Alcohol Recovery is Pleasure Over Pain

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Positive Recovery is a powerful educational experience for alcoholics who have given up hope and failed to stop drinking with will power.

Are we alcoholics for life? Does recovery have to be painful? Richard Friesen, an executive trainer with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, claims his radical addiction recovery process can be positive and painless.

Positive Recovery is starting monthly seminars and weekly support in Mill Valley California, just north of San Francisco. Clients experience a three-day, upbeat seminar in Mill Valley California with hypnosis, interactive exercises and relationship training along with weekly support.

“Even though we have a great time, each exercise is designed to deliver a specific and significant experience that is vital to ending alcohol addiction,” claims Mr. Friesen.

Friesen believes that Positive Recovery works naturally because people most easily change addictive behaviors by replacing them with positive experiences. His seminar and weekly relationship training evenings brings these experiences to life with vivid clarity. Each step builds on a person’s new identity as a non-drinker, re-programs addiction triggers and creates positive alternatives that are better than drinking.

Friesen’s approach has raised a few eyebrows in traditional recovery circles that claim addiction is a disease for life. Friesen waves off the criticism with a big grin. “They are right. Alcohol CAN be a disease for life especially if you believe it is!” He goes on to add that any unwanted behavior can be ended permanently. With a new identity as a non-drinker, we can simply say, “we used to drink.”

Richard Friesen’s sister, Wendi Friesen, the country’s most successful hypnotherapist, created the ‘Alcohol Freedom CD Program’ that has impacted over 10,000 clients in the last twelve months. Positive Recovery seminars were brought to life by combining this successful CD program with Friesen’s relationship training in a three-day intensive followed up with weekly groups.

Mary knows it works. “I found the experience to be really wonderful! I have been able to sort out what's important to make this program work. Other programs failed because the guilt, shame and embarrassment increased there. Here the program is positive, the life ahead is clear and the hypnosis CDs are mine to continue to support me as a non-drinker.”

Dr. Ed Redard, M.D. who practices Family Medicine in Sacramento, California ( thinks Friesen might be on to something. “In my experience as a family physician and wellness consultant, my clients tend to get what they expect. That is why I believe that the Positive Recovery approach works.”

Positive Recovery seminars were founded by the brother/sister team of Richard and Wendi Friesen to expand the success of the Alcohol Freedom CD program by reaching people who want to end their struggles in a supportive and lively group experience. More information on the free evening workshops and the seminar starting August 11, 2006 and the Alcohol Freedom CD can be found at or by calling (415) 259-0652.

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