Many people have suggested alcoholism counselling for me due to my dependency on alcohol and my decreasing ability to manage the symptoms myself. I have read a lot about the Shift Method and it sounds promising. Is it also helpful for people like me who have problems with addiction? I really don’t agree with the AA model of alcoholic group counselling and want to get to the root of my addictive behaviour instead of just managing these symptoms.
I have been in a rough state lately. Unable to control how much I drink and a continual compulsion to be drinking every night. I drink alone often and also blackout on a fairly regular basis. This hurts my relationships because I often don’t remember conversations or fights that I had with my girlfriend. I can’t even go out if I know the event is not selling alcohol and often find myself stashing bottles at work or my girlfriends place in the event that I run out. Recently, I’ve started to experience some physical problems that may or may not be associated with my alcoholism but it has definitely got my attention.
Realizing that you have a problem and being able to articulate how it has affected you and others in your life is the first step on the way to recovery. The best place to start in this case is with your General Practitioner. Be as open and honest about your frequency of consumption and other related factors, so the GP can make an accurate diagnosis. If you have become physically dependent and need to stop consuming alcohol completely, then just stopping “cold turkey” could be more harmful than good for you. The GP will be able to assist you with the most appropriate method of medical detox for your specific case.
Assuming that this was dealt with and you are physically healthy and ready to approach the mental side as you discussed with some alcoholism counselling, we would first identify the underlying limiting beliefs and then use our therapy model to remove them. Once they’re gone, we don’t have to manage the pressure of meeting the dysfunctional need(s) associated with your drinking, so we don’t have any reason for the “opt-out” behaviour of drinking more than we want to anymore.
Shift Psychological has a number of licensed psychologists who are trained in addiction treatment. Call one of our offices today in order to book an appointment. We have offices in Calgary: 587.352.6463 and in Edmonton: 780.705.6471.
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