The Role of Hypnosis in Addiction Recovery
In this interview, I speak with Damon about the role of hypnosis in addiction recovery. I share my personal experience with using hypnotherapy for addiction recovery journey and demystify some common misconceptions about hypnosis.
Here are some key takeaways from the video:
- Hypnotherapy is not the same as stage hypnosis for entertainment purposes. Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic modality that involves getting the brain into a deep, relaxed state (Theta brainwave) and conversing with the subconscious mind about blocks, habits, behaviors, and belief systems holding one back.
- Hypnotherapy allows individuals to create a new subconscious and rewrite or rewire new neural pathways, especially those developed from age zero to seven when the brain is in full Theta and the conscious mind has not fully developed.
- The subconscious is here to keep us safe, so anything that is outside of what was put in place during childhood by our environment (e.g., family, community, society) is registered by the brain as a potential problem, and our brain wants to keep us small and safe.
- Hypnotherapy is not brainwashing, and individuals have the choice throughout a session. It’s best used as a complement to working with a mental health professional.
- Finding a regulated and certified professional is crucial to ensure safety and effectiveness when picking a hypnotherapist.
Sharing this video can be valuable to individuals struggling with addiction recovery and seeking alternative therapeutic modalities beyond traditional talk therapy. It can also help dispel some of the myths around hypnosis and provide insights into how it can be used to retrain patterns in the mind and help individuals create new subconscious beliefs and behaviors.
Resources mentioned in the video include:
- Recovered Life: a peer support network with direct access to top recovery coaches and quality peer support meetings that can be accessed virtually.
- Grace Smith: Amber’s teacher and founder of the Grace Space Hypnotherapy School.
- Is hypnotherapy the same as stage hypnosis for entertainment purposes? No, hypnotherapy is a therapeutic modality used to get the brain into a deep relaxed state and have a conversation with the subconscious mind about blocks, habits, behaviors, and belief systems that are holding one back.
- Can hypnotherapy rewire new neural pathways? Yes, hypnotherapy can rewire new neural pathways and help individuals create new subconscious beliefs and behaviors.
- Is it important to find a regulated and certified hypnotherapist? Yes, finding a regulated and certified hypnotherapist is crucial to ensure safety and effectiveness.
- Is hypnotherapy a replacement for traditional talk therapy? No, hypnotherapy is best used as a complement to working with a mental health professional.
- How long does it take to notice results with hypnotherapy? Individuals may notice results within a few days, depending on the specific belief or behavior being targeted. It may take several sessions to see lasting changes.