Every Drink

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Hypnotherapy For Alcohol Issues

Alcohol and drugs alter the way our brain functions, it creates feelings that are pleasurable, it can relieve the apparent tragedy or mundaneness in our lives too. All of a sudden, life has a sense of joy, and fun and our inhibitions are lifted. We no longer care what others think or say but, sadly, it cannot last and we come crashing back to reality!

Truth be known the brain cannot sustain this level of euphoria but it likes it. What may merely start out as an experiment or a dare, "OK I'll give it a shot," can soon become a habit and . . . maybe later an addiction! Hypnotherapy also alters the way our brain functions by allowing memories to express themselves differently. This is also in line with the way our brain naturally works in creating, changing and updating memory, processes called memory consolidation and reconsolidation.
As a consequence of the way alcohol changes brain anatomy, it places us in a potentially difficult position, simply because we are predisposed to the power of neurological reward systems. This, by default, is the reason why alcohol is the most legally available brain/mind-altering substance in the world. 

Not only is it available but it is also one of the most promoted of such stimulants. True, they don't advertise it so much as openly or directly as they once did. However, they now do it indirectly, be it as a central theme in television or film or more specifically through idolising our favourite actors or celebrities! Hairdressers the world over loved it when David Beckham changed his hairstyle. Nespresso saw a surge in sales when good old George Clooney fronted their advertising!

To that end, alcohol is merely one of the many mind-altering stimulants that suck us in. But, in a general sense, alcohol is the lesser of the two most prolific scourges of stimulant abuse in modern societies. To that end, hypnotherapy can help to normalise the illogical mental processes involved in developing addictive behaviours.

Hypnotherapy For Drug Issues

While some drugs, legal or not, have the ability to alter the function of the thinking mind (known as, mind-altering) they almost all have the ability to limit our options to make good choices. This is largely because they have the potential to affect the way our brains function, often irrespective of how much is used. Some mind-altering drugs affect brain function only if a large amount is used or if it is overused. Some affect the brain in such a way that creates a want or need to reuse the drug again and again (craving). Others are less pervasive in nature but still not a good thing to do or a habit to have. The problems created by the use of mind-altering drugs are given many different terms, for example, drug abuse, drug dependence, and drug addiction. Doctors and other experts often disagree about the exact meaning of these terms. But one thing they will likely agree on, is, that drugs or alcohol can really screw up your life and badly affect the lives of those who you love! Of course, if you are such a person, you already know this, so this information is of more use to a loved one or a drug user.

Essentially there appears to be something different about the brain, psyche or perspective of a drug user. It is, this, 'something' that the drug is taken to satisfy. For example, it can make you feel like a supercharged version of yourself (or who you wish you were). It can help to dampen the pain, anguish and despair that one feels in their life! Drugs can excite or inhibit the brain's neurochemistry and in so doing, they change our feeling of the world.

In that sense, the brain is a pharmacy but sadly, we are not pharmacists. However, the very best drugs, the ones that will make you have the life you want, feel confident, happy and fulfilled are already in your brain! But how can you use them to create that life? Hypnotherapy is the answer. It is, without doubt, the most effective tool for mind management and mental engineering. It tickles our imagination which is the most powerful stimulator of extreme mental creativity and it's virtually free and available to use! I say virtually because there is a cost to have access to this vast neural resource. That is simply because the source of this chemical wizardry is found in the food we eat. The brain derives its ability to produce everything we need to sustain life from what we eat and drink. Garbage in; garbage out!

Additional Information


If you want to know how Can Hypnosis Help? Well, it can help set you free through effective mind management, less stress and anxiety and effective emotional management!  As an additional avenue of support, I always recommend the additional support of a recognised addiction programme; such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Click Here or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) Click Here.

Also, Hypnosis can help in the process of forgiveness and self-love/respect; the lack thereof often being associated with addictive behaviours.

What is Alcohol, Drug Abuse:  Alcohol abuse is the taking of alcoholic drinks at levels that exceed recommended weekly levels by medical experts. For example, no more than 14 units per week for men or women (get the facts here). The facts are that there is very rarely, if ever, a medical need for alcohol. But in times of extreme pressure or in an emergency; a drink sure does seem to do the trick! Used in modest amounts, even socially, there are no major red flags for most people; moderation is key!

Drug abuse is using a mind-altering drug without medical need, in amounts large enough or long enough to threaten the quality of life, health and safety of the user. Many people use drugs without medical need but keep their use under control so that it does not threaten their health or adversely affect their functioning.

Taking a drug that does not usually alter the mind is still considered abusive if the drug is taken without medical need. Or if the drug endangers the quality of life or health and safety of the user or others. Drug abuse occurs in all socioeconomic groups and involves highly educated and professional people as well as those who are uneducated and unemployed.

Alcohol, Drug Dependence:  Alcohol and/or drug dependence is a compelling need to continue taking alcoholic beverages or a mind-altering drug to induce pleasure, relieve anxiety, and tension and avoid discomfort. Drug dependence is caused by a combination of biological and psychological factors. Drugs that cause dependence may produce euphoria, feelings of increased mental and physical ability, and an altered sense of perception. The effects of alcohol are similar, it gives us the perception of super abilities, e.g. making a shy person an extrovert. It can make some people lose inhibitions or behave in a silly fashion, in others it can make them abusive or, oftentimes, even violent. Alcohol affects the brain in so many ways and is particularly dangerous for teenagers, whose brains are still developing!

Dependence can be very powerful and difficult to overcome. The body adapts to the continuous use of drugs, which produces dependence, leading to tolerance (hence believing we're not drunk) leading to withdrawal symptoms when usage stops. Tolerance is the need to use progressively larger amounts to reproduce the effects achieved with the starting amount, but sadly with the diminishing effect!

Withdrawal symptoms occur when the alcohol/drug use is stopped or when the drug's effects are blocked by another drug. The way in which people experience withdrawal varies but there are enough similarities to propose commonality. A person undergoing withdrawal may feel sick (nausea) and may develop headaches, diarrhoea, or shaking (tremors). Sudden withdrawal can evoke serious and even life-threatening illnesses.

Alcohol, Drug Addiction:  Drug addiction is essentially a life out of all normal control and the presence of an absolute need for the substance(s) of choice. Common attributes are the disruptive behaviours or activities associated with obtaining and using a drug or alcohol that a person is dependent on. Addiction very often interferes with the ability to work, study or interact normally with family, friends and society in general. People can become addicted to legal or illegal drugs, which include drugs used for medical needs or for less acceptable reasons. However, the behaviour or activity associated with obtaining and using a drug is likely to vary tremendously, based on the legality and acceptance of that drug. Obtaining a legal drug to meet a medical need is often as unremarkable as going to the doctor, getting a prescription and then going to the pharmacy. However, for an illegal drug or a legal one without medical need, or for unacceptable reasons, the behaviour or activity may include lying, stealing or even assault.

The important thing to take on board, is, that the excessive use of alcohol or drugs can seriously damage your brain. It does this by way of interruption of neurotransmission (misfiring and cross-firing effect within brain regions), or, worst-case scenario, physically damaging your brain! We are well-advised to consider that our brain is the most important part of what makes us who we are. And, if we do not heed that advice, then alcohol or drug abuse could end up making us who we are not! I like who I am way too much to let that happen; how about you?


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