If you suffer from addiction then help is available!
From the desk of Tony Thorne regarding his unique approach to treating addictions:
“ALL addictions – unless overcome or dealt with – eventually lead to pain; not always physical but often that of an emotional or psychological nature, which can be felt not only by the addicted person but also those closest to them who invariably agonize seeing someone they love behaving somehow or doing things they seemingly have no control over.
Common to all addictions are what – in hypnotherapists terms – are known as ‘secondary gains’; underlying or sub-conscious desires people have or experience and why they have impulse to continue to respond to some urge or influence, often wanting to ‘feel good or better’ than they then are .
When resorting to their particular addiction, in effect they’re internally seeking the feel good chemical ‘dopamine’ that the body’s system naturally produces and which, whatever they’ve been resorting to (‘using’), mimics. Hypnotherapy and it’s associated different methods, enable clients to discover ways in which to stimulate that response, instead of artificially doing so.
I have to help them restore their personal integrity by encouraging them to find the necessary motivation and determination to change their thinking and behavior, because as some tell me, they’ve come to ‘loath’ themselves, knowing they’re been doing something they know is not in their best interests, but have believed they’ve lacked the ‘willpower’ to do anything about it.
My works seeks to have a client realize – come to terms with the fact – that they do have all the resources ‘inside themselves’ they need to overcome the addition they’ve been seemingly compelled (addicted) to do. Invariably, their main problem is that they’ve either lost touch with those capabilities or they have no faith in themselves that they can overcome how they’ve been thinking or feeling.
Effects of – and demands for satisfying – addictions, do somehow become lodged in parts of the body as well as the mind and unless treated will make themselves known to the person often as cravings for whatever that would be.
Acupuncture – insertion of very fine needles into specific points about the body – releases dopamine within the person and by so doing, the cravings dissipate, the person feels better.
By focusing a beam of special light (low level or cold laser) on detectable acupuncture points and nerve endings on the skin within the ear, on the face and arms, a similar result is achieved and for those who have a fear of needles, laser is a thus a preferred option.
Hypno-therapy – as the name suggests – involves clinical hypnosis, which should not be confused with stage show entertainment. Not generally known however, is that that there are other psychotherapeutic modalities that compliment hypnosis, dependant on what issues require therapy.
One such very effective method, is known as ‘Motivational Questioning’ that involves asking very probing questions, to not only ascertain aspects of a person’s experience of their addition, but to also have them perhaps realize they have an can find some of those resources mentioned before . Also, through specific words they choose to use and in (unknowingly) demonstrating through their facial expressions, eye movements and changing body language, other useful information that can be taken into account when creating a strategy, specifically ‘tailored’ to themselves and their unique experiences regarding their addiction.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), of which I’ve been trained to ‘Master’ level, enable me to also do that and involves – not only finding the initiating cause or reason why an addition has been adopted – but by eventually using some of it’s many techniques it enable interventions to reprogram behaviours that do not serve a person any positive or useful purpose, whilst enables the previously mentioned ‘secondary gain’ to still be achieved, but in a much less destructive or unwanted way.
In having to be working with the mind(s) – both conscious and subconscious – there is however a natural protective conscious resistance I have to have a client relax, so that it doesn’t inhibit what I’m going to offer their subconscious mind, from where their particular addiction has its ‘roots’.
To do that I have to encourage them to ‘deeply’ relax – not to go to sleep or become unconscious ,but to be so relaxed that nothing disturbs the mental peacefulness they can experience when in what’s known as a trance.
Quite often clients tell of not knowing why or when they adopted their addiction and it might be that I have to have them recall that; have them metaphorically experience a means of travelling back through their memories and to watch themselves wherever they were and what was going on in their lives from a dissociated position – meaning to not re-experiencing whatever happened but to be doing so from a different perspective.
Time Line Therapy technique, enables me to have clients do that, so that they have an understanding of not only what they were experiencing, but also thinking and feeling then, the result of which had them look for (resort to) something to deal with whatever was happening.
Doing so – finding an ‘antidote’ that seemingly relieved how they then were – often has become the preferred option looked to when having again experienced something similar or even unrelated that brought on similar unwanted feelings and/or emotions; a habit that eventually becomes an addiction, particularly if whatever they’d resorted to has been satiating – made them ‘feel good’.
Addictions of course, often do lead to overindulgence and become difficult to deal with as is the case with some drug use.
Invariably however, there has to be a point where the urge to resort to an addiction is experienced and if the person can be made to recognize that and have a means of dealing with it, the urge or compulsion can be dealt with.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, now favored by many psychologists, is a mental method that has a person acknowledge how they are in a present moment, what’s caused how they are, and to determine what to do about it. The now popular and very effective Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) serve to do the same.A form of needleless stimulation of certain acupuncture points about the face and body whilst mentally focused on whatever they’re wanting to deal with or overcome, EFT is similarly very effective in doing so
To support my hypnotherapy and laser work, I teach my clients how to self-apply EFT, so that if they experience something they haven’t told me about that contributes to their addiction and which of course we haven’t dealt with, they ‘ll have a very effective means of emotional ‘first aid’ to use on themselves when – or should they begin to experience familiar thoughts or feeling that would usually have their craving become overwhelming.
My approach to therapy, irrespective whatever I’m asked for help to deal with – including addictions – is to use any of those tools described here-above; the benefits being, if one particular technique hasn’t been as effective as it should perhaps have been, I have the others to use. Often times a combination of techniques works better than any one technique on it’s own”
Tony Thorne has helped others beat their addictions to a variety of issues:
eating / not eating/ bulimia
Tony uses a combination of approaches tailored to the exact needs ot each individual patient.