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Beware… You could be Addicted and not Aware!

The word addiction is a common word we have all heard at some or the other point. In simple terms, addiction means the need/dependency on a substance/object/habit for survival.

Unlike common knowledge, addiction is not just getting addicted to smoking, drinking, or drugs. Addiction is widespread and its effects are often not understood. Addiction ranges anywhere from working excessively i.e. workaholic to getting addicted to pain, to excessive food habits i.e. not eating at all to eating to much and more.


Addiction is a way of the individual’s body finding a means to cope from whatever situation/incident triggered the individual in the first place. When a situation occurs in life that is considered threatening be it at the physical, mental or emotional level, our body goes into overdrive mode considering it as an emergency trying hard to survive and recover from that. The brain at such a point of time resorts to behavior that has helped the body recover in the past from such similar situations. Here if a cigarette was used in the past to relax the brain provides that response. On the contrary, if exercise was used instead the brain also provides stimulus related to the same.

So the question is how does the body develop the need for such a substance/habit/behavior trait in the first place? Why can’t we all resort to more regularly considered healthy ways to overcome? Simply because a void i.e. lack is created in the system when one experiences something negative whether the intensity is 5% or 95% here the void further creates this vicious cycle of negative rumination and responses that are given unconsciously to validate this void.

For eg: during the first breakup, the person is feeling extremely down, low, and hurt and a void is created here unknowingly. In order to fill this void in more negative energy is attracted in along with usage of objects/substance that helps temporarily fill this void in. However, this is never enough as it’s a temporary effect of satiation and it kicks back the intensity of void even further and the vicious cycle continues.


Here depending on the personality and the previous experiences in the life one can resort to dependency on an object or develop a behavior trait that tries to cope with this lack/emptiness generated subconsciously thus getting addicted. It gets difficult to break this cycle consciously as the effects of it are deeply rooted within an individual and influence his/her thinking patterns. However, therapy helps here significantly.

Role of Hypnotherapy in overcoming Addiction

    • Here Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapy helps immensely as it works with an individual’s subconscious mind.
    • It targets the root issue.
    • It addresses the void created in the first place and breaks the vicious cycle from the core.
    • Bring to light a lot of insight and awareness within the individual which was absent earlier.
    • Help break vicious negative patterns.
    • It brings back the sense of fulfillment and true authentic energy within the individual by addressing all the previous painful incidents and their triggers.
    • It brings about lifelong results by working with the individual’s subconscious mind.
    • Help in positive communication and harmonious expression.

Written By:


Zinnia H Bharucha

 Holistic Psychologist and Relationship Counselor

Zinnia is the Co-owner and manager at Holistic Solutions from 2015 a premier organization that has been training, healing, and providing relief to several individuals, families, businesses, and communities for their overall development and progress in life over three decades. Zinnia believes in the give and gain philosophy and has been actively involved as a member of the Holistic Healing Foundation of India a public charitable trust instituted by her family for the noble purpose of encouraging and supporting people on their quest for physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and development.

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