Hypnosis for Addiction and Recovery...
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life...
Hypnosis can help those who have already come through the initial stages of rehabilitation cope with cravings and stave off relapse. Studies have shown hypnosis to be more effective than therapy alone when dealing with substance abuse disorders. Once you have convinced yourself that your drug of choice is physically repulsive it is very hard to un-believe it.
After a person who has been struggling with an addiction overcomes the initial hurdle of becoming sober, a new set of challenges emerge. At this point, staying sober is the goal, and doing so requires reprogramming old beliefs and habits, goal setting, plenty of focus, and a healthy dose of optimism.
This is where hypnosis as a treatment for addiction really becomes effective. It allows the patient to get involved in the treatment process, letting them explore their own triggers for relapse and giving them tools to deconstruct a craving should one arise.
Hypnosis Addiction Treatment Process
It’s important to acknowledge the different types of addiction that exist. In short, an addiction can operate on a physical or a mental plane. In most cases, an addiction is both mental and physical.
A physical addiction involves a substance like alcohol, which enters the body and literally changes the way it operates. The damage that the substance inflicts on the body may be reversible No amount of hypnosis is going to repair these physical changes, but it does give the client the best tools to prevent a relapse.
From a mental perspective, an addiction can be simply described as repetitive behaviors and environmental triggers, and the payoff comes in some form of gratification or catharsis. Some addictions are completely mental, such as addictions to gambling or pornography. However, many of these same triggers and behavioral patterns are also at work in physical addictions like alcoholism.
In either case, hypnosis is a tool that the mind can use to address thoughts and behaviors that are related to addiction. When applied in this way, hypnosis is an effective addition to rehab process.
Hypnosis as a treatment for addiction comes later in the rehabilitation process, after the client detoxifies their system.
Your hypnotist will guide you into a hypnotic state, where you are more susceptible to accepting new ideas and suggestions. In this state, you’re in prime position to sort out strategies for conquering you own addictive behaviors.
However, the only way that hypnosis can be effective as a treatment for addiction is if the client really wants to give up their destructive habits and behaviors.
Effectiveness of Hypnosis as an Addiction Treatment
It’s important to understand that hypnosis is not a cure-all for addiction, but it can definitely serve a role in a comprehensive course of treatment. It’s particularly useful in helping clients stay on the right track by changing the response to triggers and stress, as well as reprogramming the mind to diminish or eliminate cravings. It’s important to note that hypnosis serves a greater role in preventing relapse than it does in quitting. It is used a part of your rehab program. It serves as reinforcement, but not as a solution to addiction itself.
Hypnosis helps people relax
Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state, and it’s marked by changes in metabolism, breathing and even brain patterns. In other words, it’s both a mental and physical state of being.
During this relaxed state, the client is more open to exploring the mechanics of their addiction. This allows them to explore the ebb and flow of their own cravings with the goal of putting together strategies to overcome them, without any outside influences getting in the way.
We also train our clients to practice self-hypnosis, providing them with simple tools they can use when confronted with stresses and cravings in their daily lives.. Going into a light hypnotic state is an excellent way to overcome a craving in real time, and it gives recovering addicts a powerful edge against relapse.
Studies and Statistics on the use of Hypnosis in Treating Addiction
Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained Narcotic Free
Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.
A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984; 26(4): 273-9.
Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction
Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction.
Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.
Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger
In a research study on self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). individuals who used repeated self-hypnosis “at least 3 to 5 times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.
American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association) 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)
Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study
Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.
The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3.