These are more complex problems and require a number of sessions and usually will benefit with input from other sources.

Eating disorders such as Bulimia or Anorexia if in an advanced state, will probably require the supervision of eating;this would be conducted in a clinic environment and the hypnotherapy would be an adjunct to that facility. If the problem is less extreme then my own experience with clients is favourable but can require weekly or monthly sessions for a few months. Everyone is unique and responses obviously vary.

Drug addicts' success will vary depending on the drug being used but most will find hypnotherapy helpful. Cannabis can be resolved as easily as cigarettes and is usually conducted as part of a Stop Smoking session. Crack Cocaine is a challenging psychological addiction but one where I have had some success with clients. Needless to say the addict needs to be fully committed to overcoming the addiction and take full responsibility for so doing i.e. not expect the hypnotherapist to solve the problem. A number of sessions will be required over as long a period as the client feels challenged.

Heroin: I have had no client presenting with this addiction. This is normally described as a chemical addiction so needs medical supervision but again hypnotherapy would help strengthen the resolve. Surprisingly, I heard a doctor argue on the radio that heroin was not a chemical addiction but was psychological and he was supported in that view by ex heroin addicts phoning in to confirm they had beaten the habit through will power. I also heard an American doctor confirm the same opinion, citing the experience of G.I's returning from Vietnam, where 80% of those who were heroin users gave it up without any outside help.

I was surprised to hear these stories and offer no expert opinion on this. But the human mind is very powerful and should not be underestimated.

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