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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting alcohol addiction counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our therapists in Alexandria are booked, but we have 94 other therapists in VA available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Alcohol addiction counseling

What is Alcohol addiction counseling?

Alcohol addiction counseling in Alexandria can help people manage their urges to consume alcohol. In addition, it can help people manage the challenges that stem from their addiction from relationship issues to problems at work as well as those that their addiction may stem from like trauma.

How does Alcohol addiction counseling work?

Alcohol addiction counseling works by helping one understand the underlying causes of their addiction, teaching them coping strategies, and recognizing their specific triggers. Long-term or ongoing alcohol addiction counseling can also help to prevent relapse.

Is Alcohol addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Alcohol addiction counseling from our therapists in Alexandria, VA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Alcohol addiction counseling last?

The length of alcohol addiction counseling with our providers at Thriveworks in Alexandria, VA depends on the individual's needs as well as the extent and severity of their addiction as well as the problems that might stem from it. That said, people can make meaningful progress in alcohol addiction counseling in the first weeks to months.

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Counseling and Treatment for Alcoholism in Alexandria, VA (Franconia)—Counselors, Therapists

The counselors at Thriveworks Alexandria have helped many clients discern whether their alcohol use was healthy, abusive, or even addictive. Through counseling, many people have found the treatment they needed for alcoholism and been equipped to make better decisions about the alcohol they drink.

Alcoholism and the Brain

Alcoholism. Alcohol Dependence. Alcohol addiction. Alcohol use disorder. There are many terms to describe the same disease. Alcoholism is an imbalance in the brain wherein chemicals that control impulsiveness decrease and chemicals that control pleasure while drinking increase. The imbalance presents as lack of control. Alcoholics may drink compulsively and experience negative or depressed feelings when not drinking.

The loss of control can lead to many harmful behaviors.

What Does Alcoholism Look Like?

If you or someone you know struggles with alcoholism, you know that the disease can lead to devastating behaviors in a person’s life. These behaviors can alienate friends and exacerbate family members as loss of control with alcohol can feel like loss of control in all of life.

Often, alcoholics engage in one or more of the following behaviors:

  • Drinking in secret or alone
  • Lying about how much, where, or when they drink
  • Becoming angry or annoyed if they cannot drink
  • Valuing alcohol above their family, work, and hobbies
  • Craving alcohol
  • Drinking more and more to feel the same buzz effects
  • Continuing to drink even after alcohol has caused relational, monetary, legal, or professional challenges
  • Trying to quit or curb intake but being unable to do so
  • Experiencing nausea, the shakes, or sweats when going too long without a drink

Alcohol Addiction and Related Health Problems

Alcohol addiction is, in itself, a serious health challenge. Unfortunately, alcoholism also raises people’s risk for other health problems. Alcohol in people’s blood stream can cause or complicate other diseases, including:

  • Gastritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sight damage
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes complications
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Birth defects

Detoxing and Cultivating Sobriety

Alcohol addiction is a serious condition, but many people have detoxed from the alcohol and lived a healthier and sober life.

Denying or minimizing the problem are significant impediments to seeking treatment. The first step to healing may be accepting the problem. No one can make another person want to change or seek help, but if you struggle with compulsive alcohol use, know that help is available. Addiction therapists have helped many people detox and regain control of their lives.

Therapists often use many tools as they help their clients overcome alcoholism. If you reach out for help, your therapist may use one or more of these treatment plans…

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT addresses the underlying causes of alcoholism. A therapist can use this treatment to explore how any negative experiences or beliefs may have allowed the alcoholism to form. Through treatment, those negative experiences can be processed, and the negative beliefs can be replaced with positive, true beliefs.

Group Therapy
Support groups or group therapy often play an important part people’s lives as they detox from alcohol and learn a sober lifestyle. These groups often give people a safe place to process with people who understand.

Medications
Treating alcoholism may, at times, be aided by certain medications. With the oversight of a doctor or qualified therapists, medicine may become a part an alcohol addiction recovery plan.

Setting Up an Appointment for Therapy at Thriveworks Alexandria, VA (Franconia)

Are you ready to get started? When you call Thriveworks Alexandria, VA you may be able to see your therapist within a week of your first call. You can reach us by phone or schedule your appointment online. We offer weekend and evening sessions for clients, as well.

Start thriving with Thriveworks Alexandria—your source for alcohol use therapy and counseling.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Alexandria therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Alexandria
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Learn about verified reviews
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I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Read more I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Marjorie Feb 2024
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At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Read more At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Horace Feb 2024
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Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Read more Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Horace Jan 2024
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I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Read more I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Ed Jan 2024
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★★★★★
My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Read more My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Louisa Dec 2023
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★★★★
Love our therapist.
Heidi Dec 2023
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My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Read more My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Alexandria Mar 2021
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I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Read more I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Alexandria Jan 2021
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria is located off of Franconia Rd., just behind Oak Tree Plaza. We share a building with MRM Associates. Right next door to us is a MakeSpace, and the closest bus stop is at Franconia Rd. & Beulah St.

Phone number

(703) 454-8246

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • Portuguese
  • English
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