Lose your addictions with hypnotherapy
20th March, 20150 Comments
Written by: Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp
Can hypnotherapy help solve addictions?
Addiction can be a terrible problem. It takes over your life, and can make it difficult to work, have relationships and be happy. There are many different types of addictions people suffer from, whether it is with sex, drugs, alcohol or even food. People suffer from them for different reasons, and it leads to individuals looking for ways to solve their addictions.
One of the methods that many people are now looking into is hypnotherapy. There has been a lot of research and news on this method of help over the years, and people want to know whether it will really help. Can hypnotherapy really help you beat your addictions?
Tackling different types of addictions
It’s worth remembering that there are just so many addictions out there. You may crave the need to smoke, or feel that need to gamble. Taking drugs, drinking alcohol and binge eating are all other types of addictions.
There are various methods of treatment out there, and group support is one of them. But is that really enough when it comes to solving addictions? It is very important for addicts to get to the root of the problem, and understand their reasons for addiction.
This is something that hypnotherapy can help with. A trained hypnotherapist can help you reach into your subconscious so you understand the reasons, which can help you deal with those reasons instead of self-medicating through your addiction.
Changing your relationship with your addictive habits
While you understand more about your reasons, a trained hypnotherapist will be able to help you change your relationship with your habits. This is all about retraining the subconscious, which is something no other type of therapy can do.
It is not about using magic, but about using science. You are put in a state of mind where your unconscious mind is accessible. This is the part of the mind that holds your cravings, habits and beliefs. It is the part that holds your feelings and associations. You need to retrain this if you want to see any success with curing your addictions.
Hypnotherapy is not a miracle cure. It works by treating the reason and rebuilding yourself. Your negative emotions are turned positive, while the addictions start to become things that you don’t want to do. You may decide you don’t like the taste of the cigarette smoke through hypnotherapy, or find yourself with an aversion for gambling.
Working through cognitive therapy
You can use hypnotherapy with other types of therapies to treat addictions. Cognitive therapy is one of the most popular options, as they are complimentary types of help. With cognitive therapy, you are focusing on turning negatives into positives. You’re focusing on the reason for your addictive habits, and finding ways that you can deal with the thoughts and feelings that come with them.
This can also help with other problems, such as depression and anxiety. Both of these are linked to addiction. By beating mental health issues and improving your self-esteem, you will find your addictions become a thing of the past.
Support and guidance throughout
Hypnotherapy will not solve addictions if you use it as a one-time thing. This is a method of help that is ongoing and will require regular visits, especially to start with. As you learn the techniques yourself, you will be able to step back from sessions and handle it yourself.
The benefit of hypnosis is that you get the extra support. If you find yourself struggling one day, you can talk to your therapist to keep yourself on track. You get to understand more about yourself, which is another important step in curing your addictions.
So can hypnotherapy solve your addictions? The majority of people who try it certainly come away with positive outlooks. They find that getting to the root of their problems and understanding the reason behind their addictions helps them. They get to change their relationships, while having the extra support along the way. It could be the perfect option for you to solve your addictive habits.
The important thing to consider is working with the right therapist who has experience and an understanding of how to stop addictions.
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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