Hypnosis Can Be a Form of Addiction Treatment

Hypnosis Can Be a Form Addiction Treatment | Transcend Recovery Community

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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Sober Living: 15 Holistic Approaches to Recovery (Part Two)

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The first article of this series, Sober Living: 15 Holistic Approaches to Recovery (Part One), began a list of holistic approaches that are being used more and more in sober living homes and recovery treatment centers around the world. We started off with acupuncture, art therapy, and deep breathing. Below will continue with such methods as meditation, journaling, and hypnosis.

Deep Breathing can be an essential tool, particularly right in those intense moments, and perhaps in a moment of craving. One of the most effective forms of deep breathing is square breathing. Someone using this method breathes in for the count of four, holds the breath for a count of four, breathes out for a count of four, and holds the breath for a count of four, and continuing that cycle until he or she feels relaxed.

Exercise can be an essential ingredient on the path to sober living. Physical activity can release endorphins, which alone help to boost positive feelings. Exercise can also help with the health of the brain, including making new neural connections, which alone can facilitate enduring change. Furthermore, to experience these benefits from exercise, you don’t have to run three miles a day; simply taking a walk regularly can boost mental health

Guided Imagery – This is a treatment technique that uses imagination and focus to direct attention on the nervous system, particularly the part of the body that might hold the answer to one’s issue. It can be used on those who have both psychological and physical illnesses, such as addiction.

Herbal Therapy is a form of treatment that uses herbs, which re natural botanical substances that affect the body. Many herbs have long been used in detoxification. For instance, the herb Kadzu has the potential for moderating alcohol abuse. Milk thistle can improve liver function, and Kava and Valerian can be used to treat insomnia, which often accompanies withdrawal.

Homeopathy is a non-toxic use of highly diluted remedies that are used to treat illnesses. They are considered to stimulate a person’s bodily system in a way that allows them to deal with stress and illness more efficiently. They can be useful during an individual’s road to sober living and during their withdrawal periods.

Hypnosis is a state of deep attention, which is induced by a therapist. The mind is highly receptive to suggestion and therefore can be used to help a person reach their goal for living sober.

Ideal Model Imagery – In this treatment modality, the clinician asks a depressed teen or adult to imagine what it would be like in an ideal situation. For example, an intervention might be, “Imagine what your life would be like if you were not depressed?” or “Imagine what circumstances and situations you would find yourself in if you were not depressed.”

Journaling can be a healing practice for those striving for sober living. By sitting in a designated place each week or each day write down your experiences, writing can become a healing practice. Really, it’s not the writing that is healing; instead, it is the relationship that you build with yourself as a result of having a writing practice. As you, another part of you is listening and offering compassion and a hug

Meditation is a very calming practice that can also produce healing experiences. Although meditation might be difficult at first, the challenge at the beginning is worth the rewards. By sharpening one’s focus, the heart can open and healing can take place.

Pet Therapy is a new and growing field called Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). It is a goal-directed intervention therapy that involves the use of an animal. A trained dog, for instance, is incorporated into the treatment plan as an essential part of an individual’s sober living recovery.

Perhaps as these forms of holistic approaches become more and more popular, they will be a part of a regular sober living program. For now, anyone interested in holistic recovery might have to look for them – but they’re out there!