Rob, 30, came to me whilst still using cocaine and heroin. He used both on a daily basis; The cocaine to give him a high, make him feel confident and full of energy and the heroin to bring him back down and stop his physical and emotional pain.
He felt that the drugs had completely taken over his life and rather than him being in control, the drugs were controlling him. Rob had lost a lot of weight, had lost his job and spent most of his time just working out where his next fix was coming from.
His family had done their best to support him in the past, but he found himself facing an ultimatum – get clean and sober or get out. He made his decision – he wanted to take back control of his life – but he was scared.
Rob knew that withdrawal was going to be hell. He knew that just a few hours after he took his last fix, that he was going to feel very ill and he would have to endure days, maybe weeks of the horrible side effects of withdrawing. He wasn’t sure he could cope with that.
I reassured Rob that he wouldn’t have to go through this on his own. Yes, he will feel ill but that I would support him through that and using hypnosis, would teach him techniques that he could use to relax, reduce anxiety, create pain relief, help him sleep etc. I would be available for him to talk to and do hypnotherapy sessions with several times over that first week.
After a lengthy chat, Rob made up his mind, he was in and he wanted to sign up for my Drugs To Dreams programme, comforted by the fact that I would be there to help him for a whole year. So we completed his first session to help him to actually stop using, reaffirming his decision to get clean and sober. I then set aside time that week to check in with him regularly and to schedule skype calls that coincided with the withdrawal starting.
Over the next few days Rob reported feeling anxious, feeling sick, having headaches, getting muscle spasms, difficulty sleeping and of course, cravings. So as these symptoms came up, we worked through them. I taught him anxiety relief techniques, headache relief techniques, general relaxation techniques and did another session to reduce his cravings and once again reinforce his decision to stop using.
Using these tools and techniques, Rob reported the withdrawal process to be “Not as bad as I thought to be honest. I felt pretty rough, but the hypnotherapy really helped. I was amazed at the way I could reduce my pain, just using my brain and when we did the session to help me sleep, that was a God send! I’d never had hypnotherapy before, but I wish I had tried it a long time ago.”
So despite Rob’s fear of how he would cope with withdrawal, he got through it and much more easily than he expected to. He knew it was never going to be easy, but it was something that he needed to do and with the support of hypnotherapy, it was so much more bearable. He was able to reduce his anxiety, control his pain and discomfort and actually get some sleep, allowing his body to start healing.
Rob went on to reconcile with his family and hasn’t looked back. He is clean and sober and has plans to start his own gardening business – something that he had always wanted to do.
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