Overcoming Heroin (Opioid) Addiction & Trauma
Overcoming Addiction & Trauma; Psychotherapy Vs. Hypnotherapy.
Over recent years I have noticed that some of my clients are actually psychiatrists and psychotherapists. People who work in the same field as I do: Therapy.
And who have had countless hours of psychotherapy themselves for a variety of issues, as well as for their own professional development and regulated Supervision sessions.
I soon began to realise and thus question that if psychiatrists and psychotherapists were actively seeking out myself, a clinical hypnotherapist, then perhaps my own specialism and indeed hypnotherapy was able to offer something much more than they could offer themselves, and others, from their own field of therapy.
In addition to this, professionally, I have my own connections with two colleagues, both psychiatrists (one living in Norway, and the other in Sweden), who are now qualified hypnotherapists in their own rights, choosing the latter as their preferred form of therapy for treating their patients in their respective countries...
And so I decided to research the matter further and to delve deeper into this area to find out exactly why this is.
I came across an article in The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis entitled: ‘A Comparative Study of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Methadone Addicts’, (American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 26, Issue 4).
The link to the full article may be found below.
I mostly work with clients suffering from such issues, my specialisms being drug & alcohol addiction, trauma (PTSD), depression, and anxiety; and so knowing about this field meant that considering this comparison and study might help me explain, and thus inform the general public further, the benefits and differences between the two types of therapy.
The experiment consisted of a Control Group and an Experimental Group (the latter group receiving hypnotherapy). The conclusion to the study highlighted a far greater success rate for recovering drug addicts who had hypnotherapy, as opposed to those only receiving psychotherapy. The Hypnotherapy group experienced less pain, less discomfort, and had a significantly higher number of successful drug withdrawals at the 6 month follow up meeting / appointment (94%).
However, no real reason was given as to why this was the case.
Having been a clinical hypnotherapist for many years now, and having worked with hundreds of clients, my empirical evidence demonstrates 100% success, exactly in line with what the study proves.