Addiction Recovery and the Alchemical Method


Four years ago my life was very different. I was in a world of malady, physical and spiritual. The addiction from which I suffered produced a pain so severe that any hope of focusing and retrieving some semblance of a life of sobriety was completely unforeseen. I needed help, and I needed it quickly.

My fall from grace brought me to an abysmal state, a haphazard nightmare where all that I had cared for was strewn about recklessly. After years of partying and living an aimless, unfulfilling existence, I turned to hard drugs to quell my deep urges to fill the void of my unresolved emotional turmoil within; a hole which was a remnant of my tumultuous childhood. I soon reached a place where I was living way beyond my means and had to resort to criminal behavior to continue living viably, a fact for which I had always been regretful. My impetuous nature further propelled my life into ruins and I had at last reached my bottom; the proverbial state where the entire string of bad choices, which had propelled the addict to this point of despair, is played before him in something of a cruel tragic comedy. But, miraculously, after a much needed turn of fate, I found hope in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Upon entering the program of A.A., I was pleased to find that others like me not only existed elsewhere in the world but also wanted to convene in an attempt to help each other. I was surprised by the paradoxical nature of the situation; never before had I believed that a ravenous, wanton addict would actually desire the opportunity to help another human being. But, as my understanding of the principals of A.A. expanded, I began to see very clearly that being of service to others is an imperative tenet of successfully living a life of sobriety within the program. Through my own practice of this principal, it soon became demonstrable that service does lead to an understanding of self, and consequently an internal sense of joy is fostered. A.A. showed me how to live a life of sobriety that was happy, joyous, and free, and in this freedom I was allowed to explore what I really wanted from life. Having completed the Steps, I used the principals of the program to cultivate a more thorough understanding of my self, and I decided that it was time to find a career that would be truly fulfilling. My pursuit led me to the art of Alchemical Hypnotherapy.

After months of study and practice, my certification as a hypnotherapist was achieved and I was tasked with the duty of searching out my own niche of self-expression upon which I could create my unique professional practice. Given my background, I naturally gravitated toward the opportunity to be of service to other recovering addicts in whichever capacity I was able. I have and will always hold a profound love for the programs of A.A. and N.A., and it was because of this love that I wanted to help those who are newly entering a life of recovery. As I refined the specialties of my burgeoning practice, my mission became clear: I was to be of service in a way that I had never thought possible – by applying the Alchemical m