We have all been to magic shows where the magician appears to control someone’s mind through hypnosis and then makes them do various tasks. But I am also sure that each one of us must have figured that the participant was in on it and that hypnosis isn’t really possible. Well, qualified people can actually control people’s minds. If that is possible, can hypnosis for addiction work too? Hypnotherapy is a form of alternative medicine that has helped people through several mental problems. Read on to know how hypnotherapy can help an addict.


How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is based on the psychological principle of implanting ideas into the subconscious mind rather than working on the conscious one. When you undergo hypnosis, you are first made to relax and slip into a state of trance. In this state you are aware of your physical self, but you are disconnected from the rest of the world. As you relax, the therapist can then interact with you and your subconscious mind to implant certain positive ideas to treat you after which you wake up from your state of trance. After a certain number of sessions, these ideas become facts for you thus helping you feel better.


Addiction for Hypnosis

So how does hypnotherapy work for recovering addicts? Well, if you think about it, at the end of the day, addiction is a mental problem and has to do with certain ideas that an individual has. There is no physical sign of addiction other than the side effects of substance abuse and the pain from withdrawal symptoms. Hypnosis can help you feel better by solving these problems and making you feel better.

Helps control your pain

Sometimes, the withdrawal symptoms take a turn for the worse and manifest in the form of physical pain. This pain then drives people towards relapse. When in a state of trance, the patient is completely aware of their actual physical state of being. If there is any pain, they can learn to control it with the help of the therapist. Thus, when they are feeling pain from withdrawal, they can learn to reduce this pain and control it without relapsing.

Relieves stress

The state you are put into during hypnosis is a very relaxing and calming one. Your heart rate reduces, and your breathing slows down, almost as if you’re asleep. This helps you focus and concentrate on what your therapist is saying. By redirecting your thoughts to your happy memories, the therapist can then ease any stress that you might be feeling. After a few sessions, you will learn how to do this to yourself. By getting rid of stress, you will be getting rid of one of the root causes of substance abuse.

Fight urges with negative association

Whenever you a see a skull and bones symbol, you instantly know it is dangerous and hence you choose not to go near there.  This is because as we were young, our brains were programmed to be afraid of that sign and to perceive it as danger. Similarly, with the help of hypnosis, therapists can help us associate an addictive substance to an unpleasant feeling for memory. This way, whenever you have the urge to consume something, you are instantly hit by an unpleasant feeling like nausea and you don’t have the desire to try it anymore.

Deal with root problems

Studies show that the addiction to substances like alcohol, drugs or marijuana generally happens due to some emotional trauma that has occurred in the past. Recurring memories of such events in the patient can lead to them searching for escape in substance abuse. Once the patient is comfortable with the hypnotherapist, they can then explore the emotional trauma and help the patient deal with this root cause. By solving this problem, the therapist elminates the patient’s need for any further therapy.


In conclusion, it is quite clear that hypnotherapy can help recovering addicts in many ways. Hypnosis is a great way of alternate medicine that can help one deal with many other problems too. Studies have shown that when hypnosis is combined with other conventional means of addiction recovery, the success rate almost doubles. So, if you can think of someone who needs help on the path of recovery, ask them to try hypnosis now!