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Benefits of using Hypnotherapy 

in Addiction Treatment

22 June 2020

Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based treatment for addiction, which can also be used to treat a variety of other psychological difficulties. 

Hypnotherapy combines the psychological process of hypnosis with psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy is conducted by a trained therapist,  with a client who is informed about, understands, and consents to the process.

The change in consciousness that occurs under hypnosis is more than just a feeling, it can actually be measured and observed on the EEG readings of the brains of hypnotic subjects.

In a trance state, a person becomes less aware of what is going on around them, while instead focusing deeply on some aspect of their inner experience. These inner experiences can involve their thoughts, their feelings, their memories, their imagination, and their sensations—especially sensations associated with relaxation.

The dissociative aspect of the hypnotic trance means that the person undergoing hypnosis, separates out the aspects of the hypnotic experience that they are focusing on from other potential distractions that they would normally be aware of at the same time, to an unusual degree. 

The person under hypnosis is actually in control of what they are doing, despite the dissociative experience.

While in a under hypnosis, the patient is more open to suggestion by the Hypnotherapist.

This relaxed and suggestible state can help people to get a different perspective on their addictive behaviors. What normally seems impossible—quitting a substance or behavior that is central to one's existence—can seem achievable and desirable.

Though everyone responds differently to hypnosis, some people undergoing hypnotherapy treatments may develop a capacity to breaking free from certain long-term behavior patterns in the waking state.

Hypnotherapy can help with addictions since hypnosis can allow certain people through the power of suggestion, to strengthen their willpower in overcoming their addictive urges and cravings. The hypnotic state decreases a person's peripheral awareness, heightening attention and suggestibility to potentially effectively alter the neuroplasticity networks capable of rewiring certain patterns and conditioning. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to adapt, therefore a person's feelings and behaviors continue to be influenced even after they have come out of hypnosis.

However, those who think that hypnosis is somehow magical, and will erase their addiction in a single session are likely to be disappointed. Hypnotherapy is is a mental health tool used to unlock human potential through the power of suggestion, and is not a magic formula.

Hypnotherapy is a legitimate form of Therapy, and like all therapy, it requires work and the patient does need to be ready to make positive change.  

Hypnosis can help people to address both their addictions and associated problems, but these issues are complex and challenging both for the patient and for the therapist, and hypnotherapy does not work for everyone. However, it is a natural modality that shows positive and powerful potential to heal and grow. 

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