Background Information on Hypnosis and Withdrawal from Drug Use

Addiction contains spiritual, mental, social, and biological components. Hypnosis is a treatment modality that can address all of these issues. There is a wealth of scientific research to back up the idea that hypnotherapy is a great way to manage addictions.


Gorski and Miller (1986) name six symptoms of Post Acute Withdrawal (PAW) that can occur following acute withdrawal from an addictive drug. These symptoms can recur for years after a person has successfully withdrawn from a chemical dependency.


The six symptoms are:

(1) inability to think clearly;

(2) memory problems;

(3) emotional overreactions or numbness;

(4) sleep disturbances;

(5) physical coordination problems;

and (6) stress sensitivity.


There have been numerous reports of using hypnosis to treat each of these PAW symptoms including Whitehouse et al. (1996), a 19-week study that showed hypnosis produced lower stress levels. Yet the use of hypnosis with chemical dependency continues to be thought of as an alternative therapy when it is, possibly, one of the better choices available.


Hypnosis sometimes produces very rapid changes. However, when used over a longer period of time in a systematic process the results are much longer lasting.


Traditionally, treatment methods for addictions include intense daily sessions. Combining the intensive treatment of daily sessions with hypnosis appears to strengthen treatment for many people who are suffering from addictions. One of the advantages of using hypnosis is that it allows the client to better imprint, modulate, and integrate new patterns of behavior. Also, the deep relaxation naturally addresses the recovering person’s need to manage stress and handle cravings.


Our approach to managing addiction addresses physical aspects, social aspects and psychological aspects to help the client. Any system that fails to address all three of these areas is unlikely to have lasting benefit.


Our many successful clients are testimony to the effectiveness of this approach.