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Prescription Drug Addiction Crisis? Hypnotherapy provides a safer alternative.

Recently on SBS (Australia’s Special Broadcasting Corporation) show ‘The Feed’ they reported on Australia’s Prescription Drug Crisis. In this show they report that 1 in 10 people prescribed pain killers in Australia is becoming addicted and that 70% of the fatal drug related overdoses in Australia in 2015 (data just released) were related to prescription meds.

This startling revelation is all the more tragic because in most cases there are alternatives to explore for pain management. Hypnotherapy for pain management has been widely used for decades; the American Psychological Society confirm it’s efficacy in the attached article which states “Hypno-analgesia is likely to decrease acute and chronic pain in most individuals, and to save them money in surgical procedures. Hypnotic analgesia has been used successfully in a number of interventions in many clinics, hospitals, and burn care centers, and dental offices. For acute pain, it has proven effective in interventional radiology, various surgical procedures (e.g., appendectomies, tumor excisions), the treatment of burns (dressing changes and the painful removal of dead or contaminated skin tissue), child-birth labor pain, bone marrow aspiration pain, and pain related to dental work, especially so with children. Chronic pain conditions for which hypnosis has been used successfully include, among others, headache, backache, fibromyalgia, carcinoma-related pain, temporal mandibular disorder pain, and mixed chronic pain. Hypnosis can alleviate the sensory and/or affective components of a pain experience, which may be all that is required for acute pain.”

Hypnotherapy is a valid complementary therapy that can be used as part of a holistic treatment plan outlined by specialists and GP’s. Not all GP’s in Australia are on board yet however it is becoming increasingly accepted as a viable alternative to drugs for pain management in Europe.

Contact us now to find out how hypnosis can help you!

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