Hypnosis can help people quit smoking, lose weight, and overcome fears. But did you know hypnosis is also a way to reduce alcohol consumption? While hypnosis may not be an effective cure for an alcoholic and can help people who need to cut back on their drinking. So although it will not cure alcoholism on its own, hypnosis is an effective component of an alcohol abuse treatment program.
What is Hypnosis?
Contrary to popular belief, anyone can be hypnotized. The state of hypnosis is the natural state that all people experience before waking and falling asleep.
The unconscious mind is where memories and emotions are stored, and also manage bodily functions. Although the conscious mind may decide to reduce or quit drinking unless the unconscious mind gets the memo the person will not be able to stop drinking. Hypnotism is a way to communicate with the unconscious mind. During hypnosis, people are much more susceptible and behavior changes and emotional suggestions. Communicating a request to cease or cut back drinking to the unconscious mind during hypnosis will help reconcile the disparity between the desires of the conscious and unconscious mind.
Can Hypnosis Help You Cut Back On Alcohol?
The short answer is yes, hypnosis can help the conscious and unconscious mind agree to cut back on alcohol and form new emotional habits and behaviors around drinking.
Alcoholics or people who drink too much often use alcohol to ease anxiety or depression. They have learned that alcohol is a fast way to help manage, albeit temporarily, negative feelings of stress or sadness. Nobody likes to feel bad, and the mind quickly learns that alcohol will make a person feel better for the moment. This can also apply to anything addictive, like gambling, cigarettes, or food. The earlier and more frequently these emotional habits are enforced in the unconscious mind, the harder they are to break.
Hypnosis can be a life-changing treatment for those who do not need full alcoholic rehabilitation but know they need to cut back on alcohol. It can also make rehabilitation easier for alcoholics (although hypnosis on its own will not cure alcoholism). The purpose of hypnosis is to break unhealthy emotional conditioning to self-medicate with alcohol and to use healthier responses to negative emotions instead. Think of a hypnotherapist as a personal trainer for your brain. Hypnosis helps train the brain to be more emotionally resilient and face challenges without using alcohol to cope.
The more a person learns to deal with problems without the assistance of alcohol, the easier it becomes to live without it. Think of alcoholism as being a wheelchair user, and alcohol is the wheelchair. You think it is helping, but hypnosis can help you realize that you can walk on your own. You realize that the chair is a burden that’s holding you back, not something that’s actually helping you. Once people learn to self-soothe without reaching for the emotional crutch of a drink, they will feel empowered, stronger, and more in control of their lives.