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Caffeine Addiction
overcome caffeine addiction

caffeine addiction Caffeine may seem like a perfectly harmless ingredient that's present in so many of the things we eat and drink. The reality, though, is that caffeine is an addictive mood-altering drug. It is by far the most widespread and commonly used addictive drug in the entire world.

Even if you have just one cup of coffee or one caffeinated soda each day, chances are you are addicted to caffeine...

How caffeine addiction affects your life

You may not realise it, but caffeine can have a significant effect on your life, one that is unpleasant at best and downright destructive at its worst. Caffeine intake can cause a whole host of problems including anxiety, restlessness, excitement, nervousness, tremors, twitching, digestive upset, disorganised thoughts, and insomnia. It doesn't sound so harmless anymore, does it?

Unfortunately, caffeine is very hard to avoid because it is available in so many of the foods and drinks we consume. The leading culprits are coffee, tea, and chocolate, followed closely by soft drinks. Nearly 70% of soft drinks contain caffeine, sometimes at very high levels, which also means our children are taking in caffeine as well.

For most people, 30 milligrams of caffeine is enough to create changes in mood and behaviour. Now consider that a basic cup of coffee contains about 100 milligrams of caffeine and you can see how easily this drug can become a problem. Research has shown that some people can show symptoms of caffeine intoxication from as little as four cups of coffee. You can try drinking some kinds of tea to reduce your caffeine intake, but most varieties still contain enough of it to potentially cause problems for you.

A chemical and psychological addiction

Caffeine addiction is both chemical and psychological. On the chemical side, when you take in caffeine your body releases adrenalin. This is the same response your body has when it is under stress; it is a powerful temporary high, but when it wears off (usually in an hour or so) you are left feeling tired and without energy. As your energy level goes down, you feel the urge to take in more caffeine to regain the energy you previously had. The problem is that your body quickly builds up a tolerance to caffeine, so you have to take in more of it just to achieve the same level of energy as before.

On the psychological side, caffeine addiction comes about in part due to the constant thoughts and feelings that run through your mind it's like an endless loop, cycling over and over again as your imagination produces the thoughts and images that drive your behaviour to take in caffeine. These behaviours soon become a habit, turning into an established pattern of actions.

Using NLP, Hypnotherapy and Neuro Semantics to break the cycle

These excellent tools are for breaking the cycle of caffeine addiction, both chemically and psychologically. These tools help you get through the sometimes intense withdrawal symptoms and end your addiction to caffeine. The withdrawal symptoms can be quite unpleasant, and they are one of the reasons why so many people struggle to get away from their caffeine addiction. A few of these symptoms include:

  1. Headache, often quite sharp and intense
  2. Heavy drowsiness and an overwhelming feeling of fatigue
  3. Irritable and depressed mood
  4. Difficulty concentrating
  5. Anxiety
  6. Difficulty getting through the work day
  7. Pain or stiffness in your muscles
  8. Nausea
  9. Impaired mental and physical abilities

While some people are lucky enough to avoid most or even all of these symptoms, most people experience one or more of them at some point after eliminating caffeine intake. The first symptoms typically appear within 12 to 24 hours and they may continue for as long as two to nine days.

Our techniques help you through the withdrawal process by providing you with the tools necessary to cope with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Your conscious mind and unconscious mind are both engaged, allowing you to break free of the addictive cycle.

How long will treatment take?

Most people can successfully break free of caffeine addiction in as few as two or three one-hour sessions. They report feeling much clearer, healthier and happier.