John – IT Consultant – age 43
* I have to admit I didn’t realise I had a problem with alcohol. It was only when the people closest to me told me time and time again, that I began to think they might be right. Initially, it started with the occasional drink, out with friends, socialising which made me feel full of confidence and good about myself. This led to having the odd drink at home as well, especially after a hard day at work as a stress reliever.
When things started to go wrong with my marriage, my drinking got worse, as I felt helpless, caught in a situation which I could do nothing about. At about the same time, I lost my job, so all of this just gave me an excuse to keep on drinking more and more. The final straw for me was when my kids were spending the weekend with me, after not seeing them for two weeks, I still went out to have a drink, as I was embarrassed to drink in front of them.
It was then I woke up to the fact that I needed help to do something about my drinking. I spoke to a friend of mine, who had recently been to see a hypnotherapist about his smoking, called Alix Needham. I went to see Alix, and immediately felt at ease. We discussed various aspects of my life and my drinking patterns.After only three sessions she has really helped me put my life back on track.
John’s comments are typical of an individual who doesn’t initially realise he had a problem with alcohol. So many people use alcohol as a means of coping and escape, especially when life gets tough. However,in reality, drinking too excess can actually be the cause of many additional problems.
The key to John’s treatment was initially to help him realise that he had an alcohol problem. As silly as it may sound, some people do not think that the amount they drink has an affect either on themselves and on their family and friends. Subsequently we looked into what John felt were the reasons behind his desire to drink so much.
Using hypnotherapy, NLP and EFT techniques John began to realise what was triggering his drinking behaviour. Once we had this information, he was able to reevaluate his situation and change his perceptions about his life . Subsequently John found a new job and his relationships with his wife and children improved without the excessive alcohol urges.