Hypnosis for Drug and Alcohol Addictions

Hypnosis for Drug and Alcohol Addictions by Biodun Ogunyemi

Hypnotherapy for AddictionsHypnosis for drug and alcohol addictions. The traditional treatment for addictions usually involves a combination of medication and therapy that is reinforced over time. Many types of addictions are not only physical, but mental in nature as well. While many treatment programs have varying degrees of success in dealing with addictions, hypnosis is one that brings in the power of the mind to help kick the habit.

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy has been used for decades in treating drug and alcohol addictions, although it is still considered by many to be a secondary type of treatment. Although hypnosis may seem on the outside when it comes to established medical treatments, the British Medical Association approved the use of hypnosis for pain management in childbirth and surgery back in 1955. At the same time, the BMA recommended that all physicians and medical students get basic training in hypnosis as well. Three years later, the American Medical Association approved hypnosis for medical uses as well.

However, the power and effectiveness of hypnosis in helping people overcome their addictions is such that it has garnered a considerable amount of attention in recent years thanks to its overall effectiveness at reaching the subconscious mind and changing the mental attitude of patients so that they were more likely to overcome their drug or alcohol addiction.

Hypnotherapy for treating addictions

Hypnosis for drug and alcohol addictions. Despite being practiced for many decades, hypnosis is still arguably one of the lesser understood methods being usedhypnosis for drug and alcohol addictions in the treatment of addictions. This is despite the fact that many people make a living demonstrating their hypnotic ability on others in shows and performances around the world. While all of us have seen the power of hypnosis to create a temporary condition where people are given commands that they follow, it is less understood how influencing the mind in this manner can lead to long term conditioning when it comes to overcoming addiction.

Unlike the performances that many of us have witnessed over the years, actually hypnotherapy that is used to treat addictions is a private, one-on-one treatment that establishes a long term influence on the person being treated. Although powerful on its own, hypnotherapy is only truly effective when the subject is ready and willing to put their addictions behind them.

Hypnotherapy bypasses the conscious mind and speaks directly to the subconscious where the normal barriers no longer exist. In traditional treatments that include therapy, the conscious or “critical” mind will often question, doubt or even deny the suggestions made by the therapist. In hypnotherapy, all that is bypassed so that the suggestions go directly into the mind without being warped or even denied by the patient.

How hypnotherapy works for alcohol and drug therapy

hypnosis for drug and alcohol addictions The key in hypnotherapy when it comes to drug rehabilitation or treating alcohol addiction is anchoring the suggestion in the subconscious mind until the patient accepts it as fact. The power of hypnosis performed by a trained hypnotherapist is such that results can be seen quickly, often within days of the first treatment.

However, this does rely on the person wanting treatment and even suggestions that are sent directly into the mind can be rejected if the subject is not willing to abide. For example, a hypnotic suggestion that directs a person to do something immoral or against their better judgment is most often rejected because there is a conflict in which the person will stick to who they are rather than what has been suggested.

If a person wants to end their addiction, then the subconscious suggestion will take root because the mind is ready to go in that direction even after years of alcohol or drug abuse. However, it does take more than just planting the suggestion – the root causes for the addiction must be revealed in order for the suggestion to properly take hold and become anchored in the mind of the subject.

Hypnosis for alcohol addiction

Alcoholism is arguably the most widespread addiction thanks in part to the cultural acceptance of alcohol over the hypnosis for drug and alcohol addictions centuries. While alcohol is arguably not as addictive in nature as prescription drugs or harder forms of narcotics, the fact that it is far more widespread in our culture is why so many people become alcoholics.

Hypnosis for drug and alcohol addictions starts by addressing the root causes of the addiction and assisted by the appropriate medical treatment as well. In other words, abruptly stopping the consumption of alcohol may have a devastating effect on the body depending on the level of addiction. Hypnotherapy works in combination with other treatments to ease the withdrawal symptoms and establish in the mind the rejection of alcohol consumption.

Alcoholism is a very pervasive addiction and the widespread availability and social acceptance makes it very difficult even with the use of hypnosis to overcome initially, but repeated treatments along with the proper support can be very effective in removing the temptation that alcoholism presents.

Hypnosis for drug addiction

Although arguably not as widespread as alcoholism, drug addiction is more insidious and in many ways a deeper addiction with root causes that can be difficult to overcome. Hypnosis for drug addiction often works in concert with other treatments to remove the physical addiction and ease the withdrawal symptoms so that the suggestions delivered to the mind are most effective.

hypnosis for drug and alcohol addictions The induction of relaxation through hypnosis allows the patient to better combat the addiction that they are undergoing. As with treating alcohol addiction, the basic premise is to find the root causes for the addiction and then overcome them with specific suggestions so that the patient can then develop the mental state to resist falling back into temptation once again.

The overall success rate of hypnosis for drug and alcohol addictions is such that it is garnering new support from the medical community as a potent treatment. Today, hypnosis is becoming more successful in this field thanks to its direct approach in planting positive suggestions directly into the mind. When it is used with other types of treatments, it can increase the chances of a person overcoming their addictions and leading a normal, happier life as a result.

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  • Tina Weston

    Reply Reply June 29, 2014

    I’ve dealt with addiction my whole life. My father was an addict and I was into heroin for a brief time, as well as meth. I was hypnotized through many weeks to get off of drugs and it gradually worked for me. I of course still wanted it, but my mind kept telling me that it probably wasn’t worth it.

  • Andrew25

    Reply Reply June 29, 2014

    Hypnosis for addiction would take a while, but I can see it being a useful measure to curb addiction. I know people who’ve tried it and say it’s worked wonders while others gave up and went right back to their addiction. It’s not easy, but it can be done.

  • Jessica Parket

    Reply Reply June 29, 2014

    Thanks for sharing Biodun. You know so much about hypnosis and I appreciate the learning I am getting from your site. Anyways I was once addicted to drugs in the past and it’s really hard to get over. I didn’t use hypnosis, but I went cold turkey the best I could. But I really wish I would have tried hypnosis therapy to help ease the process. It was very hard to get through, but I did.

  • Donald F.

    Reply Reply June 29, 2014

    Addiction to any hard drugs and substances is a very horrible thing to deal with. I’ve seen it first hand with my brother and my sister-in-law who happened to do massive quantities of drugs. They lost their child and even lost their home. It hurt them badly, but they’ve been able to rebound because of hypnosis. Which is just great! I am very happy they got through such a hard stage in their lives.

  • Ryan

    Reply Reply June 29, 2014

    Very informative article Biodun. You really care about getting hypnosis information out there to the world and I appreciate it. I am learning a lot about it and I hope to one day use it for my personal problems. Anyways, this was very interesting to read. I can’t see it being easy to get over drugs, even with hypnosis, but I do believe it can work to gradually slow down a persons mind to not be interested in hard drugs.

  • Lisa Riley

    Reply Reply June 29, 2014

    Addiction is one of the worst things to go through in life. Thankfully my addiction is fast food, and I have stopped mostly with it. I know a lot of people who’ve had drug problems, even passed away because of it. I never want to see someone I care for dealing with it. My son drank a lot, but he’s recovering fairly well. I would be devastated if anyone I loved got into hard drugs though, never want to see it happen.

  • Dan

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    Yeah this is great news to me. I’ve dealt with my fair share of addiction the past 10 years or so. I’ve tried to stop taking pain pills and alcohol forever now and I always come back to it. I want to try hypnosis because I’m ruining my life as well as losing my family in the process. I just need all the help I can get.

  • Arin H.

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    Yes, Hypnosis is by far one of the best ways of curbing an addiction. It doesn’t always stop people, but it’s one of the fastest and best ways of bringing a faster end to an addiction.

  • Amanda Simmons

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    Thank you so much for this article. My daughter is addicted to meth and we’ve been doing so much to help her get off of it, but it’s not easy by any means. I need all the help there is and I really have hope that hypnosis will work. I just need to get her to try it.

  • Jen

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    I’ve been hypnotized five times in the past year for my addictions. So far I notice I am very eager to slow down or even quit. It’s still not easy. I feel the trigger in my mind going off, telling me to take drugs again. Thankfully I feel like I’m growing more powerful towards my own addiction. I just hope I continue on this path.

  • Stacey88

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    Hypnosis sounds like a great idea to me. Though I am unsure if I would want to get hypnotized. When you do get hypnosis done, don’t you have to like let the person doing it, control your mind? I mean, I don’t think I’d be able to do that to be honest.

  • Paige Y.

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    Dealing with an addiction can be troublesome to say the least. I have dealt with addiction since I was 15 years old. Thankfully I got through it, and I had a lot of help from doctors and therapists. My best treatment was when I used a hypnotherapist who was able to help ease my addiction earlier then anyone else. I’ve since dropped my addiction and I’m as healthy as ever.

  • James

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    The idea of hypnosis to me is to get people to actually change their state of minds to something new. I’ve gotten hypnosis done and I’ve also tried hypnosis on friends and family. I truly believe it’s a life saving thing these days and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Frank Carmen

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    Hypnosis is such a great way to change ones mind in a similar way. I know people who suffer from serious addiction, and I would welcome a change to their state of minds to help them better survive in this chaotic world.

  • Benji

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    Hi everyone. This site is very informative and helpful. I have always wondered about the likes of hypnosis. I never had it done on me, but a friend did and she did it for stress. I hope it helps people with addiction. I just don’t know how that’d work to be honest.

  • Morgan Tipton

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    You sure know your stuff Biodun. I am very appreciative to know about your blog. I’ve learned so much about hypnosis since I found this site a couple months back. It’s probably the best site I’ve been to in a long time. I just wanted to stop by and say thanks. I now too am very into hypnotherapy these days.

  • Bryan D.

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    Hypnosis is such a useful form of treatment these days, that even traditional doctors are considering giving it a try these days. I know my doctor has been doing it for months and I know it’s a good way of helping people loosen their mind a bit.

  • Mary P.

    Reply Reply July 2, 2014

    This was quite the read, thanks for sharing. I appreciate everything I learn from this site. If I didn’t learn that hypnosis was such a good opportunity I would have been having more problems than I’d want. It is so helpful and I really hope it can help those who deal with addiction, especially on extremely hard drugs.

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