Alcoholism and HypnosisAddictions Forum
By Alice potter
I am working with an alcoholic person at the moment who apparently cant get into rehab and claims they really want to change their life around. However although hypnosis seems to help with extreme anxiety, the client has not curbed their drinking or behaviour in real terms. Does anyone have experience of working with alcohol addiction and could they give me any helpful advice?
Thanks for your post. Helping clients with alcohol dependency isnt easy and often requires a lot more than suggestion therapy. You mentioned helping with the anxiety issue but how far back did you go to find out what caused the anxiety in the first place? You may have done this already but for the benefit of others reading this post it is essential (I believe) to trace the exact cause (or contributing factors) and help your client to examine and understand them. As a therapist we also need to be able to empathise with our clients (try and imagine we are in their position having lived through their experiences and feel or react as they do) and use our imagination/intelligent/logical or higher mind to find a resolution.
Hi there. I have been an Addiction specialist for over 30 years and I agree with the lady above who says that helping clients with alcoholism isnt easy. There is no simple, what do you do or script to use. It is cause for concern that therapists work in areas where they have no specialist training or understanding and then wonder why they arent effective. After all, we wouldnt go to a Gynaecologist with a heart problem would we? So, perhaps it is time to refer on when we find we are working in an area that we dont understand or have no real training in. In the mean time, there are two good books that I would recommend: Modern Clinical Hypnosis for Habit Control by Charles M. Citrenbaum, Mark E. King, and William I. Cohen, - Sobriety Demystified by Byron A Lewis. These should help you a long a bit. Finally, I would also say that Addicted people are immune to all forms of therapy; that is, until they are ready to quit. Once they are good and ready, then therapy that has a relationship with an understandable model of their problem can work to help them quit. Take a look at: Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward by John C. Norcross, James O. Prochaska, and Carlo C. Diclemente. This can serve as the bible of understanding any change work. Good luck on this one. Alistair - http://www.addiction-recovery.co.uk
unfortunately alcoholics want someone to wave a magic wand and everything in thier life becomes perfect. They have to learn to challenge their self and think about the consequences of their actions and reactions. When they want a drink instead of finding all the reasons they want one they have to think about all the reasons they dont want one.
Hi Faith & Alistair
I am in total agreement with what you guys are suggesting, but one extremely important factor has been left out......an ALCOHOLIC must never be told to STOP drinking immediately..the effects of such suggestions could be catastrophic for the client.
I have worked with many such clients, and I work with their professional clinical nurse or doctor . After all we are complementary therapist, and are not here to take over the medical role. Although I hold a health degree and Im a clinical hypnotherapist, I will always ask clients permission to liaise with their care team.
To visitor above who made such impolite comments about alcoholics, I truly believe you need to walk a mile in their shoes before you can make such comments. They do not want a magic wand for a perfect world. They want help to live in this imperfect world.I further hope you are not nor will ever be a therapist.
The problem I have with alcoholics is the same as with drug addicts, especially those I see on CAT - they drop off to sleep! Time and again this happens and I wonder if it has something to do with the way their brains have been rewired by the drugs/alcohol?
I now only help these people if they are clean and on the way to recovery - while still on the drugs/alcohol, I find it too difficult to work with them.
I have worked with several clients that suffer with Alcoholism, I must say the success is truly with there desire to quit. I have one patient that really wanted to quit and success was great, But as I said he was truly committed to quitting, I have others that only wished to cut back on there consumption and that worked out great....But if they are truly not committed to quitting then you are waisting your time along with his. I always ask if they are truly committed if not, dont waist my time, along with yours and my reputation.
I have found that Anchoring was extremely helpful, more then helpful I want to say it was one of the major keys. Good luck