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Prescription drug abuse rates are rapidly increasing in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it is responsible for the consumption of 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs occurs who the drug is taken in a manner other than its intended purpose such as to get high.

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01-13 Using hypnotherapy to treat opioid addiction

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Using hypnotherapy to treat opioid addiction

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem of the United States, with over 47,000 people dying of an overdose in 2014, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These deaths are more than those caused by heroin and cocaine combined. Even as the researches are on to find the best way to control the epidemic, addiction treatment specialists have been constantly looking into alternate therapies to treat the problem. Hypnotherapy is one such successful method that is getting popular with the practitioners.

Hypnotherapy is a process through which the conscious mind is made to relax while the subconscious mind is continuously energized to move towards an increased state of awareness. When the patient reaches this state of awareness, the hypnotherapist uses the power of positive suggestions to bring about changes in the way the patients think, feel and behave. As hypnotherapy addresses 90 percent of the brain through the subconscious mind, it proves to be an effective treatment plan.

Traditionally, hypnotherapy was believed to have narrow applications limited to alleviating pain. However, it is now widely accepted as a therapy that can be used to achieve weight loss, break old habits like smoking, relieve stress, and treat various long-term ailments. Slowly, hypnotherapy is coming up as a credible form of treatment with authentic and clinically-proven record of success.

Hypnotherapy can be used either independently or as a complementary treatment along with the conventional treatment.

What to expect from a hypnotherapy treatment program

A hypnotherapy treatment program ideally involves three stages. In the first phase, the patient is taught how to control pain. In the second phase, the urge to take the prescription drug is curbed and finally the emotional issues are handled.

The patient is asked to rate his pain on a scale of one to 10. Once the patient has done that, the therapist would encourage him to first increase the level of pain. Once the patient realizes that he can control the level of pain, he is motivated to decrease the level of pain. The realization that the patient can control the degree of pain he feels gives him a sense of power which he then readily uses to control and alleviate pain.

After this initial stage is complete, an assortment of Neuro-Linguistic Programming is used to pair the drug with an insalubrious substance so that the next time the patient feels the urge to use the drug, he feels revolted.

The treatment program then moves to the last stage that is dealing with the emotional issues that had led to the problem in the first place. This is done only once the other symptoms of prescription drug abuse are retreating. This is the deepest part of the healing process as it brings the patient face-to-face with the emotional distress that he had felt consciously or subconsciously.

Effectiveness of hypnotherapy

Prominent medical and psychological establishments have recognized hypnotherapy as a practical, reliable and productive treatment. The Wellness Institute, American Medical Association (AMA), British Medical Association (BMA), American Psychological Association, British Psychological Association, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), just to name a few, have acknowledged hypnotherapy as a reliable treatment process.

Treatment for prescription abuse is possible

Do not shy away from seeking medical help. If someone you know needs medical help for prescription drug abuse, contact the Colorado Prescription Abuse Helpline. A call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-922-5915 can guide you to one of the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers in Colorado. Our medical advisors can also be reached through online chat. They can make your search for prescription abuse treatment centers in Colorado easier.

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