Wondering if you need to stop drinking? Or cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you already know the answer. Perhaps you’ve already tried to stop drinking, and discovered that it’s more difficult than you thought. Maybe it’s time to consider self hypnosis to stop drinking, and find your way back to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Why do we drink?
It’s a way of life, isn’t it? Who hasn’t poured a drink to relax after a tough day at the office? Or had a few shots to boost self confidence and unleash the ‘fun’ side of your personality at a party? We use alcohol to drown our sorrows. And we celebrate weddings, birthdays and achievements with glasses in hand.
Sometimes, we overdo it, and wake up with a horrible hangover. But who hasn’t? Everyone drinks more than they should from time to time. And everyone has a funny story to tell about getting ‘wasted’ and doing something silly or embarrassing.
Only, maybe those stories aren’t so funny?
If you feel regret or shame about the way you’ve behaved or the things you’ve said while under the influence, maybe it’s time to stop drinking. More so if you can’t even remember what you said or did. Or how you got home. Or worse – who you woke up beside the next morning.
Not easy to stop drinking
Everyone understands that taking ecstacy, cocaine or other recreational drugs can lead to addiction. But alcohol is legal and readily available. Enjoying a glass of wine with a meal is not only perfectly acceptable, it actually makes a person appear more sophisticated and cultured.
But whether it’s the finest champagne or the cheapest vodka, all alcohol is habit forming. Just like taking drugs, the more you drink, the more drinks you need to achieve the same ‘high’. And there’s a very fine line between a person who enjoys a few drinks and someone who is addicted to alcohol.
Even if you are not an alcoholic, you may find it very difficult to stop drinking without help. Your doctor can prescribe pills that make you violently ill if you drink. As with most drugs, there are side effects. Plus you might unknowingly eat something that contains alcohol. Even using mouth wash, perfume or after shave containing alcohol can make you feel sick.
Consider self hypnosis to stop drinking
Hypnotherapy has proven to be a safe and effective method of helping people break bad habits like drinking alcohol. Will power alone may not be enough. You may need to resolve the root cause of your addiction buried deep in your subconscious. And hypnosis will help you achieve this.
Your conscious mind may come up with all sorts of reasons or excuses as to why you can’t stop drinking. You’ve had a bad day. You are struggling to deal with the loss of a relationship or the death of a loved one. You’re stressed. You can’t fall asleep at night unless you’ve had a few.
Tap into your subconscious
When you enter a state of hypnosis, you let go of these conscious thoughts, allowing your subconscious to focus on suggestions made by your hypnotherapist.
You might be asked to picture yourself refusing a drink, and still enjoying a party. Or your therapist might guide you through scenarios in which you successfully manage cravings and temptations. In your subconscious, you’ll experience feelings of pride and confidence in your ability to beat your alcohol addiction.
You may also be asked to imagine how good your body feels, without the sluggish ‘morning after’ feeling. To imagine yourself with a clear head and lots of energy. To picture your liver free of the damage inflicted by alcohol.
When you experience these situations in reality, your subconscious will remind you of how good it felt to say ‘no’ to a drink, and how much healthier your body is.
Self hypnosis to stop drinking work – does it work?
Self hypnosis, where you use an app to enter a hypnotic state, works just as well to help people overcome undesirable habits. Although it’s called self hypnosis – and you use can use it anytime and anywhere – you don’t actually hypnotise yourself. You listen to recordings made by a trained therapist to enter the hypnotic state. Then he or she will offer suggestions designed to help you overcome a particular behaviour or habit.
Some apps, like Subconsciously (available for iPhone and Android) offers the ability to tailor your self hypnosis sessions to your specific needs. Developed by London’s foremost clinical hypnotherapist, Aaron Surtees, it is like having a personal one-on-one session with the man himself. With the added convenience of being able to consult Aaron 24/7 from the convenience of your own home.
Even if you’ve tried other methods to stop or control drinking – and they haven’t worked – you can still succeed using self hypnosis. That’s because hypnotherapy works differently. It taps into the power of the subconscious mind, where deep seated memories, fears and emotions are stored.
Recognising that you have a problem with alcohol is the most important step toward recovery. But the willpower needed to quit drinking is usually not enough. So why not harness the power of self hypnosis to help you stop drinking?
Depending on your personality and the level of your addiction, it may take several sessions to beat the habit. Or you could see an immediate improvement. Regardless, the sooner you begin the programme, the sooner you’ll be able to start enjoying all the benefits of staying sober.
Apart from better health, you’ll save money, avoid embarrassing drunken moments and possibly save your career and/or relationships put at risk by your drinking.