Hypnotherapy for Addiction: How does it work?
Whether it’s smoking, drinking, gambling, or any other habit you want to shake, addiction has a way of taking hold and not letting go. But what if there was a solution that could change the narrative?
As leading hypnotherapy for addiction treatment providers in Australia, we’re here to tell you that there is a solution, and it’s easier than you think: hypnosis.
We’ve helped countless clients locally in the Gold Coast, Queensland, and right across Australia to overcome addictive behaviour like drug and alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, and addiction to smoking, through our clinical hypnotherapy for addiction treatment.
Hypnotherapy for addiction is a potent tool that’s making waves in the world of therapeutic treatments. If you’ve been battling with an addictive behaviour, are going through addiction recovery, or looking into addiction treatment for any other reason, you’re likely wondering how hypnotherapy for addiction works and what to expect when you book a section.
In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about hypnotherapy for addiction, and outline how clinical hypnosis with a trained hypnotherapist can help you create positive change in your addiction treatment, recovery and healing process.
Understanding clinical hypnosis for addiction
Addiction is a complex beast. At its core, it’s not just about the physical cravings but also the emotional and mental associations that drive individuals to their vices. That’s where hypnotherapy for addiction comes in. It works by addressing the subconscious triggers and habits, altering them in a manner that diminishes the allure of the addiction.
Here at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy, we’ve seen firsthand the transformative power of hypnotherapy. With a team of three of the finest hypnotherapists on the Gold Coast, each offering distinct styles and personalities, we’re committed to tailoring the experience to what’s right for you. After all, the best results stem from a therapy that resonates with you personally.
What happens during an addiction hypnotherapy session?
If you’re considering hypnosis treatment for an addiction, you might be wondering, what exactly happens during a hypnotherapy for addiction session?
Here’s what you can expect during the hypnosis treatment process:
1. Initial consultation
Most hypnotherapists will start the process with an consultation regarding the issue and generally explain various relevant concepts related to your addiction and hypnosis.
This initial consultation process is a one-on-one conversation between yourself and the hypnotherapist you have chosen. They will sit down with you to discuss the addiction you’d like to address with hypnotherapy., answer your questions, and talk you through their strategies and process.
Here, they’ll often discuss your addiction with you in a way that may help you to identify your personal relationship with the addiction, your triggers, the psychological and physical symptoms of your addiction, and any underlying issues, like trauma, anxiety, stress and other negative feelings or experiences that may be contributing.
2. Your first session
After the initial consultation, your hypnotherapist will design your hypnosis session to address the areas that you spoke about during your consultation.
Each hypnosis clinic may vary in their approach and process to your first session, but at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy, we focus on making you feel safe and comfortable for all of your hypnosis sessions; especially for your first hypnotherapy session with us.
If you’re visiting us in clinic on the Gold Coast, we’ll create a comfortable and relaxed environment for you. If you’re doing your session via telehealth hypnotherapy, we’ll give you instructions beforehand on how to set up your environment so that you feel safe, comfortable and undisturbed.
We like to ensure that you have a serene, private setting for your hypnotherapy session, with soft lighting, a comfortable place to sit down, and soothing atmosphere that can help you to relax.
We’ll take you through your hypnosis session in a caring and gentle way, guided by our significant experience in professional hypnotherapy services.
Want to know more on exactly what you can expect during the hypnosis itself? We’ll cover that shortly.
3. Post-session follow-ups and future sessions
Post-session, many feel a newfound sense of clarity and determination. While it might take a few sessions for some, others might notice immediate results.
After your first hypnosis session, we will check in with you to see how you’re feeling, and if you would like another session to continue your healing process.
Most people report feeling lighter, more optimistic, and more in control, even after their first session. It’s not unusual to experience vivid dreams or heightened emotions for a day or two, as your mind processes the session. This is all a normal part of the deep healing work that we do with you within your session.
Multiple sessions might be recommended, especially for deep-rooted addictions, or issues with larger psychological ties, based on past experiences, trauma, anxiety and other issues. It’s important to remember to not get too disheartened if you do need multiple treatments, your recovery journey is important and you’re taking excellent steps to your future. We are here to help you and support you in your recovery journey, every step of the way.
If you have any questions or concerns after your hypnosis session, give our team a call. We’ll also check in with you to see how you’re doing and book in any future sessions you need.
What to expect during your hypnotherapy for addiction treatment itself
Here’s what to expect during the actual hypnosis treatment process:
1. Hypnosis induction phase:
The actual hypnosis begins with an induction phase. Your hypnotherapist will use a range of techniques to bypass your conscious mind. You’ll be guided into a state where the conscious mind takes a step back, allowing the subconscious to come forward. The techniques used could be guided imagery, where you’re asked to visualise calming scenes, it may be progressive relaxation, where you’re guided to relax each part of your body in a sequence, or it may be another conversational hypnosis technique.
2. Deepening the hypnotic state:
Once the trance is achieved, your trained hypnotherapist will employ techniques to deepen this state. This doesn’t mean you’ll be unconscious. Think of it like being engrossed in a book or movie; you’re deeply involved, but still aware of your surroundings.
3. Therapeutic intervention:
In this state of heightened focus, the subconscious mind is more receptive. At this stage, the hypnosis specialist will use techniques to confront and alter the negative patterns driving the addiction. They’ll also introduce positive suggestions and ideas to help reframe your perception of the addiction. For example, if you’re doing hypnotherapy for nicotine addiction, the therapist might suggest the idea that smoking is not a pleasure and that you have the power and desire to quit. If your hypnosis treatment is addressing a problem with alcoholism, your hypnotherapist may suggest the idea that drinking is not enjoyable and you do not enjoy giving the substance abuse power over your daily life and well being.
A good hypnosis specialist, like our experienced and fully qualified professional hypnotists at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast, will be well versed in highly effective recovery practices and psychological support techniques that help you take control while in this state of hypnosis.
4. Regression techniques (if needed)
Sometimes, it’s essential to revisit past events or experiences that might be the root cause of the addiction. In a controlled and safe manner, the therapist might guide you back to certain memories to understand and process them better.
You can rest assured here that we will take good care of you during this phase, our trained practitioners are experts at guiding you through this in a safe way that supports your wellbeing and helps you to feel safe throughout.
5. Reinforcing positive change
Towards the end of the session, the hypnotherapist will reinforce the positive changes and behaviours you want to adopt. This ensures that post-session, these changes remain front and centre in your mind.
6. Gradual waking to emerge safely from your hypnotised state
Once the therapeutic phase concludes, you’ll be gently brought back to your regular state, feeling refreshed and empowered. You’ll never be jolted out of your relaxed state. Our trained and experienced therapists will gently guide you back to full awareness, ensuring you feel refreshed and empowered.
Addiction hypnotherapy FAQs
There are a lot of concerns and questions that many people have when they are first considering hypnotherapy. These are all valid concerns, as the unknown can be alarming until we understand more. However, we’re here to assure you that a hypnosis session for addiction treatment is not as scary or dramatic as you imagine.
We hope that our guide to hypnotherapy so far has helped to ease some of your concerns and answer some of your questions about hypnotherapy treatment for addiction.
Here are some more Frequently Asked Questions we come across for those looking for psychological support overcoming addictions, and their answers. If you have any other questions that are not answered below, please feel free to give our friendly and experienced team a call. We would love to help you in any way that we can.
Is hypnotherapy for addiction safe?
Absolutely. Our professional and experienced therapists ensure that the session is both safe and beneficial.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies from individual to individual. However, many find noticeable improvement within a few sessions.
What other addictions can be treated with hypnotherapy?
We offer a range of services tailored to specific addictions. Whether you’re trying to quit smoking, tackle alcohol addiction, control gambling urges or manage marijuana usage, we’ve got you covered. We have specialist hypnotherapy sessions designed to help you combat drug, alcohol, gambling, smoking, and other addictions, and we can also create you a new program that’s completely tailored to your needs.
What happens if personal or private things come up?
Please do not stress or worry about the thought of what might come up during your session. You will be in a deeply relaxed state, but aware of your surroundings. Our professionally qualified and highly experienced hypnotherapists are trained to handle sensitive issues and provide support to you. We never pass judgement and always focus on ensuring that you feel supported, relaxed, and cared for. We’re here to help you overcome your addictions and the triggers that cause them, and that’s what we focus on. Something unique about us at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast is that we have three specialists within our team with different personalities, so you’re able to choose the specialist that you feel most comfortable speaking to.
Here to help you break the cycle: Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast
If you’re battling with an addictive behaviour or addiction of any kind, you may feel like you’re alone, but you’re not. Many in Australia struggle with substance abuse disorders, addiction to illicit drug use, other drug addiction, gambling addiction, alcohol addiction and other addictions. By looking into addiction treatment, you’re taking great steps towards your addiction recovery, and for that you should be proud.
You’re not in this journey alone; at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy, we are here to help you overcome your addiction through the use of our hypnotherapy for addiction treatments.
At Moving Minds Hypnotherapy, we provide in-clinic hypnotherapy sessions in our Gold Coast clinic, but also provide telehealth hypnotherapy for addiction sessions to anyone Australia-wide. We make it easy to access the hypnotherapy treatment that can help you make lasting change in your life.
Specialist hypnotherapy treatments for a range of addictions
We offer specialist hypnotherapy sessions focused on helping you to overcome addiction and take control of your life and healing journey. We help you unlock the power of your subconscious mind via guiding you into a hypnotic state and working you through a treatment plan that speaks directly to your unconscious mind to get to the heart of the addiction issues and overcome them.
Our experienced and fully qualified hypnotherapist can help free you from your addiction, address the root of the issue, and help you to resolve and kick bad habits for good.
Our specialist addiction treatment hypnotherapies include:
Substance abuse (drug and alcohol addiction) hypnotherapy
We have specialist hypnotherapy sessions designed to help you kick drug addiction, from illegal drugs such as marijuana and party drugs, to addiction to pharmaceutical drugs, substance use disorders, and other substance abuse addictions.
We also have hypnotherapy sessions designed specifically for alcohol addiction, to help you quit drinking or reduce your dependency on alcohol.
Our drug and alcohol addiction hypnotherapy sessions, which can be tailored to your needs, include:
Gambling addiction hypnotherapy
Our gambling hypnotherapy sessions are focused on helping you overcome addiction to gambling, and gambling-related problems.
Hypnotherapy for quitting smoking
Smoking can a hard habit to kick alone. But the great news is that kicking the smoking habit has been proven to be able to be achieved through hypnotherapy treatment. We offer a specialist hypnotherapy treatment plan, designed specifically for quitting smoking.
Other hypnosis treatments, tailored to you
No matter what the addiction that you need help overcoming is, our experienced hypnotists can help with our addiction treatment hypnotherapy sessions. We have many other treatments available, and can completely customise a hypnotherapy session to address whatever it is that you need help to overcome. We help you use hypnosis to overcome whatever it is that is holding you back from living your full potential in life.
Hypnotherapy for addiction treatment is highly effective therapy
If you find yourself in the grip of an addiction, remember there’s a way out. With the right guidance and support, which Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast prides itself in providing, breaking free is within reach.
Whether you’re right here on the Gold Coast or anywhere in Australia (thanks to our Telehealth services), know that help is within easy reach.
Embrace a new chapter in your life and take control with our hypnotherapy for addiction.
It’s never too late to make a change, and we’re here to support you through that journey. Give us a call, and let’s get started on your journey towards a healthier, happier you.