“I’m so proud of my girl”: A letter to Roland about getting off marijuana

A note from Roly Hi, this is Roly. I meet a lot of amazing people in my line of work and it’s a joy to help them all through their ups and downs. What follows is a letter from the mother of a client whom I had the pleasure of treating. It’s a wonderful story that I hope inspires you as much as it does me. Here it is. A letter from a mother So I made the call……. Everything had come to ahead. My 22-year-old daughter was a heavy cannabis smoker and was wanting to travel. Alarm bells went off in my head, she was off to Bali with her boyfriend who is a heavy smoker also. Months before the planned trip we had all discussed them trying to slow down and ultimately stop smoking . The goal was to use this trip as a turning point in her life to detox. One week before they were due to leave on their trip her partner broke up with her. Not only did this devastate her but it ruined her plan to stop smoking and detox together. Over the past few years I have tried to get her help. Recently she excepted some counselling after going through a serious car accident. The counselling didn’t seem to be doing any good so she stopped going. So as you can imagine with her detox plan now cancelled. The breakdown of her 2 year relationship.I felt that she may hit rock bottom again. I felt so helpless and alone and didn’t know how to help her. She has been smoking since she...

What is ‘Wet Lung’ and Can I Get It From e-Cigarettes?

Little is known about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes on the human body, but what is most concerning from early experiences and reports is the impact on the lungs. In one recent case, a teenager in Canada developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), also known as ‘wet lung’, possibly as a result of inhaling vapour from an e-cigarette. How do e-cigarettes work? E-cigarettes, or vaporisers, are an alternative to smoking more traditional forms of tobacco. They are handheld devices that vaporise a liquid into vapour on demand as you draw on the mouthpiece. The liquid usually contains a mixture of nicotine, flavourings, and other chemicals, and is then drawn into the lungs like cigarette smoke to deliver the nicotine into the bloodstream. Why are they popular? E-cigarettes have rapidly increased in popularity, primarily because they are marketed as a tool to quit smoking. Although there is evidence to suggest that they can help in this regard, it’s important to remember that most e-cigarette liquid still contains nicotine, and so they are not a solution to dependence and addiction. What are the potential impacts of using e-cigarettes? As alluded to, e-cigarettes are now linked to severe respiratory diseases. Specifically, in at least one case, an 18-year-old woman developed ARDS, probably because of e-cigarette use. ARDS is a disease that affects the lungs’ ability to extract oxygen from the air that has been breathed in. It’s caused by pulmonary oedema, which is excess moisture in the lungs (hence the name ‘wet lung’), which in turn is caused by damage to the alveolar walls and pulmonary capillaries (the parts of the...

Smoking and Lung Cancer: A Scary Reason to Quit Smoking

It comes as no surprise that cigarette smoke drastically increases the risk of lung cancer. Whether you are a smoker yourself or are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke, the harmful chemicals inhaled can cause cancerous tumors to develop in your lungs. Lung cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia and smoking is linked to 80-90% of cases. In addition, people who smoke are 15-20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those who don’t. Unless treated in the very early stages, lung cancer can be very difficult to beat. Once the symptoms of lung cancer are prevalent, the disease has spread beyond the chest, and the chance of survival is greatly reduced. The symptoms of lung cancer include coughing, weight loss, pain and fatigue. Once symptoms are visible, patients usually have less than two years of life left. There are many reasons to quit smoking, but the possibility of contracting lung cancer is by far the scariest. The chance to prevent the development of lung cancer is undoubtedly the most motivating reason to quit on offer. Think of your family, your friends and all those that your smoking puts at risk. Quitting at any age lowers your risk of getting lung cancer. However, quitting cold turkey is extremely difficult and doesn’t work for everyone. In order to help you take positive steps towards quitting, we have compiled some tips that have been tried and tested among many who have said goodbye to cigarettes for good. Take Medications Certain medications can double your chances of quitting long term. Nicotine replacement products help to break your nicotine addition...

Hypnosis for Anxiety: Why it Works

Although anxiety can manifest for a wide variety of reasons, most anxiety-based problems stem directly from four key issues. An Event People generally experience one, if not many, stressful events. These events bring anxiety-related issues to the forefront. The event (or events) you may have experienced can be first-hand, such as being abused, attacked, feeling stuck on an airplane, losing your job or losing a close relationship. The event can also be experienced second- or third-hand. For instance, many people experienced PTSD after watching the TV coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, or even the movie “Jaws”. Ultimately, a traumatic event can be identified by how it impacts your life upon remembering it. If you feel significantly distressed or emotional, the event is classified as trauma. Meaning The event must have some meaning to evoke a strong emotional reaction. If you believe the event will threaten your survival, safety or security, it triggers a powerful, distressed response. Other threats come from relationships with friends and family, threats to your career, finances or social status. Meaning is based on emotional attachment and what you value in life. If anything you are attached to is perceived to be under threat, it can cause distress. Landscape The landscape of the brain is the electrochemical state of your brain at the time of the event. If you have experienced stressful events in the past, your neuro-chemical landscape is more susceptible to becoming traumatised. Inescapability If you feel trapped in a seemingly inescapable situation, traumatic experiences and anxiety-based disorders will likely result. Inescapability or feeling trapped (i.e. in a bad job, relationship or family...

Learn How to be Relaxed and in Control: How hypnotherapy can Help Relieve Stress

Anxiety and stress are the body’s natural responses to danger, but in some cases, they can be excessive and debilitating. If you have difficulty controlling stress and anxiety levels then this can impact your career, relationships and lifestyle, but you can learn to manage stress and anxiety to enjoy a better life. Here we explore how you can relieve stress and live a more relaxed and balanced life. Understanding Stress Stress occurs from the anticipation of danger or discomfort. Unlike fear, it is not a useful response for the body. When fear sets in, as a car hurtles towards you, for example, the body increases adrenaline levels and gets you out of the way. Stress increases the adrenaline levels in the same way without the same response being required. This leads to the build-up of an overwhelming pressure that can become unbearable and debilitating. If you can learn to relax and relieve this stress, however, then you will have an increased capacity to deal with the situations you face. Using Hypnosis to Relieve Anxiety Anxiety hypnosis is a quick and effective way to help you overcome this build up of stress so that you can become relaxed in situations that used to challenge you. Anxiety and stress are unconscious responses so you need to solve this pressure at the same unconscious or subconscious level. Hypnosis for the relief of stress can help you in a range of different ways: Relieving Physical Tension Hypnosis can firstly help to relieve physical pain and tension that is caused by the emotional strain that stress places you under. By targeting the ingrained biases...

Panic Attacks and Hypnosis

Hypnosis for Panic Attacks Panic attacks and panic disorders are a debilitating mental health issue for many people. They can strike unexpectedly and can affect your personal life, work life and relationships. However, you don’t need to be held captive by the issue, if you work on tackling the root cause of the problem. Here are some tips. Speak to Your Doctor The first step if you are having issues with panic attacks is to speak to your doctor. Many of the symptoms of a panic attack including shortness of breath and a racing heart can also be symptoms of physical issues such as asthma or heart disease, as well as a side effect of some medications. It is a good idea to make sure that your feelings of panic are not caused by any underlying issues before you start specific treatments for panic. Consider using Hypnotherapy Panic attacks stem from the body incorrectly sending the body into a ‘fight or flight’ mode, where it sends large amounts of adrenalin pulsing through the body. This creates the physical sensations of a racing heart, shorter breaths and sweating hands as the body prepares for an imminent threat. However, in modern life, this feeling can arise for other reasons, including stresses at work or simply the over stimulation of modern life. After a while, the body can become almost desensitised to this adrenalin and the patient can simply feel overwhelmed by any issues. Hypnosis for Panic Attacks Using hypnosis can be very useful for people in this situation. It can allow users to connect which situations or stimuli in their life...