Australia’s Gambling Obsession. It Costs.

Gambling continues to take a huge chunk out of Australia’s economy, with $22.7 billion being lost every year. That equates to an average of $1,242 for every adult. It’s now clear that we cannot shake our gambling addiction alone, leading some to seek addiction therapies such as gambling hypnosis. Which Form of Gambling is the Worst Offender? Without a doubt, the dubious honour of that title goes to poker machines. Australians lose $11.6 billion on pokies every year, which is just over half of the nation’s total gambling losses. Their impact can easily be seen by breaking down the figures for each state. New South Wales has the highest number of poker machines (approximately 95,000 compared to 100,000 throughout the rest of Australia) and so it is no surprise that it is also the state with the highest average losses per person: $1,518 each year compared to Tasmania’s $762. To fully appreciate the harm poker machines are causing, you need to understand that not everybody uses them. In fact, a recent study revealed that only 16 per cent of adult Victorians use poker machines. That means the pokies suck an average of $3,493 out of the pockets of gamblers every year – a figure that would be much higher for those who use them regularly instead of occasionally. Two-thirds of the people experiencing harm from gambling are being affected by poker machines. Watch this video about Gambling Hypnosis Are Gambling Losses Increasing? Sadly, yes. For instance, the most recent figures revealed that casino gambling grew by more than 16 per cent in one year, reaching $5.2 billion. The largest...

How to Stop Gambling

People suffering from gambling addiction are often stereotyped as either having an obsession with money or as being in extreme debt. In actual fact, an addicted gambler rarely cares if they win or lose: they are primarily wrapped up in the chase and the pure adrenaline associated with taking risks and punting on the unknown. Gambling addiction is an impulse-control disorder. Personalities suffering the disorder will gamble whether they are happy, depressed, alone or even when they are surrounded by friends and family. Their mood altering behaviour can be hidden in the form of an obsession with playing cards, gambling on horses, playing online games or even betting on reality TV show outcomes. One of the most challenging components of overcoming the ‘hidden disease’ is recognising its existence in the first place. There are four simple signs that could indicate that you have a problem and need to seek gambling addiction help. 1. You Don’t Know When to Stop Even if you have set yourself a financial spend limit or even a time limit, you find it impossible to stick to your initial goals. You can’t stop withdrawing more money, and telling yourself that you will have one more bet; just one more. 2. You are Deceitful You avoid telling your family and friends what you have been up to. You feel that they will not understand or maybe they will want a share of a big win. 3. You are Gambling Money you Don’t Have The fun impulsiveness that started your addiction has long gone. In this circumstance, you have now become desperate. Not only are you worried...

Binge Drinker? Hypnosis can Help

Binge drinking is a serious social problem. It affects millions of Australians every year and is, sadly, in many places, for many people an ingrained part of our culture.  Statistics showed in 2013/14 that alcohol was the lead cause of drug-related ambulance attendances was the cause of 15 deaths and 430 hospitalisations and is one of the most damaging elements of some people’s life with regards to their self-esteem, their relationships and their capacity to be fulfilled in life. Often the cause of binge drinking is not the fault of the person. They are led towards excessive drinking through peer pressure between the ages of 14 and 24 as a way of dealing with anxiety or trauma, or through mimicking parents or role models. The Path to Binge Drinking There are many reasons to start down the path, but the outcome is sadly often the same: that by a certain age many will realise that it is a serious problem that has reduced their quality of life, their opportunities, and their overall happiness. Studies say that it generally takes 18 years for people to seek help once they develop such a problem. Many victims believe that if only they had sought help earlier, then some things could have been avoided. One very effective way that can help you quit binge drinking is hypnotherapy. Binge Drinking Hypnosis Binge drinking hypnosis is a hypnotherapy method that focuses on weakening and curing you of the mental habits that make it difficult to say no to consuming alcohol.  Hypnosis has been demonstrated to work in cutting the desire to continue consuming or returning to...

How Stress Affects Your Body

Stress Does affect your body – here’s how Stress is a normal part of life and as humans we are built to react – your body being the first to show the signs. Depending on the situation every individual’s responses are different. Stress can be positive – and help you cope with tough situations, or it can be negative, which can lead to physical effects on the body with a range of symptoms. What are the Symptoms? For some, those symptoms can be extreme depression, rapid breathing, chest pain, high blood pressure, migraines, and in the worst cases; heart attacks. Such distress, if not treated will increase the intensity of those symptoms or if that person has an existing disease or illness, could make it worse. Something else to know initially, not all symptoms are so obvious. Internally the body can be affected in areas such as the liver and in the blood. For women this could also mean an irregular menstrual cycle and infertility, and for men, erectile dysfunction. Overall, your entire immune system response is at risk, which then of course makes you susceptible to infections and disease. Whatever the circumstances, healing this stress and trauma is precedent. If left untreated it can cripple you, changing your world as you know it and at times consuming your every waking moment. Chronic stress will put your health at risk and when your body is not coping, neither is your brain. Don’t wait until it is too late, there is a range of management options available. What are the Available Treatments? Finding the right treatment can be overwhelming. Whilst...

The Richards Trauma Process: Effective Anxiety Relief

Many of us are unaware that we may be suffering from the affects of trauma and the impact that this could be having on our lives. Trauma is often classified into two groups, the first being the result of life threatening events, and the second caused by accumulated, less dramatic events that over time has compounded into underlying trauma, both of which take an emotional toll. What are some of the main causes of underlying trauma? Some of the core reasons that underlying trauma may develop range from growing up in a poor home environment to having a dysfunctional marriage, dealing with high-stress work environments or even being severely bullied at school. While we may learn to live with trauma, over time it accumulates and often comes to a head, which is when it can’t be ignored anymore. This is why The Richards Trauma Process is vital, as it’s a process used to effectively resolve both extreme trauma and trauma related issues. How is trauma resolved through The Richards Trauma Process?  TRTP™ is a structured form of therapy that treats trauma and the corresponding issues that are often the result, such as depression and anxiety, as well as fears and phobias. A dynamic treatment, TRTP™ involves different components, including: • Choice therapy • Mindfulness • Dream rehearsal therapy • Parts therapy • Hypnosis for anxiety • Emotion focused therapy • Motivational interviewing • Cognitive therapy • Ego-state therapy Hypnosis is a crucial therapy for dealing with trauma and anxiety in the subconscious. With both extreme and underlying trauma there are often unconscious beliefs that leave trauma sufferers stuck in...