Hypnosis and its influence on the treatment of addictions
For many people, hypnosis is a powerful tool in the fight against addictions, especially alcoholism, it also supports the process of quitting smoking. Hypnotherapy has a high success rate in fighting addiction and is therefore the most common reason people choose hypnosis for drinking addiction. Treatment with hypnosis can bring the desired results if you really want to.
What is hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is nothing more than a therapeutic session using hypnosis, i.e. introducing the patient to an altered state of consciousness. Some say that only 25% of all people on Earth can benefit from hypnotherapy, but in reality, it depends on many factors, and quite often more than one session is required to achieve satisfactory results.
Hypnotherapy currently focuses primarily on the so-called medium hypnosis. This means that the patient remains almost fully aware and can draw conclusions from the therapy session on his own.
For most people who are susceptible to hypnosis, positive results could be seen after three to five sessions. Very often relief could be observed after the first session. Excellent results are also obtained in the treatment of addictions such as smoking, drug addiction, erotomania, and even in the fight against obesity.
Hypnosis in the treatment of excessive drinking
Treating alcoholism can be a long and bumpy road. Sometimes, overcoming alcohol addiction may even seem impossible. However, there is a time when an addict is ready to help when he feels powerless. The recovery begins with noticing the problem of alcohol.
You don’t have to make drastic changes right away, but you can do it gradually. While there are many effective treatments for alcoholism, you don’t necessarily need to seek professional help or go to rehab right now. There are many things you can do to help yourself stop drinking and achieve lasting results.
Anti-alcohol therapy with the use of hypnosis consists of introducing into the alcoholic’s subconsciousness affirmations and suggestions that are designed to encourage abstinence from alcohol and strengthen motivation to not drink.
Sometimes post-hypnotic suggestions are used to suggest that alcohol is unhealthy, unpalatable, etc. It builds up a strong will in the person to refuse when encouraged to drink by colleagues. Another method is to associate alcohol with something aversive, e.g. with negative health consequences such as vomiting, nausea, or a hangover – this strategy somehow refers to the aversive techniques used in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.
Can excessive drinking be treated with hypnosis?
The success of this method is not easy to verify. The hypnotic session can help, but not everyone. It is only a form of supporting psychotherapy. The degree of addiction, as well as the person’s internal motivation to change and susceptibility to hypnosis, determine the effectiveness of actions. It is also influenced by the selection of hypnotic techniques according to the patient’s characteristics. Many external factors determine the results of hypnotherapy for drinking as well. Hypnosis for drinking sessions may be one of the initial treatments, but they will not help you understand the causes of alcohol abuse or help you find alternatives to replace alcohol in your daily life. If the method is helpful in treating alcoholism, then the person will feel a change after the first 3 to 5 sessions. Meetings are then held cyclically every 2-4 weeks.
How to cure yourself of alcoholism
Most people with an alcohol problem will not choose to make major changes or reduce their alcohol consumption right away. Recovery is usually a long process. It is important to confirm your willingness to stop drinking. If you are not sure if you are ready for a change or are struggling with the decision, thinking about the costs and benefits of your choice can help.
Once you’ve made the decision to change, the next step is to set clear goals. The more specific, realistic, and clear the better. The next step is to choose a method of sobering. Some people decide to fight the addiction on their own, others ask a doctor for help or go to drug addiction treatment because they are unable to stop drinking themselves. Which option is best for you depends on how much you’ve been drinking, how long you’ve had an alcohol problem, and whether you’ve had health complications.
The craving for alcohol can be very high, especially in the first six months after you stop drinking. You must learn to treat alcohol as a thing to live without.
You need to develop the ability to cope without alcohol, especially in stressful situations, when you have the urge to drink, and there is often social pressure to do so. Don’t give up – the path to victory in the fight against addiction will not be easy or pleasant, but it is worth going through it.
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