Visualisation therapy aids this transformation. It’s an effective tool to change the way we see ourselves and to transform our deeply ingrained self-image as addicts or victims and so on. Visualisation can also help you deal with cravings, by desensitising you to them. It can also be used to picture positive situations and to practice refusal scenarios.
On a neurological level, you can actually change your brain chemistry and function. If you think about it, this is what you have been trying to do with drinking, drugs and other addictive behaviour in the first place. There was some need that drove you to this. Visualisation is a way of getting to this need and bringing about feelings of calm and wholeness. Through visualisation the right side of the brain, the centre of our creativity and emotions, is stimulated. The brain switches to a lower frequency, sending out calm alpha and theta brain waves, and feel-good neurochemicals such as dopamine, which are depleted through drug use, are released.
Visualisation therapy is increasingly being used in many areas, from professional sport to executive boardrooms, and it can help you in your recovery. It can help you manage underlying emotional distress, trauma and depression and bring about physical, emotional and mental health, and personal growth.
Coaching is flexible to your needs
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the duration or frequency of coaching. What works is about a three to nine-month period, starting off with a two-hour discovery session followed by a weekly meeting for the first few weeks and then less frequent meetings, as you grow more confident in yourself and your recovery as well as the techniques you are learning. Between sessions you have the option to stay in regular contact with your coach over the phone and there are exercises for you to do at home. Towards the end of the coaching programme you will probably only be meeting with your coach about once a month. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow or how often this process happens, it’s about what your needs are at the time.