‘Neuro’ is to do with the brain. ‘Linguistic’ is to do with language.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a psychological approach which analyses strategies which may be used by successful individuals. These are then applied to the person to reach a personal goal.

This type of therapy relates to language, patterns and thoughts of behaviour which may have come to light through experience. The individual then uses these experiences to achieve their outcomes.

All human action is seen as positive in this type of therapy. The importance being that if a plan fails it isn’t good or bad but it is just viewed as useful information.


Neuro-Linguistic Programming is used within addiction treatment as it stems from emotional strength. Addiction makes you feel helpless and NLP helps to build resilience to the emotional roller-coaster.

The NLP framework can be used and applied to almost any problem in life which is why it works for addiction treatment. It breaks down each behaviour into smaller pieces of information which make it easier for the individual to understand. It allows the person to address the root cause of their addiction and create a step-by-step plan to change.

Neuro-linguistic Programming can help most addictions. The framework it uses can be applied to most problems in life. This means that it has the possibility to help with any addiction. It also means that it is beneficial for individuals who may be suffering with Dual diagnosis.