Hypnotherapy and Addiction

Hypnotherapy and Addiction

Hypnotherapy, also known as hypnosis, is often glorified in television and movies. It’s depicted as a trance state where the person being hypnotized is under the complete power of the practitioner, doing silly things like barking or dancing. In reality, hypnotherapy can be a useful mind-body therapy in treating many ailments, including addiction. 

What is Hypnotherapy?

The word “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word “Hypnos” which means “sleep.” In hypnotherapy, your state of consciousness is altered and the mind-body connection is utilized. It uses relaxation and attention to alter consciousness, thereby changing the brain. During a hypnotherapy session, you will probably feel very relaxed and trance-like and this change of consciousness can help you to see things, including addiction and recovery, in a new light. While in this trance-like state, you’re more open to guidance and advice, which you can later implement in your daily life.

How Does it Work for Addiction?

Hypnotherapy is often used as a complementary tool in conjunction with more traditional therapies for the treatment of PTSD, smoking, weight loss, phobias, addiction, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief. As an adjunct therapy in the treatment of addictions, greater willpower and perspective, returning to your daily life with greater insight, awareness, and fortitude. Many say that hypnotherapy enables them to feel as if they’ve gained access to their inner resources and power. 


If you’re interested in the meditative and transformative effects of hypnotherapy, you can actually hypnotize yourself with ease. Similar to meditation, self-hypnosis requires you to clear your mind and sit in an undisturbed and quiet place. There are many step-by-step self-hypnosis guides online. Additionally, it’s important to remember that hypnosis is not a quick fix. It’s one tool that can be employed and what you learn during hypnotherapy must be applied and worked on in everyday life in order for you to see lasting results. Like many forms of therapeutic intervention, work and commitment are required. 


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