Hypnotherapy: Can It Be Used To Treat Alcoholism?

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Published: 26th November 2010
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Hypnotherapy was first discovered in the ancient times by the Greeks,
Romans and Egyptians as a healing art. Until today, it has evolved
over the generations and has been used to treat a variety of
illnesses, even alcoholism. It has been proven to be safe and
effective and has been adopted by many healthcare practitioners as an
alternative therapy. But till what extent is hypnotherapy effective in
treating alcoholism? Let's find out.

I'm sure you've heard of the wonders of hypnotherapy and how it can be
used to treat a variety of diseases and mental illnesses. The question
is, can it be used by alcohol addicts to stop their uncontrolled
drinking habits?

As we all know, the therapeutic effect of hypnotherapy ranges from its
hypnosis effects and relaxation abilities. It can help anxious and
tensed people relax by putting them in a relaxed state of mind. The
habit of alcohol drinking is something that has been incorporated into
the minds by people who drink chronically due to their social
upbringing. A variety of sources contribute to this habit such as the
role of media and advertising, peer influence, and work related
stress.

Unfortunately, many believe that hypnotherapy does not work directly
on the causes, but instead help reduce the symptoms of alcohol
cravings which lead to binge drinking. For example, we binge on
alcohol because we want a form of escapism from the stress and
frustrations of work/our boss/our spouses. The role of hypnotherapy is
more to relaxing the mind of the subject rather than brainwashing the
subject into being stress free.

We are also aware that many of the "triggers" of alcohol cravings and
hence binging cannot be avoided. Therefore, hypnotherapy has a big
role to play in this area. It can treat the symptoms of alcoholism
such as alcohol withdrawal syndrome and relax the subject.
Hypnotherapy coupled with counselling and the introduction of
empowering thoughts and ideas can create a profound breakthrough in
patients suffering from alcoholism.

In conclusion, a good hypnotherapy regimen coupled with adequate
counselling can help alcohol addicts treat symptoms of withdrawal and
prevent alcohol cravings. Counsellors and practitioners have an
important role to play in helping patients set realistic goals and
help them to achieve them.

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