The goal of hypnosis is to identify the unconscious positive intention underlying the unhealthy emotional conditioning to alcohol and to replace it with more logical and helpful choices.
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This article takes a look at how hypnosis can help people who are drinking too much.
Do I Need to Drink Less Alcohol?
The biggest problem with alcohol is its wide availability and social acceptance.
However, many drinkers secretly worry that they drink too much. They think they need to quit drinking altogether because are not able to drink in moderation.
The truth is that a lot of people do not even discuss their concerns with their doctor or family because they know they would hear, “Just cut back a little.” Many clients tell me, “If it was only willpower, I would have done it by now!”
While professional counselling can be helpful to some, the real problem is that many drinkers feel isolated, alone, and shamed by responses that do not give them any tools to help them drink less. They are often left with a feeling whether they have a “real” drinking problem, or not.
Fortunately, most over-drinkers can reduce their drinking with the right resources. The good news is: it is not about willpower!
Hypnosis has been successfully used to help people achieve goals, quit smoking, lose weight, overcome phobias as well as reduce alcohol consumption.
Here is a good look at how hypnosis can help people who may not be diagnosed as “alcoholic” but who can benefit from cutting back on drinking.
What is Hypnosis?
Anybody can be hypnotized. It is the natural state we all go into when are almost falling asleep and right before we completely wake in the morning.
The hypnotic state is a state of hyper-suggestibility where you are more accepting of suggestions that do not work consciously, regardless of how many times you tell yourself.
Your unconscious mind is that part of the mind that runs the involuntary bodily functions and stores all memories and habits. When the conscious decides that you need to reduce drinking, it will not happen unless the unconscious mind understands this request and confirms it as appropriate behaviour.
In other words, if your unconscious mind holds that alcohol helps you calm down or helps you fall asleep, this part of the mind will continue to make you reach for that bottle.
Hypnosis is an excellent tool to communicate directly with the unconscious mind. During hypnosis, learning can occur without judgement.
A cognitive hypnotic psychotherapist can help your mind identify the unconscious positive intention behind alcohol consumption. The unconscious mind can then identify new actions and responses to fulfil the same positive intention that does not involve alcohol consumption so that you begin to function without alcohol in the bloodstream.
In a hypnotic state, the mind is open to suggestions and change in behaviours that it is not, in the conscious state. The unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between the imagined and the real, hence hypnosis is a powerful space to introduce new habits.
Here is Rahul’s story.
At the age of 18, Rahul realized his girlfriend was cheating on him and broke up with her. He was frustrated and angry. A friend suggested they get drunk and have a break-up party, so he could get some closure. Rahul tried vodka for the first time and within 10 minutes, he felt relaxed and at ease. Suddenly, he didn’t care so much about his ex-girlfriend.
Many years later, Rahul realized that drinking vodka was getting a little out of hand. Although he wasn’t a regular drinker, whenever he drank, he hit the bottle hard and this worried his family. Rahul was secretly worried too. But he just couldn’t ‘just have one or two vodkas!’ –– It was always at least half a bottle.
The trauma that Rahul experienced at 18 triggered an emotional urge of drinking too much whenever he felt unsafe. He felt slipping down the slope of alcoholism.
Rahul’s unconscious mind had developed a habit. To prevent feeling vulnerable and pain, it chose the closest fix and drove him to pick the bottle. In a split second, it found vodka! Unknown to Rahul, his unconscious mind was demanding vodka to soothe him.
Remember it is not about willpower! Rahul didn’t want to drink unhealthy quantities, it was his unconscious mind that had learned that alcohol was a good quick fix.
Can Hypnosis Help Rahul Drink Less Alcohol?
Yes, hypnosis, integrated with goal setting and emotional management tools, can help the mind choose healthier options compared to alcohol.
Many habitual drinkers, like Rahul, have found alcohol to be an easy and fast solution to find some reprieve from the anxieties and stresses of everyday life. The mind doesn’t like feeling anxious, scared or vulnerable. So, whenever the mind feels like life is too challenging, it will find ways to give that person an emotional quick fix.
For Rahul, vodka was the quick fix. For others, it can be sweet/fatty foods, cigarettes, chocolate or something else.
Cognitive Hypnotic Psychotherapy is a life-changing therapy that can help many drinkers or other compulsive consumers who want to break the unhealthy cycle of drinking alcohol or smoking or binge eating and replace it with more logical and helpful responses.
Once a drinker does not need alcohol to soothe emotional pain, their whole outlook will be brighter, they will feel more in control of life, and they can then drink alcohol without it becoming a compulsive behaviour.
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