Hypnotherapy was first discovered in the ancient times by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians as a healing
art. Until today, it has evolved over the generations and has been used to treat a variety of illnesses, even
alcoholism. It has been proven to be safe and effective and has been adopted by many healthcare
practitioners as an alternative therapy. But till what extent is hypnotherapy effective in treating
alcoholism? Let's find out.
As we all know, the therapeutic effect of hypnotherapy ranges from its hypnosis effects and relaxation
abilities. It can help anxious and tensed people relax by putting them in a relaxed state of mind. The habit
of alcohol drinking is something that has been incorporated into the minds by people who drink
chronically due to their social upbringing. A variety of sources contribute to this habit such as the role of
media and advertising, peer influence, and work related stress.
Unfortunately, many believe that hypnotherapy does not work directly on the causes, but instead help
reduce the symptoms of alcohol cravings which lead to binge drinking. For example, we binge on alcohol
because we want a form of escapism from the stress and frustrations of work/our boss/our spouses. The
role of hypnotherapy is more to relaxing the mind of the subject rather than brainwashing the subject into
being stress free.
We are also aware that many of the "triggers" of alcohol cravings and hence binging cannot be avoided.
Therefore, hypnotherapy has a big role to play in this area. It can treat the symptoms of alcoholism such
as alcohol withdrawal syndrome and relax the subject. Hypnotherapy coupled with counselling and the
introduction of empowering thoughts and ideas can create a profound breakthrough in patients suffering
In conclusion, a good hypnotherapy regimen coupled with adequate counselling can help alcohol addicts
treat symptoms of withdrawal and prevent alcohol cravings. Counsellors and practitioners have an
important role to play in helping patients set realistic goals and help them to achieve them.