We all want to believe we’re in control of our own minds, and that we understand everything we think and do. Addiction makes it clear that it’s not that simple. After all, you want to quit, but you haven’t. This desire to believe we understand everything may be why so many people think they can’t be hypnotized. The reality is that almost everyone is hypnotizable.
Before being hypnotized, you’ll discuss your goals with your hypnotist. Then he or she will help you visualize a deep and peaceful state, usually by progressively relaxing every muscle in your body. While you’re hypnotized, the hypnotist will make suggestions that can help you get sober. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and energized. You might feel an immediate reduction in your cravings—or the change might occur subtly over time. Most people need 3-6 hypnotherapy sessions to see results.
In addition to feeling more motivated to get sober, you may learn to be more relaxed. In fact, many addicts say that the relaxation hypnotherapy offers them is a powerful antidote to the challenges of drug and alcohol withdrawal.