Hypnosis is a technique that is sometimes used on people with emotional and psychological difficulties to promote behavioral change. In terms of addiction, hypnosis may be used to complement traditional forms of treatment such as behavioral therapy and medication.
Through hypnosis, some patients may find that they feel more relaxed and open to the treatment process. Hypnosis may also be used to help ease physical symptoms of withdrawal and aid in the treatment of mental health symptoms.
At Vertava Health, our treatment programs offer a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities shown to be effective for helping patients succeed on their path towards recovery. We encourage patients to explore treatment options with our trained specialists to find what best suits their preferences and needs for sobriety.
How Does Hypnosis for Addiction Work?
Hypnotherapy is a process that involves the use of hypnosis to alter physical or emotional sensations and promote healthy changes in behavior. Using hypnosis, patients are guided through relaxation techniques and exercises to open the mind and introduce new associations with certain behaviors or experiences.
Hypnosis can make a person more open to suggestions, and increase focus. Through a guided process, it may also promote a feeling of calmness in patients and elicit changes in negative habits or behaviors.
Hypnosis can tap into areas in the mind that may be closed off when someone is in their normal state. This can affect a person’s sensations, thoughts, emotions, and reactions to certain stimuli. While hypnosis has proven effective in treating some physical conditions, it is commonly believed by those who practice it to be a beneficial technique for emotional and spiritual healing.
Common practical uses for hypnotherapy include:
- acute and chronic pain
- anxiety disorders
- mood disorders (e.g. depression)
- gastro-intestinal disorders
Hypnosis can be used in addition to traditional psychotherapies as a beneficial aid within the treatment process. Its role within the treatment process can be determined both by the patient and their treatment team.
Can Hypnosis Treat Addiction?
Addiction doesn’t only affect what’s on the surface of a person’s life. Substance abuse and addiction can also take a psychological and emotional toll, often leading to significant stress and other emotional difficulties.
In combination with other addiction therapies, hypnosis may be used to address the internal and external struggles experienced by those with substance abuse problems. Getting sober requires stopping the use of a drug or substance, but staying sober requires treating both the mind and body.
Many people undergoing treatment for addiction have a hard time opening up about their experiences. Hypnosis may help some people relax the mind and make it more suggestible to healthy changes in behavior.
It may also ease some of the physical symptoms of early sobriety that can act as barriers in the treatment process. This includes common symptoms of muscle tension, spasms from withdrawal, and bodily pains.
When combined with proven treatment methods, other potential benefits of hypnosis for addiction treatment may include:
- increased focus and mental alertness
- introducing positive imagery to increase motivation and sense of well-being
- reduced drug or alcohol cravings
- recalling forgotten or repressed memories
- encourages positive changes in behavior
- reframes how a person perceives their use of drugs or alcohol
- eases feelings of anxiety or depression
Hypnosis cannot force a person to act in certain ways, but it can serve as a tool for emotional support and allow a person to become more open to change their negative habits.
Does Hypnosis for Substance Use Disorders Work?
Hypnosis is one of several techniques that can be used within the treatment of substance abuse, but it is not a proven treatment method. How a person responds to hypnosis can vary based on their comfort with the process and other factors. While small improvements can sometimes be noticed within the first few sessions, it can take some time for patients to notice its benefits. People who are suspicious about hypnosis or do not have a trusting relationship with their counselor may experience no benefit.
The reality of the recovery experience is that what is helpful for one person is not always helpful for another. If you are interested in hypnotherapy for treating you or a loved one’s addiction, our treatment specialists at Vertava Health can help you find a program that meets your needs.
Hypnosis at Vertava Health
Our comprehensive approach to substance abuse treatment involves the use of a variety of treatment modalities suitable for meeting all of our patients’ needs. Hypnosis is one of several holistic addiction treatment techniques our programs offer to supplement traditional treatments.
Our behavioral health centers are fully-staffed with specialists who have extensive experience in treating all aspects of substance abuse and addiction. By seeking help through one of our treatment specialists, we can develop a customizable treatment plan suitable to meet you or a loved one’s needs.