Do You Or Others Have Concerns About Your Alcohol Use?
- Is alcohol negatively impacting your ability to succeed in your career, have a healthy relationship with your partner or raise your children?
- Are you afraid you’ll have alcohol withdrawal symptoms during an important business meeting and lose your job?
- Have you had more DWIs than you care to admit?
- Has your partner become so fed up with your drinking that he or she has threatened to leave you and take the kids?
- Do you long to thrive in your career and keep your family, but aren’t sure you can (or even if you really want to) give up drinking?
When you’re abusing alcohol or stuck in the clutches of alcoholism it can feel as though your life is spinning out of control. Perhaps you’ve spent multiple days on the couch recovering from hang overs, causing your children to wonder why mommy or daddy is sick all the time. Your relationship with your spouse is likely taking a turn for the worse. The two of you might often have heated arguments about neglecting household responsibilities, spending too much money on alcohol or lying to cover up your addiction. What’s worse, your spouse may have threatened to leave you, pack up the kids and move in with the in-laws. You may long to keep your family together, but have started to feel hopeless, alone and afraid.
Alcohol can also have a negative impact on your career. You might regularly arrive late to work, come in smelling of alcohol or have countless unexcused absences. While working you might experience the symptoms of withdrawal - headaches, sweating, shaking or nausea. To calm your nerves you might take periodic sips of alcohol throughout the day and perhaps can’t stop thinking about the first drink you’ll have after work. Perhaps you’ve tried to cut down or stop drinking countless times on your own, but always end up back in a familiar pattern of use. At this point you might be desperate to keep your family and job, but fear admitting that you have a problem and reaching out for help.
Alcohol Abuse Is Prevalent In Our Society
When alcohol is ruling your world it’s easy to feel as though you’re the only person who’s struggling to break free from addiction. However, countless people share your struggle. Chances are you know at least one person who abuses alcohol in some way.
Unfortunately, people who abuse alcohol are often afraid to ask for help because they fear appearing weak in front of others. As Americans we like to tell stories about pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps during times of adversity. However, beating alcoholism isn’t like getting a job promotion or becoming a star athlete. You can’t stop drinking simply by invoking willpower alone. To overcome the powerful psychological and biological forces that drive most people to drink (including genetics, family history or past experiences of abuse or trauma), you’ll need the help of an experienced, professional therapist.
Alcohol Abuse Treatment Can Help You Take Manageable Steps Toward Recovery
By choosing to help yourself through alcohol abuse treatment, you can let go of shame and guilt, learn concrete tools that can help you gradually cut back on use and discover why you began abusing alcohol in the first place. In sessions we can examine the underlying issues that are driving you to drink. We may discover that you are struggling to cope with traumatic memories from the past, experience feelings of self-loathing or have a family history of drug and alcohol abuse. Whatever the cause, I can help you challenge and transform negative perceptions you have about yourself so that you can begin to honor your strengths and innate capacity for doing good in the world. In sessions you can also develop healthy coping skills, which can help you better handle stress and the painful emotions that trigger you to drink. Throughout sessions I’ll help you develop a thoughtful understanding of your triggers—where, when and why you use—and provide solutions for avoiding situations in which you might be tempted to drink. If you’re using alcohol to substitute something that’s missing in your life, you can discover how alcohol is serving you and begin to fill the void with healthy, healing activities like volunteerism, exercise, meditation or spiritual practices.
In alcohol abuse treatment sessions, you’ll never have to feel alone. You’ll be able to build a trusting, non-judgmental relationship with someone who is invested in your wellbeing, and you can use the therapeutic relationship as a model for building healthy relationships in the future. For you therapy may be the first time you’ve felt connected, understood and valued (rather than judged and ridiculed), which can be extremely therapeutic in and of itself.
I offer a safe, confidential environment. I work with your safety in mind and can help you make small, manageable changes that can reduce the harm you are doing to yourself and others. You’ll find I’m a compassionate professional who is willing to challenge your distorted thinking, but who is also willing to celebrate the triumphs you make over your addiction, both large and small. I truly believe everyone has an inherent capacity for good and that suffering from alcoholism or bouts of alcohol abuse don’t make you a “bad person.” Throughout my 15 years of experience, I’ve learned that healing is possible for anyone willing to do the emotional work, acknowledge mistakes and let go of the past. I’ve seen many people break free from alcohol and go on to live healthy, fulfilling and productive lives. I believe that healing is possible for you too.
Perhaps you’re ready to break free of destructive drinking patterns, but have questions and concerns about alcohol abuse treatment…
I don’t have a problem. I don’t need the help of alcohol abuse treatment.
If your spouse is threatening to leave you, you’ve had multiple DWIs or you need to drink alcohol just to ward off the symptoms of withdrawal, you might have a problem with alcohol abuse and should consult a professional or support group.
I can get through this on my own without the help of alcohol abuse treatment.
If you’ve made numerous attempts to quit drinking but failed each time, your current methods for quitting aren’t working. As your therapist, I can teach you skills, tools and strategies that you perhaps haven’t used before. You’ll have a professional, trained therapist at your side who knows and understands what you’re going through and has tools proven to help.
I’m afraid I’ll have to commit to abstinence.
If you’re afraid you’ll have to quit drinking for life, you won’t necessarily have to. At the beginning of your treatment I can help you make small, tangible changes that will gradually help you avoid risky situations, improve your emotional and physical health and repair your relationships with your family. While I might encourage you to abstain at some point, abstinence will always be your choice to make.
It’s Possible To Live A Life Free From Alcohol Abuse
Please call me at (914) 434-9945. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation and would be happy to answer any questions you have about alcohol abuse treatment and my practice.