Angela popped in to see me here at Central Hypnotherapy for a session to quit drinking. Not everyone who comes here about alcohol wants to stop completely and that's fine because we can also cut back, but she wanted to get rid of the habit. Now, some people will tell you that compulsive habitual drinking is an addiction - that regular heavy drinkers are 'dependent' or 'can't manage without it'. For so it appears!
So anyway, Angela had just one session with me on the 8th of July, during which we had a chat about hypnotherapy, her particular drinking habit and the history of it for about an hour, then she put her feet up and did nothing for a bit whilst I explained a few things to the part of her brain which controls all habitual behaviour. She also adopted exactly the right attitude to the whole procedure: quite happy for it to be successful and looking forward to her freedom and new healthy lifestyle. Then off she went on her merry way.
On the 12th of July I got the following text message (full permission obtained to reproduce this here of course):
"Hi Chris it's Angela, came to see u thurs with my drinking prob? Well a miracle has happened and I haven't touched a drop, my mind is as happy and clear as I could ever imagine, diet started today with excitement instead of dread ha ha thank u so much! I know its early days but I feel very positive about my future. I have passed ur number 2 a couple of people thank u once again, regards Angela"
A few days later I sent Angela a message asking if I could add the comments above to the testimonials on my website, because I never do that without permission, and I assured her I would change the name to ensure confidentiality. This was her response (16th July):
"Hi Chris, I still haven't touched a drop? I'm so refreshed and optimistic I can't tell u, my diet is so easy as I'm not craving the alcohol, I count the days down normally whilst im dieting wishing for the end of the week so i can break the diet and have a drink, it just isnt there since seeing you, my target for a tiny treat is 28th August as im going to town with all my friends to watch the gay parade, wow that would be nearly 6 weeks since coming to you! Yes certainly you can pass my texts on, chris im not ashamed what ive done, was in a rut that i just carried on and on with, on a track to nowhere, whats done is done, the only thing i can say to anybody in the same situation is - what have u got to lose?? I want to come back just to get that feeling i had when i left your office again...FREEDOM. I mean that from the bottom of my liver ha ha ha, you can use my name im proud that I had the courage to face my demon, regards, Angela Mancini, there you go my full name ha ha"
One happy bunny, I think you'll agree. Angela, I'm very proud of you too.
One session, folks. That's all it was. It's not an addiction, it's a compulsive habit. Now it's gone. And if it ever comes back, I'll be happy to get rid of it again. By the way, that's the longest text message I ever got but I could read it over and over again because what it really demonstrates is the difference between trying to quit anything the hard way - or diet - and what happens when you come to Central Hypnotherapy! Why do it the hard way?
My name's Chris, by the way. Call me any time - you too could be feeling the way Angela does very soon. Or if you don't want to quit drinking altogether but just want to cut down a bit, that's okay as well - after all, that's what we do with food in the weight loss sessions. It's entirely up to you!
0161-474-8120 or call/text Chris directly on 07748 838 644 any day, any time.
Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes BA(Hons) HPD DipCAH is a Senior Registered Hypnotherapy Practitioner (General Hypnotherapy Register) and has been providing effective and confidential hypnosis and hypnotherapy services at Central Hypnotherapy for Stockport, Manchester, Tameside and Cheshire since August 2000.