Hypnotherapy has been proven to be a successful way to help those suffering from opiate withdrawal pain and heroin addiction. It is not a cure-all therapy that helps every single person that suffers from addiction, nor is it the first therapy anyone should consider, but when used correctly, it can be a very effective way to help a person stay sober.
Hypnotherapy for addiction maybe a secret weapon that can help your recovery last.
Here are some things you may think you know about hypnosis that are actually total myths:
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the process of putting a person in a deeply relaxed state. During this process, you are awake, but your body and mind are more relaxed than ever before. Your blood pressure and heart rate significantly decrease, and your mind has a way of being open to suggestions and problem solving without the interruptions of your conscious putting forth obstacles that tend to cause a relapse. You can think of it as a way to get into full awareness of your mind, body, and soul – a way to soul search and get to the root of a problem.
Hypnosis should only be performed by a licensed mental health professional with experience in
addiction and hypnosis. During the process, the mental health professional brings you into an altered
state of mind. This state is what some people call a trance. As you are guided into this state, your
conscious gets pushed back, and your subconscious becomes more aware. You are not aware of
anything that is going on around you, which means the distractions around you do not matter – it is time
for you and your own subconscious to have a meeting of the minds.
There are two ways that hypnotherapy can aid the process of recovering from addiction:
During this type of therapy, the mental health professional helps guide you to
making better decisions. It is not a forced process – while you are in hyperawareness, the
counselor talks to you about the pain and suffering that your addiction causes and offers other
ways to help you deal with the ill feelings that you try to mask by using drugs. By getting deep
into your subconscious, you will still have these suggestions at the root of your everyday
thinking upon waking up.
During this type of therapy, the counselor tries to uncover the reasons for your
substance abuse problem. It could be that you suffered some type of trauma that your
conscious naturally blocks to hide the pain, or you have an underlying condition, such as
depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder that needs to be uncovered in order for the healing
process to begin. Once the evaluation is complete, the therapist can then suggest the proper
therapy to help you heal from your addiction.
Before you can even think about starting hypnosis, however, you have to be completely sober. This
means you should go through an intense detox period, which can take anywhere from a few days to a
few weeks. Your body needs to be free of all toxins and harmful substances in order for the mind to be
completely free. If you are not completely detoxed, the effects of the trance like state you will try to get
into will be nullified.
Once you detox from drugs, your body typically goes into panic mode. You are constantly looking for a
way to deal with pain, whether physical or mental, which makes it very hard for your body and mind to
relax. While you are in this hyperactive mode, you may make rash decisions, including those to use
drugs again just to dull the pain. Hypnotherapy helps to relax your body and mind, enabling you to
exercise the deep thinking that is necessary to determine the best way for you to not only get sober but
STAY sober. This is what hypnotherapy is all about – relapse prevention; it is not a method to get sober,
but a method to stay that way.
The best way to think about hypnosis is it lets you think without any other feelings getting in the way.
Stop and think about your drug addiction right now. Chances are you want to get sober and stay sober,
but then the guilt of what you have done to others and how you have ruined your life probably gets in
the way, right? As the guilt overcomes you, it becomes difficult to fight through the desire to use again
because of the painful feelings you experience.
Hypnosis helps to take those guilty feelings away, allowing you to focus strictly on the cravings, why you get them and being open to suggestions to fight, which means there are millions could possibly benefit from hypnosis therapy, giving us a better chance at being able to stay sober. Since there are no side effects, necessary drugs, or in-depth processes involved in this type of therapy, it is worth giving it a try – what do you have to lose besides your penchant for addiction?
A friend of mine recently suffered from a severe intestinal disease that was very difficult to get rid of. As a result from this disease she suffered from a serious obsessive compulsive disorder related to cleanliness. She basically saw germs anywhere she looked. And the only way to kill these invading germs that were everywhere she looked was to spray bleach all over the house and in the bathroom. So she began spraying door handles with bleach, fridge doors, counters everywhere, clothes anywhere was basically sprayed with extremely potent bleach. The OCD would take over and she’d wash her hands basically 10x in row until they were cracked and chaffed. It became a real problem in her life and it affected her family deeply. They didn’t know what to do.
That’s when a friend mentioned hypnosis. She read a little about it, liked what she heard and decided to give hypnosis a shot, and see if it could help her.
And help her it did! The hypnosis process focused on building her own core self esteem and confidence. It taught her how to think in a positive effective way vs. the negative way she was thinking. It taught her to focus on the result she wanted not on the result she was afraid of. It gave her a tool box which she could use in her daily life to improve and get better.
She signed up for 12 weeks for 1 hour per week and she began to improve almost immediately. She finally allowed herself to relax and let go of things she couldn’t before. Her thinking improved dramatically as did her daily positivity. It took about 6 weeks to get her almost all the way better. At 9 weeks, I’d say she was 90% recovered from her severe OCD habit. Hypnosis worked for her.
If you’ve tried everything else and failed, what do you have to lose Give Hypnosis for prescription painkiller addiction a shot!