Alcohol Management is the most common Substance Use problem we encounter. In most cases, it's not nearly as bad as you think it is. For some it's just a matter of wanting to moderate a little. For others, the situation has become more serious. Whether it's binge drinking, using alcohol to sleep, or full-blown alcohol dependency, we are able to help in a number of ways.
We've been helping clients manage alcohol issues successfully for many years, and have many satisfied clients who have chosen Hypnotherapy to either to reduce or completely eliminate their use of alcohol.
How does it work?
The majority of people who misuse alcohol do so because they are drinking for the wrong reasons. For some, it's a way to escape, for others it's a means to feel social, for some it's how they fall asleep. A big part of our program involves unraveling some of the "reasons" behind WHY you drink. Once those reasons are no longer as pressing, alcohol use in far less compulsive and it is easier to stop when you've reached your pre-determined limit.
So we work on the emotional and psychological triggers, but you will also learn some intelligent drinking habits so that the alcohol you do consume, will have less of a negative impact at a physical level. You will start to feel in control again! When we start working together, we'll start by designing a plan with you. This typically includes a system to taper your usage down via reduction and/or gradual elimination. Some of the techniques may seem too easy and simple, but we've been using them successfully for years! Often, simple works best.
Each session begins with a counselling element followed by hypnosis to reinforce new changes. The majority of our clients report that the process is so much easier than anything they've tried before, and they are delighted to discover that they aren't even thinking about alcohol as much as they used to! It's simply just something they used to do.
Will You Have To Stop Drinking Completely?
The majority of our clients overcome difficulties with alcohol and go on to lead normal lives where they've regained control. Those who do have one thing in common. They address the issue with commitment and realism, they are willing to put in the work. They take responsibility for their choices, willing to openly examine them.
We bring clients from a place of mis-using alcohol to either moderation or full abstinence, depending on what is most appropriate in their life. Realistically, the goal is to allow you a life in which alcohol is no longer a negative factor. For most people this is a highly probable outcome. If you are in doubt, give us a call and we can work on this together.
Our clients in this area include senior figures in business, politics, and even home makers. They span hardened drinkers of large quantities of spirits, to people who simply cannot sleep without that bedtime glass of wine. Not every alcohol problem is life-threatening. It's a case of finding a level of comfort that you find acceptable. Many clients are in business situations in which alcohol plays a large role. There are plenty of different solutions to be found.
How Much Does It Cost? And How Long will It Take?
Due to the specialised nature of working with addictive substances, we initially charge $200 per session, and require an initial commitment 3 sessions. Once you've reduced down your usage to a more moderate level, and are in a maintenance phase, the fees will go down to our standard rates. Initially, it may seem like a large financial investment, but it is very small compared to the cost of an in-house rehab centre, which can run upwards of tens of thousands of dollars! Plus the cost of not being able to go to work for an extended time frame.
If you are a moderate user of alcohol (up to a bottle of wine per night), you could see results in as little as 3 sessions.
Heavier drinkers often require a longer period of time in which to taper down their usage and therefor more sessions are often needed.