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'Overcoming Addictions Through Hypnosis' by Bernhard Tewes

Bernhard, a licensed hypnotherapist, is the founder of HypnoBox (a self-hypnosis app) and the Kiez Hypnosis Practice in Berlin. In his practice, he uses innovative hypnotherapy and somatic therapy methods to work with patients suffering from anxiety/panic disorders, sleep disorders, addictions, traumas, and other emotional issues. Bernhard is also a speaker, mentor, and trainer in the international world of hypnosis.

If someone had told me ten years ago that I would sacrifice my career to become a therapist, I wouldn't have believed them. Before finding my true calling in hypnotherapy, I pursued a career at Stuttgart's Mercedes-Benz Museum. Little did I know that my path would take an unexpected turn, leading me to confront anxiety, panic attacks, sleeping disorders, smoking addiction, and alcohol abuse.

Conquering Smoking and Drinking:

I faced a fight against addiction on two fronts. I had smoked for 16 long years, and alcohol had become my way to manage and escape from emotional pain. As time passed, the harmful effects of these destructive habits began to wear me down, affecting my body and mind. And by that time, I had chronic gastritis, which was sometimes so bad that I couldn’t even brush my teeth in the mornings without retching.

Desperate for a solution, I tried everything possible to break free from my addictions. I read books, tried relying on willpower alone, and sought help wherever possible. Sometimes I succeeded, but stress invariably seemed to push me back into my old habits.

Discovering Hypnotherapy and Sobriety:

Then, something incredible happened. I met a hypnotherapist (who moved into my house), and we started discussing hypnosis and its power to affect change. Intrigued, I decided to try it. I was at my breaking point, especially when my chronic gastritis became unbearable. But I felt if I could overcome that physical issue, I could overcome anything.

After only one session with the hypnotherapist, I stopped smoking. It was mind-blowing. After that hour, I never needed another cigarette. Encouraged by this success, I also turned to hypnotherapy to tackle my drinking problem. I embraced a life of sobriety and dedicated myself to learning more about hypnotherapy.

I traveled the world to undergo various trainings and became a hypnotherapist myself. I opened my practice(Kiez Hypnose) in Berlin, where I could help others break free from addiction. But I didn't want to stop there—I wanted to reach even more people. And that's why I created HypnoBox (a self-hypnosis app with over 600 sessions) to help others overcome bad habits, sleep better, manage stress, and more.

Throughout this journey, I discovered the incredible power of our subconscious minds. Our addictions and bad habits don't define us; they are symptoms of deeper emotional wounds. And with hypnotherapy, we can heal and transform those wounds.

Embracing Self-Hypnosis:

So, now that I have your attention, here are some straightforward instructions on self-hypnosis to stop drinking if you’re willing to give it a try:

  1. Set your intention: Clearly define your goal of overcoming your drinking habit and understand why it is crucial for your happiness and well-being.

  2. Find a peaceful space: Create a calm and distraction-free environment where you can relax and concentrate.

  3. Relax and breathe deeply: Take slow, deep breaths, allowing your body and mind to enter a state of deep relaxation. You can practice techniques (such as progressive muscle relaxation or visualization exercises) to help you unwind.

  4. Enter a trance state: Utilize self-hypnosis techniques to reach a state of deep relaxation and heightened suggestibility. Repeat positive affirmations related to stopping drinking, visualize yourself free from the urge to drink, or listen to self-hypnosis recordings designed for overcoming alcohol addiction.

  5. Affirmations and suggestions: In that trance state, repeat positive statements and suggestions reinforcing your commitment to stop drinking. Use empowering language that strengthens your determination to change, such as "I am in control of my choices," "I am free from the desire to drink," or "I embrace a healthier and sober lifestyle."

  6. Visualize success: Imagine yourself successfully breaking free from the habit of drinking. Visualize itspositive effects on your life, such as improved health, stronger relationships, increased self-confidence, and greater overall well-being. See yourself engaging in fulfilling activities that bring you joy and fulfillment without the need for alcohol.

  7. Practice regularly: Dedicate a specific time each day to engage in self-hypnosis to stop drinking. Consistency is essential for creating lasting change. Make it a priority, and integrate it into your daily routine.

Remember, that self-hypnosis serves as an addition to the process of quitting drinking, complementing your commitment and efforts to change.

That was my journey of overcoming addictions through hypnotherapy. I'm passionate about sharing this transformative tool with others. And I enjoy helping them unlock their true potential and embark on their journeys toward sobriety and self-discovery. We all deserve a life filled with health, joy, and fulfillment.

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