How to rid yourself of addictions
22nd January, 20150 Comments
Written by: Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp
There are many ways to beat addiction. One of the more successful methods is through hypnosis. This is not some new-age magical method. There is a scientific element to help you overcome your addictions, whether they are for drugs, alcohol or something else entirely.
How hypnosis helps overcome addiction
A hypnotherapist will help to settle you into a relaxed state. This makes your subconscious more accessible, so it takes on the change in behaviour and thoughts. At no point do you become a different person. This method of getting rid of addictions only works to change your negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones.
You become a more positive person, and find it easier to say no to the items you are addicted to. It can help you focus on more positive actions, such as doing exercise or taking up a hobby to help get over your addictions.
What addictions can hypnosis help with?
There is nothing that hypnosis cannot help with. Those who have problems with overeating are helped just as much as those with alcohol and drug addictions. Food addiction is one of the most popular ones that people ask for help over. However, it really depends on the help that you specifically need.
Hypnosis really does work in the majority of patients. Unfortunately, there is a small number of patients who find that it doesn’t work as well. This really depends on the persons willingness to change and the skill of the therapist.
Should you hire a professional?
There are two main options for using hypnosis to get rid of addictions. The first is through the use of a professional. This is a qualified and trained hypnotherapist who will help to understand the reason for your addictive behaviour. This can help to get the root of the problem much quicker than the second method. You will not need to rely on a professional forever. A hypnotherapist will want you to learn how to use it yourself to get rid of addictions.
The second option is to go through hypnosis yourself. There are many self-help downloads and books available to help with this. It can work out to be a cheaper option, and means that you get to go through the process in your own time. There is no need to worry about what others think about you. However, it can take longer as you will need to be very honest with yourself if you want this to work.
It is worth looking at the pros and cons of both. Some people find integrating the two options is useful, while others prefer to rely on a professional the whole time while they fight their addictions.
Using hypnosis with other methods
Hypnosis is an excellent complementary form of treatment. It can be used with many others, including medical and clinical treatments. Some people use hypnosis with medication that they take to help combat their addictions. The idea is that the hypnosis helps patients get off any type of medication eventually.
There are other cognitive therapies available that also work well with hypnotherapy. All of these treatments work together by changing negative behavior and thoughts to positive ones. The more positive a patient feels, the less likely they are to turn to the destructive and dangerous behavior.
Finding a therapist to help you
When finding a hypnotherapist, it is important to find one that will really help you. There are many people out there claiming to be something they are not. Do your research into the different professionals, and make sure they have been trained and are fully qualified. By finding someone who is fully qualified, you will find someone who will want to get to the root of your problem.
Great hypnotists understand that addictions grow, and are based on a variety of reasons. Nobody is the same, so patients should not be treated the same. If you’re worried, contact the hypnotherapist and talk to him or her before making your first appointment.
Hypnosis can help to get rid of addiction. It is important to find someone who is fully trained and will really help you replace your negative behavior with a positive one.
About the author
Biodun Ogunyemi, founder of Optimind, one of the leading practices in the UK. Trained to the highest level in Advanced Hypnotherapy and author of over 180 hypnosis products.
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