Hypnotherapy for Treating Alcoholism

Hypnosis has demonstrated its ability to have great influence on a person’s perceptions and behaviors. Hypnotherapy is sometimes used to treat pain, anxiety and phobias. It has demonstrated the ability to reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and the evidence is encouraging regarding its possible effectiveness in treating anxiety, stress, hypertension and insomnia.

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Although widely used in treating nicotine addiction and promoting smoking cessation, the evidence is clear that it is not at all effective for this purpose. Hypnotherapy has no greater effect on rates of quitting the use of tobacco than no treatment.

Given its failure to help people quit smoking, it should not be surprising that there is no scientific medical evidence that hypnotherapy is effective in helping alcoholics or drug abusers either achieve sobriety or maintain it.

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Readings on Hypnotherapy

  • Abbott, NeilC., Stead, Lindsay F., White, Adrian R., and Barnes, Jo. Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. Cochran Tobacco Addiction Group. Published online October 6, 2010.. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001008
  • Floyd, Anthony S., Monahan, Susanne C., Finney, John w. and Morley, Jeanne A. Alcoholism treatment outcome studies, 1980-1992. Addictive Behaviors, 1996, 21(4), 413-428.
  • Stoil, Michael J. Problems in the evaluation of hypnosis in the treatment of alcoholism. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 1989, 6(1), 31-35.
  • Wadden, Thomas A. and Penrod, James H. Hypnosis in the treatment of alcoholism: a review and appraisal. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1981, 24(1), 41-47.
  • Webb, Annette N., Kkururuzovic, Renata, Catto-Smith, Anthony G., and Sawyer, Susan M. Hypnotherapy for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, Cochrane Inflammatory Bowel Disease andFunctional Bowel Disorders Group. Published online October 17, 2007. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005110.pub2

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