction. If listened to daily during a sleepy state in the early morning and before bedtime for at least 30 days or more, the suggestions that are “hidden” in a high frequency behind music or relaxing sounds are instantly received by the Subconscious Mind. Your subconscious then replaces the addiction FLBs with the new affirmations.
Some individuals who are having difficulties breaking out of their addictions have found the strength and willpower to do so by listening to subliminals frequently during their day, and not just during the abovementioned times. They have found these subliminals to be particularly helpful in stopping them from giving in to their cravings.
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Simply put, affirmations are the direct opposites of your FLBs. In order to come up with a list of affirmations, you have to first discover what your FLBs are, a process of discovery that can be both painful and traumatic. However, it is a process that is necessary because you need to know the origins of your FLBs, when they occurred, and the people that were involved in its development.
Once you have your list of FLBs, it is very easy to write the affirmations down or record them, so that you can read/listen to them repeatedly in the same way as the subliminals mentioned earlier.
Using our examples of addiction FLBs above, here are their opposing, positive affirmations:
1) “It helps me to get over all the trauma and pain that I have experienced in my life.” – “I am the master of my mind and body.”
2) “It helps me to overcome my depression and loneliness.” – “I find joy and happiness in the simple things in life.”
3) “It relieves my boredom.” – “There are a lot of fun activities that I can do that are both healthy for my mind and body.”
4) “It makes me become part of the ‘in-crowd’.” – “People love and appreciate me for who I am. Drugs/alcohol do not define who I am.”
5) “It revitalizes my creative juices.” – “I find inspiration everywhere.”
6) “It clears my mind.” – “I open my mind to the powers of the Universe which cleanse me of all troubles and worries.”
7) “It relaxes me.” – “I find relaxation and relief in my hobbies and other activities that I love.”
8) “It gives me the courage to relate with people and when confronting difficult circumstances.” – “I am my own man/woman. I don’t need my confidence boosted by drugs/alcohol.”
9) (In the case of gambling) “I expect a huge windfall when I win.” – “I am in complete control of my impulses and I value my finances.”
10) “Once an addict, always an addict.” – “I have the strength to overcome and resist all forms of addiction.”
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Listen to these power affirmations morning and night for at least 30days.
Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is recommended if the addiction FLBs are so deeply rooted so that other, less expensive forms of reprogramming do not work.
While the addict is in a hypnotic trance, the hypnotherapist gradually removes each of the addiction FLBs. The hold of any FLBs that remain in the subconscious after the initial sessions is also weakened for removal later.
In addition, hypnotherapists recognize the fact that when an individual is caught in an episode of addiction, they fall into a trance state until their craving is satisfied. The hypnotherapist feeds instructions into the brain that will allow the addict to avoid getting trapped in this trance.
Many forms of addiction can be treated through simple hypnosis programs. However, if in-person intervention is needed, you may acquire the services of a licensed hypnotherapist, although this can be very expensive.
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Listen to these hypnosis MP3s morning and night for at least 30days. Use earphones.
In the case of addiction, visualization is a two-step process that involves 1) visualizing yourself being healed of your addiction and 2) imagining how you would be like if you are completely free from addiction.
In the first step, lie down in a comfortable position. Visualize your entire body being enveloped by bright green healing energies. Like a laser, direct these energies toward the body part that are involved in your addiction. For example, if you are addicted to smoking, drugs or alcohol, let the healing energies flow to your mouth, lips, and tongue. Imagine the energies cleansing away the tainted taste of the cigarette, drugs or alcohol from your mouth, leaving it clean and pure. In another example, if you are addicted to gambling, have the healing energies flow to your hands so that it get rids of the “tingling” or other sensations related to your craving to gamble.
In the second step, imagine yourself free from addiction. You can picture yourself leading a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy foods and engaging in fun workouts and other physical activities. Imagine yourself having enjoyable interactions with people without the need for drugs or alcohol. Instead of making money through gambling, imagine yourself engaged in a lucrative profitable business. Allow yourself to feel the joy and relief of being free from addiction.
With repeated visualization of these images, your Subconscious Mind will accept these images as new memories and truths and replace your FLBs with them.
Overcoming an addiction will not be possible if you don’t take the appropriate actions to heal yourself. Try any or a combination of the reprogramming techniques above in order to come up with a treatment regimen that is tailor made to your specific addiction conditions. What is most important is that you take the necessary steps to rid yourself of the FLBs that are driving your addiction.