The cure for Alcoholism? A French cardiologist by the name of Olivier Ameisen is claimed to have discovered the cure for alcoholism. While running his successful practice he was severely stricken by an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. He felt like imposter waiting to be unmasked and found relief in large quantities of whisky and gin.
Having spent years in clinics without success, he heard of an American man that used Baclofen for muscle spasms and found that it helped ease his addiction for cocaine. Baclofen is a powerful muscle relaxant. On further researching Baclofen, Dr Ameisen discovered this medicine had cut addiction to alcohol or cocaine in rats.
The curious Dr Ameisen began treating himself with daily doses of five milligrams of Baclofen and he found that "the first effects were a magical muscular relaxation and baby-like sleep". Almost immediately he also detected a lessening in his desire for drink. He increased his daily dosage gradually to a maximum of 270mg of Baclofen, and found that he was "cured". He continued to take 30 to 50mg a day. Dr Ameisen died in 2013 aged sixty.
A hypnotherapists Opinion
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist I haven’t studied medicine and I’m not giving any medical advice here. But I have made some observations as a hypnotherapist and here’s my opinion: Baclofen is not a cure for alcoholism, Dr Ameisen was not cured from alcoholism and it’s doubtful that any medicine can cure alcoholism. Let me explain:
Baclofen is not a cure for Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a form of self-medication. Alcoholics are just people that use alcohol to relax themselves. Swopping alcohol for Baclofen as such is not a cure; it’s just employing a different muscle relaxant. At best it’s a treatment for alcoholism and comes with side effects.
Dr Ameisen was not cured from Alcoholism
While I am pleased that Dr Ameisen found some relief from alcohol, he was still not free from it. Instead of being dependant on alcohol, Dr Ameisen became dependent on Baclofen as he continued to take 30 to 50mg a day. If he stopped taking Baclofen would he not still need alcohol? Would he have reverted back to alcohol or would he have found another substance in its place?
It’s doubtful that any medicine can cure Alcoholism
Dr Ameisen was treating the symptoms of alcoholism and not the cause of alcoholism. It’s clear that in his case at least that the cause was emotional and not physical. He felt inadequate. He felt like an imposter. These feelings caused him distress which in turn made him tense. He used alcohol or Baclofen to suppress the tension in his body. He merely suppressed the symptoms (effects) of the emotions and did not treat the emotional cause.
Dr Ameisen was a physician, and physicians are trained to treat the physical. I am sure that as long as he felt inadequate about himself he would need something to suppress the tension in his body. I don't know of any medicine that can deal with a person’s feelings of inadequacy.
Why is Analytical Hypnotherapy Different?
To outright cure alcoholism I propose two things need to be done. First, the cause of the alcoholism needs to be removed and second the habit of using alcohol has to be removed. Instead of treating the symptoms it would be far better to find the emotional cause and fix it. The emotional cause in this case was a feeling of inadequacy as described by Dr Ameisen himself. As Jung said “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Emotions are generated in the subconscious mind.
As a hypnotherapist I would have helped Dr Ameisen find the reason for this feeling. I would have helped him to become conscious of whatever made him feel inadequate at an unconscious level. I would then have helped this doctor to change this incorrect opinion of himself permanently. I would help him to feel worthy. This can only be done at a subconscious level and would lead to a more relaxed mind and body. He would have been more at peace with himself.
With his self-confidence restored I would then have spend several sessions with him helping him to remove the habit portion of drinking problem. Habits are subconscious too.
I think this method of treating alcoholism is a more permanent and satisfactory method than using medication.
Relaxation is the single greatest contributor to remaining healthy. Relaxation is the cure for stress and its stress that’s responsible for most of our illnesses.
The benefits to relaxation are well known and the ability to become relaxed and to remain relaxed is a wonderful quality that’s becoming highly sought after in our busy lives. Below is a list of sixteen benefits to being relaxed:
1. Relaxation lowers the heart rate.
2. Relaxation reduces blood pressure.
3. Relaxation slows the rate of breathing.
4. Relaxation increases blood flow to the muscles.
5. Relaxation decreases muscle tension.
6. Relaxation decreases the metabolic rate.
7. Relaxation increases energy levels.
8. Relaxation enhances sleep.
9. Relaxation improves concentration.
10. Relaxation helps with problem-solving.
11. Relaxation leads to greater efficiency.
12. Relaxation results in calmer emotions.
13. Relaxation leads to less headaches and pain.
14. Relaxation promotes immunity.
15. Relaxation improves general health.
16. Relaxation promotes longevity.
In the Western World we aren't taught to relax. Some people even feel guilty if they catch themselves relaxing.
Our world is consumer driven and to consume one must have money. Money, we are taught, doesn't grow on trees and is earned through hard work. Instead of relaxation we get caffeine in the Western World! It’s almost as if we have lost our sense of balance.
Fortunately, relaxation is natural. Like breathing, we are able to regulate our levels of relaxation. As we are easily able to increase our rate of breathing and decrease our rate of breathing at will, so we can control our levels of relaxation once we have been taught.
Relaxing is far easier done than said. Any good hypnotherapist will be able to teach you how to relax your mind and body in minutes.
Bottling up Emotions - It’s becoming increasingly obvious that emotions play a far greater role in our health, or lack of health, than originally realized by mainstream science as recently announced by Harvard and the University of Rochester which was published in the Daily Mail.
It’s not the actual emotions that do the harm; it’s the suppressing of the emotions that do the harm. All of my mentors have repeatedly drummed into me over many years:
THERE IS ONLY ONE PLACE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS CAN HARM YOU AND THAT’S WHEN THEY’RE TRAPPED INSIDE YOU!
We all intuitively know this too. Painful emotions that are not dealt with are trapped inside. At some point they will spill from the mind into the body in the form of chronic illness. There is no denying that there is a body-mind connection. The longer the emotions manifest as chronic illness in the body, the more difficult and time consuming (expensive) it is to correct the condition.
In the UK this is a far greater problem than other parts of the world. I have an Italian that will never, never, ever get cancer! When he’s feeling unhappy the whole world knows all about. I find him incredibly entertaining and his fiery purging of negativity is contagious and always ends with a good laugh. He keeps nothing bottled up and this is a good thing! Some people would argue that it’s not a good thing, perhaps, because they have to listen to someone else’s complaints. This is a very shallow argument usually offered by intolerant (scared) people that have not considered the immense cost of chronic illness to a country.
Of course in the UK it’s all about keeping your pose. Appearances are everything; “stiff upper lip” and that sort of thing. This is why the NHS is groaning under the weight of so many “complex” chronic illness cases. Of course there is nothing complex about it at all. It’s all about the non- expression of emotion. Maintaining a stiff upper lip will get you killed, but not before it’s caused you a lot of pain and suffering first.
Of course, this is all academic. Once the emotions are bottled up inside, they ARE bottled up inside. The question has to be asked, how do we fix the problem? How do we release the genie from the bottle?
I have two points to make on this:
1. See an analytical hypnotherapist. There is no effect without cause. A good analytical hypnotherapist will pin point the cause and help to nullify the offending emotion. This will stop feeding the chronic illness and allow the natural immune function to do its work and heal the body. Of course, a good physician can help immensely with the situation once the emotion has been dealt with.
2. Seek the help of an analytical hypnotherapist as soon as the problem becomes apparent! Delaying will just cause the chronic illness greater chance to take hold in the body. Have the courage to deal with the problem immediately.
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Hypnotherapy for arthritis - Most people think that arthritis is a physical illness that occurs in the body and only in the body. After years of studying consciousness and hypnosis I came to believe that this was not the case. I came to believe that arthritis had its origin in the mind and that this was the best place to treat it. Then I got arthritis myself.
In the eighteen hundreds physicians thought that hysteria was a physical disease. Patients suffered paralysis and seizures during fits of hysteria. Around this time Jean-Martin Charcot started using hypnosis to study this mysterious disease.
While Charcot never used hypnotherapy for arthritis, he did discover that he could induce the symptoms of hysteria using hypnosis. He also discovered that he could relieve the symptoms of hysteria using hypnosis. This led him to the conclusion that hysteria has an origin in the mind and not the physical body.
More specifically, Charcot came to the radical conclusion that not only was hysteria not a pathological disease but instead a disease of the mind and that this disease was caused by emotion. This has been verified by many of the world’s leading hypnotherapists based on direct personal experience with thousands of clients.
In my own practice, I have often been impressed at how rapidly symptoms of chronic illness faded once the emotional causes were addressed and corrected. I was far less impressed to discover that as a healer, I was not exempt from illness myself. Driving to work one morning I noticed that the pain in my right hand that I’d been trying to ignore for some time had reached a new level. It was now uncomfortable and painful to grip the steering wheel of my car. The time had come for me to practice hypnotherapy for arthritis on myself.
That evening on arriving home I got to work. I guided myself into hypnosis with the intention of finding the event that created the emotions causing this painful condition in my hand. I didn’t have to wait long before my subconscious mind dropped me into a scene I’d experienced as a child. My grandmother was in a lot of trouble!
My grandmother was a gentle hedonist. She lived on chocolate éclairs and cup cakes that she washed down with sugary fizzy drinks. The only thing she allowed to get in the way of all the unhealthy food was a course of at least thirty strong cigarettes a day. Of course this eventually led to obesity and emphysema. As a much loved matriarch of our large family, this caused great concern. A secret emergency family meeting was called to find a solution to this problem. As a young boy I was party to this secret meeting.
The whole family agreed; something drastic had to be done or my grandmother would die. They resolved to stop buying her unhealthy foods and cigarettes and to confiscate her ever growing stash (which she shared with me). For my grandmother’s sake, I was horrified! I knew that my family had decided a fate worse than death for my beloved grandmother. I had to warn her!
As soon as the meeting was concluded I darted to my grandmother’s room to warn her of this conspiracy. I spilled the beans and told her everything. To say she was angry would be the understatement of the decade. She was livid. Hell hath no fury like a granny without swiss roll and cigarettes. For the first time in years she got out of her chair and onto her feet unaided. She stormed down the passage into the dining room where the rest of the family were wrapping up the meeting. Things got ugly quickly. Faces turned red and words were heatedly exchanged. I disappeared into the garden while the grown-ups sorted it out.
When I eventually had the courage to return indoors, my father was waiting for me. He made it very clear very quickly that he felt betrayed by my disclosure. He made it very clear that I wouldn’t be party to anymore family meetings until I was mature enough and that he was disappointed with me. Actually, he was bitterly disappointed. I was stunned. Single handed I’d managed to upset everyone that I loved and most of all had upset my father who’d only been trying to help my sick grandmother.
As a mature man observing this scene immediately realised that the hurt of this event had led to my arthritis. I explained to the little boy that he, like everyone else, had been trying help and that his intention was good. I explained to him that children are adults without experience and it was just his lack of experience that got him into trouble. I told him that he was a good little boy for trying to help. I then explained to him that the only way to get experience is to learn from his or other peoples mistakes. I explained to the little boy that his father had spoken in the heat of the moment and didn’t mean what he said.
When the little boy realized that he was not a bad little boy and that he had not been rejected by his father he was able to forgive his father. After forgiving his father he then forgave himself. I emerged myself from hypnosis and went to bed feeling a little lighter. It was only when I got to the office the next morning that I realized that my hand had stopped hurting. It was still sensitive to the touch though and I could still feel the bumps growing on my knuckle under my skin. But the pain was gone.
Now, over a year later there is no sign that I’d ever had a problem. I no longer believe that emotions cause chronic illness in our bodies. I now know that it’s the emotions we suppress that can cause chronic illness in the body. I also know from direct personal experience that hypnotherapy for arthritis is effective.
The following are typical personality traits found in those with cancer:
1. Being highly conscientious, caring, dutiful, responsible, hard-working, and usually of above average intelligence.
2. Exhibits a strong tendency toward carrying other people's burdens and toward taking on extra obligations, and often "worrying for others."
3. Having a deep-seated need to make others happy. Being a "people pleaser" with a great need for approval.
4. Often lacking closeness with one or both parents, which sometimes, later in life, results in lack of closeness with spouse or others who would normally be close.
5. Harbours long-suppressed toxic emotions, such as anger, resentment and/or hostility. The cancer-susceptible individual typically internalizes such emotions and has great difficulty expressing them.
6. Reacts adversely to stress, and often becomes unable to cope adequately with such stress. Usually experiences an especially damaging event about 2 years before the onset of detectable cancer. The patient is not able to cope with this traumatic event or series of events, which comes as a "last straw" on top of years of suppressed reactions to stress.
7. Has an inability to resolve deep-seated emotional problems and conflicts, usually beginning in childhood, often even being unaware of their presence.
Read article here: http://www.articlesbase.com/cancer-articles/emotional-causes-of-cancer-negative-emotions-in-the-body-can-cause-cancer-very-interesting-article-906066.html
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.