The relationship between interpersonal violence or trauma and the development of a substance use disorder is complex. Drug and alcohol abuse have a clinically significant correlation with exposure to past trauma, attempt to as well as the development of PTSD. Often, substance abuse begins as a subconscious self-medicate the emotional distress caused by traumatic past experiences.
Trauma-informed hypnotherapy can be used as part of a personalized drug and alcohol abuse treatment plan to help individuals with substance use disorders set the foundation for a lasting recovery. The purpose of this type of treatment is to help reclaim a positive sense of self, heal attachment wounds, and reframe distressing memories with empowering new endings. It’s a compassionate, whole-person approach with lasting results.
How It Works
Trauma-informed care seeks to understand a patient’s unresolved trauma and how it is related to issues such as addiction, depression, and anxiety. Trauma can refer to issues that were one-time occurrences, such as being the victim of a natural disaster or a crime, as well as suffering prolonged trauma due to domestic violence, child abuse, or military combat exposure.
Hypnosis is a gentle and effective evidence-based tool to heal trauma while addressing a patient’s unique spiritual, cultural, and personal needs. It is often used alongside Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), or other forms of addiction counseling.
The general public often views hypnosis through the lens of what they’ve seen in magic shows on TV, but hypnotherapy is not a parlor trick. A hypnotherapist uses focused attention, guided relaxation, and intense concentration to achieve a heightened state of awareness. This state is referred to as a trance.
While someone is in a trance, external influences around them are blocked out or ignored. A trained therapist uses this trance to guide the person’s attention to focus on specific thoughts or tasks related to the goals of the session. This can include looking at why the person began turning to substance use or exploring what ways they could cope with unpleasant emotions instead of using drugs or alcohol.
Anyone can be hypnotized, although some people are much more susceptible to suggestion than others. People who are very resistant to hypnosis or skeptical of the benefits tend to have more trouble relaxing long enough to enter a true hypnotic state.
Reprogramming the Brain to Promote Lasting Sobriety
Unlike forms of therapy that are focused on forcing people to relive painful experiences, trauma-informed hypnotherapy focuses on helping you heal from the past so you can embrace the possibilities of personal growth and positive outcomes. With trauma-informed hypnotherapy as part of your continuum of care for drug or alcohol addiction treatment, you’ll discover: