Hello!

I’m Rick Bush

Psychologist, Physcotherapist
and Clinical Hypnotherapist

STOP

It only takes a moment

RELAX

When you relax, you’re in control

CHANGE

For the better & for good

Smoking and Other Addictions

STOP

It only takes a moment.

RELAX

When you relax, you are in control.
When you relax you see things clearly and you can do the things you really want to do.

CHANGE

The way you think, feel, react, respond, behave.

My own relationship with alcohol and recreational drugs came to a stuttering halt some ten years ago when my body decided to shut down until my mind had resolved to deal with the near terminal cirrhosis and pancreatitis it had created. That’s when I knew I didn’t need another drink or artificial stimulant / sedative.  At least with the benefit of the experience, study and training I have had since I’m confident in describing what happened to me in those  simplistic terms.

The primitive brain’s primary function is to preserve it’s proprietor’s life and comfort. We need beneficial chemicals in our nervous system to feel good, great or indeed to feel anything at all (typically psychologists talk about ‘balance’ and  ‘steady serotonin levels’. for good mental health). Serotonin is the most common of 60 or so ‘neurotransmitters’ all beavering away to keep us reasonably sane. When we develop a habit we create a short cut to achieving that end. Unfortunately instead of exercise, genuine achievement, self satisfaction or even just pleasant thoughts or daydreams resulting from our efforts which are the natural ways of changing mood, we condition our primitive mind to accept the chemical signatures of all manner of counterfeit substances instead.

The overwhelming paradox for us addicts is that our primitive minds will then tell us that we need whatever substance is concerned to alter our mood because we have conditioned it to do so. Pretty soon we’ll need a supply to function at all. We’ve conditioned it to respond if we’re likely to run short of whatever chemical ‘fix’ we need to maintain our desired equilibrium and our primitive brain has no way of knowing that its efforts to preserve and enhance our life are in fact killing us. It recognises chemicals in our bloodstream as the naturally occurring neurotransmitters that we all need, but they are the chemicals (together with all their poisonous chums) which will contribute to our untimely demise. In many cases people can complete a couple of hundred press ups, go for a long  run, then do a line of coke or speed and a few fags as a reward. The natural buzz they should have got from exercise is replaced by the counterfeit high whilst the physiology steadily loses the capability of producing the real beneficial neurotransmitters.

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STOP

It only takes a moment.

RELAX

When you relax, you are in control.
When you relax you see things clearly and you can do the things you really want to do.

CHANGE

The way you think, feel, react, respond, behave.

With smoking the answer is relatively simple. Nicotine is not a very addictive drug, the ‘chemical dependency’ is gone within 48 hours of cessation. It’s described by smokers as a mild sedative, a sort of calming nerve agent. It’s a punctuation in the syntax of smoker’s body language, a way of life, an identity or an indicator of solidarity with a persecuted minority. Smoking huddles outside office buildings are a good place to meet. Sharing smoking paraphernalia is a tribal ritual worthy of serious anthropological study. It’s many things but it is ultimately and unequivocally fatal in a way that even heroin is not. Of course there are survivors and there are undoubtedly people who seem to be genetically predisposed to smoking like chimneys without consequence. I thought I was one of the latter but following my cessation of smoking at 60 I was diagnosed with inoperable throat cancer at 65 which certainly gave me pause for thought.

The good news however is that there is a very special part of the Brain which we can use to assist you in your resolve. Its the same part that stops any futile cravings when your on an airplane or in a hospital or public building. It works also when your asleep (when you give up smoking almost every day for long enough to extinguish the ‘addiction’). Its called the ‘anterior cingulate ‘ and it ‘orders’ on behalf of your thinking or rational brain your primitive brain to ‘cut it out’ and stop, encouraging a supposed ‘need’ for a smoke. It is just like having your own internal ‘NO SMOKING’ sign which is permanently on and visible in your ‘minds eye’. Thereafter the thought of smoking becomes a nuisance easily dismissed by the rational brain.

The Anterior Cingulate is very important in dealing with more serious addictions and works in conjunction with the immune system and indeed the primitive brain itself when the addiction or consequential illness is ‘finally’ recognised as the real threat that it is. That’s when the ‘survival’ instinct part of the primitive brain starts working for you. It’s like an all conquering  army simply changing sides. When the vast intellectual resource that is your brain starts to apply itself to your real well being and happiness, often others will become aware of the positive changes taking place before you are. It seems almost miraculous but this positive change is a normal consequence of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy .

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Email

therapist.rick.bush@gmail.com

Phone

0117 973 73698

Mobile

07826 403098

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Why not take the first small step and make contact with Rick who is available with Practice Rooms in:
Regent Street (Clifton Village), Cotham Hill,
Westbury on Trym and Bath.
LLB, MA, Dip Psych. MBPsS, GBC. DHP, GQHP, MNCP, GHR (reg) CRSST (reg)