For over 20 years, Mike Highstead was addicted to alcohol. Like many people he had tried, and failed, numerous methods of rehabilitation including Alcoholics Anonymous and psychotherapy. Mike could not imagine a life without alcohol - it made up a huge part of his identity - and so he decided to cut down on his alcohol consumption rather than abstain from it completely.
Mike made a promise to himself that if he ever drank more than three units of alcohol in an evening he would shave one of his eyebrows off. Within one week he had already broken this promise and true to his word he took a razor and shaved off an eyebrow. Rather than feel embarrassed, Mike gained a sense of confidence from keeping the promise he made to himself. According to Mike, the feeling of achievement as a result of this promise far outweighed that of alcohol and he decided to practice this more regularly in an attempt to help control his drinking.
Mike has since formalised his own method of recovery and named it the ‘Seven-step method’. It is based on three basic principles:
1. There is always a choice
2. Our beliefs drive our behaviours
3. The better you feel about yourself, the better you will do for yourself
The programme is based on concept that feelings, both positive and negative, can have a huge influence over how a person behaves. Accordingly, the Seven-step method is based on the acronym IMPROVE
I Identify what you really want or need
M Make it essential
P Pick and choose your beliefs
R Replace the behaviour
O Over and over again
V Validate your progress
E Equality for your life
For more information on the ‘Seven-step method’ To Break Any Habit Or Addiction, have a look at Mike’s own YouTube page at: