Approximately one in five Australians will develop some form of alcohol addiction during their lifetime. What started as a way to deal with stress or a tool to help you wind down after a busy day can quickly become an out of control habit if it’s not kept in check. So hypnotherapy for alcohol addiction may be a beneficial support.
How much is too much alcohol?
According to health.gov.au, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks per day.
What should you do if you are drinking too much?
Once you become aware that you are drinking too much, you have a choice. You can keep going the way you are going or decide to change.
You can try to reduce your alcohol intake by yourself, or you can get support.
If you choose to go it alone, you can use apps such as drinkaware
If you choose to get support, there are many options out there that you just need to do a google search to find; however, if you prefer a more private, one on one environment, then therapy may be a beneficial option for you.
How effective is hypnotherapy for alcohol addiction?
Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based treatment for addiction, and the change in consciousness during hypnosis can ACTUALLY BE measured and observed on the EEG readings of the brains of hypnotic subjects (Hartney, 2017).
It is generally recognised that hypnotherapy is an excellent complementary support alongside seeing your GP and other supportive therapies.
However, one study showed that intensive hypnotherapy, including 20 daily sessions in a row of hypnosis, showed a 77% success rate, including at the one-year follow-up (Potter, 2004).
In most cases, hypnotherapy helps to keep clients on track with their goals, helps to keep them motivated, boosts clients’ self-worth and confidence, and helps to heal anything linked to the cause of the addiction, such as social anxiety, depression or trauma.
What are the benefits of reducing or quitting alcohol?
- better sleep
- you’ll have more energy
- improves your relationships
- better focus and less brain fog
- lowers your risk of long-term health problems
- improved self-worth because your addiction no longer controls you
- financial benefits
- you’ll just feel better!
How many sessions of hypnotherapy for alcohol addiction will I need?
Everyone is different, but most of my clients start with weekly sessions for the first month or two, and then we gradually increase the time between appointments.
Without the support of regular therapy sessions, it can be easy to slip back into old patterns, so going for follow-up sessions if you feel you are going backwards is the key to success.
Generally speaking, most people need around 6-10 sessions and then they have the tools to keep moving forward by themselves, with follow-ups as needed.
Healing alcohol addiction is a journey; success depends on how much you want it and having the right support with a qualified clinical hypnotherapist.
Want to find out more?
Hartney, E. (2017). Hypnotherapy as a treatment for addiction. Retrieved from https://www.verywell.com/Hypnotherapy-as-a-Treatment-for-Addiction-4120753
Potter G. (2004). Intensive therapy: utilising hypnosis in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. The American journal of clinical hypnosis, 47(1), 21–28. https://doi.org/10.1080/00029157.2004.10401472