What do you really want? Clients come to us for a variety of reasons and seeking a diverse number of outcomes. Some of you are motivated by negative events associated with your drinking which may include medical, legal, marital, professional, and/or other pressing concerns. Medical issues can range from weight gain to liver damage to high blood pressure, to withdrawal-related seizures and other indications that your body has had enough.
Generalizing From Yourself - There is no bigger error that any of us can make than to “generalize from ourselves.” We all tend to do this, at least occasionally, even when we know better. But in the world of alcohol abuse and treatment it’s especially prevalent. It’s why 12 Step zealots are adamant that “if you will only work the Steps it will work for you too!” Of course this is utter nonsense since AA works for less than 5% of the people who try it and as Miller and Hester’s review of the research notes, there are at least 30+ approaches that work better for most people than joining AA.
Creatures of Habit In our work with clients our consulting physician, Dr. Tim Norcross, D.O., usually prescribes Naltrexone, a benign anti-craving medication, to help you make changes in your day-to-day life less distracted by “cravings.” 70% of our clients find this to be a helpful adjunct for three to six months and we recommend that you at least try it.
Anxiety! Hands down, alcohol is the best anti-anxiety drug anyone has ever come up with. Not only that, it’s cheap, fast-acting, readily available, no prescription required, socially promoted, and pervasive. What’s not to like about that? This is part of why it’s hard to give up.
And When You Called… Good morning. This is Dr. Wilson, how may I help you today?" I said. Then there's usually a long pause, and sometimes the line goes dead as someone hangs up. Or, "Oh, you're a real person. I was expecting a machine," a woman says.
Choosing Help When You Decide It’s Time Choosing the appropriate help can seem like an impossible task, especially if you are in a crisis. There are a welter of options and they soon seem to be indistinguishable. But if you can stay a bit focused you can winnow out the inappropriate, bogus, and just plain silly.
Putting On Your Oxygen Mask I’m sure you’ve all flown enough to have memorized the cabin attendants’ run through “In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the overhead compartments. Put your mask on first…” I’m also sure that over the past 6 months we have all experienced a [...]
How the Pervasive Mythology is Keeping You Drinking The Steppers have so indoctrinated us over the past decades that most of us have come to believe a number of things that simply have no basis in reality.
Drinking and Your Self-Image It’s interesting that giving up alcohol isn’t particularly hard. Really, it isn’t. What’s difficult is changing your self-image, habits, and beliefs. Let’s start with self-image.
Managing All the Commotion! It is extremely easy, and tempting, to get distracted by all of the political turmoil which threatens to engulf us all for the foreseeable future. It’s also another excuse to drink our way through what looks like looming disaster. Guess what? As with many issues, events, conditions, and conundrums, there is a limit to how much any of us can do. As usual, the choices are, do what we can – and that requires some careful choosing – or ignore everything and retire from life, possibly with a numbing, and even more depressing, alcohol assist.