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SNAP! Unhypnotizing Hypnotherapy. Opioid-Free! Release Yourself From Addiction

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.


“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.


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.


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.
This is the opioid epidemic. And we want to help.

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland: (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: BunnyV123@yahoo.com

SNAP! Unhypnotizing Hypnotherapy. Healing after addiction & molestation. Wendy Bowers, R.N., guest

Wendy Bowers, R.N., owner of A Fresh Face in Camarillo, CA, joins Dr. Bunny to discuss her very personal story of how opioids, addiction, and molestation affected her life.

Although Wendy was never addicted to drugs or alcohol, many people in her family have been.  Wendy’s father died of a heroin overdose when she was 11 years old.  She discusses how addiction, as well as molestation by her stepfather, affected many people in her family, and how it has affected her personally. She also shares how her family has healed with counseling, and that they are all now living healthy lives.

Wendy also discusses her business, A Fresh Face, how she started out as a trauma nurse and got into “Aesthetic Arts”, helping both women and men look & feel great.

This is an interview you don’t want to miss!

About Wendy Bowers, R.N.
Wendy Bowers has been a Nurse for over 21 years and a resident of Camarillo for the past 15 years. She has over 20 Years of Pediatric and Adult Trauma experience, which includes Level I Trauma at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Level II trauma at Ventura County Medical Center and John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. She has over 15 years of experience working with Injectable products and Laser Treatments and has devoted the last ten years to these areas full time. She is well respected in the field for her patient results and also her confident and calming bedside manner. These qualities have delivered her a large & loyal client base, which continues to grow. Word of mouth has been her best advertising from the beginning because of the level of trust and satisfaction enjoyed by her clients. Wendy has trained several Registered Nurses and Doctors in the Southern California area in the latest techniques of injecting for more successful results. Wendy is in the process of developing her own “Aesthetic Arts Academy” training program but is still a student herself and continues her education in the most recent developments in the industry for medical, preventive and corrective procedures in her field. Wendy’s pursuit of the highest quality of care & realistic patient expectations make the partnership of herself and Dr. Scott a perfect pairing of mutual respect. They have worked together for over 10 years and have enjoyed 6 years as business partners in the aesthetic industry. Wendy is also a Military Veteran. She served in the regular Army, the Army Reserves, Army National Guard and the Air National Guard for 17 years.

Contact Wendy Bowers, R.N., at (805) 603-9060 or E-mail wendy@afreshfaceinc.com
Also visit: https://afreshfaceinc.com/

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit: https://bunnyvreeland.org/ https://vreelandcollege.org/ https://upgradeyourlifewithdrbunny.com https://communicatewithanyone.wordpress.com/

SNAP! Unhypnotizing Hypnotherapy. How is the medical field addressing opioid addiction? Gloria Miele, Ph.D., guest.

Gloria Miele, Ph.D., joins Dr. Bunny to discuss opioid addiction and how changes in the medical field are geared toward helping the opioid addiction epidemic.

Gloria is a psychologist & worked for many years in training, research and practice around substance abuse disorders.  She shares great information and statistics from her extensive work.

Gloria also discusses the medicines that are currently used to help opioid addictions, how they work, and what the options are.

As the UCLA Health Learning Collaborative Coordinator, she provides training, facilitation and technical assistance to support the state-wide implementation of The California Hub and Spoke System (CA H&SS), a grant-funded approach designed to combat the opioid epidemic. The project focuses on expanding access to empirically-based, medication assisted treatments (MAT) for opioid use disorders and putting sustainable systems in place to support recovery. Role includes subject matter training, community outreach, provider support, team building and leadership development.

About the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program:

The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), organized within the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, works to:

  • Develop and evaluate new approaches for the treatment of substance use disorders;
  • Move empirically supported treatments into mainstream application through dissemination of research findings and practice improvement efforts;
  • Advance the empirical understanding of substance use disorders and support efforts to ameliorate related problems through clinical training provided to physicians, counselors, and other healthcare workers;
  • Investigate the epidemiology, neurobiology, health and social consequences, treatment, and prevention of substance use disorders.

About Gloria Miele:

Gloria M. Miele, Ph.D., is a leadership development and executive coach, trainer, consultant and speaker who has been helping people reach their goals for over 25 years. Her mission is to inspire leaders and their teams to increase engagement, emotional intelligence and success through strengths-based coaching and training programs.

Gloria has trained thousands of professionals in the US and abroad. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is on the Columbia University faculty (ideas shared are her own). She received her coaching certification from the College of Executive Coaching. She is widely published in academic journals, books and online. Select clients include StoryCorps, Girl Scouts, Women’s Economic Ventures, UCLA, NYU, the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Gloria is also committed to causes that support local business, education, and the empowerment of women and girls. She serves on a variety of boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, where she is active in its Nonprofit and CSUCI Connections Committees. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Nonprofit Leadership Council of Ventura County, an Ambassador for Girl Scouts’ Juliette Gordon Low Society, Program VP/President-elect for American Association of University Women’s Camarillo Branch and member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Look for her TEDx talk, “What I Learned from Being a Girl Scout.”

Contact Gloria Miele by E-mail: gloria@strongerleader.com

Also visit: https://uclaisap.org/

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit: https://bunnyvreeland.org/ https://vreelandcollege.org/ https://upgradeyourlifewithdrbunny.com https://communicatewithanyone.wordpress.com/

SNAP! Unhypnotizing Hypnotherapy. How can you get off, and stay off, drugs? Nick Masella, guest.

Nick Masella, Founder of the Positive Intentions Foundation in Chicago, joins Dr. Bunny to share his story about being drug-free for 33 years himself, and the process of how he helped his son overcome addiction, as well.

Nick tells us about the different things he tried in his quest to help his son, and how some things that he thought would work, didn’t.  He found that he needed to realize that his son’s addiction had nothing to do with his (Nick’s) sobriety.  It was such a learning process to be a parent, and to be an addict, that he started to realize he could talk to many people – the parents, the addicts – and could relate to them both.  He began speaking at meetings and found that there was such an epidemic.

Nick eventually formed a non-profit organization called Positive Intentions Foundation and created a sober living facility, which builds an environment of support through the after-treatment stage of sobriety.

Tune in and learn more about Nick’s incredible journey, and how Positive Intentions Foundation helps addicts through the difficult process of recovery.  An uplifting & informative interview!

About Positive Intentions:

Positive Intentions’ mission is to become part of the solution in saving lives affected by the drug epidemic.

Our goal is to help addicts after medical treatment has concluded to build a foundation strong enough to support long term sobriety.

Our goal is to prevent addiction through education.

Our goal is to end the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.

We believe that together we have the strength to help ease the devastating impact of addiction on families across Chicagoland area. Together we hope to educate individuals to detour them from substance use disorders and ensure that those afflicted with this disease gain access to proven and effective treatments and long-term recovery programs. Together we can reduce the stigma and secrecy associated with addiction, removing the shame felt by those struggling with this disease and their families.

Please join us.

Contact Nick Masella & Positive Intentions at (708) 609-7041 or E-mail: nmasella@staydrugfree.org

Also visit: https://staydrugfree.org/

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit: https://bunnyvreeland.org/ https://vreelandcollege.org/ https://upgradeyourlifewithdrbunny.com https://communicatewithanyone.wordpress.com/



Johannes Ramirez Boden, M.D.: Opioids and Pain Management: Dr. Bunny In For Dr. J in New York!

Dr. Bunny is in for Dr. J today.  He is taking another pain management course in New York!  Dr. J and Dr. Bunny are doing everything they can to help people involved with the opioid crisis.

The following part of an article on opioid legislation was researched and written by Fran Kritz, veteran healthcare reporter.

Last week the Senate passed sweeping legislation to address the opioid epidemic, which President Trump says he will sign into law.

The bill, known as the Substance Use Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act, tackles prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as enforcement. The issues addressed include the following:

  • It provides funding for research on nonaddictive painkillers.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be required to set rules that allow doctors to prescribe medication to treat addiction via telemedicine. That would expand help, especially to rural areas where it can be hard to access treatment for opioid use disorder.
  • It will fund early intervention for children who have been exposed to trauma. These children have been found to be at risk for opioid use disorder.

Addiction experts generally praised the bill. Kelly J. Clark, MD, the president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, based in Rockville, Maryland, calls it “an important step in ensuring [that] individuals with substance use disorder are able to get the help they need.” Clark adds that “addressing the opioid overdose epidemic will require bold action, including a radical transformation of our treatment system into one that universally teaches, standardizes, and covers evidence-based addiction treatment.”

Listen to today’s show as Dr. Bunny sitting in for Dr. J who is in New York as she explores information on the opioid crisis and explains how she and Dr. J want to help. 

More About Dr. Johannes Ramirez Boden:

Dr. Johannes Ramirez Boden has recently become Board Certified in Interventional Pain Management, specializing in Non-Opioid Treatments for Pain. He has a Master’s in Physiology and Neurobiology and over 20 publications in print. He has been a practicing OB/GYN for 28 years and has the unique experience and qualifications which blend together to provide a cohesive approach to patient care. He stays current with the latest developments in women’s health issues and renews his certification with the American College of OB/GYN board annually.

When not with his patients, Dr. Ramirez Boden enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children, kite surfing, and golfing. He is also a private pilot with over 500 hours flight time.

Contact Dr. Johannes Ramirez Boden at (805) 485-8515.

Also visit: https://www.johannesramirezmd.com/

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit: https://bunnyvreeland.org/ https://vreelandcollege.org/ https://upgradeyourlifewithdrbunny.com https://communicatewithanyone.wordpress.com/

Dr. Bunny

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