When someone brings up hypnosis, most probably imagine stage shows where willing guests are hypnotized to lose control of their behavior. But in the addiction treatment field, the method may help those struggling overcome compulsions.
Midwest TV station WTHITV-Indiana spoke to chronic smoker Dana Fry who continued with her addiction for 10 years. When she decided it was time to quit, she went to a hypnosis seminar for help to find the strength to quit smoking, without medication. Even though she wasn’t sure of its success, she decided to try it.
For Fry, she says it worked like a miracle. Living without cravings, she says now she even finds cigarettes and smoke nauseating.
“It’s actually like, 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,” Fry tells WTHITV.
Clinical hypnotist Jerri Wilkerson says anyone can be a candidate for hypnosis if they want to try and change something. The method, she says, can help patients experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts and behavior through a state of relaxation and focus.
WTHITV reports, however, that psychologists from Indiana State University explain that while hypnosis can be helpful, it's best used in moderation, in addition to other treatments.
Click here for more information about hypnotherapy from the American Psychological Association.