Do you feel like you're drinking more than you'd like to? Are you concerned about the impact alcohol is having on your life or your loved ones? If so, hypnotherapy may be able to help. In this blog post, we'll discuss how hypnosis can be used to control alcohol consumption and stop drinking altogether. We'll also talk about what to expect from hypnotherapy treatment and how it works.
What is hypnosis for drinking?
If you're struggling with alcohol, hypnotherapy may be able to help. Hypnosis is a state change in which our awareness becomes more internally focused. During this state, the subconscious mind is more open to suggestions and accepting changes that you desire. In other words, hypnosis allows us to bypass the conscious mind and directly access the subconscious. This can be extremely helpful when trying to change behaviours like drinking.
People who look to hypnosis for alcohol reduction will often have different desires. Some may choose to completely stop drinking with hypnosis, others may want to reduce the amount of alcohol they drink and have more control over their alcohol consumption. Hypnotherapy can help people achieve their desired outcome along with any additional support they may need from their doctor or medical team.
What are the benefits of hypnosis for alcohol control?
As we are individuals with different experiences, there will be different reasons why you turn to alcohol. For some that might be a way to cope with anxiety or to fit in with those around them. For others, they may have grown up in an environment where drinking daily was the norm and they have learned 'that's just what we do'. There are many reasons and you may not be consciously aware of why you can't control your alcohol consumption. Through hypnotherapy, you can bring those hidden reasons, whether they are beliefs, emotions, or thoughts into your conscious awareness so that you can view them from a different perspective. This awareness allows us to change what we think, believe and feel about ourselves, our past and our future.
The key benefits of hypnotherapy for drinking include:
Helps to bypass the conscious mind and directly access the subconscious mind
Helps you understand thoughts, beliefs and emotions that may be causing you to turn to drink
Can help to change behaviours and habits around drinking that are stored in the subconscious mind
Can help to change the way we feel about alcohol, making it less appealing
What should I expect from hypnotherapy treatment for drinking?
When you go for hypnotherapy treatment for alcohol control, there are a few things you can expect:
A consultation to discuss your goals and how hypnosis can help you achieve them
When you have an initial consultation with a hypnotherapist it will be important that you feel they understand your issue and are able to explain how they will work with you to help you change. This is the stage you should feel confident this person can work with you as you go through this change.
An explanation of the hypnosis state
Before guiding you into a hypnotic state your hypnotherapist will brief you on what hypnosis is and what you can expect to experience. This is your opportunity to ask any questions so you feel comfortable with the process.
A tailored approach to your outcome goal
The hypnotherapy session itself should be tailored to your specific situation and outcome, rather than generic scripts which may or may not apply to you. Your hypnotherapist should be able to use different approaches with you to get the best outcome. Ideally, your treatment should include working on the underlying reason you drink rather than just suggestion therapy.
Hypnotherapy for alcohol control is not a one-off session. It takes time for your subconscious to take on board the changes and for you to release any negative emotions, thoughts or limiting beliefs you have been holding to. At the end of your hypnotherapy session, you should feel relaxed and calm. Your hypnotherapist will provide you with instructions on what to do in between your sessions, this may include listening to a hypnosis recording or performing a daily self-hypnosis practice. These instructions are part of your hypnotherapy treatment and it's key to follow them for your best outcome.
How long will it take to see results?
The amount of time it will take to see results from hypnotherapy for alcohol control will vary from person to person. Some people may start to see results immediately, while others may need several sessions before they start to notice a change. However, most people will start to see some changes after just a few sessions.
Can hypnosis be used with other therapies or alcohol support groups?
Alcohol hypnosis can be part of a wider support programme that you may need. This often depends on the severity of your dependency on alcohol and individual needs. Complimentary therapies can be beneficial during your recovery and there should be no reason not to continue these alongside hypnotherapy. However, when working with clients who are undertaking talking therapy such as with a counsellor I usually ask them to pause their sessions or wait until after they are complete until we work together. This is to avoid any conflicts that we may be giving the subconscious mind.
If you are considering hypnotherapy to stop or reduce drinking and would like to discuss your individual situation. You can book a free confidential consultation with me directly.