If you are reading this, either you or a loved one likely have a substance abuse problem. And by now you also likely know that it is not a problem that will go away by itself. Nor is it a problem that can be left without treatment. Drugs or alcohol problems tend to become more severe, progressing steadily and causing real harm to a person and his or her life.
An important point to note is that alcohol and drug problems are far from being merely physical. In fact, they largely originate from psychological processes that need to be addressed in order for the problem to be solved.
People use drugs for many reasons, such as:
- Peer pressure
- Escape from reality
- The desire to experiment
- A belief that drugs help solve problems
- Enjoyment of the effects
Yet some people try drugs and stop on their own, while others become lifelong abusers. The same is true with alcohol. When a group of friends get together, almost everybody will have a glass of wine, but not everybody will stop there. Some people will have a lot to drink at home after a long day at work. This may not be a big deal if it happens occasionally, but when it becomes a habit, you know you have to deal with it.
When you wake up the next morning with a throbbing head and start your day with another drink, when you know your relationships suffer and your working capacity is in decline, you know you have a problem. And before you know it, it might be very hard to dislodge.
Regardless of where and why the slide downhill starts, or how fast it progresses, it can only lead to trouble. How much trouble will depend on your willpower, the support of your friends and family, and the type of help you get.
You don’t need to be in very bad shape from drugs, or a heavy drinker, to know you have a problem. If you feel edgy around people, or just can’t relax without having a drink, you are already in a bad place with potential to get worse. If you are reading this, you must know that the problem is real, and that it needs to be addressed.
But how do you address it? By reaching to the root of the problem.
For many users, drug and alcohol are a problem and a solution intertwined, and that’s why it’s so hard to resist. Drinking releases a person from many inhibitions, fears, worries, stress and emotional pains that just won’t go away otherwise. But as you go, the relief only gets weaker, leaving only the problem, and it grows bigger and bigger over the years.
Relationships suffer, the heart, liver and other organs take a heavy toll, and the general well-being of a person declines. The result is that this thing that was supposed to provide relief only hurts you more.
But what if there were a way to rid yourself of those hard emotional struggles without having to pay the devastating price that substance abuse collects for the brief—and insufficient—relief that it grants you? What if you could deal with your problems without the unreliable crutches of drugs or alcohol, without having to pay the price in health, relationships, and your financial situation, and without the guilt and shame that follows many substance abusers.
It is very possible. And you can do it.
Hypnosis in Addiction Management
The main question that people ask is: How does hypnosis help get rid of alcohol or substance abuse problems? The answer to this is manifold. Let’s examine what hypnosis is, to answer it in more detail.
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, where a person is released from his or her fears, tensions and other things that weigh down on them. It is very close to a meditative state in its nature, and has similar effects.
In fact, the intense relaxing effect of hypnosis is itself a huge step towards a solution. It is so liberating and profound, that when people are hypnotized, they realize it grants them the same relaxation the substance does, minus the heavy price that drugs and alcohol collect for the use.
The next step is the work done inside of hypnosis. Once the person has reached this state of full relaxation, the hypnotherapist gives positive, beneficial suggestions, which allows them to reach the root of problems, and address them at the core. The state of hypnosis makes the person more open to suggestions, leading them in the direction of getting rid of the habit, replacing it with something positive.
The third benefit of hypnosis treatment for alcohol and drug users is that the hypnotherapist can teach you self-hypnosis during those sessions, allowing you to go into this state of relaxation on your own, releasing tension and shaking off bad feelings, without having to use any substance at all.
The key to the success of this treatment, however, is for the person going into hypnosis to really desire to quit the substance, and dedicate him or herself to a series of treatments. We do not promise magical recoveries. We offer a treatment that works at a high rate of success, if you are dedicated.
Is Hypnosis Right for You? Take the Next Step Forward
The next step is to call us at 416-556-4068 (in Toronto) or 1-888-HYPNO-24 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) to schedule a free initial consultation at our office in downtown Toronto (when open) or through videoconferencing anywhere in the world. This complimentary one-hour meeting allows you to:
- Get the information that you need about how hypnosis works, what makes us different, and how we’re able to help you.
- Do a standardized suggestibility assessment, so that we can objectively predict how well hypnosis will work for you.
- Talk to us about your specific case.
- Optionally experience a short hypnosis session, in our hypnosis chair, so that you can experience relaxation benefits immediately.
- Book a session with one of our practitioners while you’re here, or request a written treatment plan with a fee estimate.
- Take home a copy of The Skeptic’s Guide to Hypnosis, written by Luke Chao, founder of this centre. It’s a short read that describes his unique perspectives on hypnosis, 15 years after receiving certification.
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* Our hypnosis services are not medical care, psychotherapy or psychological advice. Best-case results described on this site, including testimonials, represent the outcome of an ideal client. Your results might be different, and will depend on your hypnotic suggestibility, motivation to change, past history, and many other factors that are not in our control.