From Binge Drinking to No Drinking After Hypnosis


Being director in local news is a busy, high pressure and unforgiving job.

A director works behind the scenes; they are the person who is at the controls, showing viewers what’s on their television screen.

No matter the day or time, as a director, you must be prepared for each story and you must know the vision that the producer has for the show.

In one newscast, a director could show anything from a terrifying picture to a beautiful, heartwarming video. So, each move a director makes, is important.

A woman who has the controls under her finger tips and is our WLTZ morning show director is Nicole Jones.

If you were to watch her punch a show, it looks like she could do it with her eyes closed.

But what you don’t see, while she is working, is the war she is having in her mind.

Jones tells WLTZ’s Ricki Vann, “I had a high level of anxiety when I would work. I didn’t want to mess up.”

As the weeks progressed, Jones said the pressure she put on herself to perform would build up. As a result, Jones said she turned to alcohol to unwind on the weekends. “I didn’t over indulge, but still I just felt guilty for even having to turn to alcohol as a way to de-stress,” said Jones.

Along with about nine other volunteers from WLTZ, Jones sat in to be hypnotized by professional hypnotist, Richard Barker.

Barker introduced himself to the volunteers and told each of them to focus on relaxing, on sleeping and on his voice alone. “Get ready to relax. Follow each and every instruction I give you. As you relax, feel your eyes getting heavier and heavier and heavier,” said Barker.

Each volunteer sat in to be hypnotized for Barker to help them improve their personal health and well-being.

Some of the goals the volunteers asked to be hypnotized for were: To stop mindless eating, to loose weight, to stop biting their finger nails, to focus on one task at a time, to not be so confrontational, to focus and relax when the pressure is on.

However for Jones, her goal in getting put in a trance was to stop binge drinking.

While the volunteers were under the trance, Barker told Jones: “You will know when to stop. You will have a natural ability and a desire to close your eyes and say to yourself no more and I have had enough. I want you to understand that you will know when to stop. Nod your head if you understand… (Nicole nods her head in agreement) Good.”

Most of the volunteers were able to follow Barker and stay in the trance, but some were not.

Barker tells us in a group of about ten people, it is normal for a couple of them not fall into the hypnosis.

Barker said, “Across the board we had mild, medium to deep levels on hypnosis in the room.”

The volunteers were hypnotized for about two hours.

During the entire two hour period, Barker was talking to the volunteers and coaching them on where he wanted their minds to go.

After the session, Barker brought the remaining volunteers out of the trance; they each looked as if they were waking up from a deep sleep. “Under hypnosis the mind feels like it has had six to eight hours of sleep,” said Barker.

But did hypnosis work for Nicole Jones?

We caught up with her about a month later, asking how she felt: “I feel great! I have changed so much. Now when I go into the store and I see alcohol, I get sick. I totally didn’t see any of this coming.”

Since getting hypnotized, Jones said that she has not had a drop of alcohol.

On her birthday, she tells us that she didn’t even want to go out and celebrate with alcohol.

From participating in hypnosis, Jones has made a life change. She no longer looks forward to binge drinking on the weekends.

To some who read this the article and still think hypnosis is not real, Barker responds saying this: “It is perfectly normal to question it. You cannot see it. It is in the air that we breathe. Hypnosis is not a lotion or potion. What hypnosis does is teach the subconscious mind how to deal with something you find to be an issue and how to move on from it.”

If you would like more information on hypnosis, you can contact Richard Barker directly, here: