Some say that participating in hypnotherapy can end chemical dependency. Is it true? Crestview Recovery experts prove that this modality has a place in treatment. However, it’s not an exclusive one.
Hypnotherapy Targets the Subconscious State of Being
Your conscious mind determines your decision-making. You actively choose to do something – or not. Besides that, there’s the subconscious mind. It has the power to derail or support your conscious decision-making.
Hypnotherapy program advocates say that manipulating this part of the mind can prevent destructive decision-making. In some ways, this treatment denies the tenets of 12-Step treatment. In contrast to the admission that you’re powerless, it suggests that you hold all the cards. For some, this is an attractive mindset.
For others, it requires the dismantling of a belief system that acknowledges addiction as a chronic condition. That said, there’s a possibility of a middle ground approach. Strengthening the visualization of achieving lifelong sobriety provides an actionable goal that you work toward. Crestview Recovery believes that hypnotherapy can be valuable in this context.
Incorporating the Discipline with Evidence-Based Treatments
A hypnotherapy program isn’t sufficient to end chemical dependency. It can’t switch off your desire for a drink. Most importantly, it can’t transform you from a problem drinker into a casual drinker. Similarly, some people don’t respond at all to the discipline.
That’s why it’s wise to combine hypnotherapy with evidence-based practices. Examples include:
- Dialectical behavior therapy that focuses heavily on emotional regulation in stressful situations
- Cognitive behavioral therapy to replace negative patterns with healthy ways of thinking, acting, and feeling
- Family therapy, which brings in loved ones for healing as well as relationship restoration
- Psychotherapy that benefits clients with co-occurring depression or anxiety
- A group therapy program for coping skills development and mutual support among peers
- Experiential therapies that focus on art, exercise, and similar opportunities for life skills training and non-verbal expressions
In this context, a hypnotherapy program provides the positive suggestions that your subconscious mind responds to. Similarly, it can help you achieve relaxation to overcome stressors that could act as triggers for drug use. Some program participants learn how to conduct self-hypnosis. For them, it takes the place of meditation.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Hypnotherapy?
Of course, you need to be able to reach the suggestible state that’s the hallmark of hypnosis. If that’s the case, you still might not be the ideal subject. That’s because you have to be willing to enter this state. If you believe from the onset that hypnosis is nonsense, it probably won’t have any effect on you.
However, if you’re willing to try, the modality can boost your motivation to quit using. In addition, it can strengthen your ability to visualize yourself living sober. Doing so is essential for setting goals and pathways that reach this state.
Not a Miraculous Cure
In contrast to what some people will have you believe, hypnosis isn’t a miraculous cure for chemical dependency. It won’t heal you overnight. Similarly, it can’t prevent relapse forever. If you struggle with co-occurring conditions, you still need to continue to get help for them.
Rehab aftercare will always be a vital aspect of long-term recovery. There’s no shortcut to sobriety. However, many tools may aid you in the journey. Crestview Recovery therapists are willing to use all the ones that will benefit you.
Learn more about hypnotherapy in addiction treatment today. Find out if you’re a good candidate for this care option. Moreover, explore how it could fit into a customized care protocol for you. Call Crestview Recovery today by calling 866.262.0531 now.