To date, the treatment of alcohol dependence using hypnosis is one of the most popular and common ways. The effectiveness of hypnotic techniques in the treatment of alcoholism is not lower than the effectiveness of aversive therapy, or comprehensive inpatient treatment.
Hypnosis and Alcoholism
Hypnotic techniques are used as an independent means of struggle with addiction, to consolidate the results obtained from other methods of treatment and prevention of alcoholism.
There are two varieties of techniques of hypnotic effect on people, with the goal of liberation from alcohol abuse:
- hypnotic techniques;
- psychotherapeutic techniques of hypnotic suggestion.
Hypnosis techniques for the treatment of alcoholism
Hypnotic techniques have become a popular tool in the fight against alcoholism in the mid-twentieth century. They were based on a system of prohibitions, which are in a hypnotic state have been indoctrinated to the dependent person. For many years, the use of these techniques proved effective, but the debate regarding safety of this treatment to the human psyche does not cease to this day.
Inadvertently conducted a session of hypnotic treatment can lead to anxious depression, development of phobias and even suicidal impulses. To cure the consequences of such a hypnotic intervention is possible only through systematic visits to the therapist. Therefore, in order to avoid negative consequences, you must seek help only to certified specialists. In the preliminary conversations with the doctor is necessary to be as sincere because of the answers of the patient on the hypnotic methods will be used in the fight against addiction.
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For the treatment of alcohol dependence he most widespread are such methods of hypnosis:
- hypnosis therapy;
- anchor method;
- autogenic training.
Hypnosis psychotherapy is a method of treatment of alcohol dependence during hypnotic sleep. This method of treatment can be applied only with the consent of the patient, since otherwise, because of the hostility and fear of alcoholic-dependent person, a specialist simply will not be able to enter the alcoholic in a hypnotic state.
First, the doctor simply talks with the patient, creating trust, then, using different methods of dispersion of attention leads him into a hypnotic trance, without stopping to make conversation. After the patient into a deep hypnotic trance, the doctor softly, but clearly inspire installation not drinking. If necessary, the installation can be supplemented with various warnings and strict restrictive measures. Often the effect occurs at the first session, but still, are more effective hypnotic courses of several sessions.
Anchor method of hypnosis is very often used in the techniques of neuro-linguistic attitudes, but it is equally effective for hypnotic treatment of alcoholism. The difference of anchoring method of hypnotic techniques is that treatment is carried out without the introduction of the patient into a hypnotic trance. At the beginning of treatment the doctor finds the alcoholic so-called “anchor”, subliminal is a label that under certain conditions will be triggered, causing or blocking any of the programs behavior.
Anchors in hypnosis can be positive or negative. A positive anchor creates a pleasant emotions and sensations, and urges to act, a negative – it causes unpleasant emotions and suppresses a desire to act. Assisting the patient with the doctor is very important because without the help of alcohol-dependent, the hypnotist will not be able to find the anchor. Often the anchor method is used in combination with medication, alcohol addiction, because in that case recovery will be more rapid, and the results persist for many years.
Autogenic training is based on the autosuggestion of the patient. In every person there is a huge energy potential, which if used properly can solve a lot of problems, including self-medication of addictions.
Among the hypnotic techniques of autogenic training are the only ones in which the outcome depends mostly on the person. The intervention of a specialist in the treatment process is minimal, he can only teach basic methods of self-hypnosis and techniques to consolidate the result.
This method of hypnotic treatment is best applied after any other medical procedures. And the third stage of alcoholism autogenic training is meaningless, because of the long strong of alcohol the organism loses its vitality, and the patient is very much degraded as a person.
Hypnosis + therapy = stop drinking alcohol
Psychotherapeutic hypnotic techniques are very effective together with various medication treatment of alcohol dependence. The difference between these methods of treatment hypnotic techniques is that in the psychotherapeutic treatment specialists help the patient to understand the essence of your problem, its causes, and methods of its control. An informed patient approach to solving the problem of alcoholism and training of control of their thoughts and desires, that what is common to all psychotherapeutic techniques.
Methods of psychotherapy for the treatment of alcoholism:
- cognitive behavioral therapy;
- group therapy;
- family psychotherapy.
Cognitive behavioural therapy will be the best option to consolidate the results of medical treatment because it allows the patient to learn to control their behavior and avoid relapse of alcohol dependence.
This psychotherapy consists of the cognitive techniques that they learn to deal with their fears, anxiety and other negative emotions which may lead to disruption of alcohol; and behavioral methods that can detect behavioral patterns of an alcoholic, and replace their models of human behavior without alcohol dependence.
As a result of this treatment the patient begins to comprehend their behavior, and avoid situations where the temptation to drink alcohol will become an irresistible strong. Learning to understand the motives of their actions, people will be able to control not only the craving for alcohol and any other harmful addictions.
Group psychotherapy is a treatment of entire groups of people dependent on alcohol. Each participant in such group shows compassion and feels the support of other people. In such groups, the person realizes that he is not one suffers from addiction, learn not to hide his feelings, and gets huge support from the same sick people as he is.
The most effective are the groups, the main of which is the therapist. But the doctor in this case is not a leader or authority, but simply a third-party person who helps sick people to choose the right direction of communication and to determine the best methods of joint struggle against a common misfortune.
Such techniques will be the best option to consolidate the positive results of getting rid of alcoholism with any other methods of treatment. In this case, get rid of dependence a person sees the success of others like him, and believes that can also achieve complete recovery from alcoholism. And it is worth noting that in most cases, the recurrence rate after these procedures is minimal.
Family therapy is very important in the treatment of alcoholism because it allows couples to openly discuss the current problem situation, to recover the warm family relations, the return of spouses trust.
This joint family working with a therapist allows you to create stronger family relationships, devoid of recrimination and harshness. Sessions at the doctor allow the sick person a more sober look at their actions and their lives, to take responsibility for the prosperous life of their loved ones.
Is also psychological impact on family members, they learn more actively and properly maintain a patient-dependent person to help him in his aspirations to become a full member of the family and society.