Overcoming Addictions With Hypnosis
Many Americans feel that overcoming
addictions is impossible. First of all, only 2 million of the 23 million Americans who need help
overcoming addictions actually seek it, according to the National Institute of Drug Addictions.
Secondly, old habits are hard to break and the vast majority of people with addictive behavior
will, at some point, relapse. Before one can get on the road to recovery, they must get past the initial stage of
denial, understand how a trigger makes it possible to lose control, and fully comprehend what it means to have "an
What Is An Addiction?
The latest definition from the American Society for Addiction Medicine states that addiction is,
in fact, a chronic brain disorder, not just a series of bad behavior or a matter of willpower.
Generally, addictions are characterized by behavioral symptoms and the actions people take to
satisfy their cravings. However, more than twenty years of research is pointing to brain dysfunction as the root
cause of addictive behavior.
It’s unclear precisely what causes an addiction, but genetics and age play a role, researchers
say. For instance, the frontal cortex (where reasoning and emotional pathways are linked) is an area of the brain
that is known to limit impulsive behavior, yet it is also the last area of the brain to mature. This helps explain
why teenagers are increasingly susceptible to addictive behavior.
Many people also dabble in addiction to cope with stress or pain and the brain certainly
responds by flooding the brain’s reward system with a feel-good chemical called dopamine. Whether a person is
cigarette or gambling, the same reward centers activate to keep that person hooked.
A person may still choose to focus on overcoming addictions, of course, and they may be
successful, but it will be a long, hard struggle to change the brain’s circuitry.
What Are The Most Common Addictions In
Americans who are most in need of overcoming addictions include those hooked on:
What Are The Symptoms Of An Addiction?
Naturally, the symptoms of addiction vary based on the type, but generally speaking, an addicted
person may begin casually and find they are compelled to act out more and more frequently to achieve the desired
effect. The individual finds he or she can’t stop thinking about the object of their obsession – whether it’s
having a beer, shopping, playing a video game, or getting a hit of smack. Stopping said activity typically results in
mood disorders, cravings, physical illness, and depression. Addicted people will spend money they don’t have, pawn
off items to get more money, and convince themselves they need their addiction to deal with their problems.
Parents may recognize their teen is addicted if there are problems at school, lethargy,
neglected appearance, sudden changes in behavior, excessive spending of money, memory problems, aggression, or
How Hypnosis Can Help With Overcoming Addictions And Keep
Hypnosis is one of the best treatments for overcoming addictions, although it is rarely
mentioned in a country where there is much money to be made off prescriptions, hospital stays, and treatment
centers. Hypnosis essentially trains the brain to increase focus, accept positive suggestions, and tap other
sources of inspiration and healing.
In one clinical study, more methadone addicts were able to quit using hypnosis than the control
group, with 94 percent of study participants remaining drug-free six months after the follow up [A comparative
study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ. American Journal of
Clinical Hypnosis 1984; 26(4): 273-9.]
In another clinical study, hypnosis had a 77 percent success rate one year later for people
addicted to alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. [Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance
Abuse Disorders. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004 by Potter, Greg.]
Additional studies have shown that regular hypnosis, including self hypnosis, is an excellent way to raise
self-esteem and feelings of well-being and diminish physical pain in the absence of other treatments.
Hypnosis is noted as a powerful method for overcoming addictions by the American Medical
Association, American Dental Association, National Institute of Health, Stanford University Medical Center, Harvard
Medical Center and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Department.
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