According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is a major cause of preventable disease and illness in Australia. In addition to this alarming fact About 50-66% of those who have PTSD also battle simultaneous addiction.
This alarming statistic paints a clear picture; people with addictions are experiencing pain, and the archaic presentation of “addiction as a weakness” must shift in order to truly help, says addictions and smoking cessation expert Julia Lorent.
Addiction is destructive, however Ms. Lorent says the ideology and perception of addiction must change and be recognised as a response to emotional pain and a result of patterning in the brain. Melbourne Quit Smoking Clinic’s founder, Lorent knows this all too well. The impressive keynote speaker and hypnotherapist has lived these outcomes with the loss of loved ones from addictions - the very nature of which led her to start her practice more than 15 years ago.
"The hazardous outcomes of addiction not only impact on the life of the addicted but also those that love them. If it could be cured with a quick, easy, antidote, our society would look very different," Lorent said. "Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. However, finding what causes addiction in the first place is essential to prevention and remedy."
Fortunately, a new outlook on addiction is transpiring. Understanding how the perception of "addiction" starts and addressing the genesis of mind patterns and measures to protect oneself from pain is having a remarkable outcome for those seeking help.
"For a long time, we have looked at addiction as something genetic or something that happens by accident. Someone tries drugs and before they know it they’re hooked. However, this perspective is becoming dated," says Julia Lorent. "Trauma and pain are the derivatives of addictions and we need to change our attitude towards it," says the advocate and author.
Lorent’s not alone. Internationally acclaimed addiction expert Gabor Maté says “emotional loss and trauma” are the core of addiction. Gabor discusses in his findings how “addictions start with pain and end with pain”. According to the popular physician, when we feel sadness, the part of the brain that deals with physical pain is also triggered. That is why emotional distress can feel like being stabbed with a knife. Addictions become our way of dealing with the pain. We cling to what helps us “get away from distress”.
Maté’s literature and presentations insist that instead of asking why the addiction, we should be asking why the pain.
The journey to wellness, calm and emotional stability and health can seem impossible and impermanent. With professional help, however, there can be long-term success.
Contact Julia Lorent:
1300 72 31 36
The celebrated writer and popular Australian practitioner is also the founder of a portfolio of highly successful life-changing businesses: Melbourne Quit Smoking Clinic, Mind Magic and she is also the principal practitioner of the Melbourne Clinic of Hypnotherapy along with the dynamic Savvy Changemaker. Julia is a transformational therapist and a humanist passionate about empowering people to overcome limiting beliefs. Embracing the possibilities of a meaningful life is what drives Julia. The go-to person for several government departments and university researchers and have collaborated in several important papers addressing addiction.
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