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Can Hypnotherapy Increase A Person’s Self-Esteem in Treatment of Addiction?


woman in Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy has become more popular as a complementary form of treatment. This type of treatment does not involve being controlled or manipulated as is portrayed in media, but rather consists of a therapist guiding a client into making a change in their life by accessing their subconscious while they’re in a hyper-focused state, called hypnosis. Hypnotherapy has been said to help people quit smoking, reduce overeating, relieve chronic and acute pain, and treat root causes of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.

Why is self-esteem important in recovery? Especially for those beginning their journey to recovery, self-esteem serves as that inner voice that tells a person either they will succeed or they will fail, they are strong or they are weak, they are worthy or they are unworthy, and more. By definition, self-esteem is “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.” As you can imagine, the way we think about ourselves often serves as a self-fulfilling prophecy; if you believe you can you can, if you believe you can’t, well, you can’t. This is because when we have a low self-esteem, we set limits to our abilities and our happiness. Hypnosis has been shown to help people tap into these self-limiting beliefs, to break through these doubts and find more confidence and strength.

A 2015 study published in the International Journal of Basic Science and Applied Research assessed the effectiveness of hypnotherapy to see if 30 participants (15 assigned to hypnotherapy and 15 assigned to regular treatment) found increased self-esteem. Participants were using methadone, a drug similar to morphine but is used as a substitute drug in morphine and heroin addiction. After four 40-minutes sessions, participants completed a self-esteem questionnaire. Results from the study indicated that hypnotherapy did help increase public self-esteem in areas such as education, social and family life, and overall.

If you’ve been struggling with your self-esteem lately, speak with a professional at a reputable treatment center today to learn more about hypnotherapy and if it would be a good option for you. Your life, your journey, and your happiness are worth it.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-207-0965 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.

References

http://isicenter.org/fulltext/paper-18112015144447.pdf

http://web.wellness-institute.org/blog/bid/256330/what-is-the-difference-between-hypnosis-and-hypnotherapy