Hypnosis for Addiction — Does It Work?

Tentatively described as an altered state of consciousness involving electrochemical changes in brain activity, hypnosis seems to increase a person’s suggestibility and ability to recall previously forgotten events. Contrary to widespread belief, hypnotized people are not unconscious or sleeping. In fact, hypnosis creates a hyper-responsive, hyperactive mental state that greatly reduces the likelihood of spontaneous or random thoughts to interfere with what the hypnotist is suggesting to a hypnotized person.

Neuroscientists still can’t provide a good answer for the question, “How does hypnosis work?,” but they theorize it has something to do with suppressing the conscious, subjective mind by temporarily rendering it inactive. Neural correlates supporting the phenomenon of hypnosis remain a mystery. However, study after study has shown that allowing the more pliant, objective subconscious to emerge during hypnotherapy benefits people struggling with everything from smoking cessation and weight loss to substance addiction.

The Many Consequences of Driving Drunk

Evolution of Change Regarding Penalties for Drunk Driving

Years ago, drunk driving was a type of traffic offense. The consequences of driving drunk resulted in few criminal penalties, and drunk driving did not have the negative stigma that it carries now. In more recent years, though, it has become a very serious crime.

Drunk driving is defined differently in each state with the acronym of DUI used for driving under the influence and DWI that is short for driving while intoxicated. Many states use the terms equally, but in some states, greater penalties are given for the DWI rather than the DUI. Generally speaking, in many states, the legal limit before a drunk driving charge is made is when there is a blood alcohol level of .08%. One can also be convicted for refusing to take a field sobriety test.

dwi vs. dui

New York State was the first state to enact anti-drunk driving laws with California and other states following along.

Can You Quit Using Drugs and Still Be Around Them?

In no uncertain terms: No.

Although an addict may have completed a recovery program five years ago and maintained their sobriety, the potential for relapse continues to exist for the rest of their lives. And that’s because addiction is a chronic disease.
It’s not an attitude problem, a willpower problem or a personality problem. Addiction can’t be “cured” with a potent antibiotic or surgery. It is a disease with a strong genetic background that can “flare up” at any time following an extended period of sobriety.

Much like diabetes, psoriasis, asthma and high blood pressure worsen if the person affected doesn’t avoid “triggers,” like sugary foods, smoking, drinking alcohol and stressful situations, relapse can rear its ugly head if provoked by certain addiction triggers.

How to Avoid Drug Relapse After Treatment

Two types of risk factors exist that interfere with a relapse prevention plan: external and internal risk factors.

How to Get the Most out of Rehab

admitting you have a problem takes courage

It takes a lot of strength and courage to admit you are struggling with addiction and seek help. Most people try a number of different ways to overcome addiction on their own before realizing they cannot do it alone. In reality, everyone suffering from addiction needs help to heal.

Entering rehab is a big commitment that will change your life forever. Usually when you make a decision, you want it to happen right away. The time it takes to overcome addiction is based on many variables, so it is unique to each person. There are ways to speed up your progress, within reason, of course. Keeping these things in mind will help you learn how to get the most out of rehab.

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Keep an Open Mind

It is necessary to keep an open mind whenever you approach change, and rehab is certainly a big change.

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