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Hypnotherapy to Stop Drinking or
Manage a Drinking Problem
Maybe you have been ignoring the tell tale signs, telling yourself that you do not have a drinking problem. You do not have to be an alcoholic to have a problem with alcohol. It usually starts innocently enough: maybe you get into the habit of drinking heavily because of the group of friends with whom you associate, maybe a glass of wine or a beer is your little treat to switch off when you get home from work. Then you realise that you are drinking more and more and the one bottle of wine an evening just does not seem enough. You try to stop drinking or cut down and find you cannot. You are trapped in a habit.
The Alcohol Drinking Problem
We live in a society that encourages the use of chemicals to manipulate ones mood. It does not matter whether it is caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, over the counter or prescription medicine or illegal drugs bought on the street corner. As far as manipulating ones emotions go, alcohol is pretty effective but that also means it can be extremely habit forming. The pressure to drink can feel intense to the point that some people regard not drinking at a social event as being antisocial. It does not matter if you regard it as “Dutch Courage”, social lubrication or your treat at the end of the day, you can easily trap yourself in the clutches of a powerful habit.
Does Management of a Drink Problem mean having to Stop Drinking?
There are many people who believe that stopping drinking is the only solution to a drink problem. The twelve step programme developed by Alcoholics Anonymous requires that you accept that you cannot manage your drinking so the only solution is to stop drinking completely. My view is that there are two types of drinking – the type driven by habit and the type driven by choice. Choosing a nice wine to complement a meal out is completely different to feeling driven to drink every night when returning from work. You may want to stop completely but the process of addressing the habit is the same whether you want to stop drinking completely or just drink “normally”.
Do You Want to Control Your Drinking Problem?
Stephen Rigby has assisted many people to change their behaviour with hypnotherapy. In Guildford he also offers a free half hour introduction that will allow you to find out a little bit more about the process and what is required before making a commitment.
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