Weighing The Pros and Cons In Recovery Tools
There are many tools out there to facilitate recovery from addiction. In fact, the number of tools available has dramatically increased in the last two decades. There are various programs, medications, and alternative therapies, such as hypnotherapy, to help a person get sober and stay that way.
However, it’s important to assess the benefits and costs that a particular tool might have for you. And it’s just as important to know that a tool that works for some people may not work for you too. For this reason, it’s important to weigh out the pros and cons of a particular modality before jumping in.
Hypnotherapy As a Treatment Option
Hypnotherapy is one treatment method that has worked for many people around the world. And it has been used to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions. It is a lesser known form of treatment within the addiction treatment field. It is widely used among psychologists, therapists, and alternative forms of healers.
Hypnotherapy helps a person get in touch with a different part of themselves.
Hypnosis is a state of deep attention, which is induced by a certified and trained professional. For many people, the mind is highly receptive to suggestion and therefore can be used to help a person reach their goal. For those who are in recovery, the goal for hypnosis might be long-term sobriety.
Over time, someone who is regularly receiving hypnotherapy might experience fewer triggers and cravings.
How Hypnosis Works
Hypnosis works by moving more and more deeply into a state of relaxation. Essentially, the person experiencing hypnosis moves into an altered state of consciousness. The deep relaxation is facilitated by a professional trained and certified in hypnotherapy. Once a person is deeply relaxed, the hypnotherapist begins to offer suggestions that are related to the therapeutic goals the client has.
For instance, you might have created an association between stressful emotional situations and drinking. Hypnotherapy can be used to break that long-held association, and instead replace it with another association that’s healthier and less destructive, such as exercising when stressed.
Helping Create Long-Term Sobriety
Changing a person’s beliefs and thought patterns via hypnosis can be incredibly beneficial. And it can facilitate long-term sobriety. However, hypnosis does not work with everyone. Some recovering addicts are not able to get to a deep relaxed state and therefore are not receptive to new suggestions offered by the hypnotherapist.
It’s also essential to point out that hypnosis alone is not a thorough treatment method or addiction. Addiction treatment obviously needs to include detoxification and psychological stability. It may need to also include residential drug treatment, 12-step meetings, and living at a halfway house.
Addiction treatment might also require having a sponsor, working with a therapist, and making amends with family and friends. Addiction treatment needs to be thorough in order for it to be successful.
Hypnosis can be an incredible transformational tool to use in your recovery. However, check with your doctor and/or a psychologist who is familiar with your situation before you undergo hypnotherapy.
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