One More Trip Before the Betty Ford
May 23, 2017
I had a large hypnotherapy practice in Nashville for 27 years. During that time I helped many people with different kinds of addictions, sleep issues, and anxiety find relief and freedom. I discovered early on as a clinical hypnotist that most of my clients were going to be on the road to quitting smoking or losing weight. These two categories are the two tops for every clinical hypnotist.
You could tell this by the parking area around my house, constantly littered with cigarette butts. You would have thought that I was out all night smoking or going out for frequent cigarette breaks throughout the day. But, no, it was not me. It was those clients looking for their final puff before they quit smoking for good. Was it worth it? The bigger question: Did it help or hinder the process of going into an office stinking like a bar and asking for help?
I hate the smell of cigarette smoking. I have hated it since my father and mother would trap 6 kids in the car in the middle of winter in Pennsylvania with the windows closed and both were smoking a cigarette. Of course, no one knew in the 60s and 70s, except the big tobacco companies, that nicotine would cause so many deaths from lung cancer. For some reason, I knew it subconsciously that it was causing me a death of some sort. I couldn’t breath and had bad allergies and was sick almost constantly from colds and the like.
“One last hurrah!” If you knew that you were going to the Betty Ford to quit your usage of heroin, would you take the night before to have one last drug addled night? What if… what if you used too much heroin and had an overdose right before you took that final step to heal your sorry ass? Do you know how many times that actually happens to people? The “Washington Post” says that 100 people die a day from drug overdose.
Since it’s my last time, let me just do a little more, add a few more glasses of wine or shots of whiskey to the high to see how it feels. Then, the swirl of red lights fills the room and you hear whispers of medics talking, then silence… What if you don’t wake up?
Of course, no addict thinks about anything but their next fix when they are getting high or thinking about getting high. So, what does it matter, really? Do you know how many people start the process of getting sober from drugs and alcohol and never follow through? Out of 4500 people, 25% will last a year, 14% will last 5 years and only 6.9% will go the distance, reports Psychology Today. That’s not a very high resolve. Yet, Alcoholics Annonymous is still considered to be the best in helping addicts overcome addiction. The best is still only helping 7% on the long term.
So, what is happening to those people who never make it through the process over the long-haul. I have had many friends over the years start to drink after 20-30 years of sobriety. What do you think happens when they start to drink again? Do you think that after all these years of seeing the damage addiction does it helps them stop the urge to over do it and drink socially? Hell, no! These people often become worse than before and often OD or end up in ditches dead.
Addiction is deadly. I’m not sure why I’m writing about this today, but someone needs to hear this. Someone out there has a friend, has a relative, is that person who is struggling and needs to hear that there is only one way to health: COMPLETE ABSTINENCE.
You are like the patient with a terrible heart condition that cannot have salt or your arteries will hard and you’ll die. You simply can’t ingest alcohol. This is a disease, a terrible one and I’m sorry you’re dealing with it. But only one person can say NO, and that person is you!
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