Your Way to independence from alcohol
The systemic-autoregulative therapy of alcohol addiction
In the conventional therapy of alcohol dependency the absolute abstinence is still presupposed at the start of therapy. The affected person must thus provide “what is actually the result of the therapy actually” to the result “in advance”. A huge hurdle, which seems to many people affected by their usually long-term dependence as insurmountable. The consequence is that a high number of sufferers do not consider the therapy either very late, or even worse at all. Another complicating factor is that the majority of those affected do not want to be abstinent forever. For a time perhaps, but rarely for the rest of life. Most of the time the affected persons would rather be able to learn a moderate, harmless treatment with the alcohol. The question of personal identification with the therapeutic goal is very important for the long-term success of the therapy. In many places, however, the victims are still being told that alcoholism is incurable and abstinence is the only way to get the disease under control.
Even in the positive case, when the abstinence is begun and persisted for the duration of the therapy, the affected persons are then confronted again with their problems in their life every day and quickly fall back into old behavioral patterns. They also encounter their usual social environment, which is generally not non-alcoholic. They feel there “outed” as alcoholics and stigmatized. Abstinence is not really elected by the affected “voluntarily” but taken rather than “last option” or “emergency brake” grudgingly accepted. But with a pulled brake it is obviously difficult to go through life. This involuntary form of abstinence is internally ambivalent, rather fragile, and the probability of relapse is quite disheartening. The statistics show that the majority of the affected persons, about 90%, return again at the latest in the second year of their abstinence. Furthermore, the experience teaches that the affected persons return to their old high alcohol levels even after years of abstinence. Abstinence brings alcohol to a standstill for a while, but can not cure it.
More modern forms of therapy, which no longer ignore these considerable limitations of abstinence therapy, work to reduce the amount of alcohol added in the sense of damage avoidance by means of “planned” drinking. This is the case for many affected persons, since only a few of them voluntarily strive for a abstinent life. “Controlled drinking” (CT) or reduction therapies, which are gradually becoming less and less drunk, are such forms of therapy. These are certainly far closer to the needs and possibilities of those affected than the abstinence therapy relapse dangers. The problem of these approaches is that the control of the drinking amount is purely rational “over the head” and not intuitive, out of the body feeling. However, as every person affected can confirm from his / her daily life, the control of the drinking quantity is beyond any rational consideration. That’s why it’s out of control. Knowledge alone does not change very much. Drinking plans and drinking records are tools that require constant consistency and discipline. These, however, are requirements which unfortunately can not be reconciled with a modern, relaxed and informal way of life. But they also do not have to, because not the ratio, but rather the own body perception plays the essential role in self-regulation. However, this was not the subject of the therapeutic methods mentioned so far.
This is exactly where our “Intensiv-Therapy-Method” sets in. This process consists of two components, an easy-to-follow drinking rule and an explanatory model for the development of alcohol consumption. Intensiv-Therapy-Method does not limit the amount of alcohol consumed daily but specifies an individual percentage limit on the alcohol content and rules for consuming the beverage. Intensiv-Therapy-Method acts purely autoregulatively, which means that the drinking quantity is reduced by itself over the weeks. There are no drinking plans, no drinking records and no targets. The progress is always quite individual, but nevertheless very steady in most cases. The amount consumed is usually extremely reduced after only a few weeks. Because there are no fixed specifications for the drinking quantities, the affected person can learn the regulation and therefore get the control back again: Self-regulation can only be relearned, though may be regulated itself!
The associated explanatory model provides a very important tool, a kind of internal compass, which can be used as a measure of change and constant orientation, the so-called “Intoxication entry point”. Those affected are characterized by the fact that they have forgotten or dissociated the feeling for this point over the years of drinking. Consequently, they lack the means to regulate alcohol consumption. By drinking according to the Intensiv-Therapy-Method– drink rule, the “Intoxication entry point” is again “re-sensitized”, and the person concerned learns to control the amount of alcohol added to himself, purely intuitively. As for those who are not affected, it is again possible for the person concerned to consciously decide whether or not they want to exceed the “Intoxication entry point” in one day. If one remains in his drinking behavior usually before the “Intoxication entry point” (rare exceptions are expressly allowed) there is no danger again to be affected by an alcohol dependency. A person is (no matter what occasion he drinks) then alcohol-dependent, when he drinks too long, too often, and too much alcohol, that means that if the phase is too long in life, where the Intoxication entry point is regularly exceeded. As in other areas of perception, a constant exceeding of physical or mental limits triggers dissociation processes (= detachment); The perception is restricted to a “no longer feel”. The healing here always consists in the “re-sensitization” of this split-off perception, as in our case the “Intoxication entry point”. Those who are not affected obviously know this point intuitively, as can be quickly determined after a short survey.
Intensiv-Therapy-Method stands out against the conventional therapy methods by the following characteristics:
Systemic – Systemics does not forbid anything, but it gives things a new framework and tries to integrate “healthy”. Alcohol is not a salvation, but it is not a devil. There can be a proper place for it in life. You can drink alcohol without having to be controlled by it. Systemically paradoxical, the change really begins incredibly: “Drink as much as you want!“
Targeted open – First of all, the dependence is eliminated by drinking according to the method (which takes about 1 year, varies individually). Afterwards, the person concerned can freely decide whether he wants to continue drinking according to the method, whether he wants to be abstinent, or whether he wants to practice the “normal” health-friendly drinking. This question can indeed be answered only outside of an existing dependency, since it requires free will.
Low threshold – Abstinence and the threatening final farewell to the alcohol usually make the person concerned and afraid. Intensiv-Therapy-Method however, neither requires abstinence, nor necessarily has it as the goal. It can be as much drunk as the person concerned wants it or as much as he needs. The entry into the therapy falls comparatively easy.
Autoregulativ – There is no drinking plans, no drinking protocols, no external control, no pressure to succeed. A single drinking rule must be followed, and the reduction of the daily amount of alcohol is certain “by itself”. The body regulates from the inside without the need for “headwork”.
Curing – Intensiv-Therapy-Method has the goal of complete cure of alcoholism. “Unplanned abstinent days” creep in over time applying the method and are increasingly frequent until they eventually make up the overwhelming majority of the day. The affected person notes it out of himself when the healing process is complete!
Checkable – The rupture point enters again into the body feeling of the affected person. This alone gives the person concerned the safety to stop in time and always have the free decision. As long as this is sensed and not easily passed again daily or weeks long, the affected person will not be alcohol-dependent again. Individual overruns do not hurt as long as they remain rare.
Sustained – The often so cursed memory of addiction – after carrying out the method it finally works for the person concerned and no longer against him! The sustainability of the method is the proof of a genuine healing process.
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