Rapid Transformation Therapy for Addictions

Rapid Transformation Therapy for Addictions

About RTT

Rapid Transformation Therapy (RTT) has been developed by Marisa Peer, a best-selling author, motivational speaker, leading celebrity therapist and pioneering hypnotherapist trainer, over a few decades based on her therapeutic work worldwide. It has been recognised in treating probably any issue that people may bring to therapy. Using hypnosis, it focuses on the cause of the problem in a unique way that gives a sense of empowerment and new perspective to the individual and his/her life, as it looks through the past, present and future.

In case of addictions, RTT is directed to the sense of helplessness, insecurity, void inside, feeling insignificant or not enough. Without the addiction, these feelings would normally manifest as vulnerability, anger, rage, despair, depression etc. So, we understand that an addiction serves a purpose, thus, is a solution and a way to cope. In RTT, we address these beliefs by dealing with the actual problem which, when resolved, becomes redundant along with the addiction.


You and Addiction

If you have an addiction, you may be familiar with a sense of shame and guilt around it. That’s because, so commonly, we identify ourselves with our actions. As humans, we make choices, do things, take actions etc., but let’s remember that we are beings too. The being part of us is what we sometimes call intuition, gut feel. It’s the creative part, the internal drive, the will to live, be happy, open up, connect, be calm etc. It is in every one of us. So, it is important to know that you are a human being and the addiction is just a behaviour which you are about to change. There is nothing wrong with you. Labels or references to yourself as ‘an addict’ or ‘a victim of addiction’ have no value. So, let me invite you to change the perception. You and addiction are not the same.

An addiction serves a purpose. Even if now you say ‘I just want to get rid of it’ or ‘It’s ruining my life’, it started and developed gradually. Back then it was probably all right: You may have just wanted a bit of fun, a little ‘me time’ or saw it as ‘my thing’, ‘my way’, ‘my brief escape’ or a way to cope. And it worked. The truth is, it still works, but you may not be willing to continue paying the ever-increasing price. It’s as if you planted a beautiful flowering weed in your garden and it has spread so much that by now it’s killed a lot of cherished plants and trees and fruit, and now your garden may appear not the way you want it or beyond recognition. This is your garden, your life. You are in control, even though it may feel you aren’t. You have a choice. It just depends on how dear your garden is to you, how strongly you want to refresh and regain your life.


It is normal to feel uncertain or fearful about what will happen once the addiction is gone. An addiction is often seen as a crutch. Naturally, you fear what will happen if the cravings come back, what will you do with all that spare time, what about your friends who have been ‘in the same boat’, what will happen if you get withdrawal symptoms etc.

In therapy, we look at the possibility of physical addiction and psychological addiction. And we always shift our focus to what you want. You may have noticed that it’s easier to focus on what you don’t want rather than on what you want. Start directing your thinking right now so that it is clear to you what you want, e.g. what you would like to be, live and look like, behave, do, interact, have etc. You may notice some judgemental and critical thoughts coming up, such as ‘it’s pointless, unlikely, impossible’, ‘…but it’ll never happen’, ‘that’s far beyond me’ and so on. Let them be in the background and carry on with the forward-thinking with conscious attention to what you want.


More Than One

It is common to have more than one addiction, e.g. smoking and drinking. Or you may have an experience of substituting one addiction with another i.e. continuously living with addiction finding yourself in the vicious cycle or a trap. You may choose to work on them at the same time unless the therapist recommends addressing one addiction at a time.


Brief Therapy with Hypnosis

The therapy consists of 9 sessions (a total of 10hrs) including 8 psychotherapy sessions and one hypnotherapy session. It may feel intense but it’s definitely enjoyable, as you start learning about your mind’s ways more and more whilst regaining control over your life. RTT provides an in-depth insight into your life situation and the problem of addiction in order to achieve change. In hypnosis, we find out the root cause of the addiction and change it so that the addiction along with cravings becomes irrelevant. You then can continue focusing on how you want your life and yourself to be.

These two points: 1- recognising the addiction (‘the weed in the garden’) and 2-choosing to focus on what you want are the prerequisites for engaging in the RTT.


How Hypnotherapy Works

Hypnosis is a unique experience – there is no measure to assess how you need to feel in order to experience it. If you think, worry, imagine, you will experience the hypnosis and benefit from it. Hypnosis is a nice and natural experience of drowsiness, relaxation and a dream-like state. Ultimately, it is a matter of choice: first, you chose to resolve the problem of addiction, secondly, you chose a therapy and a therapist, thirdly, you chose to go with the process. You can trust your therapist knowing that no one will or is able to make you do, think or believe anything that is against your own judgement.

In RTT, we begin with a few brief experiences of what hypnosis feels like. There is no reason for you to feel rigid, uncomfortable, tense or weary. Guided by the therapist all the time, you will achieve a sense of clarity around the addiction, how it came to your life and why it’s still there. With that understanding and realisation, a shift in consciousness happens. After the hypnotherapy session, it is important that you commit to listen to a provided 15-20min recording daily for three weeks.

It is commonly reported that by addressing one issue in RTT, some other problems resolve naturally.


Nick Conn / 21st February 2018/ Posted in: Latest News

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    Detoxification (detox) is the medical intervention required for someone who is physically dependent to drugs or alcohol. If required, medical detoxification would be the first step taken in residential rehab. Detox is used to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous (even fatal) withdrawals symptoms resulting in suddenly becoming abstinent from alcohol/certain drugs.

    The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

    Medication is often required for alcohol detox. If you are dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms it is vitally important to seek medical advice prior to stopping. There is a long list of medications used when treating alcohol addiction and the exact medication given to an individual will depend on their needs/medical history. Some of these include;

    • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
    • Lorazepam (Ativan)
    • Diazapam (vailium)

    Librium and Valium are the most commonly used detox medication in the UK. All medication used to help with alcohol detox have been proven to help reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

    There are also a number of drugs recombined by the NHS to help treat alcohol misuse. Some of these include:

    • Naltrexone
    • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
    • Nalmefene
    • Acamprosate (campral)

    Medication is always required for heroin detox. For someone suffering from heroin addiction, the thought of detoxification (detox) can be exceptionally daunting. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates, such as heroin, can be severe and include pain, vomiting, nausea and shaking.

    There are different ways that heroin detox can be carried out, most usually either ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘full medical detox’.

    Attempting to switch from heroin to a heroin substitute, usually on a controlled prescription, is known as Maintenance therapy. Subsites used are most often methadone or buprenorphine.

    A full medical detox from heroin will always be carried out in a residential rehab setting and will allow the individual to switch form heroin to a substitute and slowly withdraw completing treatment free of all substances. Someone using a heroin substitute can choose to have a full medical detox at any time, however detoxing substances such a methadone can often add to the length of detox required. Drugs most commonly used to fully detox from heroin are, Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone. Much like alcohol, the exact drugs used will be dependent on the individuals needs/medical history.

    Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

    The length of treatment in a residential rehab depends on a number of elements. Some substances require longer periods of detox than others.

    Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

    Treating alcohol addiction will always require a minimum of 7-10 days, this would be considered the detoxification (detox) faze. The length required for treating drug addiction can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Detox for Heroin addiction is generally around 14 days minimum, with more time required if substances such a methadone are being used. Treating prescription drug addiction can often take the longest. The time required for treating gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction will be based on the individuals needs.

    Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

    *based on average rehab stays, everyone will vary dependant on needs and medical requirement/history.

    There is no need for your employer to know that you are seeking help for trauma and addiction unless you choose to involve them with the process. All employers should have a policy that explains what you do if you cannot come to work due to illness – illness to include treating alcohol addiction/treating drug addiction.

    If your work absence extends over 7 days your employer is likely to require an official statement of fitness to work which would be obtained from your GP. This would need to supply evidence of your illness as well as any adjustments required for returning to work, fazed return or reduced hours, but does not need to specify in detail the reason why you have been absent.

    If you are absent from work for 7 days of less, for example entering rehab for a detoxification (detox) on a Saturday for 7-10 days taking a full week away from work, you can self-certify your illness by letting your employer work you will not be attending work for that period of time. Exactly how an individual would do this would be dependent on a specific companies’ policies on taking sick leave.

    Any time longer than 7 days it is likely an employer will require a note from the individuals GP certifying their sickness and a fit note on return. Most companies have a clearly outlined policy on sickness and receiving sick pay so the exact requirement can vary. A rehab will always be willing to advise on time off work.

    How much does rehab cost is a very frequently asked question. The cost of treatment can range from £1,000 per week upwards depending on the place, with luxury rehab being the most expensive.

    There are free options available on the NHS but the waitlist of those looking for free treatment is longer than that for privately paying patients. Some private health insurance policies will cover treatment in some rehabs around the country.

    Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

    There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

    Local treatment

    Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

    Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

    Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

    Treatment Away

    Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

    As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

    When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

    There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

    Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

    There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

    Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

    Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

    Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

    Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

    Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

    Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

    How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

    The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

    Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

    Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

    Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

    You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

    The next step is to call our highly trained advisers 0203 955 7700.

    There is a huge range of rehab options available and where to start can be completely over whelming so let us help.