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NLP Hypnotherapy Gold Coast Australia - stop drinking alcohol - beer, wine and spirits using NLP and Hypnotherapy - Quit drinking alcohol Gold Coast Qld...
By Abby Eagle (2018)
Fermented products, like beer, bread and kefired milk have been consumed for thousands of years. There was really nothing to discover – just an observation that grains, fruits and milk if left for a period of time will naturally ferment, and as a by product produce alcohol which created an altered state of consciousness.
During Medieval Europe there were times when the water supply was polluted which meant boiling the water. Small beer of about 2% alcoholic content became an option for many people and Ale houses flourished. But as with any intoxicating substance excess alcohol consumption became a problem and at various periods throughout history governments tried prohibition but to no avail. This just created a market for bootleg liquor.
The reality is that some people enjoy drinking alcohol for a variety of reasons. Alcoholic beverages create an altered state of consciousness and help people to relax, overcome their fears and inhibitions, and socialise. Naturally fermented beer, wine, beet kvass and ginger beer not only taste good but are good for your health in that they provide probiotics for a healthy gut, they provide electrolytes and red wine is an excellent source of flavonoids (antioxidants).
As long as beer, wine and spirits are consumed in moderate amounts in social settings there are not too many side effects but when alcohol is consumed in excess then it may contribute to traffic accidents, work place accidents, domestic violence, impulsive behaviour - and a range of physical, mental and emotional health problems.
People drink alcohol for a number of reasons but it becomes problematic when they become habituated to having a drink. Too often men and women will meet at a Hotel or licensed club or café after work – and of course the first thing they do on arriving is to buy a drink. Other times people have a drink when they feel lonely, depressed or anxious. Some people drink to help quieten the mind and get to sleep at night. Others drink at business meetings or at a business lunch or dinner. In some cases the environment determines the activity – so if you go to a café you are expected to at least buy a cup of coffee. If you meet with friends at a bar or licensed establishment then the expectation is that you will buy an alcoholic beverage. So the environment sets a frame for how you should behave.
The simple answer may be not to socialise and do business where alcohol is served. This at least takes you out of the environment but in some cases there may be pressure to conform to the standards set by others. So if you can’t remove yourself from the environment which promotes alcohol consumption then you need to change how you think. And this is where NLP and Hypnotherapy comes into play. When I work with people to help them stop drinking alcohol – beer, wine and spirits – I map out the structure of how they think – and identify the processes that they use to engage in the dysfunctional drinking behaviour – and then help them to access and mobilise their internal resources such that they can become the best version of themselves.
In most cases I can get someone off alcohol in 2-4 sessions. The first session being 2 hours long and the follow up sessions being 90 minutes long. I remember one woman who had a severe addiction to alcohol. She told her husband that she had stopped drinking yet drank secretly from wine bottles that she had hidden around the house and garden. After two sessions both husband and wife attested to the fact that she no longer drank alcohol.
And then there was the case of the Gold Coast champagne woman. She was an attractive woman who enjoyed socialising at bars and clubs on the Gold Coast. When she went on a date the first thing a man would do was to buy her a bottle of champagne. Her husband actually proposed to her over a bottle of champagne. Anyway after two to three sessions she had stopped drinking alcohol and she related how as soon as she got to the club with her friends – they all rushed to the bar to buy alcohol and they offered her a glass of champagne which she politely refused. Later that evening she decided to have a small glass of champagne but now she had choice of whether to drink or not.
So if you want to stop drinking alcohol what are your options and what will give you the best chance of success? You could look at Alcoholics Anonymous but they have a poor track record. Their motto seems to be, “Once an alcoholic always an alcoholic.” And some people have attended weekly meetings for decades which should tell that it is not the most cost effective model.
And then there are the drug and alcohol rehab clinics. Well I have worked with many clients who have spent weeks in drug and alcohol rehab clinics – many times over ten to fifteen years. They got short term relief and started drinking again. You could try talking to a counsellor but what do you want? To have a nice conversation or to stop drinking alcohol once and for all?
So then we get to traditional hypnotherapy. I am not sure of the success rate – I think it is quiet high but it is missing the cognitive component that Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) can provide.
In my case I have been involved in NLP, Hypnotherapy and Meditation since 1984. Over the years I experimented with a lot of different procedures and found that NLP is good for mapping out the structure and processes and dealing with some of the underlying issues, and building a well-formed outcome – and that the Hypnotherapy component is excellent for building a communication system with the unconscious mind – and then inviting the unconscious mind to banish the problem substance/behaviour – whether that be cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol, food cravings, chocolate or gambling.
For more information please watch the videos on my youtube channel or contact me using the webform in the top right of this page.
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