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Have you tried hypnotism/does it work?

  1. Nov 19, 2009 #1
    Have you tried hypnotism/does it work???

    I need so badly for it to work for me... I have developed a really really bad habit of................................. drunkdialing. And drunkSMSing. Otherwise, drunkE-MAILING, drunkAIMing, whatever is available. Even drunkthrowingeggsathalloween, if it counts? I just, I can't help it, it happens when Im already in another world.

    Last week I woke up with my friend giving me a horrible side eye and pointing to her cellphone. I even sent an SMS after she told me I could NEITHER calls, nor messages because she had no air time. I sent it to MY OWN HOME. Not celphone, home. And it was from a premade draft.

    Obviously, my intention is to contact *certain* guy. But its become pathological, and its out of control. Point is: hypnotism, does it work? Can I AT LEAST forget that number? Or maybe just forget that bad habit???

    Btw last week I went to see a stage hypnosis show :P it was hilarious...
     
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  3. Nov 19, 2009 #2
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    Quit drinking and take a walk in a park.
     
  4. Nov 19, 2009 #3
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    Looks like you're drunkposting.
     
  5. Nov 19, 2009 #4
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    If you have a drinking problem, see a substance abuse counsellor. Hypnosis does not work if your expectation is that you walk in and someone waves a magic wand. It does work if you use it to reinforce heavy lifting you're already prepared to put in. Stage hypnosis is different from clinical hypnosis.

    But you need a counsellor for alcohol abuse.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2009 #5
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    I have made such a big conscious effort to stop doing this. But it is just not enough, I wonder if anybody has had any experience... at least as an aid with an issue to work on... like cigarettes, stress?

    I guess in general you cant expect to have much control under the brain-toasting effects of alcohol, but I mean, poor guy! The only way he is safe is changing his number... or email, fbook account, etc. :(
     
  7. Nov 19, 2009 #6

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    Re: Have you tried hypnotism/does it work???

    I suggest that you get psychiatric counseling in addition to getting treatment for alcoholism.

    The behavior you describe is not normal or healthy and it's nothing to joke about. Seek professional help now.
     
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  8. Nov 19, 2009 #7
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    Stop drinking alcohol.
     
  9. Nov 19, 2009 #8
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    It may be part of my alcoholism but... I dont see it as a serious? Hasnt anybody had this experiences of wanting to text somebody after a few drinks?
     
  10. Nov 19, 2009 #9

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    When it's a repetitive problem that you can't control, then you have a problem. Seeking counseling can hopefully help you stop this self destructive behavior. Definitely seek help with your drinking.
     
  11. Nov 19, 2009 #10
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    If you are unable to control yourself while you are intoxicated then you should stop drinking. That will pretty much fix your problem. Even if you are not to the point of being a severe alcoholic considering the issue you are describing it seems most likely that you will become one. And while harassing some poor boy may seem silly and laughable imagine waking up to find that you just had unprotected sex with someone you don't know because you couldn't control yourself while you were drinking.

    It may not seem like these thing will happen to you but its quit possible. I have a friend who is quite intelligent a grad student. He is an alcoholic. He has cheated on multiple girlfriends while drunk. He has injured himself in many various fashions and has several permanent scars. He has set his hair on fire and laughed about it. He was kicked out of grad student housing for making too much noise, doing too much damage to the unit, pissing off all of his roomies, and having the police called on him too many times. And these are all things that happened when he still mostly had control of the issue. Currently he has a tendency to black out and wake up at bus stops and in parks not knowing what happened over the previous few days. This is a guy that you would think is a boring straight laced geek if you were to met him sober. It all started out with him occasionally doing stupid things while drunk because he couldn't control himself.

    So take the issue seriously. If you are not a religious person I would suggest asking around about a program that caters to the nonreligious because AA will probably drive you nuts and you wont get anything out of it.
     
  12. Nov 20, 2009 #11
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    The Higher Power works for me. So did a week of vomiting, and meeting the Devil. Finding the right medication for me helped too. Hanging out with a new, sober crowd. Not the least, a world-class counselor. My long time friend who first turned me on to pot had recently committed suicide. Realize your social/asocial drug rituals.

    You may be self-medicating an underlying psychiatric condition. Getting drunk to forget the irony that you're an active alcoholic? When sober, look back critically on your life. Any childhood abuse needs to be addressed by a professional. Examine your ethics. What is your purpose in life? You matter!

    Hypnotism is just part of a treatment for those willing to change and for whom it works in the first place. You will probably have to stop completely and for good all unprescribed psychoactive substances. It may be the best thing you've ever done.
     
  13. Nov 20, 2009 #12
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    I just want to say thanks to all your responses. Honestly, I never thought this would reveal I kinda may be an alcoholic. At first I thought it was just a very deep, concerning response to the situation with that guy... I just thought "no way, how can I ever control this if it lies in my sub-conscious?"

    I all my sincerity, I was considering going to a hypnotist as an alternative approach, since I think therapy would be too "deep" for just wanting to forget a guys number/not call him. But yeah. Im just so used to be adviced to "drink it off".
     
  14. Nov 20, 2009 #13
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    "Drink it off" isn't a constructive response to anything. You're getting some really strong, first-hand, personal advice from some very intelligent, caring people here who know what they're talking about. Honest and for true, I'd take to heart what they're saying.
     
  15. Nov 20, 2009 #14
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    My roommate has a very bad habit of drunk texting/phoning when he is really drunk. My friends and I have hidden his phone on a few occasions and cut him off when it gets out of hand. This last time he had a sober moment when he realized that he was not behaving in a way that he wanted. He told me that he never wants to be thought of as "that guy" at a party or get together. He is not an alchoholic, but he has tendency to binge a bit to heavily given the right (or wrong) cercumstances.

    I think that he has matured a little lately in his realization that what he was doing was something that he didn't want to define his life.

    I myself drunk tested a few times a couple years ago and the last time that I did it I kind of "spilled to beans" to a girl I had known for several years. Needless to say, I set myself up for failure right from the start. The next day I felt so pathetic that I swore off the practice altogether. I didn't talk to the girl for nearly a year as a result and that is yet another regret that I am stuck with today.

    I think the fact that you are reflecting on this while sober is a good first step, but I think that you enjoy drinking and will try to avoid the real source of the problem.

    I think you know what steps you will have to take to fix this, but are you willing to take them?
     
  16. Nov 20, 2009 #15
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    A have 2 questions that will reveal if you are an alcoholic or not.

    1. Do you drink every night/day of the week?
    2. Do you feel the need to drink in the mornings?

    If the answer is no to both of those then you aren't an alcoholic, merely an annoying bastard when drunk (which is a common side effect).

    EDIT:

    Actually i'm confused. You made 2 conflicting statements.
    may indicates you are unsure if you are.
    is more definate.

    Have you been diagnosed as having alcohol dependancy?


    Your behaviour sounds remarkably typical of a student after a night on the beer, I know I spent 5 years doing precisely that. Many Americans would consider a typical UK student's drinking habits to constitute alcoholism.
     
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  17. Nov 20, 2009 #16
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    I think that might define someone that is a alcoholic (i.e. goes to meetings), but it would not necessarily identify someone who has a problem drinking or is a problem drinker. Some people are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol. I think she would fall into that category. She enjoys drinking, but when she drinks to much she does things that she regrets. She needs to practice not drinking as much.
     
  18. Nov 20, 2009 #17
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    There are people who shouldnt drink, then there are those who are alcoholics. I edited my post above after rereading the thread.

    It's just that it does sound like typical drinking hijinks. My speciality used to be liberating road furniture, then attempitng to remember where I got it the next day to go and put it back.

    It's only realyl a problem if s/he knows s/he wants to stop, but can't. If that's the case then its deffo alcohol dependency and he should see the doc about it.
     
  19. Nov 20, 2009 #18
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    When I said "it may be part of my alcoholism but...", I thought about this possibility only after I read the posts in this thread.

    Obviously, drunktexting is pathetic. This is the first time I do this kind of things; to be fair, only after cerain event, and only towards a particular person. I think the probability of me doing that again dropped a lot within these days and even more in the next...

    I think you mean both not be able to stop drinking and/or stop texting? I do drink a lot... but I dont have to...
     
  20. Nov 20, 2009 #19
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    I mean if you have to drink, thats a problem. If you don;'t then you arent an alcoholic.

    The texting thing is juvenile, but ultimetely harmless. Stopping or reducing drinking will eliminate the texting problem.
    btw are you a student?
     
  21. Nov 20, 2009 #20
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    I havent drinked these days, probably because I am at my parents house... today I had the option to go back to the city where I go to college this weekend, but rather did not because my gf broke up with her bf... and I predict heavy drinking involved. Its sad how I fit into the category of 'that dumb age' :frown:
     
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