Hypnotherapy for addictions - What you really need to know

Why you need to read this article.

Do you or someone you know feel trapped by patterns of addictive behaviour? Has yours or their life become a misery because of irresistible urges seeming beyond control?

Addictions can be divided into two groups: substance-related addictions and behavioural or process addictions.

Examples of substance-related addictions are tobacco, alcohol and prescription and non-prescription drugs. Behavioural or process addictions include gambling, food, sex, including pornography, the internet, video games and work.

Why we become addicted.

Many people regularly use potentially addictive substances or engage in potentially addictive activities without experiencing significant problems. For some individuals however, these substances or activities can have a calming or soothing effect or they can stimulate guilt and anxiety. However, at least then, the person has a concrete reason for feeling bad and whatever was originally bothering them has been successfully avoided.

Once a pattern of addiction has been established, both brain and body can become tolerant, resulting in an ever-increasing need for either the substance, or to engage more and more in the behaviour or process.

Hypnotherapy for addictions and why it’s so effective.

Hypnotherapy effectively bypasses your conscious mind and facilitates a unique and therapeutic communication with your unconscious mind - the part that drives and supports the addictive patterns or behaviour.

Hypnotherapy can be used to build self-esteem and confidence, resources that are often lacking in those addicted to a substance or behaviour or process. It can be utilised to develop a sense of independence, so that whatever situations are encountered can be dealt with without self-abuse. Hypnotherapy can actually make the experience of engaging in the substance or process abuse inconvenient!

Depression and anxiety are states that often accompany addictions. Hypnotherapy can be a wonderful way to build positive expectancy about the future, eliminate despair and enable people to reconnect with useful skills and resources within themselves.

The experience of hypnosis itself is also usually very relaxing and can, right at the start of treatment, begin to take the edge off symptoms of agitation. For this very reason, many hypnotherapists will teach self-hypnosis to clients during the first meeting. They then have a very powerful set of exercises that are both relaxing and self-empowering and that actually speed-up the treatment process.

Hypnotherapy can also be used to identify and explore any incidents that may be underpinning the emotions and negative states that have created and support addictions. Often, we have no conscious recall of these times. However, our unconscious mind remembers everything and hypnotherapy represents a rapid, effective and gentle way of achieving this. Although we can’t change what’s happened in our pasts, what we can change is our emotional responses and when we do that, we can feel and think differently in the present.

Hypnotherapy for addictions - a higher success rate than psychotherapy.

Extensive research has shown that hypnotherapy is extremely successful in the treatment of addictions. In 2004, the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis reported on the findings of a hypnotherapy treatment programme for substance abuse disorders. At the one year follow-up, the programme demonstrated a success rate of nearly 80%.

In a comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts, in the six month follow-up, 94% of the hypnotherapy group remained narcotic-free and experienced significantly less discomfort (American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984).

Celebrities who’ve used hypnotherapy to beat addictions.

Many well-known people have used the power of hypnosis to overcome various addictions. Ben Stiller, the famous American actor used hypnotherapy to deal with his addiction to peanut M&Ms, whilst GMTV weather girl Andrea McLean revealed that she kicked her chocolate addiction with the help of hypnotherapy.

Numerous celebrities have gone on record as saying that they’ve used hypnotherapy to quit smoking, often when nothing else has worked. These include Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore and Billy Joel.

Break the patterns now!

There’s absolutely no need for you or someone you know to remain trapped in a downward spiral of addiction. Hypnotherapy offers a safe, effective and rapid means of reversing and eliminating the habit once and for all. Make your first appointment today. You won’t be disappointed!

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Written by Neville Mundy BSc (hons), MSc, C Hyp, Dip EH P NLP (distinc), MFHT

I'm Neville Mundy, one of the UK's leading registered hypnotherapists and one of the few operating from an established NHS hospital for a truly professional service. Many doctors even recommend me to their patients when other treatments haven't worked. Whether you have addictions you would like to overcome, are finally ready to lose weight and keep it off, would like to banish your anxiety or rid … Read more

Written by Neville Mundy BSc (hons), MSc, C Hyp, Dip EH P NLP (distinc), MFHT

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