For the best results, any Alcohol cessation program should be done in conjunction with the right medical treatment.
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So, where do you start? Once you’ve decided to become sober and fight this addiction, first step you should make is to go see your doctor. If you have been drinking a lot and for a long time, your body may become really dependent on the alcohol, and if you stop abruptly, your body may just shut down. Now, I want to be clear here, in medical community, they believe that only 3 to 5% of population fall into this category, but you can never be too careful when it’s a matter of life and death. So, have your check up and talk about your options. Your doctor may prescribe something to manage your blood pressure and support your heart as during withdrawal period blood pressure may get dangerously high. You doctor may also help you to prevent seizures that can happen during withdrawal. Also, prescription medication really can make it easier though withdrawal.
- Stage 1 starts 8 hours after the last drink. Anxiety, insomnia, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain and cramps.
- Stage 2 starts 24-72 hours after the last drink. High blood pressure, fever, unusual heart rate, headache, and confusion.
- Stage 3 starts 72 hours after the last drink. Hallucinations, fever, seizures, and anxiety.
All symptoms will decrease within 5-7 days even if untreated.
Now, this is where hypnosis can help:
Managing the stress and mood swings; managing pain; managing nausea; managing sleep. With hypnosis, we can eliminate the cravings and the desire to drink. Also, hypnosis can help to resolve some old traumas, people tend to reach for alcohol to numb that pain. If any traumas left undealt with, the pain will demand more numbing whether with alcohol or drugs. Drinking is a way of self-medicating, and what is the person is trying to medicate - this is what really needs to be worked on in order to stop the drinking.
With hypnosis, we can reprogram your mind. It’s like removing a bad software from computer and replacing it with a new one. Crucial part of the process is building up your self-value, self-assurance, and confidence. We can create a new self-image, mold it into who you want to become.
Tips that can help you on your journey to recovery:
- Get honest with yourself. Who you are now and who do you want to become?
Look at your life. Is this how you want to live? If not, decide what kind of life do you want for yourself. Make clear goals and make decisions. Then your subconsciousness will know in what directions to move. Your goals are like a lighthouse in the dark night always showing you the right way.
- Plan for success. Get your calendar and pick 6 weeks that the most appropriate for the alcohol cessation. Least possible amount of pressure and stress. If you have some obligations that tend to put pressure on you, try to fulfill them ahead of time.
Avoid trips and vacations. Avoid holidays. Avoid friends and family get-togethers that may involve alcohol. If possible, consider taking the first week off work, so you can to stay home during the withdrawal period. See your doctor while you’re still planning, so you know all your options and can stock up with everything you may need such as medication, supplements, herbs, right nutrition.
- Build your support team. Identify the people that genuinely care for you, who can support you. Your family, your intimate partner, your friends. And stay away from negative, toxic people. Stay away from your drinking bodies. Consider finding some support outside of your usual circle. AA or other support groups. Maybe joining a spiritual community may give you the support you need.
- See your recovery as a healing journey. You will need to heal your mind and body. You will need to heal what may have led you into this addiction in the first place. So, have a plan for your healing. How will you support your body? How will you help your mind to heal? How will you address all the emotional language?
- Detox is the important part of any recovery. You need to detox your body from all the toxins it accumulated throughout the years. Drinking lots of right liquids like herbal tea, mineral water, and fresh juices. Sweating speeds up the detox. Hot bath, steam rooms, sauna, whatever is available to you. Once you cleanse your body, it can really heal itself.
- Learn stress management. Meditation and self-hypnosis are great. Staying calm will help you to stay in control and make right decisions. It will help you to deal with traumatic events more intelligently instead of reaching for alcohol. Inner peace will harmonize your mind and body and promote better health.
- Find ways to bring more joy into your life. What makes you happy? What do you enjoy doing? Maybe it’s time to revive some of your old passions? Expand your interests and find a new hobby.
- Get physical. Physical activities help to balance our body and boost production of feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Pick a list of activities that you enjoy and alternate so you don’t get bored. Walking, running, yoga, dancing, playing tennis, swimming. You should be active for at least half an hour, and optimally one hour, every day.
- Physical contact is very important. Humans need to be touched. We need it as much as we need food. Prolonged hugging boosting good hormones and harmonizes our mind and body. Get more physical contact with your intimate partner even if it does not involve sex. Looking into each other’s eyes, holding hands and hugging, skin-to-skin contact can do miracles for your sense of well-being and health in general. If you are single, make sure to get massage regularly. Self-massage can provide some of the benefits too.
- The meaning of life is to live with the meaning. Find a purpose. Whatever that may mean to you. Focusing on your family, taking care of people you love. Your career. Your education. Knowledge. Spiritual growth.
- I am inviting you to look at the addiction differently. What if your addiction is just a bonding. Yes, just like you would bond with your loved ones, bond with your lovers, bond with your friends, you can bond to your career, to your interests, hobbies… It is natural for humans to build bonds. When you do not have enough of those beautiful happy bonds, you have this void to fill, and that is when some of us reach out to alcohol, smoking, drugs, overeating, shopping compulsively and gambling. So, create more healthy bonds, so you leave no space for unhealthy ones.
I am wishing you to sober up and free yourself from alcohol, and build a life that has a higher purpose, that is filled with meaningful relationships, and that is full of love and happiness.
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