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Using Hypnotherapy for a Better Quality of Life

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Overview: Harmful Behaviors and Addiction

Addiction and unhealthy behaviors can really damage an individual’s quality of life in many ways. It can impact relationships, physical and mental health, life expectancy, professional careers, and many other things. Fortunately, hypnotherapy has been proven to benefit people who have developed a dependency on addiction to substances and behaviors. This is a good add on to achieve help with wellness.  Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to alter the subconscious mind so that the patient will realize that they can live without substances, that they are much better off without it, and that it’s extremely harmful to their body and their overall life.

However, sometimes there is an underlying cause or root within the subconscious that has led the individual to cope using unhealthy mechanisms. If this is the case, the hypnotherapist will choose a type of hypnotherapy that will uncover the root and identify what is causing the patient to smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs to cope with their emotions and problems. After the subconscious issue or issues have been identified, the hypnotherapist works with the person to resolve the problem, thus giving the patient less reason to practice unhealthy behaviors. Of course, more hypnotherapy may be needed to help the individual stop their habits completely.

Smoking Cigarettes

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Studies have shown that using hypnosis for smoking has been extremely beneficial. Hypnotherapists use suggestions and alteration to change the patient’s attitude towards cigarettes. They could associate cigarettes or the smell of them with something negative, making them want to smoke a lot less. Or they could suggest that smoking a cigarette could have some immediate impact on them, a popular one being becoming extremely thirsty afterwards. Hypnotherapists can also give patients the tools and information they need to be able to self hypnotize, which gives the individual the opportunity to hypnotize themselves when they feel the urge to smoke.

Alcohol Abuse

Dependency on alcohol has also been proven to be successfully treated by hypnotherapy. There are many different techniques that can be used to change a patient’s habits and break their addiction. Just as it is with other addictions, alcoholism can be resolved by using hypnotherapy to recognize a root cause or issue, whether that be a traumatic event, an unhealthy relationship, history of abuse, or other factors. Once the root is resolved and coped with, the addiction can also be tackled through hypnotherapy. A hypnotherapist can subconsciously change a patient’s attitude towards drinking, give them new and healthy coping mechanisms, and/or associate alcohol with negative things. Using hypnotherapy for alcoholism can also be more successful if it is combined with other kinds of therapy or treatment.

Drug Addiction

 

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Hypnotherapy for drug addiction is similar to how it is used for alcoholism. Depending on the patient’s circumstance and history, hypnotherapists may focus on the root of the addiction. Just like alcohol addiction, drug addiction can be resolved by identifying and working out subconscious issues. Whether there is a root cause or not, hypnotherapists always give the patient healthier coping mechanisms to try when they are experiencing withdrawal or emotions that usually cause them to use drugs. Drug – and sometimes alcohol – addiction can often cause a person to feel utterly powerless or without control over their life or choices. Hypnotherapy can help a patient gain control over their life again, overcoming their addiction and regaining power. This is done by breaking the subconscious ties to drugs or alcohol and undermining the mindset that the patient cannot survive without a substance. Similar to alcohol abuse, hypnotherapy for drug addiction is often times much more successful if it is used in combination with another kind of treatment.

 

Sources:

 

http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/hypnosis-for-quitting-smoking#1

 

http://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/articles/alcoholabuse.html

 

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