Using Hypnotherapy In Your Treatment for Addiction

Posted by | Relapse Prevention, Treatment Programs | April 09, 2015

Many people turn to alternative forms of treatment, especially as these methods are becoming more and more popular. Practices such as yoga, meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing and others are becoming more and more commonplace among recovery centers, addiction treatment centers, and other places of healing.

One of the lesser known forms of healing within the addiction treatment field is the use of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is often used among psychologists, therapists, and alternative forms of healers. It’s used to help someone get in touch with a different part of themselves. Hypnosis is a state of deep attention, which is induced by a certified and trained professional. For many people, the mind is highly receptive to suggestion and therefore can be used to help a person reach their goal. For those who are in recovery, the goal for hypnosis might be long-term sobriety. For instance, an effect of effective hypnosis it might be fewer and fewer experiences of triggers and cravings.

Hypnosis works by guiding someone into a deep state of relaxation. He or she is ultimately guided into an altered state of consciousness. When that happens the trained professional can begin to offer suggestions that might have to do with treatment. Often, in the development of an addiction, for instance, a person might have created an association between stressful emotional situations and drinking. Hypnotherapy can be used to break that long-held association, and instead replace it with another association that’s healthier and less destructive. For instance, when the client feels emotionally stressed, he or she might go running to let off some steam. This can be suggested during a session of hypnosis. Or another suggestion might be that he or she talk with someone so that problems don’t just fester on the inside. Hypnosis can work by the trained professional suggesting to the person in a hypnotic state the relationship between stressful situations and talking to friends. Hypnosis can also work by suggesting that drinking is a bad idea. In general, hypnosis works through planting suggestions in the mind. These can be any suggestions that might improve one’s life.

It’s important to keep in mind that not everyone is susceptible to hypnosis. There is a small percentage of the population that don’t fall under the spell of hypnosis. However, there are a vast majority of people who do. There are also a wide number of recovery addicts who use this type of alternative health method as a means for uncovering limiting beliefs and changing them.

However, it’s important to say that hypnosis alone is not a thorough treatment method. Instead, addiction treatment needs a few additional components before it is successful. A person needs to quit drinking or using drugs to begin with. He or she can’t currently be under the influence when being put into that hypnotic state. Furthermore, ideally, the circumstances that contributed to the drinking or drug use must also no longer be a factor. For instance, if you have been experiencing grief over the loss of a friend and that has contributed to your addiction, then addiction treatment might also include therapy to address the grieving, and if necessary, medication, especially if you were severely depressed. Addiction treatment needs to be thorough in order for it to be successful, meaning that it includes aspects that address all the areas of the illness of addiction. The emotional, psychological, behavioral, and physical areas of one’s life needs to be addressed in treatment. Hypnosis is a great means for exploring the psychological and behavioral patterns that need changing.

If you’re interested in adding hypnosis to your addiction treatment plan, talk to your therapist or doctor. He or she can likely recommend a hypnotherapist in your neighborhood.

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