Pain relief hypnosis now more important than ever

pain-relief-hypnosisPain relief hypnosis has become more important than ever following changes in pain-killer drug classifications.

Almost a year ago, the Drug Enforcement Agency created a new rule about drugs containing the opioid hydrocodone. It was reclassified as a Schedule II controlled substance, prohibiting pharmacies from recognizing refills and phoned-in prescriptions for those medications (which include Norco, Vicodin, Lortab and Vicoprofen).

This situation, spurred by rampant abuse of hydrocodone (as well as its addictive nature),  has resulted in those suffering from chronic pain having a more difficult time getting the drugs in question. Such drugs require a written prescription. Doctors can’t call in, fax or send electronic prescriptions to a pharmacy. Each prescription lasts for only one month and no refills are permitted. Other Schedule II pain relief drugs include Dexedrine, Oxycontin, Percocet and Adderall.

Fortunately, hypnosis has long been an excellent alternative to relieving chronic pain. In three to five sessions, clients can experience considerable, lasting relief from their pain, with no side effects. Hypnosis is safe, non-invasive and non-addicting. A doctor’s referral and patient release form are strongly recommended.

A 2003 study concluded that “hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions.” (Psychological Bulletin, Jul 2003;129(4):495-521) 

A 2007 comparative study of thirteen clinical trials of hypnosis and its effect on pain relief noted that “hypnosis interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems. Also, hypnosis was generally found to be more effective than nonhypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education.” (Int. J. Clin. Exp. Hyp. 2007;55(3):275-87)

I tailor my pain relief sessions to the client’s exact needs, and teach strategies and skills to make pain relief significant and long-lasting. For more information, see my website at or call 800-481-5949 today for a free 20-minute phone consultation.