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What is alcohol addiction counseling?

Alcohol addiction counseling in McLean 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 issues 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 McLean, 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 McLean, VA depends on the individual’s needs and 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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Lip (short for Phillip) didn’t grow up like most normal kids and teens. He was forced to take on the demanding responsibilities of caring and providing for his four younger siblings. Every day, he had to ensure there was food on the table and the bills were paid. Despite this immense pressure, though, Lip managed to fulfill the normal responsibilities that come with teenhood: he kept his grades up, finished high school with a strong GPA, and even got accepted to college.

Unfortunately, the pressures that Lip faced in high school continued in college. And he turned to alcohol to cope. He began drinking a couple beers in the morning, several in the afternoon, and topped it all off with whiskey at night. Before he knew it, he had developed a drinking problem that had negative effects on important areas of his life: at school and with his family. Over the course of a few months, Lip got kicked out of the university, spent the night in jail, and tainted his relationships with those closest to him.

“Changing the face of addiction is not the most difficult thing.

In order to change it, you must first identify it.”

–Diana Keone

Fortunately, there are experts out there who can help people just like Lip to address and manage this mental health problem. If you have a problem with addiction or alcohol, a counselor at Thriveworks McLean is equipped to assist you. Your counselor or psychologist will help you to better understand where this problem might stem from and also how to manage the harmful symptoms that accompany it. The Fairfax therapists and counselors at Thriveworks McLean are ready to tackle this problem with you. Reach out today for their assistance.

What Are the Signs of Addiction and Alcohol Use Disorder?

Often, people with alcohol addiction don’t know that they have a problem. In fact, they commonly insist that they are not struggling with addiction and are in control. But these individuals have a strong longing for alcohol, they fail to control how much they consume, and they keep drinking even when it negatively affects their life. Additionally, people with an alcohol addiction…

  • Drink more alcohol than they previously intended to.
  • Stop engaging in their favorite activities and spending time with their loved ones.
  • Spend ample time drinking alcohol and experiencing the side effects.
  • Want to stop drinking or cut back on their alcohol use but fail to.
  • Experience ill effects from drinking like difficulty sleeping.
  • Miss work, school, or fail to fulfill other important responsibilities.

Some cases of alcohol addiction are more severe than others and vice versa. That said, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should consult a professional. It’s important that those suffering with alcohol addiction (and other forms of addiction) seek help right away so that they can begin to treat the disorder as soon as possible.

How Does Counseling for Alcohol Addiction Work?

Counseling for alcohol addiction or alcohol use disorder is extremely effective. That said, the course of counseling for alcohol addiction can vary from person to person, depending on each client’s presentation, history, and so on. Now, it always involves learning new skills and techniques for managing one’s addiction. Additionally, your Thriveworks McLean counselor will help you find other helpful resources that will prove beneficial, like:

  • Support groups
  • Peer services
  • Church groups
  • Recovery classes

The first step in your healing process is identifying that you need help. Once you’ve accomplished this, a counselor can help you the rest of the way.

Schedule Counseling for Alcohol Addiction at Thriveworks McLean in Fairfax

Alcohol addiction is a serious condition that can negatively affect one’s life. As mentioned previously, their professional and personal life can suffer. If you think that you might have an alcohol problem, speak with a professional. It’s important to seek immediate help.

The counselors, psychologists, and therapists at Thriveworks McLean want to help you find healing. To schedule an appointment, all you have to do is give us a call. A scheduling specialist will gather basic information from you and then set you up with a provider who can best help you. We look forward to your call and working with you soon!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Virginia therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at McLean
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

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

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

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$1

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My therapist is great. They aren't pushy and just ask questions that get me thinking. I feel like I am getting a little guidance to help me find my own path rather than being lead in a predetermined direction.
Read more My therapist is great. They aren't pushy and just ask questions that get me thinking. I feel like I am getting a little guidance to help me find my own path rather than being lead in a predetermined direction.
Benjamin Jan 2024
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Anna is incredibly respectful, professional, and compassionate. She has a strong dedication to operational and clinical excellence. Anna has proven successful outcomes for clients that she has treated. Anna is extremely knowledgeable with numerous clinics interventions and modalities. Her drive to help others is unmatched, and I believe she would make an excellent addition to the thrive works community.
Read more Anna is incredibly respectful, professional, and compassionate. She has a strong dedication to operational and clinical excellence. Anna has proven successful outcomes for clients that she has treated. Anna is extremely knowledgeable with numerous clinics interventions and modalities. Her drive to help others is unmatched, and I believe she would make an excellent addition to the thrive works community.
McLean Jan 2020
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★★★★★
Anna is wonderful! She brings her kindness, humor and tons of experience to her counseling relationships, and yet in her kind way she also knows when to call it how she sees it in a way that does not make you feel judged and makes you feel understood. Highly recommend.
Read more Anna is wonderful! She brings her kindness, humor and tons of experience to her counseling relationships, and yet in her kind way she also knows when to call it how she sees it in a way that does not make you feel judged and makes you feel understood. Highly recommend.
McLean Jan 2020
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As a colleague, I cannot recommend Anna enough to anyone looking for a therapist. I have worked with Anna for years and trust her completely. Anna is warm, welcoming, and professional. She also has a multitude of experience working with diverse populations and is eclectic in her approach, getting to know her clients and utilizing tools and skills that she know will work best for their situation.
Read more As a colleague, I cannot recommend Anna enough to anyone looking for a therapist. I have worked with Anna for years and trust her completely. Anna is warm, welcoming, and professional. She also has a multitude of experience working with diverse populations and is eclectic in her approach, getting to know her clients and utilizing tools and skills that she know will work best for their situation.
McLean Jan 2020
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Are you looking for an excellent therapist? I cannot recommend Anna Sihon enough. She's open, patient, non-judgemental, has a great sense of humor, and is extremely culturally competent (especially with the Latinx community).
Read more Are you looking for an excellent therapist? I cannot recommend Anna Sihon enough. She's open, patient, non-judgemental, has a great sense of humor, and is extremely culturally competent (especially with the Latinx community).
McLean Dec 2019
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I have worked with Dr. Jonies Thomas over the years in a professional capacity, and have only good things about her. She has an engaging and patient interpersonal style that resonated with our patients. She brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to any interaction, and it is clear that she is passionate about what she does.
Read more I have worked with Dr. Jonies Thomas over the years in a professional capacity, and have only good things about her. She has an engaging and patient interpersonal style that resonated with our patients. She brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to any interaction, and it is clear that she is passionate about what she does.
McLean Jul 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry McLean is located off of Dolley Madison Blvd., at the intersection of Old Chain Bridge Rd and Fleetwood Rd., in Suite 3D-2. We share a building with two real estate agents from Long and Foster Real Estate.

Phone number

(571) 200-5518

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