Addiction has been defined as a state where a person craves and needs increasing amounts of a particular substance or behavior in order to go through life, and in the absence of such substance or behavior, this person would have feelings of misery and irritability.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine describes addiction as "a compulsive behavior with a continued craving to use a psychoactive substance." According to scientists, there are parts of the brain that may become stimulated with some behaviors, and people’s habits may change pathways of the brain. Hence, scientists have identified several forms of addictions today (substance - alcohol, drugs, love/sex, food, behavior, etc.). Oftentimes, these addictions start out innocently enough, perhaps even as a form of experimentation. However, a person may consequently develop an addiction, caused by a brain or chemical malfunction, stress, environmental influences, family or peer pressures. Therefore, in order to initiate the healing process, an addict must be "retrained" through behavior modification, lifestyle change and habit control. Hypnosis is a strong therapeutic tool which, used skillfully, can greatly facilitate the success factor in such cases.
How can Hypnosis help with addictions ?
Hypnotherapy works in conjunction with a client’s doctor or therapist. Whatever kind of program (12 step or otherwise) the client is on, the post suggestions are designed to motivate the addict to stay the course. This motivation will eventually either reverse the addiction to an acceptable level, or do away with it all together, thus creating a positive new habit that the client and his or her family could live with.