Sometimes in life, alcohol can gain a bit too much control over us.
Where did it begin?
An extra glass of wine before dinner?
A bottle after?
A few beers with friends after work? Every day?
Hypnosis will help you understand why alcohol has become a problem and identify the route causes. It will help you re-examine your lifestyle, lead to better coping strategies and allow you to create a different attitude towards alcohol.
For whatever reasons you drink alcohol, hypnosis gives you the opportunity to release that urge, craving or need, so that you can change your habits and behaviour.
YOU will regain CONTROL of your drinking and alcohol consumption and reduce the intense hold it has over you.
In considering the effectiveness of hypnosis as a treatment for addiction, it’s important to acknowledge the different types of addiction that exist. In short, an addiction can operate on a physical or a mental plane. Elements of both exist in most cases.
A physical addiction involves a substance like alcohol, which literally enters the body and changes the way it operates. The damage that the substance inflicts on the body may be reversible, but no amount of hypnosis is going to repair these physical changes. That’s tantamount to expecting antivirus software to correct hardware problems in a computer.
But from a mental perspective, an addiction is rooted in repetitive behaviours and environmental triggers, and the payoff comes in some form of gratification or catharsis. Some addictions are completely mental, such as addictions to gambling or pornography. However, many of these same triggers and behavioural patterns are also at work in physical addictions like alcoholism.
Under hypnosis, the hypnotherapist guides the recovering alcoholic into a trance-like mental state in which the person is more susceptible to ideas and suggestions. In this state, those being hypnotised can become more imaginative and better at problem solving. In short, they’re in prime position to sort out strategies for conquering their own addictive behaviours.
However, the only way that hypnosis can be effective as a treatment for addiction is if the person being hypnotised really wants to give up their destructive habits and behaviours. The treatment does not change minds or induce new outlooks. Instead, it helps to hone and refine a preexisting mindset.
Effectiveness of Hypnosis as an Addiction Treatment
After a person who has been struggling with an addiction to alcohol overcomes the initial hurdle of becoming sober, a new set of challenges emerge. At this point, staying sober is the goal, and doing so requires goal setting, plenty of focus and a healthy dose of optimism.
This is where hypnosis as a treatment for addiction really becomes effective. It allows the patient to get involved in the treatment process, letting them explore their own triggers for relapse and giving them tools to deconstruct a craving should one arise.
The hypnotic trance is a deeply relaxed state, and it’s marked by changes in metabolism, breathing and even brain patterns. In other words, it’s both a mental and physical state of being.
During this relaxed state, the person being hypnotised is more open to exploring the mechanics of their addiction to alcohol. This allows them to explore the ebb and flow of their own cravings – with the goal of putting together strategies to overcome them – without any stress or feelings of guilt getting in the way.