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Starting Alcohol addiction counseling

What is Alcohol addiction counseling?

Alcohol addiction counseling in Mt Pleasant 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 Mt Pleasant, SC 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 Mt Pleasant, SC 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?

Sue hates her job but feels like she can’t quit. She’s always had a glass of wine with dinner and now finds herself drinking most of the bottle. Her boss notices her arriving to work later and later. She seems to care less about her appearance even when she has meetings with clients and leaves early most days. Sue’s family is concerned, but Sue doesn’t seem to think there is a problem. She has headaches in the mornings and often forgets things, but she thinks she’s managing everything just fine.

Have you or a loved one been in this situation? Are you unsure of how to fix it? The exceptional counselors at Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant understand and are here to help.

What is Alcoholism?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD), commonly known as alcoholism, is due to uncontrolled alcohol consumption and that consumption causes harm. It usually involves discussing alcohol often and finding excuses to obtain it, drinking more to feel the same effect, and having withdrawal symptoms if you rapidly decrease intake. It tends to affect safety, physical health, emotional health, relationships and disrupts daily activities of living and quality of life. Even if this problem is just beginning, the therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant are here to help you develop goals to work towards recovery. Start receiving help today by calling 843-606-6223 and making an appointment with a counselor.

Why do some people develop Alcoholism?

Alcohol is present at most events, gatherings, and activities you attend. So why do some people develop alcohol use disorder while others do not? Risk factors often include:

  • Drinking at a young age that continues
  • Self-medicating of psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, poor impulse control, addictive personality
  • Genetics, specifically if there is a family history of alcoholism
  • Easy access to alcohol in your environment
  • Culture, society, and media focused on alcohol consumption

Many of these risk factors enhance the development of alcoholism for certain individuals. It has been shown to change brain function and many people seek to repeat what they perceive to be positive effects and happiness as the result of consuming alcohol.

How do I know if I have an Alcohol Use Disorder?

Medical professionals diagnose an individual with alcoholism when they answer “yes” to two or more of the questions below.

In the past year, have you:

  • Had more to drink, or drank longer, than you intended?
  • More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but weren’t able to?
  • Spent an excessive amount of time drinking or recovering from drinking too much?
  • Experienced strong cravings to drink?
  • Found that drinking, or the negative health effects of drinking, often interfered with your family life, relationships, job, or school?
  • Continued to drink despite these negative effects?
  • Chose to give up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you in order to drink?
  • More than once been in a dangerous situation while or after drinking?
  • Continued to drink despite it making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem?
  • Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want?
  • Experienced withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, dysphoria, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Experienced fevers, seizures, or hallucinations?

If you answered yes to a combination of the questions above or are experiencing any of the physical symptoms described, it’s time to seek help. The more symptoms you have, the more serious the problem. Contact Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant at (843) 606-6223 to schedule an appointment today.

What are some of the risks if left untreated? 

The short term effects more often involve safety concerns including aggressiveness, risk of trauma or harming others, legal problems, financial problems, sexual risk or assault, or involvement of other illegal substances.

Long-term physical effects untreated alcoholism can include:

  • Heart: high blood pressure, heart rhythm irregularities, enlarged heart
  • Stomach: absorption issues of essential nutrients, vitamins and food, inflammation, ulcers, pancreatitis
  • Liver: inflammation, replacement of healthy tissue with fat, and permanent scarring or cirrhosis
  • Neurologic: tingling/numbness of hands and feet, short term memory loss, dementia
  • Medications: interactions with medications, especially if diabetic can lead to severely low blood glucose
  • Immune system: weakened leading to higher risk of infections
  • Bones: risk of development of osteoporosis (weak bones)
  • Risk of cancer
  • Birth defects: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Menstruation changes (females) and sexual dysfunction (males)

Alcohol Therapy and Counseling

Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant knows there are many different approaches to alcohol therapy. The most important first step is accepting and acknowledging the addiction. The next is reducing consumption or detoxification. This may require additional medical provider support and guidance. The last is beginning to work towards changing behaviors and treating underlying disorders or traumas on the path towards rehabilitation. Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant’s exceptional therapists and counselors will provide a supportive, calming, and restorative environment.

We are conveniently located adjacent to the Queensborough Shopping Center at 1131 Queensborough Blvd., #100 just across the bridge from Charleston in Mt. Pleasant. Call to schedule your appointment with a Thriveworks therapist today. Our phone number is 843-606-6223.

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 Mt Pleasant therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Mt Pleasant
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

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My therapist at Thriveworks, Susan, is warm and and relatable. I am a late-diagnosed autistic woman. I am basically now learning what everyone else learned in kindergarten. I have a history of broken marriages and jobs I was invited to leave because I didn't fit in, to put it mildly. She has helped me in so many ways, and I can now see decisions I made that I thought were just what had happened to me. I feel much more capable and hopeful now. I wish I could have met her years ago. I have gone to many therapists over the years, but now I can see how I can feel hopeful about my life and my relationships with my daughters and my grandchildren.
Read more My therapist at Thriveworks, Susan, is warm and and relatable. I am a late-diagnosed autistic woman. I am basically now learning what everyone else learned in kindergarten. I have a history of broken marriages and jobs I was invited to leave because I didn't fit in, to put it mildly. She has helped me in so many ways, and I can now see decisions I made that I thought were just what had happened to me. I feel much more capable and hopeful now. I wish I could have met her years ago. I have gone to many therapists over the years, but now I can see how I can feel hopeful about my life and my relationships with my daughters and my grandchildren.
Linda Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Susan is my Thriveworks therapist. She is helping me set boundaries and make better choices. I am learning a lot from her. Having Asperger's, I often can be quite blunt. I am gradually learning how to say less but make better connections. She
Read more Susan is my Thriveworks therapist. She is helping me set boundaries and make better choices. I am learning a lot from her. Having Asperger's, I often can be quite blunt. I am gradually learning how to say less but make better connections. She
Linda Jan 2024
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Mt Pleasant is located off of Queensborough Blvd, right next to the Queensborough Shopping Center and just north of Highway 17. We're right across the street from Groucho's Deli, Beach Cowboy Fitness, and Hunan Chinese. The closest bus stop is Johnnie Dodds Blvd (Frontage Rd) / Queensborough Shopping Center.

Phone number

(843) 588-1846

Languages spoken by SC providers

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