The Rose’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment for women is rooted in a science-based, research-supported clinical model to ensure a healthier life without addiction. Our clients experience the strong impact hypnotherapy has on addiction.
Learn About Hypnotherapy
During hypnotherapy, the woman who is in treatment at The Rose will be placed in a deeply relaxed trance and be given suggestions that will help improve her recovery. Hypnotherapy is a form of treatment where a therapist uses exercises to place a patient in a state of deep relaxation, also known as a trance.
This altered state of consciousness is marked by deeply focused concentration and responsiveness and by a greater sense of inner awareness. In the addiction treatment setting, hypnosis can be used to help people overcome unhealthy behaviors or cope with traumatic memories or experiences.
Below are some of the conditions and behaviors that are routinely addressed by our hypnotherapist:
- post-traumatic stress and anxiety
- sleep disorders
- drug addiction
- pain control
- depression, grief and loss
- mental health issues
Hypnotherapy in Comprehensive Treatment
Hypnotherapy is a tool that is used in conjunction with other forms of addiction treatment. There are two primary ways that hypnosis can be used in therapy:
- Suggestion: Since the hypnotic state makes some people more open to suggestion, it can be used to bring about changes in behavior. The therapist can address unhealthy behavior and habits can be addressed and suggest more positive alternatives. It can also be used to alter sensations and perceptions and is used as a treatment for pain.
- Analysis: The state of relaxation brought on by hypnosis is conducive to discovering the cause of psychological issues. For example, it can be used to uncover a traumatic event that has been buried in the unconscious. Once the therapist understands the root cause of a patient’s problem, it can then be addressed in therapy.
A hypnotherapist will often use suggestive imagery to help the hypnotized person picture new behaviors or to aid in the cessation of pain or anxiety. The therapist will often train the patient in self-hypnosis so that the patient can benefit from the process when experiencing pain or working to break unhealthy habits and addictions.
More Background on Hypnotherapy
Since the mid-twentieth century, hypnotherapy has been recognized by both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Associate as a valid form of treatment for anxiety and addictive behaviors. In 1995, the National Institutes of Health began to recommend hypnotherapy for the management of chronic pain.
Popular culture often paints a hypnotist as controlling the hypnotized person, who as lost his or her free will. This is not the case. A hypnotized person is fully conscious but in a more relaxed state and more responsive to suggestions. The hypnotist cannot make the hypnotized person act against his or her will.
Hypnotherapy is not a dangerous form of treatment, but it should be administered by a trained health care professional or therapist in a clinical setting. It should be used as a complement to other forms of treatment. Care should be taken when using hypnotherapy to recall traumatic events. In some cases, strong emotions related to memories can lead to memory distortion or the creation of false memories.