If you’ve never heard of hypnotherapy, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive to include it as part of your addiction recovery plan. Contrary to what is shown by the media – often involving the manipulation and control over another human being – hypnotherapy is a hands-off, holistic approach to recovery. By definition, hypnotherapy is the science of combining hypnosis with psychotherapy, encouraging an individual to reach a subconscious state of mind. The client consents to everything and knows what is happening at all times – making it easy to stop the process if they so choose as well.
Addiction recovery can bring about many painful emotions as people become more grounded; anxiety and depression are common occurrences. Previous research has shown that hypnotherapy can possibly alleviate some of these symptoms. An example of this would be a 2016 study involving 40 patients admitted to an addiction recovery treatment program; half of participants were randomly appointed to hypnotherapy while the other half were assigned to no intervention as a comparison group. These patients participated in 8 sessions, one hour a week of hypnotherapy. The results from the study found that patients undergoing hypnotherapy experienced significant improvements in their symptoms of depression.
If you follow through with hypnotherapy, you will first have a discussion with your therapist about what your goals are. If you’re in addiction recovery, you may have a goal to stop drinking or using drugs – maybe your goal is to stop spending time with people who used to use. You will then experience many relaxation techniques designed to put your mind in a place where you are able to recognize your surroundings but unable to direct your focus. From there, a hypnotherapist may conduct a few short tests to determine what kind of stimuli and language is best for you, as well as to determine how deep in hypnosis you are.
Your hypnotherapist may then direct your mind towards certain phrases meant to get your mind in focus of your goal. You may be told direct phrases such as “you no longer feel obligated to spend time with those who don’t support your recovery” or they may be more suggestive, such as “spending time with people you used to abuse drugs with doesn’t make you feel strong in your recovery journey.” Lastly, your therapist will gently bring you back to awareness. As you can see, you have control the entire time.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer a variety of treatment options including hypnotherapy; call us today at 888-743-0490 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.