Addictions can be cured
AN Innes Park hypnotherapist has weighed in on the drug addiction debate, following weeks of disagreement in the NewsMail’s SMS section about whether it is a disease or a choice.
Phil Smith said there were a number of things people need to know about drug addiction.
“Most addictions are emotional addictions. If a person can be hypnotised and feel no need for it, then it is an emotional addiction,” he said.
Mr Smith said both smoking and marijuana addiction should be considered emotional.
“If a person stops using marijuana, it’s very rare someone will go into shock. With marijuana people will be twitchy, but that is emotional,” he said.
Mr Smith said like prescription drugs, cannabis was the type of drug that could be innocuous when used in small doses.
“It is not too much of a concern for the person who has the odd chuff behind the shed, but it is for the person can’t sleep unless they have had a couple of cones,” he said.
“Once it has reached this stage where it’s taking over a person’s life, then it is a problem.”
Mr Smith said drug addiction could be considered to be a disease.
“The thing you have to look at is the structure of what a disease is — it is when your body or mind is in upheaval,” he said.
Mr Smith said with drug addiction it was important to remember that, like most diseases, it could be treated.
“When you have a contagious disease you do something about it — drug addiction is the same,” he said.
Mr Smith said there were a number of people who became addicted to a drug after using it to help cope with pain.
“If a person is addicted because of back issues, then you need to help them learn to deal with the pain,” he said.
He said the hardest addictions to work with were those that started for no apparent reason.
“People need to realise there is a big difference between a choice and a habit,” he said.
Mr Smith said while hypnosis did not work in all cases, it could be a powerful tool.
“It is something that’s purely psychological. We’ve got this wonderful tool box we’ve been provided with,” he said.
For more information on hypnosis, visit www.hypnosisclinic.com.au.