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Starting Alcohol addiction counseling

What is Alcohol addiction counseling?

Alcohol addiction counseling in Buffalo 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 Buffalo, NY 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 Buffalo, NY 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.

Need more help deciding?

Have you ever had this experience? It’s Friday night. Your friends bailed on you, but that’s okay. You can just pop open a bottle of wine here at your place. You turn on Netflix, and before you know it, it’s time to grab another bottle. Sure. You know drinking this much alone isn’t ideal, but it’s been a long week. It’s the weekend. It’s okay. Right? Yes. Or possibly no.

It can be difficult to know where the line is between healthy and compulsive alcohol consumption. Many people have found a therapist’s help invaluable as they assess how and when they use alcohol.

The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY have helped many people assess their alcohol habits and address any abuses or addictions that may be present.

What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is an illness that presents as loss of control with regard to alcohol consumption. Someone who struggles with alcoholism may drink compulsively, experience negative emotions when not drinking, or be unable to control how much they drink.

Alcohol addiction disrupts the brain’s balance. The chemicals that control impulsiveness are reduced while the chemicals that enable pleasure are released when a person consumes alcohol. The qualified mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY know how to recognize the signs of a destructive relationship with alcohol and help people in recovery.

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction?

As with most addictions, alcoholics do not always understand that they have a problem. Everyone lives with denial to some degree, and alcoholics are no different. Whether they are able to acknowledge the problem or not, alcohol addiction is a serious medical condition that needs treatment. The compassionate counselors at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY can help.

For many people who struggle with alcohol addiction, the first step in treatment may be seeing the disease for what it is. Have you experienced any of these behavior while drinking? If so, it may be time to ask for a professional’s help:

  • Drinking alone
  • Keeping secrets about alcohol use or lying about alcohol use
  • Developing a habit or ritual that leads up to the alcohol consumption
  • Feeling angry or annoyed at being unable to drink
  • Showing disinterest in work, family, friends, and hobbies
  • Prioritizing alcohol
  • Experiencing a craving to drink
  • Drinking more for the same buzz
  • Experiencing legal, monetary, relational, or work trouble because of drinking
  • Trying to reduce or quit alcohol without success
  • Feeling nauseated, sweaty, or getting the shakes when going too long without a drink

Alcoholism and Other Health Challenges

Alcoholism is in itself a serious illness, but unfortunately, many other health challenges can accompany it. One of the more serious side effects of alcohol dependency is the negative affect it can have on a person’s overall health. People who suffer with alcoholism may also experience the following:

  • Gastritis
  • Damaged pancreas
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Diabetes complications
  • Sight problems
  • Bone damage

Alcoholism: Treatment and Sobriety

Alcoholism can have many detrimental effects in a person’s life, but there are also many ways to overcome alcohol dependence. There is no easy path to sobriety, but many people who suffer from alcoholism have received the help they needed to achieve and maintain sobriety.

The circumstances and struggles that can lead to alcoholism are varied and personal, and, therefore, treatment is also varied and personal. When a person is ready to acknowledge their dependence upon alcohol and work toward sobriety, then seeking a professional’s may be a wise decision. With their training and expertise, addiction therapists like those at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY can often guide their clients toward which treatments for alcoholism will be most effective.

Therapists have many tools to treat alcoholism, and often, a treatment plan combines different approaches. Thoroughly addressing the alcoholism in a person’s life may include a psychological element, a psychosocial element, and/or a pharmacological element.

Psychological – Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) may help alcoholics address the underlying reasons their addiction formed and continues. Counseling that utilizes CBT may help people who struggle with addiction overcome negative beliefs or thought patterns that have limited their past healing.

Psychosocial – Support groups or group therapy has been an important element in many people’s fight against alcoholism. These groups may provide people with accountability and empathy.

Pharmacological – Medications can help certain people overcome alcoholism and live a sober life. Only a credentialed therapist or medical doctor should oversee pharmacological addiction treatment. Prescription drugs can also help with the effects of alcohol withdrawal.

Get Exceptional Treatment for Alcoholism at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY

Could you resonate with any of the symptoms of alcohol addiction? Has your alcohol consumption grown concerning to you or your family and friends? It may be time to reach out for help.

The therapists at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY understand. They have helped many clients successfully treat their alcohol addiction.

As you consider scheduling an appointment for treatment, it may be helpful to know that if you call our office:

  1. We have people waiting to answer your call (not a voicemail or automated service).
  2. Our first-time clients regularly see a therapists within 24 hours of their call.
  3. We offer evening and weekend appointments.
  4. We offer in-person and online counseling.
  5. You will not be added to a waitlist because we do not keep one.
  6. We accept many major health insurance companies.

Alcoholism can devastate people’s lives. Left untreated, its effects can be even worse. But help is available. Call Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY to get started on the road to recovery.

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 Buffalo therapists and counselors accept 16 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Oscar Health

  • Quest Behavioral Health

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Self-pay costs at Buffalo
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

5.0 Thriveworks Buffalo reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Jennifer balances her counseling expertly between talking/educating and listening. I already trust her after just a handful of sessions thanks to her objective feedback and concern. If you need a skilled mental health professional to help guide you thru life’s challenges, you will not be disappointed in Jennifer.
Read more Jennifer balances her counseling expertly between talking/educating and listening. I already trust her after just a handful of sessions thanks to her objective feedback and concern. If you need a skilled mental health professional to help guide you thru life’s challenges, you will not be disappointed in Jennifer.
Buffalo Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Wendy has been seeing my wife and I for almost two and half years. Her insights into how we both viewed our marriage so differently ultimately helped us both see that we are not the right people for one another. We have unfortunately decided that divorce was the right path forward for us as individuals but counseling made it a healthy, productive journey instead of letting things just fall apart at home. She is now my personal therapist helping me deal with the loss of my marriage. I don’t just appreciate our sessions, but I look forward to them. I take notes and I learn a lot about myself and my growth every time we meet.
Read more Wendy has been seeing my wife and I for almost two and half years. Her insights into how we both viewed our marriage so differently ultimately helped us both see that we are not the right people for one another. We have unfortunately decided that divorce was the right path forward for us as individuals but counseling made it a healthy, productive journey instead of letting things just fall apart at home. She is now my personal therapist helping me deal with the loss of my marriage. I don’t just appreciate our sessions, but I look forward to them. I take notes and I learn a lot about myself and my growth every time we meet.
Buffalo Oct 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I was looking for a new therapist for my teenage son and came across their website. I called to see how long of a waitlist they had, expecting there to be a waitlist. ThriveWorks got my son in within 24 hours! Incredible! My son found a great therapist at ThriveWorks, Mr.Stephen Obrien. This guy has a unique approach and it works for my son. My son actually WANTS to go to therapy. He's getting more out of his sessions than either of us could have hoped for. We found this place at the right time and we couldn't be happier.
Read more I was looking for a new therapist for my teenage son and came across their website. I called to see how long of a waitlist they had, expecting there to be a waitlist. ThriveWorks got my son in within 24 hours! Incredible! My son found a great therapist at ThriveWorks, Mr.Stephen Obrien. This guy has a unique approach and it works for my son. My son actually WANTS to go to therapy. He's getting more out of his sessions than either of us could have hoped for. We found this place at the right time and we couldn't be happier.
Buffalo Oct 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Had circumstances that made me very unhappy. My therapist Cheryl gave me great coping skills. The appointments were easy to get and the office was bright and inviting. I would recommend Thriveworks to my friends and family.
Read more Had circumstances that made me very unhappy. My therapist Cheryl gave me great coping skills. The appointments were easy to get and the office was bright and inviting. I would recommend Thriveworks to my friends and family.
Buffalo Feb 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Buffalo is located at 1120 Youngs Rd Suite 300, Buffalo, New York 14221, near Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

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(716) 453-2877

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