Treatment and Counseling for Alcoholics – Woodhaven, MI, Therapists

Maybe you have done this or something like this… Can you relate? You know the office Christmas party won’t have booze, so, you stash some in your desk. You are going to need a little something to get through this event, you tell yourself. Plus, skipping your evening round is not an option—no way! You think, anyone would do this. It’s normal, right? Maybe. Maybe not.

While many people use alcohol as a part of a healthy lifestyle, many others struggle with alcohol abuse or addiction. What’s the different? When does a way to relax turn into something harmful? Many people wonder where that line is and have benefited from working with a counselor.

Thriveworks Woodhaven, MI has counselors who have helped their clients treat alcohol abuse or addiction. They have walked with many clients, equipping them to make empowered choices about the alcohol they consume.

Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol Dependence. Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol Addiction. Alcoholism. There are many terms that describe the disease wherein a brain’s chemical balance is disrupted, and the disruption manifests as loss of control with regard to alcohol consumption. People who suffer from alcoholism experience an increase of dopamine (pleasure) when they drink alcohol while also experiencing a reduction in the chemical that controls impulsiveness. Often, alcoholics have difficulty controlling their alcoholic intake; they may drink impulsively; and they may experience a depressed mood when not drinking.

What does it look like to struggle with alcoholism?

Denying or minimizing alcohol use is a common struggle for alcoholics. The problem is, however, that denial keeps people from getting the help they need for a serious medication condition: alcoholism.

Are you concerned about your own or someone you love’s drinking habits? Have you wondered if you may be alcohol dependent? If you have experience one or more of the following, it may be time to have a professional assess whether you may be struggling with alcoholism.

Do you or does someone you know …

  • Drink in secret or alone?
  • Lie about how much, when, or where they drink?
  • Feel annoyed or angry if they cannot drink?
  • Prioritize alcohol and show disinterest in work, family, friends, and hobbies?
  • Experience an overwhelming urge to drink?
  • Drink more to feel the same buzz?
  • Continue drinking despite the relational, monetary, legal, or professional problems it has caused?
  • Want to quit or drink less but have tried without success?
  • Feel nauseated, clammy, or the shakes when you go too long without a drink?

Health Challenges and Alcohol Addiction

While a serious health problem in itself, alcoholism also comes with many long-term health risks and can cause other health challenges. Alcoholism can damage a person’s body significantly and lead to other diseases including …

  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • Gastritis
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes complications
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Eye problems
  • Bone damage

Overcoming Alcoholism and Cultivating Sobriety

Alcoholism presents serious challenges, but there is also hope for people who struggle with alcohol addiction. Denial of the problem is a major obstacle to healing. Often, the first step in treatment is acknowledging the illness and seeking professional help. While receiving treatment from an alcohol addiction therapist, there are many tools that can help people overcome alcoholism and cultivate sobriety in their lives.

Everyone who suffers from alcoholism is unique: the reasons the addiction formed and the ways it has been maintained vary. Therefore, treatment of the disease will vary, depending upon an individual’s needs. Therapists can guide their clients toward the tools that may be most effective for treating the alcoholism and cultivating sobriety. Some of those tools include …

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a treatment that can address the underlying cause of alcoholism. What people think affects how they act. People’s negative thoughts and believe may have contributed to the formation of their addiction, and CBT can address these and replace them with positive, truthful thinking.

Group Therapy
Group therapy and support groups have long played an important role in people’s lives as they recover from alcoholism. They may give alcoholics a place of safety, understanding, and accountability.

With proper oversight, many people can successfully treat their addiction or maintain their sobriety with certain medication.

Scheduling an Appointment for Alcoholism

Are you concerned about how you are using alcohol but are not sure how to change? Thriveworks Woodhaven, MI counselors get it. We have helped many clients take an honest look at their habits and make changes they desire.

Are you ready to start counseling and see how life could be different? Know that when you call our office, a person will answer. Many clients are able to schedule an appointment within 24 hours, even if you are never been to our office previously. We also office weekend and evening session and work with most insurance companies. Call today to get started!