Can Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Help Individuals with Addiction Problems?

Considering my own personal experiences with family members’ addiction problems and being a practicing hypnotherapist, I’ve researched this question quite extensively. Most articles correctly explain that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not a replacement for full addiction therapy. Individuals who are seeking help for themselves or for loved ones will best be helped with traditional rehab treatments. Many are inpatient rehab’s where the addicted person may stay for 28 to 90 days. Here is an example of several types of rehab to choose from. Of course the type of rehab will depend on how severe the addiction is.

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Hypnosis Can Help Supplement Detox and Recovery

With that being said, hypnosis and hypnotherapy can certainly supplement in helping people with addiction problems. In the early stages of treatment, the first step is stopping or tapering the use of whatever the drug of choice is (including alcohol). This is the detox stage.  I strongly recommend a doctor or health care provider be involved with the detoxification of alcohol or benzos (benzodiazepines). There can be severe health complications and even death when detoxing from these substances.  Hypnosis and gentle guided imagery can aid the individual in the withdrawal stage by lessoning the anxiety and nausea that are frequently experienced.

Here is a good YouTube video that discusses dangerous withdrawal symptoms

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Help For Continued Sobriety After Rehab

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can also help in the stages after rehab treatment. Reinforcing positive associations while under hypnosis can help keep the focus on sobriety. The person under hypnosis imagines reaching goals and milestones. Perhaps the person with addiction has lost parenting privileges. Under hypnosis, they can envision seeing and caring for their children once again, motivating them to stay on the path of sobriety. Or possibly, they’ve lost a job position while using drugs or alcohol. Under hypnosis, they can picture themselves once again working and engaging in a career they love.

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“Sobriety can lose it’s excitement, but I’ll take the occasional boredom of work, bills, and relationships over the excitement of warrants, arrests and withdrawals, all day everyday.”

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So, in essence, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not a replacement for drug and alcohol treatment but they can certainly be used as a supplement and aid in the prevention of relapse.

What types of treatments have helped you or your loved one with addiction problems? Have you or a loved one ever tried hypnotherapy to aid in recovery? Submit your comments below! 🙂

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