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Starting Alcohol addiction counseling

What is alcohol addiction counseling?

Alcohol addiction counseling in Reston 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 Reston, 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 Reston, 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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Counseling for Alcoholism in Reston, VA—Fairfax Counselors and Therapists

Have you ever done this or something like it? You had plans to go out on Saturday night but at the last minute, your friends cancel. That’s frustrating, but you have a wine and Netflix. No problem. After settling in for the night, you realize it’s time for another bottle of wine. You fall asleep on the sofa and wake up the next morning to find empty wine bottles. Again. No problem. You tell yourself, Everyone deserves to relax after a long week. Right? Right. Or maybe wrong. It’s hard to know with alcohol. When does enough turn into too much? The differences between healthy drinking, harmful use, and alcoholism are not always clear.

If you are struggling with whether your alcohol use is beneficial, you are not alone. Many people need an objective perspective to assess their drinking habits, and they find that perspective through counseling. A therapist can clarify the difference between healthy and unhealthy alcohol use and treat any abusive or addictive habits. Thriveworks Reston, VA offers therapy that allows clients to evaluate their alcohol use. With counseling and treatment, many clients have also overcome abusive habits or alcoholism. Reach out today for help.

Alcoholism and Its Effects

Alcoholism is also known as alcohol addiction and alcohol use disorder. It is a disease that disequilibrates a person’s brain. The chemicals that release pleasure during alcohol use and the chemicals that curb impulsiveness become unbalanced so that pleasure during alcohol use increases and control decreases. Alcohol use disorder manifests as a loss of control with regard to alcohol. Alcoholics drink impulsively and compulsively, and they often experience a depressed mood when not drinking.

By itself, alcoholism is a challenging health problem, but high and/or sustained blood alcohol levels may cause other health challenges, including…

  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes complications
  • Stroke
  • Blindness
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Birth defects
  • Gastritis
  • Atrial Fibrillation

Health effects are not the only havoc alcoholism can wreak on a person’s life. When alcoholism destroys control over drinking, people can lose control of behavior in many ways that affect their friends, family, community, and work.

Treating Alcoholism

The most effective treatments for alcoholism usually take a multifaceted approach. Many people think of detox when they think of treating alcoholism, but ridding the body of alcohol is often only the first step. Once sobriety is achieved, it needs to be sustained. Long-term treatment of alcoholism may include one or more of these components:

  • Counseling – a therapist can explore the root causes of the alcoholism. Counseling may unearth why a person began drinking and/or any unhealthy thought processes that exacerbate the alcoholism. A counselor can then teach new coping strategies and healthy thinking processes.
  • Support Groups – group therapy has long been a component of successfully treating alcoholism. Alcoholics often find understanding and empathy among fellow alcoholics, but they can also hold each other accountable to their sobriety goals.
  • Medication – for certain people and at certain times in the recovery process, medicine may be appropriate and/or necessary. An appropriately licensed therapist or doctor can advise when medication may benefit.

Scheduling Addiction Counseling at Thriveworks in Reston

Consider when and how you use alcohol. Can you recognize your own behavior in this list?

  • Feeling annoyed or angry when sober
  • Attempting to quit or curb drinking without success
  • Drinking more and more for the same buzz
  • Using alcohol alone or in secret
  • Fibbing about alcohol use
  • Craving alcohol
  • Shaking, sweating, and/or vomiting when going too long without a drink

If you recognized one or more of these behaviors in your own life, it may be time to seek a professional’s help. The therapists at Thriveworks Reston, VA have guided and supported many people as they recover from alcoholism. We provide client-centered care from the first time you call to schedule an appointment.

When you call to make an appointment, a scheduling specialist (i.e., a person) will answer and help you. We offer convenient appointment times, and often see first time clients within the same week. We also accept many insurance plans. There is hope and help for alcoholism. Call today for an appointment.

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 Reston therapists and counselors accept 26 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

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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5.0 Thriveworks Reston reviews are collected through
Michael was super in working with my wife, me and sometimes our son. He is a good listener, offers suggestions but in the end, we had to make our own decisions. It was good to bounce ideas off him and his manner makes one feel comforted after discussing issues with him. He also responded to my emails and emergency phone calls.
Read more Michael was super in working with my wife, me and sometimes our son. He is a good listener, offers suggestions but in the end, we had to make our own decisions. It was good to bounce ideas off him and his manner makes one feel comforted after discussing issues with him. He also responded to my emails and emergency phone calls.
Reston Mar 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Reston is located on Roger Bacon Dr., which is right off of Wiehle Ave. We share an office building with SCS Engineers, FVCBank, and Parabon Computation, to name a few. We’re also right by Fairfax fields and parks.

Phone number

(703) 782-3073

Languages spoken by VA providers

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