Our expert says:
Sad story, g, and more common than most people think. If he's fooled some previous shrinks, he needs a tougher and more experienced shrink, using CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) methods --- the first aim should be to teach him how to handle stress without pills, how to relax when he needs to, how to avoid whatever stresses him, and to recognize the triggers that set him looking for a pill, and to use other ways of calming himself down, instead. This is possible. I'd be inclined to focus on that first, before trying to get him to stop the pills. Then, as he starts to have an alternative, to work on a plan for a gradual reduction in the pills he is abusing, preferably with him working with someone like a person in the family, to supervise that he is indeed reducing the intake of those pills as he may be saying he is doing.
Now, there are in different parts of the country clinics which specially offer detox programs to help someone stop whatever drug they are abusing, as an inpatient and under supervision. But it is essential that he continue to see his CBT therapist afterwards, too, to prevent relapse into old bad habits, which is otherwise too common.
Hypnosis is not the answer, and not recommended for this type of situation by any competent expert. If they want to, they can fake being under hypnosis, too
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