Hypnotherapy for Addictions

Hypnosis: a growing trend to cut addiction

Updated: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012, 11:43 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

  • Patsy Kelly

FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTHI) – For some people giving up a habit may seem impossible. But one growing trend is seeing patients turn to hypnotism for relief.

Dana Fry smoked for 10 years.

Then she decided she needed to quit, not only for her sake, but for her family’s.

“I’m so glad my kids don’t have to breathe that,” said Dana.

Dana went to a hypnosis seminar, so she could find the strength to quit without medication.

She wasn’t sure it would work, but decided to give it try.

“It was just very relaxing and soothing. I wasn’t scared at all,” said Dana.

The stigma surrounding hypnosis suggests people who have been hypnotized lose control of their behavior.

One professional, clinical hypnotist, Jerri Wilkerson, told stated they simply suggest their patients experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts and behavior.

Basically, it is just a state of relaxation and focus.

Hypnosis supposedly has been used in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders and other conditions.

One viewer’s comment on WTHI’s Facebook even said being hypnotized cured her craving for chocolate or candy.

Wilkerson said anyone is a candidate for hypnosis, as long as they want to make a change.

However, psychologists from Indiana State University said while it can be helpful, it’s best used in moderation, in addition to other treatments.

But for Dana, she said the results for her were nothing short of miraculous.

Not only has she not had one craving in the past 10 years, she actually finds cigarettes and smoke revolting.

“It’s actually like, if someone does, like I said, if someone does smoke, or if I smell smoke, it’s almost like a panic feeling of, ‘oh my gosh, I can’t breathe’… I never had that craving ever again,” said Dana.

For more information about hypnotherapy, head to the American Psychological Association website .

You can also check out Jerri Wilkerson’s website .

About Sam Hayes

Sam Hayes is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practising in Perth Western Australia. He is a highly qualified practitioner and he has studied with some of the leading Clinical Hypnosis teachers in Australia and Internationally. He has studied at the Australian Academy of Hypnosis (Principal: Rick Collingwood), The Erickson Institute of Western Australia (Principal: George Burns, Clinical Psychologist) and with Dr Michael Yapko (one of the world's leading teachers of Clinical Hypnosis). In addition Sam has a degree in Sports Science from UWA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from ECU.

Sam lists some of his interests as Psychology and Personal Development, Art and Cinema, Reading and holistic health (including Relaxation and Meditation).