After detoxifying a drug addict’s body, he still feels the need to have drugs/alcohol again. That strong urge and craving can be treated through one of the most reliable and effective de addiction treatments, opted by several renowned psychologists and psychiatrists throughout the world, that is Hypnotherapy.
Can Hypnotherapy Cure Addiction?
Hypnotherapists have been helping their clients stop drinking, smoking and using drugs for years with great success. Until recently, very little was known about how the brain could just turn off the desire for alcohol or drugs, and how the subconscious mind could stop the addictive urges when a person has been hypnotized. Hypnotherapists use techniques that are specifically created to change the triggers in the brain, stop self-sabotage issues, release trauma and redirect the neural networks in the brain. When Ms Nitu started applying these same processes to her clients who needed addiction help, she found that their addictive behaviors frequently stopped and that their fear of relapse was also often gone.
One reason that hypnosis is so effective is that it changes a person’s deepest beliefs about who he is. We believe that when a person quits an addiction, he needs to be something other than an “addict in recovery” for the rest of his life. Instead of telling someone what they are not, we implant an identity about what they are and what they want to be. We create a positive identity of being healthy, in control, powerful and free from a disease.
A hypnotherapist will typically work on a client’s core issues, such as memories that make the person weak and fearful. As we know, a chronic substance misuser has a deep and powerful memory bank of failure, fears and hopelessness. Changing the way the brain reacts to these memories actually stops the cravings and the desire for drugs or alcohol.
How does hypnotherapy work by helping people change deep-seated beliefs about themselves?
When people experience hypnotherapy for quitting problematic drug use, or drinking, they experience something quite the opposite of what is happening in traditional treatment centers. First, a client will go into an imaginary future moment to meet his healthy, clean and powerful self. Meeting his future self will feel very real to the client—he will see, hear, feel and watch his future self being totally free from addiction and free from cravings. He will observe his future self having healthy relationships, creating a business or doing work that he loves and living a healthy life that gives him a powerful feeling of self-worth.
After he observes his future self, he will be asked to go inside of his future self. He will feel what it is like to be free from addiction. He will also feel what it’s like to no longer have the doom and gloom of spending the rest of his life as an “addict in recovery.” Inside of this future self, he will experience some big changes. His subconscious mind will integrate the new beliefs, values, self-worth and purpose.
With the old beliefs and triggers released, the hypnotherapy can then create a new belief and a new healthy identity. By meeting one’s healthy future self, one changes the way one’s brain reacts to drug and alcohol memories and triggers. The client is no longer an addict, but a person who is strong, healthy and in control. The client can begin to experience himself living a life that gives him the rewards and accomplishments that are needed to stay clean and sober.
How can the change happen so fast?
We know that the brain is constantly changing. The neuroplasticity of the brain allows hypnosis to create new neural connections. In the past, if a client saw his favorite bar, or a friend pour a glass of wine, his brain would use these neural pathways to trigger the emotions, needs, pleasure and cravings for alcohol. He would be struggling very hard to not drink. With hypnosis, we can actually re-wire the response that the subconscious mind has to the see, smell or think about alcohol—forcing the mind to trigger an entirely new feeling. When the client is exposed to any of the triggers, his brain doesn’t automatically respond in the old way because it feels stronger and healthier. The very thing that used to cause cravings and relapse now actually reinforces the commitment to not drink or use.
When a person is seeing, feeling and experiencing himself having the healthy life that is free from addiction, and experiencing himself as having long ago put addiction in his past, his brain creates a new memory. He is actually growing new neural pathways. These neural networks get wired together to make the new reactions very real.
We all know the power of the subconscious mind. A person who has a snake phobia can’t even look at a picture of a snake without panicking. Someone who has a fear of flying starts to tremble at the very thought of taking a flight. These triggers are out of one’s conscious control. The same thing happens with drug and alcohol addiction.
Is this miraculous for everyone?
Often, it is. It’s a process that varies from client-to-client, but for most people, the process does get started when they go into their future in the very first session.
A hypnotherapist does not advise you on how to detox, or give you any medical advice, and does only work with you after you have detoxed. Hypnotherapy does not produce any harmful results. It is a very positive experience that changes everything you were taught about addiction and how you are supposed to feel about your future.
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