My name is Chris Buckley, and I used ASMR to help overcome alcoholism, and conquer addiction. So right now I’m going to tell you a little bit about what ASMR is, it’s history, and then we will discuss how it helped me personally.
ASMR is an acronym that stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridiam Response, and it is a physiological response triggered in some individuals by softs sounds or satisfying visuals.
Most ASMR is complimented by a video, however it is important to note that ASMR is an auditory-first phenomenon. I’ve heard of ASMR Sounds without Video, but I’ve never heard of ASMR Videos that don’t have sound.
The sensation is most commonly described as tingles down the spine, but I have heard of ASMR manifesting in other ways, including a warming in the belly.
For instance: when I go to the eye doctor, and they do that thing ~ “number one…or number two?” ~ it has always given me tingles down my spine, and I’ve always found the eye doctor to be very pleasant and very relaxing. As it turns out, millions of people across the world also get tingles down their back from the eye doctor.
The sensation of tingles down the spine was first discussed upon October 29th 2007 under a forum thread titled “weird sensation feels good.”
The sensation wasn’t always called ASMR. It was first called Attention Induced Head Orgasm, followed by Attention Induced Observant Euphoria, and finally Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
How does one activate the sensation of ASMR?
An ASMR Trigger is any outside source that stimulates an individual’s ASMR.
There are an estimated 60 million ASMR Videos available on the internet.
There are an unlimited number of ASMR Triggers
We talked about my experiences at the eye doctor.
The beauty of ASMR is that it is in the eye of the beholder ~
only you can discover what triggers your ASMR.
Right now we are going to do some live demonstrations of ASMR, and we are going to demonstrate 5 triggers. Tapping on wood, tapping on plastic, ear-to-ear whispering, and liquid sounds, lofi ASMR
There are many ways to exemplify and demonstrate ASMR, but the best way to learn if you enjoy the phenomenon is to go explore ASMR.Community! We have a Categories Page that will allow you to explore the many types of ASMR that currently exist.
At 12 years old I had my first cigarette, and at 14 years old I had my first drink ~ by this time I was smoking two packs per day. At 17 years old I started using opiates. At 21 I quit using opiates but became addicted to alcohol.
Fun Fact: I am from Wisconsin, and Wisconsin has the highest rate of binge drinkers in the United States.
I drank heavily for 5 years before I was able to quit. In total, it took 7 years of mental agility to overcome my addictions, and ASMR was something I utilized for that entire duration.
These days I write a blog and offer personalized services to help people conquer their addictions faster than I was able to conquer mine.
So that’s my story about addiction, but let’s focus on the ASMR portion a little more.
I first discovered ASMR in 2013 while I was looking up guided meditations. The video thumbnail was a woman with her hands in a bowl of water, and it looked relaxing, so I decided to give it a try.
Immediately, I was hooked.
I was searching guided meditations because I was seeking ways to strengthen my mind in order to better combat my addictive tendencies. This was in direct response to a genuine disconnection I found to the status-quo of addiction recovery ~ the 12 step program is the most popular method of addiction recovery, but it didn’t work for me. I have not been to 1 AA meeting during my 31 months of sobriety.
Now, a big difference between the early days of ASMR, and ASMR in the modern day, is individuals utilizing these ASMR videos for more than just their intended purpose.
For instance, I get tingles down my spine when I hear ASMR ~ not all the time, but sometimes. However, I recommend that individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, addiction, or PTSD should try using ASMR as a way to relax during manic episodes, even if they don’t get the tingles, or don’t believe they will get the tingles.
I have over 250 blog posts on ASMR.Community to help guide people in the direction of a successful addiction recovery, and I recommend individuals seeking sobriety should read them all in order.
x. Chris Buckley