In recent years hypnosis has been gaining credibility as a complementary therapy for addiction and a source for careful addiction interventions. For some of us, the word hypnotherapy conjures up images of eccentric stage performers making members of the audience believe they are Elvis Presley. While for some, this remains a popular form of entertainment – it has little to do with modern day clinical hypnosis.
A hypnotherapist cannot read your mind or control you subconsciously; what they can do however is put you in a deeply relaxed state where you are more susceptible to suggestion. It is in this state that a hypnotherapist can challenge and alter any potentially damaging thought patterns.
So what has all this got to do with addiction?
In most instances, addiction starts in the mind. We create habits and our minds create links between what we are doing and how we are feeling – and this is where hypnotherapy comes in.
Hypnotherapy can help break habit forming thoughts and negative behaviour patterns, making it an ideal accompaniment to talking therapies such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy. Most experts will agree that hypnotherapy should be considered a complementary therapy rather than a treatment in its own right.
The therapy is considered most beneficial to those who have already come through the initial stages of rehabilitation and want to stave off future cravings or relapses. The therapy works best on people committed to breaking their addiction and requires the participant to be entirely sober during sessions.
Where can I find a hypnotherapist?
If you think attending hypnotherapy sessions could benefit your recovery, you are advised to search for an experienced and qualified hypnotherapist who deals with addiction. At present there are no legal regulations with regards to the level of training an individual must have in order to practice. Because of this, it can be hard to know where to start and who to trust.
Hypnotherapy Directory is a UK based online directory of hypnotherapists and is a great place to start your search. The directory only lists professionals who either belong to a professional body (and therefore adhere to a strict code of conduct), or those who have provided proof of relevant qualifications and insurance cover. In depth profiles allow you to learn more about the therapist and their experience before you make contact, and you can refine your search to suit your needs.
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