As you go deeper and deeper relaxed all of the sounds fade away in the distance and you pay attention only to the sound of my voice. As you listen carefully to the sound of my voice, we are going to remove a number of suggestions which have been in your mind. We are going to remove them completely and as you listen carefully to them we’re simply going to dissolve them … throw them out of your mind completely and forever … Nothing disturbs you and nothing bothers you and nothing can distract you in any way from listening to the sound of my voice … and from completely accepting everything I tell you … for everything I tell you is the absolute truth to you … and we’re going to remove all suggestions from your mind that have been detrimental to you in the past.
The first suggestion you had in your mind is that somehow or another that alcohol, a bottle, has been of some use to you. Drinking alcohol is of no use to you and you know it. You’re through drinking alcohol for any reason. It doesn’t make you relax, it doesn’t make you sleep well, it doesn’t do anything for you. As a matter of fact it ruins your efficiency … and consequently you’re through with it. The fact that alcohol has ever been beneficial to you in any way is completely removed from your mind. I am going to count to five and that suggestion is completely removed from your mind never to return. One, Two, Three, Four, Five.
The next suggestion that you may have accepted is that alcohol is a good means of punishing yourself. In the first place, you’re through punishing yourself and in the second place you’re through using alcohol as a means to do it. The only reason anyone ever punishes himself is because somewhere deep in his mind he feels guilty and you’re through allowing yourself to feel guilty. And so with one count we’re going to remove the guilt, whatever it is and from whatever source the punishment, the need for punishment, and that alcohol could be used as a vehicle to achieve it. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Those ideas are all gone.
Alcohol to you is a poison and a lousy inefficient poison at that … just enough poison to make you sick and ineffective. But then you’re through poisoning yourself and you’re through using alcohol and so that need is also removed from your mind. One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
Now we’re going to remove any and all connection that alcohol has in your mind. The only kind of alcohol that you care about or know anything about anymore is rubbing alcohol. And the only use it which you put rubbing alcohol is to rub it on you. That’s wonderful for that. It’s a nice back rub. That’s all it means to you. As a beverage it’s out. And so you remove all connections in your mind that have to do with alcohol as a beverage or any beverage containing alcohol, so that you don’t even think of it, you don’t ask for it, you don’t desire it, you don’t want it, you don’t need it, you don’t desire it in any form. Even if offered it, you’d refuse it, because you think of it as disgusting, foul tasting and vomit producing. And so the negative suggestions are now removed from your mind and those suggestions which I have given you now replace them. At the count of five. One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
From this moment on you are free, free from the alcohol, free from it’s entangling octopus like tentacles, free from it’s degrading self-punishing nature, free from its ruination, free from it’s ability to wreck your life. You’re completely free because all the connections in your mind with the alcohol beverages have been completely removed. The wires have been pulled out and you are unable to restore them even if you should want to. Just imagine that a big telephone switchboard exists in your head and that we pulled out all of the wires connected to the hole marked “alcohol” so that even if something is plugged into it nothing will happen. You don’t want it. You can’t buy it. You don’t drink it and if offered you’d refuse it. It’s disgusting to you. Tastes foul. Has a terrible effect and makes you sick to your stomach to even think about it. One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
Now you are going to be completely successful in every way and surprised and amazed at the self discipline and confidence that you have in yourself knowing that you’ve licked the problem and that it will stay licked. Now sleep. Sleep deeply. And your mind concentrates on the sound of my voice and you go deeper and deeper and deeper. Relax.