HYPNOTHERAPY for ALCOHOLICS
By David Heard-Smith D.H.P.
When is an alcoholic no longer an alcoholic? After he/she has undergone a successful Hypnoanalysis! This is true for 75% 0f sufferers!
Cyprus is not a good place for alcoholics!
Alcohol is a part of most people’s lives and has been so for eons of time. In itself, to the majority, this is perfectly acceptable with the exception of those people who suffer from a religious or psychological aversion to ‘drink’. These people will suffer from their personal neurosis, as must we all, including the alcoholic, until they decide to get help.
There are, I believe, many misconceptions with regard to alcohol, its effects and those who are labelled alcoholics.
It is a proven truth that a reasonable quantity of alcohol per day is good for the person. It has medical benefits, at least it did at the time of writing, whereas, not so long ago it was not considered to be good for anyone. We all know how frequently the medical researchers reverse their findings. It’s a very sociable pastime, helps to lower one’s inhibitions and enables people to relax. Having said that, it is quite obvious to all but a fool, there are many dangers attached to the excessive consumption of alcohol.
In this article I wish to concern myself with those people who have become alcoholics and those who are currently suffering from the effects of having an alcoholic parent, sibling, partner or friend whether dead or alive. I will endeavour to offer information that will enable such people to understand why some people become alcoholics and others do not and at the same time make them aware of what can be done to help.
An alcoholic is a person who is allergic and addicted to alcohol just as others are allergic and addicted to many other types of drugs including heroin, some medically prescribed drugs, caffeine and so many more. There seems to be an unreasonable chart of acceptable and unacceptable addictions in accordance with which many people sit in judgement over the sufferer. This judgement is unfair, cruel and unhelpful and normally exercised by people ignorant of the facts or suffering from a ‘holier than thou’ mentality, stones and glasshouses spring to mind. Even many who basically understand the problems are guilty at times of peering down their nose at drunks and drug abusers.
It is, of course, simple to avoid. Don’t imbibe or in anyway sample any drug. There is one problem with this. Apart from the obvious, such as heroin, crack cocaine etc. how do you know what substance will have a severe adverse effect on you? Well in truth, you don’t have a clue. How much chocolate do you need to eat before you become addicted and allergic to it? Lets face it, if you find that chocolate makes you feel better and that whenever you are emotionally stressed or upset you resort to taking chocolate then you are addicted and allergic to it and will certainly be in danger of becoming adversely affected by it!
Practically all that I write from here on can be equally applied to all addictions and allergies but I will concentrate on alcoholics.
Some people have an addictive personality, which, simply, means that there is a gene or two in their personal make up which inclines them toward becoming addicted to something or other. We can blame our genes for nearly everything these days. This inclination can be inherited or not, it really doesn’t matter. If you have it then you are in danger. You do not need to be inclined in this way to become addicted though. It can happen to anyone, especially if you consume something to excess over a long period of time. The best example is surely ‘mine host’ who is expected to drink with his customers when asked. It’s good for business and encourages his customers to see him or her as a friend but little account is taken of the fact that for them it is every day rather than a couple of times a week.
A person becomes an alcoholic because they drink far too much alcohol for their personal physiology. It’s that simple! The really important thing is why! Before they became alcoholics these people like everyone else could have a drink or three with their friends or solo and go home drunk. They would wake up with or without a hangover and invariably remember most of what they did the night before. They could visit a pub or the like and have a single drink then pop out and go about their business. They could ‘feel’ like a drink but they didn’t ‘need’ a drink. If they drank at home it would only be a couple of cans or glasses of wine, this is not a problem. Then slowly a subtle change begins to overtake them and they find themselves needing a drink and the amount starts to increase, usually quite slowly. They are becoming addicted to alcohol. Then, perhaps, they start to find that they are unable to remember all that occurred or was said during the session and thereafter.
Slowly they may find that people close to them become a little critical of their new drinking habits and the drinker becomes irritated by this criticism. After a while the drinker becomes a little secretive and then more quickly things start to become worse. Suddenly we find that the drinker starts to experience behaviour changes when they have imbibed just one or two drinks. They have now become allergic to alcohol and addiction is close on the horizon.
It is well known to experienced analytical hypnotherapists that most allergic reactions are caused by an emotional trigger though, in general, the medical world do not see it as such. I have no intention of joining an argument over this because my experience has shown it to be true. Whether it can be proven in laboratory tests or not is outside of my remit and I doubt you would ever achieve sufficient really successful analysis’s under such conditions, I make my judgement in the same way as other analysts, by results.
The alcoholic who wishes to beat the illness can do no better than to find a suitably trained hypnoanalyst and go through the process of analysis until the emotional trauma that lies at the heart of the problem is found and dealt with to produce the catharsis necessary to free the person from the allergy.
Probably the biggest problem is to persuade the alcoholic to admit that they have a problem and then to agree that they are unable to handle it by themselves and to seek assistance. They are rarely likely to volunteer for this course of action as they are desperately endeavouring to hide it from all and sundry and convince themselves that they do not have such a problem. The fact that society, that’s the rest of us, is, generally, unwilling to see alcoholics as people suffering from an illness but instead look down their collective noses at the sufferers, especially those who are themselves alcoholics, does not help the situation. The G.P. as a rule, through no fault of their own, will be of little or no help here and their close family are angry, frustrated and emotionally to upset to be of any help either and the sufferer will probably see them as a threat even if they are understanding. Where then, does an alcoholic turn for help? If they are wealthy enough and can afford to book themselves into a specialist clinic then they may be provided with help but from what I see of it this help does not last for long. Soon they are back in the clinic or give up completely and remain a drunk. Occasionally an alcoholic will ‘find religion’ and suffer the emotional torment of the great battle between booze and God. Frequently they will fall by the wayside and have to suffer the almighty guilt that accompanies this failure. In general they will not find understanding in the company of those around them with the exception perhaps of one or two and an occasional understanding vicar. They will certainly not find a comfortable and effective cure with happiness, confidence and self-respect. A cure! I hear you chorus. You cannot be cured of alcoholism. You can only be a recovering alcoholic for the rest of your life. Is that so? Well if you remove the trauma that caused the person to become addicted and allergic to alcohol in the first place and by so doing cure the allergy then by definition the addiction element is also removed. Of course, this statement flies in the face of every diagnosis known to medical science and thinking, well that has happened before and proved, in time, to be correct. My experience has proved to me that an alcoholic who has put themselves through the experience of, and successfully completed, a course of psychoanalysis, conducted under hypnosis, is more than able to return to social drinking without behaving differently to those who would class themselves as normal people. This applies only to those who have not sustained irreversible damage to internal organs to such an extent that more alcohol will induce a fatal breakdown of that organ.
I have digressed from the point I am discussing which is, where does an alcoholic turn? What is left? Alcoholics Anonymous of course! This is a local group of alcoholics who endeavour, without criticism, to support each other in the battle to remain a non-drinker of alcohol. When a member of their community falls off the wagon they are there to help and support that person to climb back aboard it. They talk to each other about the horrors that have afflicted them due to the extreme consumption of alcohol. They do not criticize. They applaud the bravery that each shows by standing there and confessing these most awful events and experiences that have occurred to each and every one of them and through which many have lost family, loved ones, friends, jobs, homes, self respect, health and income. They build a mutual respect for each other and through this respect and understanding they are able to act as a collective crutch to each other. There has to be a better way to help these brave suffers, to enable them to cast aside that crutch and I believe there is a way. I believe, no, I know that hypnoanalysis is able to offer a way to find and root out that powerful experience, that severe emotional trauma that is the original cause of their individual problem or problems. The sufferer will have no recollection of the event and emotion because the subconscious will have repressed it to protect the person and enable them to continue to live a life as best they can. Frequently this life will be, on the face of it, a very successful life but the sufferer will certainly live it at considerable cost to their wellbeing.
I make no claim that I, or any hypnotherapist, can cure anyone. I do claim that a good hypnoanalyst can help a victim of alcohol abuse, whether they suffer first hand or second hand, to find the cause of their problem and guide them to effect the cure for themselves. I do not claim that by so doing any physical or mental damage can be repaired. I do not claim that this treatment is efficacious in every case. I do state categorically that a person must be sober when the analysis is taking place. I am willing to speak with anyone or any group, free of charge, which is genuinely interested in knowing more about this therapy or investing in their future by undergoing such treatment.