I have been in AA for nearly half my life. I currently have four years sober and work really hard at my AA program. The twelve steps have taught me that resentment, self pity, and especially self centered fear are the root of my problem. The way I drink is only a symptom. I was absolutely astonished to learn that TMS shares many of the same principles. I feel very open minded about the possibility of this method to improve my quality of life. I have a few pains that come and go, but I can easily see the physical manifestations of my stress/repressed feelings/self imposed criticism. I have had acne for most of my life. I met with an amazing spiritual advisor last summer and when I asked her about the cause of my acne, she said it is a protective response by my body. I didn’t understand what she meant at the time, but after doing a little digging on this site and some preliminary reading of the Divided Mind, this explanation makes perfect sense (my mind was blown). If subconsciously I feel threatened or fearful (of what I'm not sure) than a protective reaction certainly makes sense. The physical symptom distracts from the real issue, the feeling of fear. On a regular basis, I also experience extreme itching all over my body in different places as a stress response. I have many of the personality traits that seem to be characteristic of those with TMS. One of the key components of my AA program is that knowledge alone is not enough to keep my sober. Knowledge must be immediately followed by vigorous and meaningful action. I am curious if this is also true of TMS treatment? Is knowledge alone enough? Additionally, I wonder if there are applications of TMS treatment for compulsive (not obsessive) habits such as skin picking / nail biting? I have been doing this since I was a young child and nothing I have tried has ever permanently eradicated the problem. I pick till my fingers bleed and ache. If I'm not picking then I'm hair twirling. I simply cannot keep my hands still. I am hopeful and would certainly appreciate any feedback or suggestions others might have.