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Author: Sue Harrison-Haber, C.C.D.C., R.A.S., C.Ht.

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Publisher: Malibu Times Magazine

Hypnosis and Addiction, Can it Help?

Hypnosis can be an effective tool in the early stages of addiction as well as in the recovery process. The early stages of addiction is when you know deep inside yourself, even if you're not ready to face it, that you've really got a problem. Whether you are drinking down your problems with alcohol or using drugs to "feel better" or maybe medicating with food to "numb out", the issue still remains the same... Are you addicted?

These are questions the addictive personality faces all the time. The answers however, can only be answered by the person who's suffering. As the alcohol wears off, or the drugs fade, or the food digests, life shows up once again, each new day, along with the co-pilot, truth. A combination of honesty that once again makes one feel. They say in the 12-step programs that fear is feel everything and recover. I can only agree. Since hypnosis helps with the denial aspect, the patient becomes more receptive to treatment and less receptive to the barriers. Also known as the "justification committee."

By introducing relaxation therapy along with imagery, hypnosis can help remove physical barriers to recovery, such as the body's symptoms of withdrawal, anxiety, muscle tension, spasm and pain. Along with reinforcing the commitment to sobriety or abstinence.

Hypnosis can help persuade a patient who wants to leave treatment to hold-on and complete the program. It can also help patients who are in recovery to go to their meetings, work with their sponsor, and more than anything, to remain willing. These are just a few of the tools that help the addict to not relapse and to ensure that they begin living the best life possible.

Sue Harrison-Haber is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Registered Addiction Specialist and Certified Hypnotherapist with a private practice in Westlake Village.

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