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Hypnotherapy for Gambling Addiction

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gambling is often referred to as an addiction, and it certainly looks and feels like one! In reality it is a compulsive habit controlled by the Subconscious mind. There is no doubting the damage and the misery a gambling habit can end up causing though, and naturally the severity of that leads most people to regard compulsive gambling as a terribly serious problem. This is understandable, but do not despair! The good news is that expert hypnotherapy can eliminate the compulsive urge to gamble, and also deal with the issues associated with it much faster than any other treatment, making it effectively a rapid cure when it is done properly. Hypnosis is also 100% safe, because it is entirely a communication process.

Group Misery

The other treatments currently available to stop gambling are much slower, and likely to be of limited help to the gambler in reality, being modelled upon the 'Twelve Step' and group-therapy approach used by Gamblers Anonymous. These are really self-help models in which the gambler is encouraged to see themselves as having a personality flaw, sometimes called an 'addictive personality'. Fine theory, but in fact the people telling the gambler this know nothing about the Subconscious mind. They do not realise there is a much easier way to deal with the issue. So if you prefer to do things the hard and miserable way, go there! Be prepared to keep going there for the rest of your life.

Those people are assuming that the huge amount of trouble the problem can cause in someone's life is the measure of the severity of the problem - which is understandable if you don't know any easy way to fix it. So they insist that the gambler accepts the idea that they will always be a gambler, whether they gamble or not. To a hypnotherapist, that is exactly like saying: "You will always be a smoker, whether you smoke or not", which is plainly ridiculous. I haven't smoked since 1998, but I have never had to attend Smokers Anonymous! Nor do I regard myself as a smoker now that I don't smoke! These are both compulsive habits - the only difference is, gambling can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds in a single day, so a person can accidentally get into a lot of trouble virtually overnight.

The Role of the Subconscious mind

Hypnosis isn't a treatment, it is a process of communication. Crucially, it involves the whole of the mind, not just the part we usually communicate with, which is the conscious mind (the logical part). The Gambler's conscious mind is not responsible for the behaviour: it knows what the problem is, but cannot fix it. It can only make new decisions, promises and resolutions, and then attempt to enforce those with willpower (which is a conscious effort). Normally this will not succeed, and it is important for everyone to understand that this is not the fault of the gambler. It is not due to a lack of willpower or a 'weakness', and anyone who says it is does not understand how compulsive-habitual behaviour is organised by the human mind.

The Subconscious mind of the gambler COULD change the gambling behaviour instantly, but that part of the mind has no idea that the habit is causing a problem until the hypnotherapist explains the details to it during the session. The only way to explain anything in detail to the Subconscious mind is through hypnotherapy. This is why lecturing the gambler's conscious mind - or delivering threats, warnings, ultimatums and last chances - make little or no lasting difference. Neither the gambler nor the person giving the lecture realises it, but they are talking to the wrong part of the mind.

Now for the Good News

Ironically, the Subconscious is quite happy to change any of these things once it understands the problem as well as the conscious mind understands it, i.e. once it has been properly explained to the Subconscious by the hypnotherapist. Gamblers and their loved ones are always astonished when this results in success, because they did not really expect it to work, however hopeful they might have been. I am never astonished, I do this sort of thing every day.  more about this


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Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes is Director of Central Hypnotherapy Stockport and has been helping the people of Stockport, Cheshire, Manchester and Tameside UK to get free of gambling habits since August 2000

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