Recovering from Addiction Using Hypnotherapy: How Does Hypnosis Work?

Over the years, hypnotherapy has consistently proven to be an effective treatment option for various conditions, and so has been gaining credibility in the medical community. Common applications include hypnotherapy or hypnosis for pain management, weight loss, and overcoming addictions.

So, how does hypnosis work, in this last case? Usually, it comes into play later in the rehabilitation process, although some patients consult with a practitioner earlier on. Regardless, a combination of conventional drug rehabilitation and hypnotherapy has proven to be particularly effective.

There are several reasons why it works.

1. It helps you relax. Turning to a certain substance, like alcohol, is often brought on by a number of factors, which includes stress. One key to hypnotherapy is how the subject – the patient – is guided into a completely relaxed state. The subconscious, however, is still alert, and open to suggestions.

This state isn’t unique to hypnotherapy; in fact, people experience it every day, just before waking fully and before falling asleep. Other instances are when they drive long distances but don’t remember getting to their destination. When that happens, their subconscious is the one doing the driving.

Since the state occurs naturally, the patient’s body is less likely to fight it.

2. It makes setting goals easier. An important step in rehabilitation is setting both short- and long-term goals while perhaps allowing for certain events. A former alcoholic, for example will aim to stay sober while making sure to pay attention to consumption at, say, a party.

Whatever the substance or drug of choice, the person will aim to avoid consuming large amounts of it, if not completely avoid it all together. While in the hypnotic trance, the hypnotherapist will make suggestions that will make achieving the goals or sticking to them easier.

In general, consulting a hypnotherapist like one from Melbourne Hypnosis Centre, helps the patient stay focused on these goals.

3. It allows more control. In general, hypnotherapy doesn’t completely replace a person’s mindset, or give people new outlooks on certain issues. Instead, it finds one that the patient already has – a positive one in contrast to the usually-negative ones they entertain. From there, the therapist hones and refines it, so that it becomes the more prominent thought.

Even though the hypnotherapist is giving suggestions that the patient’s subconscious will practice, the patient is the one who ultimately takes control of the addiction. Typically, the patient can actually reject those that don’t connect with their own beliefs.

This practice also helps the patient discover what caused his or her addiction in the first place, as well as what triggers their cravings. With a better understanding of themselves, patients can avoid relapses entirely.

There are a few precautionary measures patients might need to undergo, such as consulting physicians before they see a hypnotherapist, because of the possibility of false memories. This last is quite rare, although still plausible for people with certain conditions.

Still, hypnotherapy is the safest option so far, with patients usually learning how to perform hypnosis on themselves, so they can experience its benefits outside of scheduled sessions. With its continued success, it’s no wonder people turn to it as a more viable option, for long-term recovery.

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