Hypnosis can help you overcome addiction.
In short, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’, although this is dependent on many factors associated with the process and with the client themselves. Many have heard about the successes derived from the use of hypnosis to break the habitual cycle of cigarette dependence. In fact, smoking cessation is one of the top reasons clients book hypnosis sessions. Oftentimes, many have tried their own methods over the years and nothing has provided a permanent solution. Some have quit “cold turkey” only to start up again years later at the onset of an intensely stressful period of life.
There is nothing simple about addiction -to any substance. There are powerful psychological/emotional attachments to the desired drug of choice that must be uncovered and released at the deepest levels of the mind in order to fully allow an individual their true freedom of choice to take back control. Weed is no exception when it is used as a distractor to deal with stress and other uncomfortable emotions, such as deep seated fear or loneliness. Weed in particular has far more psychological dependence for people than physical, which can contribute to the blasé attitude surrounding the drug and the insistence that it isn’t all that harmful.
The negative effects of sustained chronic abuse of marijuana are many. They include the loss and impairment of short-term memory functioning, increased buildup of carcinogenic hydrocarbons in the lungs, increased heart rate for up to three hours contributing to higher risk of heart attack, lowered academic, job and overall life satisfaction, and impaired judgement leading to high risk behaviors. It is important for the individual who desires to quit smoking marijuana to really take stock of all of these effects, of all of the times that they have given over their control to this substance; of all of the excuses that they give and have given themselves and others as to why this drug is a positive influence.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy will help the client in this scenario to develop an entirely new perspective surrounding their dependence issue. It will work to uncover the precise emotional attachment for this individual at the level of the sub-conscious mind where habits and emotions reign. The program works to retrain the brain at this level, to have the individual gain personal insight that allows for permanent lifestyle change. They begin to realize that they are in control, that they always were. And they can make the choice and choices to rid themselves of this dependence once and for all. This all takes place as a result of a partnership between the hypnotherapist and the individual desiring control over their lives.
It is important to remember that addiction is deeply rooted and requires the assistance of the individual, in this case, the individual who wants to quit smoking weed, their hypnotherapist and the support of their friends and family. This is critical. The therapeutic process can only ever have long term success when it is the individual who realizes and wants the help and when there is a strong support system in place. The difficulty often lies in the individual having to cut ties with former friends/associates who still use the drug. As difficult as this may be, the positives associated with quitting far outweigh holding onto an old, limited life. This brave individual who seeks the help will find themselves motivated again, will find themselves more and more successful with every step as they realize that the drug was a band-aid, a crutch. They will take pride in being able to cope in healthy ways with any challenge that life throws their way as they understand their own strength of will. This strength has been within them all along…hypnosis just awakens it.