Drug abuse prevention and treatment

What is drug abuse?

Drug abuse is a chronic disease that is characterized by uncontrollable, compulsive drug seeking and using, despite the damaging consequences and the changes within the brain, which can lead to harmful behaviours. Drug abuse is a relapsing disease which means that users quite often return to the drug after attempts to stop using the drug.
The path to drug abuse starts with the voluntary act of taking the drugs; Over time, the ability to choose not to retake them is compromised. Seeking and taking the drug is compulsive, which leads to addiction. This is often due to the effects that the drug exposure does to the brain function. Addiction ends up affecting the parts of the brain that are connected to motivation, reward, memory, learning and behaviour. This type of addiction is a disease that will affect not only the brain but also a person’s behaviour.

Can drug abuse be treated?

Yes, it can, but it is not easy and simple. The fact that addiction is a chronic disease; people cannot stop using drugs for a few days and then be deemed cured. Most of the patients will need to have long-term care that is often repeated several times to cut the addiction altogether and to recover their lives.

Drug abuse treatment aims to help with the following:

• To stop using drugs altogether
• Remain drug-free
• Be productive in the workplace and general society

What are the treatments for drug addiction?

There is a variety of options that are successful when used in treating drug abuse, including:

• Medication
• Behavioural counselling
• Medical devices and applications that aid in treating the withdrawal symptoms
• Evaluation and treatment for the co-occurring mental health issues like anxiety and depression
• Follow-ups to avoid relapse

Can hypnotherapy be used for drug addiction?

Hypnotherapy is used widely to help treat drug addiction, but it is not a cure. There is no such thing as going to a session and walking away fully recovered. Studies show that hypnotherapy can help a psychologist or therapist connect with a patient, learn more about their underlying problem and to implant suggestions that can help the patients avoid drug abuse. Hypnotherapy is a tool that can be useful in treating drug addiction. It is a complement to conventional therapy.

Someone can be given a suggestion during their hypnotherapy session, but the fact is they need to follow through with it when they leave. Hyponotherapists suggests that this type of therapy will only work for those who are ready to implement it and are open to change. Some need additional suggestions to keep moving forward.
Due to the fact that drug abuse is primarily a behavioural issue rather than being a complete addiction, treatment like hypnotherapy can be very valuable supplements to the average behavioural therapy.

Hypnotherapy is used with the intent of:

• Alleviating how severe the withdrawal symptoms are through suggestion
• Creating the suggestions of aversion and repulsion to the undesirable behaviours like drug abuse
• Developing a more in-depth more meaningful conversation with the patient without using the impingement of the conscious mind.

It is understood that hypnotherapy is not a permanent cure for drug abuse, and even though the suggestion may not last in the brain, it isn’t all worthless when being used as an addiction treatment tool. Suggestions that are made under hypnotherapy can convince the patient of ideas and concepts but only temporarily. Such suggestions like needles are terrifying; the drug they are using is repulsive. This can create reactions like a feeling of nauseous when using the drug. The suggestions given can manifest into physical reactions to substance use, which can prevent short term relapse or drug abuse when in outpatient care.