Hypnotherapy is best used to address belief systems and behaviours. I don't think anyone with an understanding of psychology, or hypnosis would question that. Most addictions can be very well managed through the use of hypnotherapy, from someone with appropriate training and experience. That's precisely what we deliver at Vancouver Hypnotherapy. We've been doing it for the last seven years and have seen over 5000 clients.
So why is this method not more widely accepted? Partly because drug treatment is largely seen as an area people do not want to work in. Many consider it financially sidelined. Some misguided observers think that addiction is 'self inflicted', yet acknowledge the undeniable evidence that there are genetic factors involved in addiction. Many who suffer from addiction are very suggestible, so when a man with a level of authority declares the solution to their issue to be something he provides they generally go with it. Unfortunately this often simply results in addiction to the prescription drug they supply in place of the original addiction. The result takes the client no further forward.
My own feeling is that to effectively work in addictions one has to be prepared to look not at medical factors, but at social, psychological, financial and family issues. So, why on earth would we look to an overburdened and increasingly compromised medical profession for solutions?
We don't need to. Their point of view is of little relevance to our clients. It is of less to us.