I was listening to the radio recently and I heard an email from a listener. The person described themselves as a "functioning alcoholic". The didn't seem to label themselves as just an "alcholic". They thought because they were going about their daily business they were "functioning". The person convinced themselves because of all the stuff they did daily it wasn't affecting them. For someone that's alcohol dependent they see their world quite literally through rose tinted glasses. The don't know or see what their work colleagues, partner or even children see.

The person went on to explain they didn't always have a drink in the morning but wouldn't go pass lunch without drink and that would continue all afternoon. The mentioned that the house couldn't be without drink. It was quite a long email and throughout the email the wording "I NEED" was said over and over.

This person was not a functioning alcoholic they were an alcoholic. This is where you're conscious and subconscious are battling with each other. The consciousness mind is you awareness at the present moment. For example, you are aware of your environment, your breathing, or the chair that you are sitting on. That's why the person thinks their are functioning. The unconscious mind forces (beliefs, patterns, subjective maps of reality) that drive our behaviours. The unconscious mind is often represented as an iceberg. Everything above the water represents conscious awareness while everything below the water represents the unconscious.

Everything you have experienced in your life is recorded in your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind doesn’t think. Your subconscious mind just reacts based on the information stored in it. Hypnotherapy can helps you turn "I NEED" to "I DON'T NEED". I combine Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy and this helps to look objectively at behaviours, thoughts and feelings.


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