Tired of being the “Frog In The Cooking Pot”?
This old psychologists’ analogy refers to the fact that if you toss a frog into a pot of hot water he (or she) will jump back out. But if you put him in a pot of cool water and gradually raise the temperature, he will remain there until he’s cooked to death.
A lot of our clients are using alcohol to compensate for rising temperatures in their personal cooking pots, but have decided it’s time to get out before it kills them.
That’s right. A lot of us use alcohol to make intolerable lives seem tolerable.
Is that what you’re doing?
If it is, then the assertiveness training component of our work with you will get you off the burner.
Surprising as it may seem, many of our clients lack assertiveness in their personal lives and alcohol abuse has become both a hiding place and a passive aggressive weapon.
Trouble is – alcohol abuse invites aggression from one’s spouse and that cycle keeps escalating and the temperature keeps rising until…
Your choices? Either exit the cooking pot with as much dignity as you can muster, or learn how to turn down the heat. We’ll help you navigate the options or teach you how to combine them.
Ready to escape being boiled alive?
Now that Thanksgiving is over…
…and December holidays still lie ahead.
Really – isn’t it time to at least schedule some time to fix your alcohol related problems?
This year is unique in that Christmas and New Years both fall on Sunday. That means you can spend the week before Christmas leaving your alcohol abuse behind – pretty good holiday present for everyone.
Or use the week between the holidays to work with us and get the New Year off to a very good start.
Or do what Hemmingway suggested and “do sober what you promised to do drunk” and spend the first week in January putting some backbone into that New Year’s resolution.
We’re available to support any of those options – options that’ll make all of 2012 a far better year than any you have had in recent memory (or blackout).
We know that the thought of changing scares you, and that it’s hard to imagine a life without your alcohol crutch, but isn’t it time to start living based on what you know and not what you feel?
Trust us just a little – learn to manage your thoughts and behaviors (that’s what CBT is all about) and your feelings will follow.
And a “Thank You!” to all of you who called and e-mailed over the holiday to check in, thank us, up-date us, and, yes, to get a bit of holiday support. We’re always glad to hear from you!
Links to Success:
The Bucket of Crabs or Why AA and Al-Anon are Bad For Your Health.
Things you didn’t know about alcohol #3:
In 1895 Anheuser-Busch launched Malt-Nutrine, a 1.9% alcohol content beer prescribed by physicians as a tonic for pregnant women and a nutritional beverage for children.