Hypnotherapy for Alcohol Dependence

Hypnotherapy for Alcohol Dependence by Dr David Postlethwaite.


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Hypnotherapy for Alcohol Abuse

Hypnotherapy for alcohol abuse can help those struggling to break their dependence by working on the root cause of the dependency, then using suggestion techniques to help adjust negative thoughts and behaviour associated with the dependence.

What is alcohol dependence?

Hypnotherapy for alcohol abuse -being dependent on alcohol means a person feels like they’re unable to relax or enjoy themselves without a drink. They may feel like their unable to function at all without drinking, and that it has become an important, or the most important, factor in their life.

Alcohol dependency, (also known as alcoholism, alcohol dependence, or being an alcoholic) doesn’t have to mean they drink a lot at all times, or that they binge-drink on certain days of the week. If they are drinking alcoholic drinks regularly – be that as a way to unwind, or cope with particularly stressful situations – they are likely to have at least a degree of alcohol dependency.

Problem drinking isn’t always easy to identify. They may not notice when alcohol goes from being part of their social life to shaping their whole life and the choices they make. It can affect their life in many ways, harming their mind, body and relationships. Over time, it can affect those around they too.

According to the NHS Statistics on Alcohol, England 2020 report, we have seen a 6% year on year increase in the number of hospital admissions where the main cause for concern was drinking alcohol. Over the space of 10 years, figures have risen by 19%, with 358,000 people being admitted between 2018/19 alone.

In 2018, 5,698 deaths were attributed to alcohol. Men (38%) and women (19%) aged 55 to 64 were found to be drinking the most, usually drinking 14 or more units per week – higher than the recommended guidelines.

An estimated 9% of men and 3% of women in the UK show signs of alcohol dependence. This can happen at any age, to anyone, no matter what their background.

What causes alcohol dependency?

The causes of alcohol dependency can vary but there are several factors thought to contribute to an individual developing alcohol dependence. It can stem from using drink to cope with big stressful life events, such as bereavement or redundancy, or as a way to numb day-to-day stresses, anxiety or worries.

Drinking alcohol may seem like nothing – a normal part of their life – and they may not think it’s a problem at first, but over time, relying on alcohol as a way of emotional support will become second nature to, they. When they immediately turn to drink instead of other ways of dealing with a situation, it is a cause for concern.

Their environment and past experiences can also contribute to developing a dependency on alcohol. For example, if they saw members of their family using alcohol to unwind and cope, they may develop similar coping mechanisms. Whether we realise it or not, those around us – family, friends, even media depictions of people we look up to – can all have an impact on our behaviour, how we approach problems, and what we do to try and manage our own issues.

Hypnotherapy for Alcohol abuse What are the signs of a drinking problem?

Like many other drugs, alcohol can be both physically and psychologically addictive. If their worried about their own drinking habits, or someone else’s, here are some common signs.

  • Worrying about when their next drink will be and planning social, family and work events around alcohol.
  • Their mood seems to swing from one extreme to another, or they feel extremely irritable for no good reason.
  • They no longer feel they have the ability to stop drinking, even if they want to.
  • Making excuses to drink (for example to deal with stress, to relax and unwind, or to ‘feel normal’), hiding their drinking or drinking alone.
  • Drinking early in the day, or feeling the need to drink in the morning.
  • Feeling the need to drink when under pressure or during stressful situations.
  • When they don’t drink, they experience physical withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, shaking and nausea, and these stop when they do drink.
  • Becoming distant or isolated from friends and family members.
  • Being unable to remember things or having gaps in their memory (these can be signs of short-term memory loss or temporary blackouts).
  • Choosing to drink rather than take care of other responsibilities or obligations.

If they recognise any of the above signs in themselves or are worried about a friend, know that there is help available. If their worried about their own drinking but don’t feel comfortable speaking to friends, they can talk to their GP or a professional – like a counsellor. There are also support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, where they can seek support from those who know what they’re going through.

If their worried about a friend, approaching the subject may be difficult, but letting them know they are concerned and are there if they need, they can help. It’s important they speak to them calmly and without judgement. Share their concern without being accusatory and let them know that they are there to support them through their journey.

If they’re not ready to talk right now, that’s OK, don’t push them. Dependence can take over a person’s life, and they may feel like they have no control, so support them as much as they can while they work things out.

How can hypnotherapy for alcohol abuse help with drinking problems?

Hypnotherapy is an approach that many people find to be incredibly effective.

The thing with dependence is that, often, there are several underlying issues that have led to the problem. Whether it be a traumatic event, an experience or a number of stressors, if they have turned to alcohol or another substance as a way of self-medicating, the issue hasn’t been dealt with. Somewhere deep down, the effects are still there, quietly fuelling their dependence.

Hypnotherapy for alcohol abuse looks to change the way they think and behave in certain situations. Hypnotherapy for alcohol aims to access their unconscious (the part of their mind that runs without they knowing), and using suggestion techniques, I will help change the negative thoughts and behaviours associated with the dependence..

How does hypnotherapy work?

I will encourage my subject to enter a state of deep relaxation. It is in this trance-like state that it’s believed that their unconscious is more open to suggestion. Using suggestion techniques, I will look to change the way they react to certain things.

In hypnotherapy for alcohol dependence, for example, the suggestions would be tailored to their triggers, changing the way they react and help they do not crave alcohol. Suggestions may include not needing to drink anymore or associating alcohol with an unpleasant taste or smell

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is defined as an altered state of awareness in which a person appears to be asleep or in a trance. Clinical hypnosis may be used to treat certain physical or psychological problems. For instance, it is frequently used to help patients control pain. It is also used in a wide range of other conditions such as weight issues, speech disorders, and dependence problems and of course Stop smoking hypnosis.

There is debate about how hypnosis works. Some people believe that when them are hypnotized, them relax and concentrate more, and are more willing to listen to suggestions — such as giving up smoking, for example.

Even though them appear to be in a trance during hypnosis, the subject is not unconscious. Them=y are still aware of there surroundings, and — despite what many stage performers may claim during an entertaining show — them cannot be made to do anything against their will. In fact, brain tests performed on patients during hypnotism sessions have shown a high level of neurological activity.

What’s Involved in Hypnotherapy alcohol abuse

The process of hypnosis involves entering a deeply relaxed but focused state (like that of daydreaming, it is a little like being in a boring lesson at school, being aware of the teacher talking, being aware of what the child behind is doing, but one’s thoughts being somewhere else). Once in this state, it involves making suggestions for the subconscious mind to accept.

There are many therapists for them to choose from, but I always advice caution when choosing a therapist. Unfortunately, a large number of therapists advertising are very poorly qualified, many have done little more than an online course. Also, many therapists will try to persuade their clients that they are going to need multiple sessions, this is nonsense a competent qualified hypnotherapist can help achieve positive results with just one session. I myself have a degree in Psychology, a doctorate in Psychology and various postgraduate qualifications in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I have been in practice for over 30 years and have an overall success rate of over 96%.  So when choosing a therapist for hypnotherapy for stress, please use caution.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy for alcohol abuse

Hypnosis is an extremely versatile tool that can be used for everything from simple relaxation to pain management in childbirth. It’s enjoyable, and affordable, and the results are lasting. There are no potential negative side effects, and it can give multiple benefits at the same time.

All issues can be easily helped using just one session, visit me in my Gateshead consulting room only £95 absolutely no hidden extra charges.

For anyone that lives to far away to visit me or has a very limited budget I do offer all my therapies as instant electronic downloads at only £24.95 each. For more information click here.

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