On my recovery journey, I am now looking to become a hypnotherapist and I will be joining a certified course in a months time. After that, I will start seeing clients. Now I had some interesting feedback on habits and addiction in regards to abstaining or controlling a bad habit.
Could it be possible to get the impulse control disorder in control again? I see people fighting and struggling with abstaining and they manage well for a while then they fall back as we are constantly being conditioned by media. I saw a hypnotherapist being approached by a man who wanted to sort out the drinking problem he had which he thought was way out of control. The hypnotherapist asked the man if he wanted to quit completely or if he wanted to get the habit back in control as that was easier for the hypnotherapist to organise for him and they quickly agreed that getting back control was a much better option. Now we have an impulse control disorder which means that our main server (slow brain) is not listening to our computer(fast brain). Could it not be easier to recreate a habit of control than abstaining? I believe it is possible to do but what does the average rehabilitating gambler think.
Your feedback would be appreciated. Ty.
I had hypnotherapy for gambling , my hypnotherapist helped retrain my brain as in my brain every time I felt down or had a low this was a trigger to go and gamble , I had in total months of therapy and found it to be absolutely amazing as I doubted it could help at all but it did it really did, I mean it’s not go and see someone and boom your fixed it’s still hard but yeah it personally helped me so much. My hypnotherapist recorded all sessions and sent them to me in a email as during the sessions I couldn’t remember what had happened. I still listen to them now when I need them and they reinforce the new good behaviour of my brain.
Yeah very true a lot of therapists just wanted to use cognitive techniques and writing down and not really proper hypnotherapy at all the therapist I used did use proper hypnotherapy with a singing bowl to put you under. For me it was the best help I ever got, before then I was gambling everyday for years
Here’s my humble -
Therapy becomes before any beneficiary of hypnotherapy. So trying to articulate myself here, mastering the nudging of therapy should come before the hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy a great tool of the gambling establishments with the flashing lights / features / the near miss’s etc. Hence this particular post doesn’t sit comfortably with me, especially the promotion of controlled gambling or drinking ?
Are you suggesting that this cognitive addiction isn’t an emotional escape of sorts and by hypnosis that we can control gambling in a rational way.
Addiction is the symptom and not the cause, sometimes fundamental and sometimes the lack of connection to life / values etc.
Hence dig deep and sort the cause and the symptom will take care of it self