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Alcohol Cessation script for use with the Delight Plus or Kasina Light and Sound Mind Machines

Alcohol Cessation script for use with the Delight Plus or Kasina Light and Sound Mind Machines

 

Individuals suffering from alcohol dependency oftentimes need assistance with their self-esteem and confidence. Think about what you succeed at, and have an anchor for positive feelings with a physical response, like squeezing your hand into a fist or tightening then relaxing your shoulders. This will help to direct attention away from internal thoughts (brain chatter) and empower you with positive feelings. Do this while listening to the following script while simultaneously running an alpha or theta light and sound session on your Delight Plus or Kasina brainwave frequency stimulation mind machine. Be sure to record this script in your own voice as your mind is more prone to listen to your voice moreso than that of someone else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You have been acting and feeling in ways that have taken you away from your own, natural self for a very long time. You have relied more and more on alcohol to help you through the negative feelings which you’ve been experiencing for too long, and you have done so to such a degree that you find yourself denying your self of your own true feelings.

Nobody feels on top of the world all the time and there will be days that could be better for you. It is only by experiencing the lows in life that you can really enjoy and appreciate the highs. Denying your feelings with alcohol does not solve a thing, it just makes things worse, which is why you have now decided that you have had enough of drinking alcohol and you really want help.

Focus now on an area of your life that makes you happy, that is enjoyable for you to remember, like an achievement you accomplished or praise you received. And when that feeling comes to you smile. Now feel it totally and completely, feel it mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually and notice how you feel inside: proud, confident and happy. Allow those good feelings to grow stronger, while you relax, and just let go. When those good feelings are filling you anchor those good feelings by touching your index finger and thumb of your dominate hand, breathe deeply and squeeze your finger and thumb together while your subconscious mind commits those good feelings to memory and anchors it in. Whenever you want to feel this way, all you need to do is take a long, deep breath and touch your index finger and thumb together and feel the negative feelings disappear, replaced with a sense of pride, accomplishment and peace.

Now imagine being in a situation where you would usually reach for your first drink of alcohol. Notice where you are, what you are doing, who is with you or if you are alone. Picture the scene and remember it in as much detail as possible. Notice the feelings inside you as you reach for that first drink and imagine yourself touching your index finger and thumb together. Take a deep breath and as you exhale feel the need and desire for that drink to disappear and be replaced with a sense of pride, accomplishment and peace. Remember those good, confident, positive thoughts and sensations, and realize the power of being in charge and saying “No thank you, I don’t drink.”

You feel good. It feels great to be confident and in charge, and to know that you are free from that old, addictive way of life. Free from that depressing burden of having to drink alcohol, free to get on with your beautiful life, to experience the highs, as well as the lows, knowing this helps you to really appreciate when things get better.

Now think of an alternative activity to do. Change your routine. It doesn’t matter what activity it is as long as it’s a break from what you would usually do. You are changing. Your way of thinking and acting is improving. You are in command, you are taking charge, you are in control of your life. You are free from the addictive way that alcohol affects your life. Yes, there will be moments when you feel pain and anxiety, but these moments will get less as time passes, and you will once again begin to really appreciate the pleasurable things in life, the little things that make you smile and feel good. Simply breathe deeply and touch your index finger and thumb together, and smile.”

Light, Sound & Script for Alcohol Addiction

Light, Sound & Script for Alcohol Addiction

In your own voice record the following script and play back while simultaneously experiencing a light and sound mind machine brainwave frequency session targeting the theta or alpha and theta brainwave state of consciousness:

“You enjoy your light and sound session and are relaxed now, and because you are so relaxed you begin to feel free from all stress, anxiety and fear. You now realize that you are more confident and sure of yourself because you have taken the enormous first step toward helping free yourself from alcohol.

You begin to feel this power from within, motivating you to overcome any and every obstacle that may stand in the way of your happiness, social life and home life.

You will find that from this moment on you are developing more self control. You will now face every situation in a calm, relaxed state of mind. Your thinking is very clear and sharp at all times.

You begin to feel that your self respect and confidence are expanding more and more each and every day in every way. You now realize that in the past drinking was an escape and weakness that you are replacing with confidence, strength and self control. You are becoming a happy person now, with a positive attitude toward life. You are succeeding now, and you have all the abilities for success.”

 

Protecting Your Sobriety Against Relapse

Protecting Your Sobriety Against Relapse

 

Changing the way you think about alcohol and learning to move beyond thoughts of having another drink is one of the hardest modifications to behavior an addict must face. Tools are needed.

One of the most important tools for any recovering alcoholic is a mind machine. It will help reinforce your motivation to quit drinking. With a light and sound mind machine a recovering alcoholic can access their beta, alpha, theta and delta brainwave states of mind. During a mind machine session the user can experience what it is like to be in a deeply relaxed mental, emotional and physical state of awareness. In turn, when a light and sound mind machine session is unavailable, remembering how you felt during a light and sound session will prove immensely beneficial. Simply take two or three deep breaths, release slowly as you do, and you will find your mind automatically relaxes.

Find a mind machine that meets your particular needs. Mindmachines range in cost from under $200 to over $500. Cost does not equate to being better, only having more bells and whistles. Check out the DAVID Delight, Delight Plus or Delight Pro by Mind Alive. These brain machines offer everything a recovering alcoholic needs for preventing relapse.

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The DAVID Delight Light and Sound Mind Machine for Memory Improvement.

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DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro Mind Machine including CES

If you are skeptical about this approach or have questions regarding the use of mind machines for the purpose of relapse prevention, contact Michael Landgraf at Mindmachines.com. Michael has been a sober alcoholic for over 30 years and can assist you in determining which light and sound mind machine will best meet your needs and budget.

 

30 years of sobriety

Today, July 10th, I celebrate 30 years of sobriety. It is an accomplishment I never thought possible. I feel the two main reasons for my success are believing in the Serenity Prayer and using my mind machine. The first helped me focus on staying in the moment and the second enabled me to calm down and relax. For those of you who, like me, have an addictive personality please visit Mindmachines.com then get your butt to an AA meeting. Life does get better!

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Copyright: Michael Landgraf (CA) 2015. All rights reserved.

 

Get Off Drugs & Alcohol with CES

Get Off Drugs & Alcohol with CES

 

CES stands for Cranial-Electro-Stimulation. Over the years CES has been used by individuals who are trying to end their drug and/or alcohol addictions. It has proven effective as an adjunctive modality to professional medical treatment and counseling, often serving as a tool for at-home use while receiving out-patient addiction treatment.

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CES has helped thousands of addicts overcome their habit. Clinical research over the past 50 years has shown that CES quiets the mind, boosts ability to relax, helps with sleep and improves mental clarity. These four benefits are extremely important for the prevention of drug and alcohol relapse.

 

The most popular and effective CES machine is the Oasis Pro by Mind Alive, Inc. The Oasis Pro comes complete with: Stimulus Cable with Earclips, Carry case, 9-Volt Alkaline Battery and Comprehensive Operator’s Manual. The Oasis Pro runs on battery power only, no AC Adapter required, making it your ideal portable relapse prevention companion.

Oasis CES Pro

Oasis CES Pro

The Oasis Pro has several optional features to enhance your CES experience, and Mind Alive, Inc. has included Oasis Pro technology into their light and sound mind machines, particularly the Delight Pro and for those with PTSD, ADD and ADHD the Alert Pro. All three mind machines are on sale at Mindmachines.com, including free Fedex 2 Day delivery for orders shipping to the United States and Canada.

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro Mind Machine including CES

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DAVID-ALert-Pro-Mind machine with CES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The “Half Beer Buzz” for Sober Alcoholics

The “Half Beer Buzz” for Sober Alcoholics

 

Ever have a thought about feeling like a beer just pop into your mind? That used to be called stinking thinking. Can’t do it. Forgetaboutit. Move on.

 

Then I met “Ben”. Ben has been sober almost as long as I have (30 years) and even though we are sober alcoholics our conversations always include reminiscing about drunken times. We both end up wondering how we managed to stay alive. Most sober alcoholics can relate to that.

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Well, for several years Ben has been on a quest to find a non-alcohol, non-drug method for generating that blissful sensation when drinking that first half of beer. He figured that if there were something that could duplicate that first half a beer feeling then there would be no need to drink. Sounded logical.

 

Ben found the way. He uses CES. That’s short for Cranial-Electro-Stimulation. Ben recommends the Oasis Pro by Mind Alive, Inc. It’s a small little technical marvel that generates pulsed brainwave frequencies via two earclips that go on dry. No paste or saline solution necessary.

Oasis CES Pro

Oasis CES Pro

 

The Oasis Pro contains several pulsed brainwave frequencies, including a 100Hz setting. But Ben found that the Oasis Pro’s sub-Delta session (ramping between .5Hz to 3Hz) set at one-half the duty cycle completes his quest. Ben has found a healthy substitute for achieving that “Half Beer Buzz”.

 

 

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You Must WANT to Change

You Must WANT to Change

 

Light and sound brainwave frequency stimulation opens a door in your mind that is full of realizations about yourself, regardless of externally hearing about things you NEED to change until you are both deaf and numb, rather the realization you must WANT to change for whatever it is to happen happens. You must WANT change to happen. Regular use of light and sound sessions offer you continued inner-realization of your desired WANT with improved self-generated motivation and positive inner-reinforcement as benefits.

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Light and sound can help you succeed in change. To succeed you should concentrate on a plan for achieving what you WANT. You want to be calm and focused when mentally formulating your plan, which is what a light and sound alpha/theta brainwave session does. The clearer more focused your mind is, the better your plan should be.

 

Light and sound brainwave frequency stimulation can help maintain your achievement through continued use. Primarily use light and sound mindmachine sessions in the alpha and theta range. But don’t just use any session in these brainwave states, choose sessions that have been researched and proven beneficial. Sessions that have been proven to do what they were designed to do and documented as such in the medical and educational fields are the types of sessions to look for. The DAVID Delight Pro by Mind Alive and sold through MindMachines.com is the prefect example of owning a light and sound mind machine that contains sessions that have been fully researched and proven effective.

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro Mind Machine including CES

 

Change is hard but with a mind machine as your tool you can increase your chances of making the change you desire and maintain your achievement throughout your lifetime.

 

This is what light and sound brainwave frequency stimulation has done for me. I have been sober since July 10, 1985.

 

Copyright: Mindmachines.com (2015) Granada Hills, CA. All rights reserved.

 

How to use a Light & Sound Mind Machine for the Treatment of Addiction Relapse Prevention

In the first article about addiction relapse prevention treatment I described why a recovering addict should utilize a light and sound mind machine. Now I will describe how a recovering addict should use a pulsed light and sound mind machine as a modality for preventing addictive relapses.

This is with the understanding that the addict has sought medical treatment, graduated from a rehabilitation center or is regularly attending AA, NA or other meetings that deal with their personal addiction. It is also understood that only those who have the personal desire and motivation to kick their addiction(s) are those who stand the best chance of conquering their problem.

As an addict, you obviously understand that only a small percentage of individuals have the chance of living addiction free for the remainder of their life. I have heard about addiction centers claim 80% to 100% success rate. My question to those who make such claims is: ?Is that immediately upon their clients graduating from their programs?? or ?Have these centers conducted follow-ups with their graduates 5, 10, 15 years after graduating to see if their previous clients are still addiction free?? I do not believe in such claims. They are outrageous. Relapse happens and it is not the lack of therapy or information provided by the medical community or help groups, it is the fact that addicts may revert to their old ways, for any number of reasons.

Using a light and sound mind machine should help you deal with the thoughts, impulses and urges of reverting back to your addictive behaviors. I recommend the DAVID Delight Pro by Mindalive. This mind machine is designed to help you relax, focus on the moment, and alleviate unnecessary brain chatter that can lead to stinking thinking. That may be an old term, but it is and will always be relevant.

Before embarking on your personal journey of using the Delight Pro, write down what you want to achieve: your goals and why they are important to you. Create a simple plan for realizing these goals. Remember: baby steps. Don?t make things difficult; don?t create goals that are unrealistic. Keep things simple! And keep what you?ve written close to your mind machine. It?s a good idea to make a copy of what you?ve written and keep it in your wallet or purse and refer to it when you feel the need to review it. I did. It acts like a booster; a reminder of what is important to you when doing a light and sound session is unavailable.

You do not need to do a session every minute of the day. As you use your mind machine you will soon realize what works best for you. Think of it this way: every one is different; every one is affected differently by outside events. What will work best for one individual may not work as well for you. So be aware of your mental, emotional and physical states and decide what is best for you. Some people listen to a session for 60 minutes a day. Some do a short 15 to 20 minute session a day, sometimes twice, other times once; it?s your decision. But when you do experience a session, focus on the words you wrote, the things you wish to achieve, the things you could not possibly achieve if you were still an addict and not recovering.

When using the Delight Pro, start with session 3, the Alpha Relaxer, in the Meditation category. Use this session for a week. Then move on to session 4, Schumann Resonance and session 5, Theta, for another week to two, your choice. Now move on to the Feeling Better category. Experience all five of those sessions over the next few weeks. You should feel less anxiety, a greater sense of relaxation, begin to sleep better and you should notice a profound decrease in negative brain chatter. As you progress, utilize sessions 3 and 4 in the Energize category and sessions 2 and 3 in the Brain Brightening category. There is no set timetable for utilizing each specific session, rather, proceed with what you feel to be comfortable. There is no rush to experience them all at once. Just relax, focus on the words you?ve written while experiencing each session, and allow yourself to be patient.

When doing a session, keep the brightness of the lights low with your eyes closed. The more you experience sessions, your eyes will build tolerance to the brightness and you may increase the intensity. But always keep the brightness at a comfortable level. Brighter is not better or more effective. The same applies to the audio volume. Keep the sound of the pulsed audio beats just below the threshold of your hearing. Just like the light intensity, audio volume at a low, comfortable level is best. Having the volume set high does not make it any better or any more effective. For a complete understanding of how best to use a mindmachine and to learn how to maximize your session experiences, read the easy-to-understand ebook ?Mind States / An Introduction to Light & Sound Technology?. The last chapter of ?Mind States? contains a 30-Day Journal for you to write down your reactions to the sessions you have just listened to. It is of immense value for looking back and seeing the chances that have been occurring to you as you progress from day one to day thirty. You should be amazed at the subtle changes that have occurred to your mental, emotional and physical states of being. Use it? you’?ll be thankful you did!

Addiction Relapse Treatment Prevention

What makes my opinion about addiction relapse treatment prevention any more meaningful than those on staff at rehabilitation centers? I’ve been there. I am an alcoholic. I have been sober since July 10th, 1985.

That anniversary means more to me than my actual birthday. And I am proud of my 25+ years of sobriety, but every time I think of that accomplishment, every time I tell vodka you are just a part of my past, a part of me feels sad. Sad for the friends that went through rehab with me and are no longer here to share mutual joy and tremendous relief for getting that devil of a monkey off our backs.

Yes, even today those stinking thoughts still hit me out of nowhere, and although I reject such thoughts, they are an involuntary occurrence that makes me think “where the hell did that thought come from?” After 25+ years of sobriety, they still happen, albeit less frequently, and I now know those thoughts will always crop up. It’s just the way it is.

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When I went through rehab, twelve of us were going to graduate within days of each other. We felt a common bond, a camaraderie that we all wanted to have continue past our stay at the rehab. Within months, literally, ten of those graduates stopped communicating with Debra and me. Two had died, eight reverted to their old ways. Soon after, Debra disappeared, having kept her return to alcohol a secret. I was the only remaining sober graduate. What made me the fortunate graduate? What caused me to succeed when all my beloved rehab companions failed?

It wasn’t the rehab center! My counselor said I’d receive a follow-up call in 6 months, again at my one year anniversary, then again after two years. She never called, no one from that center called. It made me feel like they didn’t care. They appeared only to be concerned with in-house patients because that’s where the money is. Heck, at least with a follow-up phone call I could have been a statistic. And a positive statistic at that!

So what did I do differently than my companions once we were back in society, trying to build a new life? I was the only one who utilized a light and sound instrument. An InnerQuest IQ-III to be exact. Bless the late Rob Robinson for having his products available! I firmly believe having a light and sound mind machine at my immediate disposal for use when those ‘bad thoughts’ started infiltrating my mind, my thought processes, and my mental and emotional disposition made all the difference in the world. I was the only one to use a mind machine out of our graduating class of twelve, and I am the only one still sober, still alive. I don’t care how administrators or therapists feel about that statement, because I know it, firmly believe it as the one variable that helped me maintain my sobriety whereas my friends, who did not have light and sound mind machines at their disposal- failed.

It’s time to put as much emphasis on staying clean/sober after graduation as it is for getting clean/sober while being an in-house patient. Light/sound mind machine technology has the sessions that can help control addictive behaviors, to help lay the foundations for a positive mental and emotional attitude, and for giving the recovering addict instant access for overcoming that stinking thinking thought pattern that strikes at any time, anywhere. Put stronger emphasis on relapse prevention and you will see less failure rates among rehab graduates, which in turn improves the credibility of rehabilitational programs.

Think about it: I was the only one to use light and sound after graduating and I am the only one still sober.

So you are probably saying that’s just one example. Phooey! I went through it, have you? What of all the others I’ve met since my graduation who also experience addictive behaviors? Be it for sex addiction, cocaine, downers, meth, you name it. They’ve all taken to using light and sound mind machines because it personally helps them cope. So the next time you are sitting in a staff meeting, discussing how to improve your success rate and increase your funding, look no further than www.Mindmachines.com. You’ll find a very cost-effective and highly beneficial tool that can improve your program’s success rate, which in turn will help when submitting paperwork for additional funding, and oh yes, actually give your graduates a fighting chance at staying clean and sober for quite possibly the rest of their life.

Over the years I have been involved with several rehabilitation centers as a consultant for getting neurofeedback and/or light and sound programs initiated (learning / relaxation). Basically, I would show them what these mind machines look like and how to use them, how they can be incorporated into their existing methods of treatment, and instructing them on how to maximize the sessions for the benefit of their patients. Why I choose to do this is to open the eyes of therapists and administrators to the cost- effectiveness and benefits that mind machines offer. Especially when many rehabs are facing extreme cutbacks and even closure. But more importantly, I do this because as beneficial as the treatment patients receive while staying at a rehab center are, most rehabs tend to turn their patients loose after fulfilling their time at the center, telling them good luck and to call if they feel setbacks approaching. Shouldn’t graduates be given tools to take home with them for preventing relapses from occurring?

Once out, patients find themselves in a world that hasn’t changed. Only they have changed. Granted the only way an addict can truly stop their addiction is to really want to quit, to change their routine once back in society, and to abstain from visiting the places they frequented before checking into a rehab. But it is so hard for an addict to do this without mental and emotional support. This is where I believe most rehabs fail. They put so much emphasis on treatment while the patients are attending the rehab, and seemingly have little time to keep track of what happens to their patients once they graduate.

I have seen too many individuals fall back into their addictive behaviors because such mental and emotional support groups are not available in time of need. Is that a cop-out reason to revert to old ways? Sure. Not being able to make new friends who are clean and/or sober causes them to seek out old friends that shared the same addiction? Yes, that too is a pretty lame excuse. But when the urge to revert to old ways is strong, when that old addictive ‘friend’ is beckoning for their return, the addictive cycle rears it’s ugly head. A large percentage of ex-patients become new patients once again. With the cost of rehabilitative treatment being so astronomical, and the time necessary to stay at these facilities lasting from several days to several weeks, even months, I would think more rehab centers would put a stronger emphasis on relapse prevention; meaning once an individual graduates, greater importance should be placed on assisting them re-integrate into society, re-integrate with themselves, and make available more tools for the graduate for immediate utilization of overcoming that ‘stinking thinking’ urge that can pop up at any time, for any reason. Those thoughts just occur out of nowhere, and when they happen, it is an anxious and frightening experience for the newly clean/sober individual. They don’t get these thoughts because they want to, they get these thoughts because addictions are waking nightmares. Stinking thinking, in my opinion, falls short in describing just how awful these urges and thoughts can be.

It is not my intention to upset the administrators of rehabs, but with many rehab counselors and therapists themselves once being addicted to ‘their favorite friend’, and often experiencing personal relapses themselves, rehabs must wake up to the increased need of having tools accessible for their graduates. Tools that can help overcome those sudden urges faster than calling a counselor and being told they will get right back to you after they finish their in-house group counseling session.

That is the potential of light and sound mind machines in relapse recovery. It is just one tool to help maintain a clean/sober life. It has worked for me, it has worked for the dozens of people I’ve met since beginning my own recovery, and it can work for today’s addicts trying desperately to quit the very addiction that is killing them. It’s time you give this modality serious thought, that is, if you are actually serious in helping your patients remain clean/sober.

Enjoying Sobriety

Michael Landgraf can be reached at www.Mindmachines.com