What often begins as just a few drinks to help you to relax or a way to feel more confident in social situations or to manage life stresses can easily develop into an alcohol dependency.
So what is alcohol addiction and how can Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy help you to overcome alcohol dependency?
Addiction essentially hijacks the brain. When we carry out an addictive behaviour such as excessive drinking, the reward centre in our brain experiences a surge of dopamine. This lights up the reward centres and creates a conditioned response to certain triggers. This response leads to a craving or a 'need' to act out the addictive behaviour (drink excessively).This then of course leads to you engaging in the addiction (drinking).*
The reason that you cannot just stop drinking despite all your best efforts is because once the trigger (need) is activated, this creates an overwhelming desire to act out the behaviour (drink) at an emotional level. This means that you stop thinking rationally and become overwhelmed by the need to drink alcohol. This is essentially why your behaviour may seem irrational to others and often to yourself.*
So how can Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy be used to overcome alcohol dependency?
To overcome the overwhelming 'need' that you have to drink, we work together to find out what is triggering that conditioned response that leads to drinking. We are then able to use cognitive restructuring and hypnosis to alter those triggers so that they no longer lead to the old conditioned response of drinking.*
The reason that people often try, but fail to overcome their addiction is because often they have no conscious awareness of what triggers that need to drink in the first place. But by addressing these triggers and putting in place strategies to improve your ability to cope in trigger situations, you are able to adopt new healthier coping behaviours, alter unhelpful beliefs and break free from addiction.*
But don't just take my word for it! Here is a testimonial from one of my clients whom I worked with to overcome her problem drinking!
"Finally Louise it seems that the work we've been doing together is working! I've not been drinking and I feel NO desire to do so. In fact I feel completely different than ever before and am able to enjoy life again. I now even look forward to evenings out rather than viewing them with dread and I love being in control."
"So thanks so much for all your help. You really are a life saver!"
Please note that a successful treatment outcome cannot be guaranteed and results may vary from person to person*