Can Hypnosis Be Used for Treating Drug Addiction?" YES it can, find out why!
"I am not, nor is anyone associated with Lakes Region Hypnosis Center or Peaceful Light Healing & Hypnosis, a medical doctor or medical professional and we recommend that any chemical and/or drug abuse addict seek the attention of their own medical professional(s). Hypnosis is an adjunct to this or any medical treatment and should not be deemed as a sole, replacement therapy to anyone seeking or requiring attention from their medical professional(s). I, as any trained, certified hypnotist, require release form(s) from your medical professional(s) under certain circumstances; and shouldn't, can't and won't work with you until the required documentation is received in the office. We have release forms readily available and will provide them to your medical team or you. This is for my and your safety, protection and well-being." Any reputable, trained hypnotist working with addiction clients will diligently work as a member your professional medical team.
Today's focus will be drug addiction as opposed to alcohol addiction, although there are many similarities. The average addict has many of the same personality "defects" as the chronic alcoholic. Among their many personality features are over sensitivity, dependency, loneliness, lacking self-esteem with difficulty to tolerate frustration. Self-pity is very often a prominent personality trait.
Studies point to two types of addiction: 1) neurosis sufferers trying to control tensions and anxieties with drugs; and 2) those seeking the "lift" and feelings of euphoria induced. No matter the case, once developed, physical dependency for the drug is established from a biochemical change, which in turn produces cravings for the drug. The scary fact is that an uncontrollable craving can result even after a single exposure to the chemical in predisposed individuals.
Psychologists suggest 3 basic, defensible classifications of drug addiction: primary addiction (opiates having specific adjustive value to personality defects), symptomatic addiction (opiates have no adjustive value and is an incidental symptom of behavior disorder), and reactive addiction (whereby drug use is a transitory developmental phenomenon in normal people influenced by peer group distortions). The reactive addiction is indicative of peer group pressures, like adolescents, and conformity needs not for a serious personality defect. The primary and reactive addiction differences are in the specificity of the of adjustive value of opiate-induced euphoria for the personality disturbance involved.
A definitive diagnosis of one of the three personality types can only be diagnosed through an examination of psychiatric history and psychological evaluation by a medical professional trained in psychology. Only then, after evaluation and treatment planning, can hypnosis be introduced.
An addiction to barbiturates and dexedrine is extremely susceptible to hypnotic treatment. Withdrawal symptoms can be curbed by direct suggestions and judicious administration of medication. Hypnosis is required to eliminate the underlying neurosis and the prognosis is excellent.
Studies indicate that results of using hypnosis in hardcore addiction to opiates on the whole are poor unless five important criteria are met by the user:
1. The user is well motivated, and
2. The user is under constant supervision, and
3. The drug supply is completely and permanently shut off from the user, and
4. An extensive hypno-analysis must be completed to uncover every significant neurosis (primary and secondary sensitizing events) plus direct suggestion to create new escape valves to replace the ones being removed. This process could result in from 3 to more than 5 hypnosis sessions in a technique known as 5-PATH which uses age regression, and
5. MOST IMPORTANTLY, the user must be seen a minimum of two hours daily until a complete cure is effected and then hypnotic suggestion should continue until the professional, medical team and the hypnotist feel positively assured that recurrence is unlikely.
Hypnosis has been use to traumatize the addict against any needle use through post hypnotic suggestions. The addict is told when coming out of hypnosis that any future attempt to put a needle into the arm will result in a violent, negative adverse physical reaction upon seeing the illegal, drug filled syringe, including stomach retching vomiting.
One study used a particular hypnotherapy technique with adolescent drug abusers. This technique used the following steps:
1. Establish rapport during the history, intake examination, and
2. Revivification of a previous, happy, drug experience(the "good trip"), and
3. Having the client develop a hallucinated experience into a more rewarding one that is better than the original.
Advantages of self induced hallucinations is that they are legal, free, and under the client's control! That's right, the users learn that they are in control, and are empowered. They realize their independence without depriving themselves of the adventure, escape or kick associated with the ingestion of illegal, unpredictable, expensive, health damning chemicals.
Rather than bore you with the hypnosis session details, just know that there are techniques for helping the addicts by creating the same euphoria, the same "trip", the same result via giving proper suggestions. Society has asked these drug abusers to to just relinquish what they enjoy. Give up that synthetic agent that allows the temporary escape from the perceived harshness of the every day life, and the natural anxiety for the middle class American dream that's based on hard work , delay of need fulfillment, and the aggressive/competitive relationship for others. In my opinion, and that of studies, it is more realistic to fulfill the needs of a drug abuser by substitution and addition of more pleasure, than deprive gratifications. Please understand that revivification of a good trip is legal and under control of a professionally trained person, and difficulties with the addict associating with criminal elements in order to procure a high is eliminated. You are training the addicts brain to think and experience differently.
Therefore, using hypnosis in drug addiction treatment is both promising and growing in practice. Without a long-range program utilizing hypnosis, the rate of success is very low, ranging from a 2% to 5 % success rate. When addiction programs utilize hypnosis on a consistent basis, the success rate increases up to an astounding success rate of between 65% to 70%. Group therapy and reliving good trips are more likely to achieve results than just hypnoanalysis when employed in an institutional setting. This setting is to manage withdrawal, where treatment is intensive, and the addict can be strictly supervised. Other adjunct therapies may help (vitamins, diet, sedation, occupational, industrial, recreational) when added to the hypnotherapy.
I hope that today's post shed some light on an otherwise dark and dreary subject. We at Peaceful Light Healing & Hypnosis AT THE Lakes Region Hypnosis Center feel that when more people realize that hypnosis is a very versatile, painless, powerful healing tool, the faster they themselves can complete their healing process. From fears, phobias and pains, to addictions and life debilitating habits, to early life and current life trauma, please realize these three truths:
1. You are not broken, and
2. You are not alone, and
3. You can be healed, and
4. Hypnosis is an accepted, fast, real and safe healing practice.
Are you ready to become whole again?
BREATHE - RELAX - HEAL
Welcome to Lakes Region Hypnosis Center's information sharing blog
I would like to begin my blogging career (sounds funny for a 60-something to be saying) by just introducing myself and some of the services we provide. My goal is to introduce you all to me and the wonderful worlds of hypnosis and other alternative, less expensive (in the long run) healing modalities we provide and clearly work. My intention is to also educate the public through my blogging.
I am a 67 year old who refuses to retire. I have worn many hats in my many careers, one could say it took me a long time to discover what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. I will say it did take me a while though. I've been part of management team where I was responsible for a multi-million dollar communication budget in a large financial institution. I left the corporate world as a thirty something and became a healthcare worker in a county nursing home. This was a very rewarding vocation by the way, but the greedy corporate world began sticking their fingers in the proverbial pot and infesting that career with their greed and gluttony. But, that's a whole different blogging path for the politically inclined, and does not belong here. I finished my career as a political action coordinator for a national public employee union and was forced out to pasture. Yes folks, even the unions have their dark side. But, I've always wanted to help others along the way, a healer so to speak. Whether a human client or a pet client (Animal Reiki attuned), I have always been driven to open up my heart, mind and arms to those who need some assistance along the way.
I began seeking a healing path for myself and something to provide comfort to others. I entered my chrysalis stage, my transition to the more spiritual path, that of a provider of proven alternative healing modalities. I became a Reiki Master/Teacher, actually being attuned through a local Reiki Master from Gilmanton and another from the West Coast. and still felt there there was more. I began various training along the way, as a physical medium, a crystal worker, and so on and so forth. I rounded out my resume at the Thomas Institute of Hypnosis and the National Guild of Hypnotists becoming a Certified Consulting Hypnotist. And this is the "Readers Digest" version of how I got to where I am now.
Operating out of Tilton, New Hampshire, ergo the name Lakes Region Hypnosis Center; we also perform Reiki healing sessions under Peaceful Light Healing (or PLH). PLH was my first organization and is now a part of our Lakes Region Hypnosis Center operation. Effectively combining both powerful tools (Hypnosis & Reiki) and we have created a healing modality second to none and without OPIODS. Healing others is a love and passion for us. Continuous education in the art of hypnosis on a regular basis, as well as consuming mandatory reading material is part of our modus operandi and in our operations manual. We also teach healing techniques at various metaphysical facilities and institutions. Sharing information at community events and local libraries, schools, and other public and private venues is always on our agenda. So please, continue to watch this website for updated events. Maybe learn a thing or two about hypnosis, Reiki, or even a bit about physical mediumship. But, be sure to watch my blogs for upcoming information to help demystify hypnosis and bring it to the forefront of where it belongs. The subconscious mind is a powerful tool for healing; and remember this, "if you can think it, it CAN happen". And don't forget about the Reiki!
Future posts will include myths and phobias of hypnotism, pain management, healthy living, stress and stressors, encountering negative suggestions and negative self talk, self hypnotism, emotional trauma, mind-body spirit, subconscious mind, daily affirmations and intentions, circumstance or predetermined, deja vu all over again, breathing techniques, Reiki, chakra centers, Past Life Regression "real or not" and many more topics on healing. So until the next post,
Breath - Relax - Heal.
P.S. Please let me know how I performed in my first blog post ever.