HYPNOTHERAPY A NEW HOPE IN THE TREATMENT OF ADDICTION
Hypnotherapists have been helping their clients stop drinking, smoking and using drugs for years with great success. With hypnosis, the brain can turn off the desire for alcohol and drugs. and the subconscious mind can stop the addictive urges through hypnosis. Addicts live in desperation and hopelessness.
Most of them had tried years of 12 step programs over and over again failing again and again. Then tried again and failed again. Most end up with the feeling nothing works.
The hard reality is that the work I am doing is a result of my own fears, anguish, sadness and hopelessness. I have been through the desperation only addicts can comprehend, tears included. It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Le’ts look at the science of how the brain works, how our subconscious mind controls the life we live and how to change it forever
It is amazing how something as simple as hypnosis is so powerful in changing our lives forever. Hypnotherapeutic’s of America use techniques that are specially created to change the triggers in the brain that stop self-sabotage issues, release and remove old trauma and redirect the neural transmitting network in the brain. The often present, fear of relapse is gone forever.
So you may ask how does a person become relapse proof, without the constant fear of relapse. With 12 step programs, you are taught you will always be an addict, constantly fighting not to relapse. Repetitive statements of the weakness of being an addict, reinforces your susceptibility of relapse. From a hypnotherapy perspective when somebody says “I’m Bill and I am an alcoholic, drug addict, or sex addict, it forces the mind to look for all the reasons it is an addict and reinforces the Idea you are and addict and because the mind learns by repetition it believes you still are an addict, that after months of doing that it increases the chance of relapse. The negative memories and connections in your brain are constantly ignited by the repetition.
When hypnotherapists work to help a client, we start by changing the identity and beliefs that are causing the problem and create a new identity about who the client is now. When this is applied to addiction, some marvelous things happen.
One reason that hypnosis is so effective is that it changes a person’s deepest beliefs about who they are. I believe that when a person quits an addiction, they need to be something other than an “addict in recovery” for the rest of their life.
An obvious weakness of 12-step programs is that they actually force you to keep the “addict” or “alcoholic” identity for life. Seeing oneself as powerless, as AA encourages people to do, is a mind-boggling concept for hypnotherapists. This belief is exactly the opposite of what the mind needs to end a habit addiction, or compulsive behavior
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 deep and powerful routed memories 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.
But here is the real problem: In AA and 12-step meetings, members’ minds are saturated with beliefs about the fear, the failure, the expectation of relapse and the need to surrender and be powerless.
This is very destructive. Because, one is taught to believe that they are powerless, diseased, susceptible, one drink away, “you have not yet hit bottom,” “always an addict,”etc. Those are beliefs that actually contribute to relapse.
In a strong contrast, we at New Hope Hypnotherapy believe that to end addiction, people need to surround themselves with positive beliefs about being healthy and having the power to stay strong and in control. And this is where hypnosis makes some deep and lasting changes.
How does hypnosis work, by helping people change deep-seated beliefs about themselves? When people experience hypnotherapy for quitting problematic drug use, drinking, or sex addiction 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—they will see, hear, feel and watch his future self being totally free from addiction and free from cravings. They will observe there future self having healthy relationships, creating a business or doing work that they love and living a healthy life that gives them a powerful feeling of self-worth.
After the client see’s there future self, they will be asked to go inside their future self. they will feel what it’s like to be free from addiction. THey will also feel what it’s like to no longer have the gloom and doom of spending the rest of there life as an “addict in recovery.” Inside of this future self, they will experience some big changes. Their subconscious mind will integrate the new beliefs, values, self-worth and purpose.
With the old beliefs and triggers released, the hypnosis 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 them selves living a life that gives him the rewards and accomplishments that are necessary to stay clean and sober.
How can the change happen so rapidly?
The brain is constantly in flux and we know that. The neuroplasticity of the brain allows hypnosis to create new neural connections. In the past, if a client drove by and saq his old bar hang out or a friend poured a glass of wine, their brain would use these neural pathways to trigger the emotions, needs, pleasure and cravings for alcohol. There would in turn be an internal struggle and it would be very hard for them not to drink.
With hypnosis, we can actually change the response in the neuro-transmitters the subconscious mind that has to the sight, smell or thought about alcohol, cigerettes, and drugs—forcing the mind to trigger an entirely new feeling. When the client is exposed to any of the triggers. their 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. Their brain creates a new memory and they is actually grows new neural pathways. These neural networks get wired together to make the new reactions very real.
We at New Hope Hypnotherapy know how powerful the mind is. For example, A person who has a spider phobia can’t even look at a picture of a spider without panicking. Someone who has a fear of speaking starts to tremble at the very thought of speaking in public. These triggers are out of one’s conscious control. The same thing happens with drug and alcohol addiction (Any addiction). We at New Hope Also Know how powerful hypnosis is in the area of addiction.
There was a Gentlemen by the name of Jeff 50 Yr. Old male client who was an alcoholic who had been in AA 3 times and had relapsed all three times. His wife left him, his children had nothing to do with him, and he lost his Job at a local newspaper company selling adds for the paper. Whn he came to us he had pretty much hit bottom and he had no self worth and didn’t feel he could be help. But he had nothing to loose at this point so he decided he would try hypnotherapy.
After 12 sessions of hypnotherapy he was happy and his cravings for alcohol were gone. His color had returned to normal and could carry on a normal conversation. He was confident and after talking with his boss, his Boss decided to give him another chance and gave him his old job back. He was communicating with his kids again and his wife and him are in counseling to gether for their relationship. All this success came from hypnosis and the new reality we created for him.
Hypnosis really a life changing In contrast to programs based on 12-step principles, where members never get to experience themselves as strong, healthy people, hypnotherapy is a positive-charging experience. Not all hypnotherapists know how to change the triggers in the brain that are causing cravings and relapse, so again, if you seek out hypnotherapy be sure that the hypnotherapist is experienced in working with addictive disorders. We at New Hope Hypnotherapy have the experience to help you get your life back.