Class 1 – Introduction and Overview of the Program
- Introduction to Hypnosis & dispelling the myths
- What to expect
- Hypnosis Session with direction suggestions for Alcohol Freedom
- Review weekly program expectations
- Setting Goals for the program
This program addresses both the conscious behavioural AND subconscious habitual factors around problem drinking. You will need to listen to a self-hypnosis recording each day and complete a series of small exercises intended to give you greater greater INSIGHT and increase your motivation and commitment.
Recordings average 12 – 20 minutes each and are very relaxing and empowering. Most of the written exercises only take about 5 minutes to complete. You are asked to redirect and restructure the time that they would normally use drinking into working the program. All in the privacy and convenience of your own home.
- Direct Suggestion – This very gentle session inspires encouragement, confidence and gets you used to the idea that life without alcohol will be pleasant, manageable and easy
- The 2 Doors – This session sets up powerful expectations for the rewards of not drinking and connects you to the unpleasant consequences of how you will feel if you drink. This session is composed of a very mild form of aversion combined with creating positive expectations for feeling confident and healthy without alcohol
- Self-Esteem Booster – It is widely held that problem drinking is as a result of low self-esteem. This session will help you improve the way you feel about yourself.
- Timeline to the Future – Forge compelling expectations by creating ‘future memories’ that make it easy for you to go through your week free from alcohol. Mental rehearsal is one of the most powerful things we can do with our minds and by rehearsing our week in advance the tendency is to naturally and effortlessly move in the ‘pre- programmed’ direction.
- Timeline to the Past – This allows you to remove the power from past memories surrounding drinking and recreate your life as though alcohol was never a problem. This is not a matter of erasing memories, rather of removing the automatic associations that hold problem drinking in place. Like a boat that is tied to the shore, this session lets you untie the rope so you can enjoy free sailing.
Life Coaching Exercises
While the recordings help you to change your habitual attachment to alcohol, the exercises help to keep you focused and on track on a conscious level and will be reviewed and used through-out the program. It is these exercises that help you to design a more fulfilling and balanced life without the need for excessive drinking.
- Preparing for Change – Assess your readiness
- Motivation to Change – What is your motivation for cutting back?
- Personal Triggers: External Triggers – What social or environmental influences trigger you to drink?
- Personal Triggers: Internal Triggers – What mental/emotional factors trigger you to drink?
- Triggers & Alternatives – Knowing what your main triggers are…how will you plan alternatives?
- Help with Cravings – Using the 5 D’s to get you over those intense moments
- Alcohol, Cravings and Blood Sugar – Some important facts about blood sugar and alcohol consumption. Learn some VERY SIMPLE steps you can take to make sure your blood sugar levels stay safe and balanced while moderating your alcohol intake.
- Where do I spend my time – An assessment of personal time-management noticing where you spend your time. This is part one of a two part exercise. Next week we will look at where you want to spend your time and setting up processes to meet these goals.