Hypnotherapy for Cocaine and Crack Addiction
Cocaine is still presently the most abused major stimulant in America. It has recently become the drug most frequently involved in emergency department visits. It is not a new drug of abuse but is now considered the “caviar” of recreational drugs. Thus, this distinction is reflected in its description as the champagne of drugs, gold dust, Cadillac of drugs, status stimulant, yuppie drug, and others.
Hypnotherapy for Crack Abuse
People get hooked on smoking meth or crack cocaine just one time – not because they’re instantly physically addicted or have an ‘addictive personality’, but because they’ve never experienced such a great feeling. That’s also why most people go back to using even after jail (or during) or rehab. It’s not that they just enjoy it or get a temporary “escape” from the issues plaguing them. The tremendous euphoric emotions get them psychologically and mentally enslaved for life if they don’t find something to replace it.
It is helpful to understand that addiction is found in the subconscious and unconscious (primitive or automatic) parts of the brain. That is where the dopamine systems are and where the cravings come from. One of the many problems with addictions is that we remember the good parts of the using but we have not integrated the negative things that our addiction caused. Hypnotherapy can help patients pay attention to the part of the subconscious brain that is aware of all of the negatives and integrate that information in an unconscious way.
Drug addiction is just a quick and easy way to change ordinary, everyday reality from unbearable to bearable. All it takes is one time. People who are dependent are merely using meth or crack cocaine as a crutch to get through the day. Yet doctors and scientists are still treating “drug addiction” as if it is the problem, when it has nothing to do with the real problem.
Hypnotherapy allows for the resolution of the issues that caused the addictive behavior in the first place. What is the point in treating an addiction as the primary source of the problem when it is in fact only a symptom of a deeper problem. Rather than teaching that an addict is helpless against their addiction and must attend meetings for the rest of their lives, our patients do not define themselves by their addiction. Instead they are led through a process that allows them to solve the underlying issue(s) that led them to seek the addiction and thereby solving the whole problem, remaining drug free and able to finally enjoy life as they always wanted.
Orlando Hypnosis Clinic‘s addiction recovery program is nothing like 12-step programs because it is based upon a completely different paradigm. Where the 12-step programs come from the belief that someone with an addiction is destined to be an addict for the rest of their lives, our program looks to the current research in neuro-science which shows that people continue to change the way they think, and therefore behave throughout their lives.
Rather than attending meetings, (the program can be used in conjunction with 12-step or other recovery methods) they complete a set hypnotherapy sessions, usually six to eight depending upon the individual, over the course of a month. Each session builds upon those that came before, so that by the end of the month, people engaged in the program have solved the underlying issue (sensitizing event) causing the need for for using, learned how to deal with self-sabotage and have vastly improved their self-esteem. They have also developed the beliefs, values, boundaries and internal identity of someone who has no need for the substances or behaviors they used to depend upon.
- People that had no interest in quitting.
- People that were quitting to appease someone else.
Compare this with the statistics offered by Alcoholics Anonymous which shows that 26% of their participants are sober less than one year. The same goes for in-patient programs such as the Betty Ford Clinic that states: “Research has shown that as much as 60% – 80% of those treated for addictive disease relapse within the first 3-4 months of treatment. The first year of recovery is known to be a frequent time of relapse.
“Research has shown that as much as 60% – 80% of those treated for addictive disease relapse within the first 3-4 months of treatment. The first year of recovery is known to be a frequent time of relapse. Of those who complete treatment for alcohol dependence, approximately 60% relapse within the first post treatment year.”
Addicted patients get through withdrawal – but once they get back into the “real world” the same habits resurface. That’s why people waste tens of thousands of dollars repeating inpatient programs again and again treating only the addiction rather than the underlying cause.
An LA Times article on Nov. 11 reported that relapse rates – after treatment of addiction – while still high – are lower for those receiving longer episodes of care. Obviously, though, those with different lengths of stay differ in a host of ways, and none is more critical than the ability to pay. Thus, the article cites that the Betty Ford Center charges $24,000 for one month and $8,000 for each subsequent month. The glib quote with which the article ends suggests a surprising disregard for reality: “Even if you have to lose a job, so be it” (A comment ignoring entirely the vast majority of users who have no job to begin with)
While facilities like Betty Ford seek to attract and retain patients who can pay their fees, society mustn’t forget those who desperately want and need – but can’t afford – help for their drug problems.It’s time to stop treating the substance and craving for it as the core issue and start treating the reason people seek addiction in the first place. Then we will see results. Hypnotherapy by contrast is safe, reliable and quick.
It’s time to stop treating the substance and craving for it as the core issue and start treating the reason people seek addiction in the first place. Then we will see results. Hypnotherapy by contrast is safe, reliable and quick.
- There is hope for everyone dealing with drug addiction, but each individual requires a specific program tailored to their needs. Keep in mind, the recovery process is long and requires commitment from and extensive support to the individual. Utilizing our program, “long” is defined as a month with 80%* recovery from the first session. When evaluating treatment program options, the following points should be considered:
- No single treatment is appropriate for all individuals, we customize each and every program for the individual.
- Treatment needs to be readily available. We have a 24 hour on-call individual for our clients during the recovery process. That means whether someone is being treated in our office or their home (same cost) someone is available 24-7.
- Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug addiction. Again, we customize each and every program for the individual suffering from the addiction.
- An individual’s treatment and services plan must be assessed often and modified to meet the person’s changing needs. This is accomplished with our program on a daily basis.
- Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness.
- Counseling and other behavioral therapies are critical components of virtually all effective treatments for addiction.
- Addicted or drug-abusing individuals with coexisting mental disorders should have both disorders treated in an integrated way.
- Medical management of withdrawal syndrome is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use.
- Treatment needs to be voluntary to be effective.
- Possible drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously.
- Drug addiction is treatable and there is hope of full recovery.
By introducing relaxation therapy along with imagery, hypnotherapy helps remove physical barriers to recovery, such as the body’s symptoms of withdrawal, anxiety, muscle tension, spasm and pain. Along with reinforcing the commitment to sobriety or abstinence.
If you are feeling skeptical about using hypnotherapy, even after reading this information, click here and learn about hypnotherapy, the skepticism surrounding it, and why people have doubts about this age old therapy with such a long history of proven results in so many areas.
What to Expect and the End Result
The psychological and emotional issues surrounding cocaine addiction will be addressed and treated. Just exactly as everyone learns to walk and talk in infancy, the subconscious mind will be taught to cope with issues that were impossible of dealing with at one time which led to the abusive behavior. Coping is an important part of healing the emotional pain. Again, this will come naturally without extra thought and effort.
Through hypnotherapy emotional or physiological triggers for relapse will be identified and avoidance techniques explored and put into action. Positive feelings and the ability to succeed will be reinforced, as can motivational techniques, body image and self-control. Additionally, many clients have found that hypnosis calms the nerves, the mind and the body, releases stress and alleviates anxiety. Imagine this without the use of a replacement drug such as Prozac.
The positive ideas and perspectives that are received build self-esteem and boost confidence. Personal accountability for one’s self, thoughts, and actions again become reality and so does lasting recovery. But moreover, hypnotherapy has a positive effect on every aspect of a person’s life.
Orlando Hypnosis Clinic‘s addiction hypnotherapy program can be used in conjunction with any current support network or addictions program to put anyone back in control of their emotions and make recovery a complete success.
MORE: Research Proving Hypnosis Works for Addictions
Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction
Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction
Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004 by Potter, Greg
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 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis