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</p><!–mep-nl–><h1 style=”font-size: 16px;”>Jill Fisher Advanced Hypnotherapist and Addictions Coach, <br /><!–mep-nl–></h1><!–mep-nl–><p>Although the precise symptoms vary from one addiction to another, in clarifying what exactly it is, there are two aspects that all addictions have in common. Firstly, the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>addictive behavior</a> is maladaptive or counter-productive to the individual. Secondly, the behavior is persistent. When someone is addicted, they will continue to engage in similar addictive behavior, despite it causing them trouble.</p><!–mep-nl–><p>People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful. Addictions do not only include physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but may include virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling  or shopping to seemingly harmless food products, such as chocolates!</p><!–mep-nl–><p>Here’s a peek to how everyday things can cause addictive behavior – Caffeine, however taken, is a drug that causes neural activity that makes your adrenal glands produce adrenalin, the chemical that’s designed to put your body into a fight/flight state. Although we think of caffeine in coffee, tea, chocolate etc, as the “wake-me-up” chemical, caffeine addiction can cause chronic fatigue, constant headaches, moodiness, and depression for some people.</p><!–mep-nl–><p>Sugar raises insulin levels, which then triggers an adrenal response, and causes the release of serotonin. Sugar addiction provides a ‘high’ for a while, that is inevitably followed by a dip in blood sugar level that caused a ‘low’ mood, and at this point people will eat more sweet things to stop feeling bad and thus become sweet addicts! There are people who even become <a href=””>food addicts</a>.</p><!–mep-nl–><p>Some people may be aware that it’s their substance abuse that cause problems but they continue to use, despite their wish to stop. Others may not see that their substance abuse is out of control and is causing serious problems in their daily lives. In these situations, consulting a certified addiction counselor becomes necessary to counter your damaging habits. There are a number of drug abuse counselors in Calgary who offer addiction treatment via continuous training sessions and even hypnosis.</p><!–mep-nl–><p>Professional like Jill, Addiction Coach, treat these addicts with the same sorts of overall strategies using hypnosis. The combination of techniques available from the fields of hypnotherapy provide a powerful set of tools that help us to help you make. Hypnotherapy doesn’t focus on the ‘origins’ of the problem, it trains your mind, both consciously and unconsciously, to make your addiction a thing of the past.</p><!–mep-nl–><p>Through the use of advanced <a href=”” target=”_blank”>hypnotherapy</a>, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>neuro linguistic programming</a> and the principles of <a href=”” target=”_blank”>cognitive behavioural therapy</a>, addiction counselors can help you to deal with the underlying cause of your addiction, change the way your mind associates to your old unwanted dependency and, help you to feel a new and exciting level of self-confidence, self-worth and self-esteem. Several people have <a href=”” target=”_blank”>quit smoking</a>, drug abuse and many abstract addictions using these techniques.</p><!–mep-nl–>