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Removing Caffeine Addiction

Hypnotherapy and NLP will help you

Caffeine is a mood-altering drug – the most commonly used worldwide. It is most definitely a drug - one major scientific review concluded that as little as one cup of coffee a day could be sufficient to cause addiction. The withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant enough to make it very difficult to stop using the drug. But even if you are unlucky enough to find yourself seemingly trapped with no exit in view and feeling bad about it, maybe even telling yourself to have another cup of coffee and give up, there is a way to get rid of your need for caffeine for good.

This drug is everywhere

Caffeine sometimes seems hard to avoid: it is naturally present in coffee, tea and chocolate. 70% of all soft drinks contain the substance, which means that children are also affected. Even some products described as sports drinks contain it, although the use of caffeine is illegal in many sports and serious athletes stay away from it.

Intoxicated behaviours

It is well known that too high a caffeine intake can cause anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, and excitement. It can also cause insomnia, rambling thoughts, digestive upset, tremors, and twitching.

Just a cup of coffee

A typical cup of brewed coffee contains about 100 milligram of the drug. It is estimated that 30-milligram is enough to alter mood and behaviour. Tea and green tea contain less of it, but sufficient to be a problem. Soft drinks can contain very high amounts; it pays to read the label. For some people only four cups of standard coffee in a day would be enough for intoxication symptoms to appear

Chemical addiction

Caffeine intake leads to adrenalin release into the blood. This is a stress response, which wears off within an hour, leaving feelings of tiredness and low energy levels. This leads to another dose of caffeine and the circle is complete. It is a drug that builds up ‘tolerance’: users need more and more to get the same effect. So the tiredness builds up to a point where you feel burnt out, your adrenal glands worked to exhaustion, and the only solution seems to be to keep increasing the intake.

‘Psychological’ addiction patterns

The other factor that keeps you taking caffeine is that thoughts and feeling about caffeine are constantly going through your mind, repeating over and over like a loop of tape. Your imagination producing a seamless series of images, sounds and feelings that are all designed to have you taking in more of it.


These loops are an important part of the addiction, becoming a pattern that drives you to repeat the addictive behaviours. These patterns are also the weak point of the addiction: if you break the loop and replace the pattern with other thoughts then you end up in control of your imagination, instead of it running you.

Breaking out of the loop

We use hypnotherapy and NLP to help you break out of this loop. We show you how to use NLP to make changes to your patterns in a conscious way. We use hypnotherapy to communicate with your unconscious, which is where the pattern is held. These two therapies combine to form a powerful set of techniques. The focus of our work is to help you to train your mind to drop the old behaviours, making addiction a dim memory.

Withdrawal symptoms

Not everyone notices all the symptoms, and the intensity varies, but the major reactions are listed here. They begin 12 to 24 hours after the last caffeine intake and become most severe after a couple of days. The symptoms die away over two to nine days.

How long will it take to stop my caffeine addiction?

Most people who break this habit need two or three one-hour sessions.