Can Hypnotherapy Treat Addiction?

Habits are hard to break. Despite knowing and witnessing the unhealthy consequences of bad habits, habits are still hard to break. Some habits require a willingness beyond what an individual is able to offer themselves. Buried deep within the neural network of the brain, habits are ingrained in personality and every day life. Addiction, for example, is part habit. Everything about an addiction can become habitual. The cravings, the withdrawals, the seeking, the obtaining, the using, the being intoxicated, the cravings, the withdrawals, again- all of it is part of the habitual process of addiction.

The “gift of desperation” as it is called in recovery, doesn’t come to everyone. Treatment and recovery is not an easy task to face when someone is completely unconvinced that they need to quit abusing drugs and alcohol. They might be aware that they should want to quit and even that they need to quit. Somewhere within themselves they simply do not feel that it is possible to make up their own mind to do so. The habit is entrenched in their minds.

Hypnotherapy can be a great tool for these individuals. Aiding in the process of recovery, the therapy modality helps a client get inside of their own head by allowing a therapist to do so instead. Trained, licensed, and certified, a hypnotherapist performs more than a street magician’s entertainment. Hypnotherapists effect actual change in the brains of clients by creating a state of suggestibility. Whereas in consciousness a client may not be open to suggestion, in a hypnotized state of suggestibility, they are more receptive to ideas about quitting harmful behaviors such as substance abuse.

Cerebral Cortex published a study in 2016 which found that hypnosis and hypnotherapy accomplished more than an alteration of behaviors. Conducted by Stanford University, the study found that the brain had increased activities in specific areas which would contribute to change in habit. Attention, somatic awareness, emotional regulation, and other functions were increased, indicating that hypnosis doesn’t happen to the brain but within the brain.

Hypnotherapy can address other issues of habit and behavior in the treatment process. Most often, addiction is co-occurring with another mental health disorder which can create problematic behaviors and habits for coping with stress and emotion. Hypnotherapy can also aid in the release of traumatic memories, which can support the addiction recovery process.


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