6 Studies Reveal Effects of Hypnosis on Addiction


If you’ve never considered hypnosis for addiction, you may find the following studies motivating. The Western medical model doesn’t have much to offer in the way of addiction help.

Hypnosis is one alternative model that could work, according to research. Given the mass proliferation of various forms of addiction, we should all understand what works and what doesn’t in order to treat it.

6 Studies on Hypnosis for Addiction

1) A study published by Department for the Treatment of Substance Abuse, Israel Ministry of Health, took ten hard-core drug addicts, whose main addiction were opiates, and gave them group hypnosis sessions in two five-patient groups, for ten sessions. After six months, 90% of them remained clean of all drugs. After one year, 20% had returned to drugs, via urine analysis tests.

2) According to the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis in 2004, Greg Potter conducted a study for 7 years. His group of 18 clients showed a 77% success rate of curing their addiction using intensive hypnotherapy sessions daily.

3) In a study conducted by Ohio State University, published by the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, a woman who suffered from an extreme addiction to cocaine used only hypnotherapy to overcome her addiction. She had no support system whatsoever, and remains clean today after nine years.

4) The American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy reported a study that took 241 war veterans who were suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, and began giving them five sessions a week of hypnotherapy. The entire control group reported high feelings of serenity and self-esteem, and low feelings of anger compared to other groups who were not using hypnotherapy as a treatment.

5) The American College of Chest Physicians conducted a study on patients who were hospitalized for various conditions, who were all smokers. After 6 months of hypnotherapy sessions to help them quit smoking cigarettes, most of them had quit the habit. Though each of their medical conditions was a variable in whether or not they quit (for instance, those with coronary symptoms were more likely to quit because they felt such “fear and doom” and the study findings report), the majority of the patients surveyed reported less cravings and genuinely didn’t want to smoke anymore.

6) Frank Schmidt and a research student Chockalingam Viswesvaran of the University of Iowa compiled the results of thousands of studies, conducted all over the world to figure out which way of quitting smoking was the most successful. They found that one in five people are able to completely quit smoking using hypnosis, with factors such as health and diseases that create urgency giving some more motivation than others. Hypnosis is 3 times more effective that replacing smoking with other forms of nicotine, and 15 times more effective than trying to quit on your own, according to these findings.


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