Do You Hate Being Sober? Addictions Can Resolve with Hypnotherapy
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All addicts must know three things in order to recover from their dependency on any substance or behavior: It’s not their fault, they don’t deserve it and regression hypnotherapy with a fully qualified regression hypnotherapist can help them recover permanently from the need to self-medicate deep feelings of hurt, sadness, guilt, shame and grief. (Please note that my reference to fully qualified does not include past life regression or basic hypnosis.)
A large part of my hypnotherapy practice is devoted to addictions issues and helping addicts and substance abusers become free of their mental and physical reliance on substances and behaviors of all kinds – from cigarettes to alcohol, heroin, cocaine, psychiatric drugs, gambling and pornography. According to my former clients, recovering from the addictiveness and damage of psychiatric drugs is the most challenging.
Many people find themselves addicted to more than one substance simultaneously. As Dr. Peter Breggin notes in his book, Medication Madness (pg 112), overstimulation caused by antidepressants can result in a situation where the psychiatric patient uses alcohol excessively to calm themselves down from the medication-induced agitation.
All addictions are rooted in a sense of being unsafe and unaccepted in early childhood. Reliance on any substance or unproductive, unwanted behavior is a symptom of a deeper underlying emotional issue. Substance abuse is not a disease, not a mental illness and it is not hereditary…it is the result of emotional conditioning.
The brain’s task is to ensure ‘survival’ – any feelings of threat to survival are met with a powerful reaction, including the release of cortisol, a hormone that practically guarantees distorted thinking and a fight-or-flight response. When a person feels unsafe, unwanted, anxious, unaccepted, not good enough, unworthy, deeply hurt, guilty and/or ashamed, they develop a coping mechanism to survive. Once the brain learned that substances/behaviors could provide relief from these negative feelings, resorting to these coping/survival mechanisms became automatic.
How the Brain Creates Addiction Issues
It is irrelevant to the brain that the periods of relief become shorter and shorter until the substance/activity becomes a life-line every minute of the day and night. All the brain is concerned about is that the substance/activity is making the person feel safe and secure. Remove that coping mechanism and the brain will find another. For example a person who gives up excess alcohol intake may well resort to smoking or gambling for relief from the ‘bad’ feelings (symptom substitution). Further, while the person is struggling to abstain, stress levels rise dramatically and the brain simply regards the stress as more threat, releasing more cortisol resulting in even more effort expended to gain relief from the bad, threatening feelings.
The thing that conventional treatments for addictions have taught us is that one cannot drink, drug, medicate, talk, eat or think one’s way past a bad feeling. To get the brain to change its conditioned survival responses, one must get to the source of the message of ‘threat’ that the brain receives, which causes it to over-react despite the logical mind knowing full well there is no danger to survival and to neutralize that message once-and-for-all.
The 12-Step Programs, while providing support and empathy, cannot neutralize the underlying root issue of feeling unsafe in any addict…thus their meager 5% relapse prevention rate. Nor can the needle pricks of an acupuncturist or the relaxation scripts of a hypnotist permanently resolve an underlying feeling of threat to survival, although they may well help reduce physical tension and reduce stress levels for a time. In fact, in many cases, because the client is left without a coping mechanism until the brain learns a new one, anxiety levels can elevate to levels of panic.
GracePlace Wellness Hypnotherapy Treatment for Addictions
The approach I have developed over many years is very successful in treating addictions because it addresses, first and foremost, the underlying root causes of the need for reliance on a coping mechanism through the use of regression hypnotherapy (3-session comprehensive program of 30 days duration). Then it addresses the client’s need for a safe physical weaning from the substance by providing subconsciously embedded anchors for calmness and the development of a weaning schedule that works best for the client. Often, dietary changes are necessary and many clients have benefited from a homeopathic detoxification of the liver, brain and filtering organs of the body. In the case of non-substance addictions such as gambling, subconscious anchors for calmness and clear-headed thinking, together with the neutralization of the root-cause of the behavior make it possible for the addict to make productive choices.
I discourage the abrupt cessation of any substance, including cigarettes and especially psychiatric mediations because of the extreme physical distress they can cause an already compromised body. I provide all clients with the resources they need to safely withdraw from all psychoactive substances…that is, any substance that affects the mood and reasoning of the client.
Always, the key to permanent relief of all need for self-medication of emotional issues and unwanted coping behaviors is the neutralization of the root-cause of the negative emotional issues, together with a safe withdrawal from the substance. This should be undertaken only with a practitioner who is fully trained in regression hypnotherapy and who is fully versed in the safe weaning from psychoactive substances.
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