Dr. Bunny Vreeland has joined forces with Dr. Johannes Ramirez Boden and Teresa Crocker to address opioid addiction. Together they created the program “Opioid-Free! Release Yourself From Addiction” to provide positive solutions to this growing epidemic.
Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Robbins-Madanes trained Coach, Dr. Bunny Vreeland, has spent 20+ years helping her clients become free of addictions to cigarettes, gambling, food, alcohol, and more, so when she heard about the opioid epidemic, her first thought was how beneficial hypnotherapy could be.
Dr. Bunny is a graduate of the Neuro Concepts Institute in Laguna Hills, CA, she earned her Ph.D. in Hypnotherapy from Huntington Pacific University in 2007. In addition, she’s a certified Bariatric Hypnotherapist and certified Hypnotic Anesthesiologist.
Opioid addiction became personal to Dr. Bunny after a family member struggled with addiction following a surgery.
WHAT ARE OPIOIDS AND WHAT IS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC?
“Opioids” is a name given to drugs that bind to opioid receptors in the body. They include everything from heroin and fentanyl to prescription pills like oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine and morphine.
DID YOU KNOW THAT:
More than 115 people in America die every day due to accidental misuse of these drugs–that’s one person every 12 minutes–and “the opioid epidemic” is the term used to describe this health crisis.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
In the 1990s, there was a massive marketing blitz from pharmaceutical companies for their new opioid pills. This coincided with a nationwide push to take patient pain more seriously. Early marketing materials from pharmaceutical companies made reassurances about their product, claiming their opioid pills were virtually non-addictive. However, heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet and prescription opioids are chemically similar to heroin.
Meanwhile, illegal drugs flooded in–like heroin and illicitly-produced fentanyl–which people turned to once their prescriptions ran out, or they craved something stronger, or they needed something less expensive than prescription opioids.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports nearly 80% of heroin users started with prescription opioids. And during that 1999-2016 time frame, overdose deaths from heroin increased by 7 times.
And deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl increased almost 21 times.