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28 Nov 2005

Do you think hypnosis will help for many years of alcohol abuse as it seems nothing else help.
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01 Jan 0001

No. Far too many people get led into the idea that hypnosis is some magic form of treatment that can work wonders --- it never ever can do so. Only very occasionally, as PART of a number of coordinated treatments, can it be helpful as PART of a solution. Nothing whatever helps an alcoholic unless they themselves sincerely want to stop drinking. Then usually, they need a combination of AA, a good shrink, and maybe some drugs which can help, like Acamprosate or Antabuse.
HomeoPsych I disagree with, as pleading a special cause. Note even the most favourable quote he could find says "with variable degrees of success", and I don't believe that in ANY of the studies that pro-hypnosis author is thinking of, was it used successfully as the sole means of treatment or as a single last-ditch method of choice.
On the other hand I agree completely with Homeopsych that it should only be used as m=part of a comprehensive multimodal treatment programme, and that one should NEVER EVER seek hypnosis as therapy except as part of therapy conducted by a fully trained and registered psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, and NEVER from others who have taken it up as a hobby.
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