Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was originally established by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1975. Their initial intention was to discover how certain individuals had become excellent communicators, and to create models of this behavior. Using these new NLP skills they went on to ‘unlock’ some of the secrets as to how we as individuals create our own behavior.
They initially studied Milton Erikson, Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir, although many others have contributed to its growth over the years.
Neuro Linguistic Programming is an uncommon treatment for alcoholism however when used properly the results can be outstanding. I’m a master practitioner of this discipline and have achieved many successes in the field of alcoholism recovery using this skill as part of my client’s treatment.
In the UK there is a lot of government funding available for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for addiction. Having studied and used both NLP and CBT I have to say that CBT has little to offer in comparison with the power of NLP.
Many believe that drinking is a learned response to personal problems. Whether that is true or not (I actually believe this definition omits an important part which is the genetic predisposition towards addiction) it is true that the alcoholic will likely have quite a few personal problems once they have developed an alcohol addiction. If these personal issues are not dealt with then relapse becomes more likely.
To use Neuro-Linguistic Programming as part of a wider recovery program makes sense. A word of warning here though, NLP on it’s own is unlikely to break a long term addiction such as alcoholism – beware of those who would claim otherwise. The alcoholic did not develop their problem overnight – the solution to their addiction won’t be instant either I’m afraid.
I use Hypnotherapy too as one of the tools in my recovery program. One of the beauties of NLP however is that unlike hypnosis you don’t need to induce a trance like state or altered state of consciousness to use it.
Part of the science of NLP is looking at and understanding how we create the behavior we demonstrate. Once the process for creating our behavior is identified we can then work on changing this process to achieve a different result.
Simply put I am able to help people change their behavior by changing the way they have previously created it using NLP techniques.
NLP techniques are useful for clearing up the past, accepting the reality of the present and installing positive goals for the future. It is important that the motivation to work towards these goals is also installed.
Finding the right practitioner for you is an important aspect for overcoming an addiction to alcohol when using Neuro linguistic programming.
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I am pleased to say that as a result of the success I am having with clients who have alcoholism problems, I am very busy. The down side of this is that I have to limit the number of new cases I take on each month. Contact me anyway, if I can help then I will.
How To Find A Good Practitioner
The first thing you should look for in a practitioner is the certification and experience. In my opinion (and experience) the best practitioners will be certified by the ABNLP (American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming).
In addition to the certification, practitioners should have experience of working with people who have alcohol addictions specifically. I’m afraid being an NLP practitioner is not enough, this is a complex and specialist field which requires a specialist knowledge.
You should also feel comfortable working with your practitioner. If the person is someone who makes you nervous or uncomfortable, you won’t have an effective experience in your sessions, and you won’t get the help you need in battling alcoholism.
If you want to stop drinking, you can find remarkable success with the techniques used in Neuro linguistic programming. With the help of a good specialist practitioner, you can finally be free of alcohol and be able to return to a happy, healthy, and alcohol-free life.
As a side note, if you are based in the UK and wish to become qualified in NLP then I recommend Inspire360. Although I am no longer a director of this company (due to my ever increasing workload!) I know Ewan and Joanne very well and have no hesitation in recommending them, and their company, to you.
They can be found at: http://www.inspire360.co.uk/