The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 19.7 million American adults over the age of 12 had a substance addiction in 2017. Addictions impact individuals, families, communities, and economic health.
People with an addiction often aren’t productive participants in society. They may fail to meet family and work obligations. Bills go unpaid and may lead to homelessness.
Addiction does not only hurt the individual. If you or someone you know is one of the millions caught in this trap, hypnosis for addiction may be the answer. Continue reading to learn more about how hypnosis can help.
How is Addiction Defined?
Why does addiction happen? How do you know if you or someone you know has an addiction?
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction describes “a chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry”. This disorder causes specific biological, psychological, social, and spiritual behaviors. This presents as the unhealthy pursuit of a substance or other behavior to get the reward and/or relief.
Characteristics of addiction include:
- Inability to stop using a substance
- Loss of control over behavior
- Craving a substance
- Decreased ability to see problems caused by substance abuse
- Inability to see that behavior and emotional responses harm interpersonal relationships
- Cycles of stopping and then returning to the addictive behavior
Without treatment, the addiction progresses. This can often lead to physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disability. The addiction may also result in premature death.
What Causes Addiction?
Do you feel like some people fall into addictive patterns easier than others? This can be true. Several factors contribute:
- Addictions have a moderate to high rate of being inherited
- About 40% to 60% of people at risk for addiction have a genetic predisposition
- Addiction increases with environmental exposure, lifestyle choice, and availability in those with an inherited genetic history
- Environmental factors include a chaotic home life and abuse, parent drug/alcohol use and attitude toward drugs, peer pressure, and community influences
- Poor academic achievement also increases addiction vulnerability
- Teenagers and people who have mental health disorders have increased risk for drug use and addiction
Many factors play a role in developing an addiction. With treatment and commitment to overcome the addiction, you can reach your goal.
What to Expect with Hypnosis?
Is this real or just a magic trick used to entertain crowds. People fear that they will do embarrassing things. Will they be triggered to start performing some weird activity when they hear a bell, like in the movies?
Most people don’t know what to expect when they have hypnosis. Understanding how hypnosis works helps you feel more at ease and secure.
First, you aren’t sleeping. Hypnosis helps you to move into a relaxed state of mind and body. By relaxing your mind, you can reach the subconscious level. At this level, you can work to make permanent changes in patterns you may have developed over your life.
Hypnosis can help you change unwanted and ingrained habits. This leads to physical, mental, and emotional changes.
How Does Hypnosis for Addiction Help?
The big question is, how can hypnosis help with addiction?
Once you reach the relaxed state that accesses the subconscious level, the hypnotherapist can direct you to explore your thoughts. The therapist may use role-playing. This can help increase your imagination and ability to fantasize.
Under hypnosis, you may be able to access long-forgotten memories. This helps reveal a different perspective on your addictive behaviors. What may seem impossible, such as stopping the use of drugs or alcohol, can now appear achievable and desirable.
People who have hypnotherapy often gain a feeling of personal mastery and power. They feel more confident to unchain themselves from long-term habits that previously seemed out of their control.
Hypnosis is not a quick fix. Counseling and support networks are important to achieve and maintain sobriety.
How Effective Is Hypnotherapy for Addiction?
Does hypnotherapy really work to stop addictions? Studies have shown positive results with patients using hypnosis to stop addictive behavior.
One small study treated people with an addiction over a 10-week time frame. This group was then reevaluated for drug use at 3 different times. Ninety percent of the study participants completed the treatment program.
One hundred percent of participants stopped using drugs and were still sober six months later. Two years later, 78% were completely clean.
In 1972, B.J. Hartman completed a study treating drug addiction. He found that hypnosis was helpful for eliminating withdrawal symptoms, reducing pain, and decreasing cravings.
He reported that only 2% of people were able to stop using drugs without a hypnosis program. When people practiced consistent hypnosis the success rate rose to between 60% and 70%.
As the body of knowledge has increased concerning how hypnosis benefits addiction, its success rate has improved. Hypnotherapy has now become a powerful treatment, especially when combined with counseling and support networks.
When you believe that using an addictive substance is repulsive to your body, mind, and spirit, it becomes hard to un-believe. While addiction can’t be cured, the addictive behavior can be stopped.
Are You Interested in Learning More About Hypnosis?
Do you think hypnosis may help you? Our Certified Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist has a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He also completed his certifications as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.
This combination of training and experience as a counselor and hypnotherapist enhances his ability to approach the issue from a different perspective. If previous attempts to resolve your problem haven’t worked, this may be the solution.
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