Have you ever thought to yourself – “Maybe it’s time to change my drinking habits?” April went from thinking about it to living a naked life – free of alcohol.
It’s been 6 weeks since I finished your audio book. I had been wanting to change my relationship with alcohol for a long time – years. What I wanted to change was my drinking at home alone. I went through the cycles you document, of drinking heavily, then vowing not to drink, then drinking as much or more. Like you, I was up to two bottles of wine per night. I had many crummy morning-afters and lost days as a result. I knew I was harming my body – I had had a liver function test that showed elevations consistent with heavy alcohol consumption. Though I had cut down after those results, my use quickly went back up.
I first learned of your work about 6 months ago. It frightened me. I couldn’t imagine how I would cope with my boredom and loneliness in the evenings without alcohol. Despite having many good friends and close family, I have lived alone for many years. At night, when the day’s activities were over, I would struggle emotionally. Alcohol would get me through that tough time, or so I thought, only to wake up feeling lousy and disgusted with myself and vow to not repeat it again. I might keep my vow for one night, but not more.
What pushed me to examine your work was one morning, after a bender, when I came into the kitchen and saw that there was an empty 6 pack of beer in addition to the 2 empty bottles of wine. Then I remembered that I had driven to the liquor store at some point during the evening, to pick up the beer. I was horrified. Never before had I taken such a flagrant risk. I knew I had to do something before I hit a bottom lower than any I had felt before. There was no question that the time for changing my drinking had come.
I went to Amazon and previewed your book, reading the initial chapters available for free. What I read intrigued me and some of my fear of what it was going to take to change my drinking habits alleviated. I’ve done a fair amount of research on neuroplasticity, but I had not encountered the concept of changing behavior by using the conscious mind to directly engage the subconscious. I purchased your book and downloaded the audio version.
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I decided I didn’t have time to wait for the book to arrive, so I opened the audio version and listened to the first 2 or 3 chapters. That was all it took. I agreed with what you were saying, that alcohol took more from me that it ever gave. While I had turned to it for relief, it had actually made my life worse. Moreover, I understand that my subconscious was following my internal dialogue as I listened to your book, and that it recognized the truth of what you were saying. Suddenly I knew that my struggle with drinking would be over and without any struggle.
It Was Easy
Truly, after a short dive into your material, I gave up drinking at home alone. Initially, I did feel a few impulses to go out and buy some wine. Somewhat to my surprise, it was usually when I was happy or excited about something, but I just reminded myself that doing so always made my life worse in the end. Within a week, I didn’t have those thoughts anymore. That was 6 weeks ago.
Changing My Drinking
I have never made such a significant change so easily. I have been drinking daily, alone at home, for more than 20 years. That ended, easily and without stress. I never think about getting a bottle of wine to bring home anymore.
I know about major personal transformations. In the last 14 months, I’ve lost about 65 pounds, and radically changed how I eat. That took a lot of willpower and a whole program. By contrast, changing my drinking habit of 20+ years was quick and easy. I never expected that. It’s a miracle, really.
I still consume alcohol, but only socially. Social drinking is not an area of concern for me. Maybe one day I will decide to change that too, but for now I am very happy with the place I am at.
Thank you for the work you have done and are doing, and for showing others a way to reclaim their lives. For a drinker, drinking seems like a behavior that is almost impossible to change. At least for me, a 20+ year habit evaporated almost instantaneously when I used your approach and gave my subconscious a new set of beliefs.
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