When it comes to drinking, distinguishing between healthy use, alcohol abuse, and alcoholism is complicated. The line between healthy and compulsive alcohol use is not always clear, and many people seek out a professional’s help. An objective opinion can give people the information they need to find treatment for alcoholism or make more empowered choices about their alcohol use.
Counseling for alcoholism at Thriveworks Charleston allows people to assess their drinking habits in a safe atmosphere and with a professional’s knowledge and skills. Our therapists have helped many treat their alcoholism and regain control of their lives. If you think you need alcoholism help or assistance with your drinking habits, reach out to Thriveworks Charleston today. Just give us a call to schedule an appointment!
The Physical and Social Effects of Alcoholism
Alcoholism, the more popular term for alcohol use disorder, is an illness that causes a brain imbalance. The chemical that allows people to feel pleasure when drinking increases while the chemical that controls impulses decreases. The brain’s instability shows itself as a loss of control regarding alcohol intake.
Alcoholism can devastate a person’s life—physically and socially. Alcoholism is in itself a serious health concern, but unfortunately, it is also linked to increased risk of other diseases and health complications, including:
- Liver disease
- High blood pressure
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Birth defects
- Diabetes complications
Along with wreaking havoc on people’s body, alcoholism can have devastating effects on their relationships. Often, people’s family, friends, and work are affected by their alcoholism.
Alcoholics can be emotionally unstable, and within a home, tensions can rise quickly. Alcoholics, especially while drinking, may be violent. Anxiety, depression, and other emotional struggles may occur in the alcoholic or in their family members. If children have an alcoholic parent, they may develop behavior challenges as they cope with the stress. Often, alcoholism decreases a person’s work performance and can add financial strain to an already stressful situation. Family and friends often find themselves in impossible situations. They may want to help their loved one, but they do not want to contribute in any way to the alcoholism. They may also, understandably, need to protect themselves from their loved one’s behavior.
Alcoholism Therapy: How Does It Work?
Alcoholism is a devastating illness, but treatment is available. Often, the hardest and first step toward health is to admit that there is a serious problem. After people acknowledge the challenge, they can then seek appropriate treatment. There are many pathways toward recovering from alcohol use disorder, and many people have found the right treatment path for them through therapy.
In general, alcoholism is treated using a multifaceted approach that combines psychological, psychosocial, and pharmacological methods. A skilled therapist can help their clients find the right balance of these elements.
- Psychological Methods: therapy may uncover and treat any foundational causes of the alcoholism as well as any accompanying mental health problems.
- Psychosocial Methods: group therapy or support groups may provide understanding and accountability for sustained sobriety.
- Pharmacological Methods: medicine may be appropriate for some people to gain and maintain sobriety.
Schedule an Alcoholism Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks Charleston
Can you relate to any of the following behaviors?
- Drinking more and more to get the same buzz
- Using alcohol alone or in secret
- Craving alcohol
- Feeling annoyed or angry when you can’t drink
- Trying quit or curb drinking but without success
- Continuing to use alcohol even though it has caused relational, professional, or legal difficulties
- Vomiting, shaking, or sweating when trying to quit or going too long without a drink
If you see one or more of these behaviors in your own life, it may be time to seek a professional’s help. The counselors at Thriveworks Charleston know how hard it can be to recover from alcoholism, and they know what it takes to support their clients as they heal. We consider it an honor to walk with people in their recovery journey.
We have tried to make scheduling an appointment as convenient as possible. When you call, a person will answer the phone and help you find a day and time that works for you to come in and meet your therapist. Rest assured that we cater to the schedule of hard-working or busy individuals and have extended hours available in the evenings and on the weekends.
Alcoholism may be wreaking havoc on your life, but there is hope. Call today to schedule your appointment. Thriveworks Charleston, SC therapists are ready to help.