There are many forms of addiction treatment out there. Most of them are the ones that most know about – such as therapy, sober living homes, treatment centers, and 12-step meetings. However, there are also some forms of addiction treatment that more alternative and lesser-known. Yet, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t effective. For instance, some alternative forms of treatment include meditation, yoga, equine therapy, and acupuncture – all of which have their benefits when included in a matrix of treatment methods. In fact, this is precisely why some addiction treatment centers are beginning to include alternative treatment forms into their program.
One of the lesser known forms of healing within the addiction treatment field is the use of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is often used among psychologists, therapists, and alternative forms of healers. It’s used to help someone get in touch with a different part of themselves. Hypnosis is a state of deep attention, which is induced by a certified and trained professional. For many people, the mind is highly receptive to suggestion and therefore can be used to help a person reach their goal. For those who are in recovery, the goal for hypnosis might be long-term sobriety. An example of how effective hypnosis might be useful is by leading to fewer and fewer experiences of triggers and cravings.
Hypnosis works by guiding someone into a deep state of relaxation. He or she is ultimately guided into an altered state of consciousness. When that happens the trained professional can begin to offer suggestions that might have to do with treatment. Often, in the development of an addiction, for instance, a person might have created an association between stressful emotional situations and drinking. Hypnotherapy can be used to break that long-held association, and instead replace it with another association that’s healthier and less destructive.
For instance, when the client feels emotionally stressed, he or she might go running to let off some steam. This can be suggested during a session of hypnosis. Or another suggestion might be that he or she talk with someone so that problems don’t fester on the inside. Hypnosis can work by the trained professional suggesting to the person in a hypnotic state the relationship between stressful situations and talking to friends. Hypnosis can also work by suggesting that drinking is a bad idea. In general, hypnosis works through planting suggestions in the mind. These can be any suggestions that might improve one’s life.
Some people are afraid of hypnosis, particularly because it requires trust in the person who is facilitating the process. However, if fears and doubts can be put aside and if a person is able to relax, then it’s possible that this form of treatment can lead to significant results. It’s possible that eventually a person might even bring their addiction to an end…for good.
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