Hypnotherapy for Addiction Treatment

Hypnotherapy is an alternative therapeutic technique that can offer several benefits for treating addiction alongside other traditional therapies. At Addiction Campuses, our treatment programs offer several alternative and holistic treatment options to meet the needs of each patient.

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Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that can be used to treat emotional and psychological difficulties and promote behavioral change. Within addiction treatment, hypnotherapy can be a beneficial complement to traditional forms of treatment such as behavioral therapy and medication.

By working with a trained hypnotherapist, patients can become more relaxed and open to the treatment process. Hypnosis can also be used to ease physical symptoms of withdrawal and treat additional mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.

At Addiction Campuses, our treatment programs offer a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities shown to be effective for helping patients succeed on their path towards recovery. We encourage patients to explore treatment options with our trained specialists to find what best suits their preferences and needs for sobriety.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Hypnotherapy is a process that involves the use of hypnosis to alter physical or emotional sensations and promote healthy changes in behavior. Using hypnosis, a hypnotherapist can guide patients through relaxation techniques and therapeutic exercises to open the mind and introduce new associations with certain behaviors or experiences.

Hypnosis can make a person more open to suggestions, and increase focus. Through a guided process, hypnotherapists can promote a feeling of calmness in patients and suggest changes in negative habits or behaviors.

Hypnosis can tap into areas in the mind that may be closed off when someone is in their normal state. This can affect a person’s sensations, thoughts, emotions, and reactions to certain stimuli. While hypnosis has proven effective in treating some physical conditions, it is commonly believed by those who practice it to be a beneficial technique for emotional and spiritual healing.

Common practical uses for hypnotherapy include:

  • acute and chronic pain
  • stress
  • nausea
  • anxiety disorders
  • phobias
  • mood disorders (e.g. depression)
  • gastro-intestinal disorders

Hypnotherapy isn’t a comprehensive treatment in and of itself. Rather, it can be used in addition to traditional psychotherapies as a beneficial aid within the treatment process. Its role within the treatment process can be determined both by the patient and their treatment team.

To achieve a positive outcome, hypnotherapy should only be conducted by a psychologist who is trained in hypnosis. Working with a professional can help ease any anxiety or fear a person may have about being hypnotized and increase the effectiveness of the process.

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How Can Hypnotherapy Help Treat Addiction?

Addiction doesn’t only affect what’s on the surface of a person’s life. Substance abuse and addiction can also take a psychological and emotional toll, often leading to significant stress and other emotional difficulties.

In addition to other therapies, hypnotherapy can be used to address the internal and external struggles experienced by those with substance abuse problems. Getting sober requires stopping the use of a drug or substance, but staying sober requires treating both the mind and body.

Many people undergoing treatment for addiction have a hard time opening up about their experiences. Hypnosis can relax the mind and make it more suggestible to healthy changes in behavior.

It can also ease some of the physical symptoms of early sobriety that can act as barriers in the treatment process. This includes common symptoms of muscle tension, spasms from withdrawal, and bodily pains.

Other benefits of using hypnotherapy for addiction treatment:

  • increased focus and mental alertness
  • introducing positive imagery to increase motivation and sense of well-being
  • reduced drug or alcohol cravings
  • recalling forgotten or repressed memories
  • encourages positive changes in behavior
  • reframes how a person perceives their use of drugs or alcohol
  • eases feelings of anxiety or depression

Hypnotherapy cannot force a person to act in certain ways, but it can serve as a therapeutic tool for emotional support and allow a person to become more open to change their negative habits.

Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Hypnotherapy is one of several effective techniques that can be used within the treatment of substance abuse, but it may not be helpful for everyone. How a person responds to hypnotherapy can vary based on their comfort with the process and other factors. People who are suspicious about hypnosis or do not have a trusting relationship with their counselor may experience little or no benefit.

Hypnotherapy is not a miracle cure, or a quick fix capable of healing a person’s troubles within a single session. While small improvements can sometimes be noticed within the first few sessions, it can take some time for patients to notice its benefits.

Each person’s needs within the addiction treatment process are different. Hypnotherapy can be a helpful aid during the treatment process, but it is not an all-in-one solution to addiction all by itself.

Treatment programs that offer hypnotherapy typically offer hypnosis as a supplement to traditional forms of treatment such as:

  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • group therapy
  • medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • community support groups (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous)

The reality of the recovery experience is that what is helpful for one person is not always helpful for another. If you are interested in hypnotherapy for treating you or a loved one’s addiction, our treatment specialists at Addiction Campuses can help you find a program that meets your needs.

Hypnotherapy At Addiction Campuses

Our comprehensive approach to addiction treatment involves the use of a variety of treatment modalities suitable for meeting all of our patients’ needs. Hypnotherapy is one of several holistic techniques our programs offer to supplement traditional drug and alcohol treatments such as behavioral therapy and medication.

Varying by location, other holistic treatments offered within our treatment programs include:

  • art therapy
  • music therapy
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • adventure therapy
  • acupuncture
  • massage therapy
  • biofeedback

Our treatment centers are fully-staffed with specialists who have extensive experience in treating all aspects of substance abuse and addiction. By seeking help through one of our treatment specialists, we can develop a customizable treatment plan suitable to meet you or a loved one’s needs.

To learn more about Addiction Campuses and our addiction treatment programs, contact us today.

American Psychological Association (APA) - https://www.apa.org/topics/hypnosis/

American Psychological Association (APA) - https://www.apa.org/topics/hypnosis/media

American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis - http://www.lifeprinciples.com/pdf/Hypnosis-Substance.pdf

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