Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction

Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study
Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.
The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Stress Solutions

by Marc Gravelle Certified Hypnotherapist and Instructor

Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest solutions.
Many people find the period from Thanksgiving through the New Year a very stressful time, even though we’re taught that it is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. During this time we often are confronted with numerous conflicts and inflated, or unrealistic expectations.
According to a poll conducted by, more than 80% of respondents reported finding the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful.

The Problems

Some of the more common problems we face during the holidays are:
  • Increases in traffic and more traffic delays.
  • Over committing to too many parties, social gatherings and family time.
  • Over spending on gifts.
  • Increased consumption of rich desserts and/or alcohol.
  • Over committing to sending cards with notes and baking goodies for gifts.

Solution: The Anchor

The term anchor refers to a simple technique, method, or tool, to interrupt and replace any feeling of building anxiety or stress.

Anchor Technique: Simple to Create

  1. Inhale deeply, holding it for a brief moment (about 3 seconds).
  2. As you slowly exhale, say, or think, the word “CALM”.
  3. Inhale deeply again and hold (about 3 seconds).
  4. As you slowly exhale say, or think, the word “RELAXED”.
  5. Inhale deeply, again and hold (about 3 seconds).
  6. As you exhale slowly, say or think the words “IN CONTROL”.
Do it right now and experience the effect. Feel more relaxed? This one simple technique takes less than 30 seconds. Depending on the situation, or the level of stress, you could do the anchor two or three times successively (which takes less than two minutes).
This one simple technique applies to any stressful situation we encounter and improves our coping skills. This one method can assist us in handling all the various stressors of the holiday season. Another option is to use, or substitute your own words that you associate more with relaxation.

Additional Holiday Solutions

  • Plan longer time cushions both to leave for, and arrive to functions in a punctual manner.
  • Take a few minutes to write out what you can realistically accomplish during this busy time. Writing lists can assist in prioritizing what’s important and what’s not so important.
  • Make a budget for gift giving that fits your own budget to avoid unnecessary credit card balance buildup.
  • Practice assertive communication to be able to say no diplomatically and enforce your boundaries of contact or involvement.
The tool of using the anchor is even more effective when guided in the state of hypnosis. It’s more effective because the level, or depth of relaxation is more profound in a clinical setting like a hypnotherapy session.
Many clients have asked how often they need to do the anchor process and I recommend starting with 20-50 times/day. Especially during trying times.

Hypnosis Heals

Healed 41% faster from fracture
Healed significantly faster from surgery
Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes to heal.
Study One: Six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.
Study Two: Three groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery. Hypnosis group healed “significantly faster” than supportive attention group and control group.

Avoid the distractions

Being practical today


 Ready to try quitting smoking on your own? Here are some tips to increase your chances.

  • Have a plan. To quit smoking, you must be prepared. Pick a goal date when you will smoke your last cigarette and start your life as a non-smoker. Between two weeks and 30 days from today.
  • Get a physical. Be aware of any health problems that may exist. It's better to know. Make sure it's ok for you to exercise.
  • Get regular exercise. Get your health back. Walking is a great way to start, riding a bike or doing exercise videos at home. Exercising will also help you deal with negative feelings that may arise in your first days of quitting.
  • Prepare to quit. If you smoke over a pack a day, give yourself two weeks to prepare your mind to quit smoking. If under a pack, give yourself a week. Adjust if necessary and based on your intuition and experience. During your preparing to quit period:
  • Write down all the reasons why it's so important for you to quit smoking. The more emotional, the better. ("I don't want my kids to watch me die of lung cancer" for example.) Write your reasons down on a few 3x5 cards and carry them with you. Put them up where you will see them. Read them several times a day.
  • Change your diet. Since nicotine acts as an appetite suppressant, you don't want to gain a weight after you quit smoking. (Very common after people quit smoking.) Start to eat three healthy meals a day with healthy snacks in between. Increase protein and reduce refined carbs.
  • In your preparation period, start to scramble your smoking pattern. For instance, if you smoke in your left hand, start smoking in your right. If you like smoking on the front porch, change your smoking spot to some uncomfortable place like out by the trashcans. Stop buying cartons and buy one pack at a time, changing brands each time you buy a pack. Start cutting cigarettes in half.
  • FIND REPLACEMENTS. In my opinion, this is the number one secret to successfully quit smoking. There are many reasons people smoke: to ease boredom, reduce stress, relax, as a reward, or simply because it's a habit. Of course, there is the addiction component as well. Find things to replace smoking with and have them ready on your quit day. Some examples:
    1. Find ways to stay busy to keep from being bored. At work instead of a smoke break, take a short walk.
    2. Keep your mouth busy using sunflower seeds in the shell, gum, sugar free suckers or hard candy, licorice, carrot sticks, celery sticks, pretzels, flavored toothpicks. Some people say that putting a Listerine slip in their mouth takes away the urge. Drinking milk works too.
    3. Keep your hands busy with a stress ball, or an object you can keep in your hand like a pen or small stone.
    4. Drink lots of water.
    5. Take a Vitamin B supplement to help with stress.
    6. Deep breaths.
    7. Use the nicotine patch, gum or prescribed smoking cessation meds if you need to, they are much more effective when used in combination with the techniques I'm giving you here.
  • Use affirmations. Use positive self-talk such as "I am free!" or "I can do this" or "I am in control" or I'm worth taking care of " or "I am healthy, happy and free from addiction." Make it a habit to say them several times a day.
  • ON YOUR QUIT SMOKING DAY: Tell everyone what you are doing to make yourself accountable. Pick your quit day carefully; a day when you have time to focus on your goal.
  • After you quit smoking, avoid drugs like alcohol and marijuana which can decrease your motivation. I suggest giving them up at least for the first month of being a nonsmoker, longer if they are major triggers that make you want to smoke. If coffee makes you want to smoke, cut down or eliminate it for a while.
  • Get lots of sleep. Your body needs energy to heal.
  • Get your teeth cleaned and get checked for oral cancer.
  • Get your car washed and detailed if you smoked in your car.
  • Avoid situations that will tempt you. Stay away from bars and parties where people will be smoking. Ask those close to you to refrain from smoking in front of you.
  • Give yourself a reward. Have a plan to get a massage after 30 days of smoke free. Or take a trip. Or buy something for yourself.
  • DON'T KID YOURSELF! Don't even think for a second that you can have "just one" after you quit. Chances are you can't. "Just one" can undo all of your hard work. Begin to see cigarettes for what they are: a deadly poison that you want to avoid at all costs.
by , Certified Hypnotherapist

Monday, October 27, 2014

3 Steps to Prepare Yourself for Hypnosis

If you're looking for the best way to prepare for a hypnosis session, you've already taken a major step towards self actualization--acknowledging that there is an aspect of your life that you would like to work on and improve. The simple act of looking inward and recognizing one's own limitations is something that many people never do, so possessing the courage to take the plunge into the world of self improvement is something that ought to be applauded. It also is an encouraging sign that you will be successful in your journey!
So you've identified what you want to improve about yourself and have purchased some hypnosis recordings that you hope will be of benefit. Many recordings open with guided relaxation exercises or visualizations, but these alone are usually not enough to get yourself into the proper mindset for hypnotic suggestion. To use a sports metaphor, you can stretch all you want before a run, but if you're not wearing the right shoes your efforts won't get you far. With hypnosis, there are a three simple steps you can take to “put on the right shoes” before taking that journey into your mind.

When preparing for a hypnosis session, the standard advice is that one should get as comfortable as possible. Typically this involves avoiding tight fitting clothing and awkward furniture. While this advice is certainly good, many people tend to take it to an extreme. If your preparations for hypnosis start to resemble your preparations for bed, you can actually sabotage yourself with sleep! The ideal mental state during hypnosis should not be drowsiness, but rather relaxed alertness. If you're the kind of person who falls asleep easily, try dimming the lights rather than turning them off. Instead of lying down on your back, find a comfortable chair and rest your hands in your lap. The more you practice this relaxed but alert posture, the easier it will become.

The cliché statement that you've probably heard thousands of times relating to meditation and hypnosis is “empty your mind.” It's a phrase that sounds simple, yet if you've ever tried to actually do it you've probably found it to be impossible. The simple fact is that, outside of extremely advanced yogis and meditation experts, having an “empty” mind is extraordinarily rare and difficult. Much better advice is to relax your focus so that your mind can quiet down and become receptive to hypnotic suggestion. Maybe you want to listen to a hypnosis recording but are having issues at work that you just can't stop thinking about. Trying to force yourself to stop thinking about a thing actually creates the exact opposite effect—that thing becomes the sole object of your focus! Instead, acknowledge that your mind will possess worries, thoughts, and emotions. Relax and become receptive to them, but instead of dwelling on these thoughts and emotions take the perspective of an observer. Slow your breathing, and allow things to enter and exit your mind, observing but not engaging. The more you practice this simple but effective technique, the more relaxed and open your mind will become.

The best hypnosis recordings rely on binaural sound techniques for the purposes of relaxation and brainwave synchronization, and as such must be listened to on headphones. If you listen to hypnosis recordings on a pair of headphones that are cheap and uncomfortable you won't get very good results, even if you've taken the necessary steps to relax your body and mind. Light, over-the-ear headphones with soft cloth padding and a full frequency response are key to getting the most out of a recorded hypnosis session (and they'll sound great when you want to listen to music too!) There's no need to invest in wireless or noise canceling technology, just find a good pair of comfortable, wired, over-the-ear headphones from a reliable company like Sennheiser or Audio-Technica and your ears will thank you.

With these three simple preparations, you will find that your experience with hypnosis recordings will be far more fulfilling and successful. Happy journeys, and may your quest for self improvement bring you great rewards!

Pat Parish is a writer and sound designer for