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Drugs, Gums or Patches Won’t Increase Your Chances Of Quitting

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Drugs, gums or patches won’t increase your chances of quitting Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Using prescription drugs or over-the-counter products like gums, mints or patches won’t increase your chances of quitting smoking a year later, according to a new study. The US researchers followed two groups of people 2002/03 and 2010/11 and found at the end of the 12-month period, those using varenicline (sold in Australia as Champix), bupropion (Zyban), or nicotine-replacement therapy (gums, mints or patches) were no more likely to have quit smoking for 30 days or more than those who didn’t use these drugs. Read more: Weekly Dose: Champix’s effectiveness is questionable and safety record is concerning Evidence based smoking cessation? We’re told the best way to quit smoking is to use an “evidence-based” method: a strategy supported by high-quality research evidence. And for the last 30 or so years, this has been nicotine-replacement therapy, bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Champix), which claim to increase (and sometimes double) your chance of success. In the hierarchy of evidence, the lowest form is anecdote or case studies (“I smoked for 20 years, then an alternative therapist sprinkled magic powder on me, and the next day I stopped smoking!”). These…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 19/03/17

By Anxiety, Confidence, Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, LGBTQI, Mindfulness, NLP, Phobia, PTSD

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 19/03/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as the infamous rewind technique for phobias with a Dan Jones twist, a Trolls Mindfulness exercise for kids, looking at Persuasion, overcoming challenges for public speaking, hypnosis and PTSD, self-sabotage and PTSD, and lastly, a look at how mental health, sexual health, HIV, and Drugs are all tied together with gay men. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Overcome a Fear of Needles: Phobia Treatment: Rewind Technique By Dan Jones Hypnosis In this video I guide you through the rewind technique to help you overcome a fear of needles. The process is interactive and quite fast, so you may need to listen a few times to get used to the process and to following the process, and to deciding on what memories to use to de-traumatise. It is usually best to use the first memory (often the cause),…

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OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes!

By LGBTQI, OUTthink, Shame

OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes! So, let’s be honest… hitting 10 episodes of a fortnightly podcast isn’t really that big of a deal however it felt like it was time to begin speaking a little bit more about this podcast that I’ve been investing some time and energy into. OUTthink is a podcast aiming to shine a light into some of the mental health and psychological issues that impact on the LGBT community. In my previous posting ‘Why I Created OUTthink‘, I outlined that LGBT folk have a unique relationship with shame during our childhood development. As kids, we knew we were different. We weren’t sure exactly in what way. We definitely couldn’t put a label on it, yet we could feel it and we knew the other kids knew too. As a result, we often allow the toxic effects of shame take impact; creation of the false self, rage, people pleasing, addiction – all common ways to deal with this feeling underneath that we were inescapably flawed and unlovable. As we find out place in ‘the community’, we begin to move more towards dismantling these shame messages and becoming more authentic. OUTthink really aims to both bring topics that…

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OUTthink – Episode 10 – Dean Beck – Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs

By Habits, LGBTQI, OUTthink, Podcast, Shame

OUTthink – Episode 10 – Dean Beck – Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs I’ll be honest; I approached this interview with a certain amount of anxiety. Here I was, about to sit down with one of Australia’s most well-known LGBT interviewers, who’s body of work covers all aspects of the Australian (and international) LGBT world. Our topic; Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs – four topics that are so interconnected yet rarely approached in that way. In this chat, we discovered why it is so rarely attempted. We touch on several points around each of the topics before, hopefully, bringing them all together around the concept of individual identity towards the end. It’s a 30-minute journey worth having a listen to! About Dean Beck Producer. Broadcaster. Community Advocate. ENUF Ambassador. Dean Beck has over 5 years experience as a broadcaster and radio producer. Dean is the founder and original presenter of community radio’s most popular show about sex, sexuality and self, Hide And Seek. He presents the nationally syndicated interview program Word For Word, heard each week on JOY 94.9 and across the Community Radio Network. He also presents a weekly news and current affairs program, On…

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There’s No Such Thing As An ‘Addictive Personality’ – Here’s Why

By Addiction, Habits, Hypnosis, HypnotherapyNo Comments

There’s no such thing as an ‘addictive personality’ – here’s why Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University “Life is a series of addictions and without them we die”. This is my favourite quote in academic addiction literature and was made back in 1990 in the British Journal of Addiction by Isaac Marks. This deliberately provocative and controversial statement was made to stimulate debate about whether excessive and potentially problematic activities such as gambling, sex and work really can be classed as genuine addictions. Many of us might say to ourselves that we are “addicted” to tea, coffee, work or chocolate, or know others who we might describe as being “hooked” on television or using pornography. But do these assumptions have any basis in fact? The issue all comes down to how addiction is defined in the first place – as many of us in the field disagree on what the core components of addiction actually are. Many would argue that the words “addiction” and “addictive” are used so much in everyday circumstances that they have become meaningless. For instance, saying that a book is an “addictive read” or that a specific television series is “addictive viewing” renders the word useless in…

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Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

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Johann Hari offers an excellent TED Talk where he explores some of the age-old myths around addiction and shares some of the newer research that is more about re-connecting people back into the community. He talks about countries that made sure addicts had a reason to get our of bed in the morning and have a sense of purpose in their lives. He offers up the concept of real connections, stating that ‘if you have a crisis in your life, it won’t be your Twitter followers who come to see you.’ He observes the parody of social networking, our obsession with exchanging ‘stuff’ in our lives for the sake of real connection. This is a fascinating insight into addiction that is worth your 15 minutes investment to understand why some people struggle with addiction in their lives. He also offers up some simple suggestions about what you can do to assist the addicts in your life. Johann Hari also has a book available titled ‘Chasing the Scream’. You might also want to read: What Is Shame (Really)? Breaking Addiction Through Counselling and Hypnosis Book Review: Healing The Shame That Binds You Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

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Breaking Addiction Through Counselling and Hypnosis

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Breaking Addiction Through Counselling and Hypnosis Look around and you’ll see addiction everywhere. Alcohol. Drugs. Sex. Gambling. Smoking. Technology. Even with our food. For some time, there has been the long held belief that addiction comes as a physiological response; a chemical dependence. While there is certainly some instances where that can be the case, the way in which we perceive the addiction plays an equal or larger part. Addiction is essentially a form of ‘experiential avoidance’; that is, it is a short term ‘feel good’ release that also avoids dealing with the real issues at hand. The video below highlights this perfectly. When people have something to ‘go home to’, their chances of addiction are dramatically less than those who have nothing to go home to. From the people who I have worked with that experience an addiction, there is often a self-critical component as well; a lack of self-compassion where they certainly have expectations of themselves that exceed how they would view anyone else. They’ve often focused on how flawed they are, how much they’ve ruined their lives and fail to see how living with this self-perception is driving them more towards the self-destructive behaviour. They’ve allowed their…

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