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Discover how starting alcohol addiction counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Alcohol addiction counseling

What is Alcohol addiction counseling?

Alcohol addiction counseling in Richmond 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 Richmond, 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 Richmond, VA 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?

Can you relate to this experience? After a stressful day, you hit the bar to let out some steam with coworkers. After a few, your coworkers head home, and you think, I should too. But then highlights from the big game come on, so you stay even though everyone else has left. You’re at the bar and naturally you have another. It’s no big deal, you tell yourself. Or is it a big deal? With alcohol, it can be hard to tell when enough turns into too much. Healthy use can easy drift into harmful use or even alcoholism.

Some people consume alcohol as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Some people misuse it. Some can even become addicted to alcohol. But in everyday life, how can people know the difference? Where is the line between healthy and unhealthy? When does enough turn into too much? Therapists have helped many people gauge their alcohol use and treat any harmful habits or addictions.

The therapists at Thriveworks Richmond offer treatment that can help people understand when, how much, and why they drink. Through counseling, many people have regained control over their alcohol use.

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Alcoholism or alcohol addiction are the popular terms for alcohol use disorder (AUD). A disease that disrupts the balance in a person’s brain, AUD displays itself through loss of control with regard to alcohol. The imbalance increases the chemical that allows people to feel please when they drink while it decreases the chemical that controls impulsiveness.

Because of this disequilibration, many alcoholics cannot regulate how much and when they drink. When they do not have alcohol in their bodies, they may feel depressed and anxious, driving them to drink more and more.

Alcohol addiction can have genetic and social causes. A young age of first drink can increase a person’s risk for alcoholism, as can having a relative with the disease.

Many people use alcohol in unhealthy ways, but they are not alcoholics. Alcohol use disorder involves loss of control. Therapists who are experienced with alcoholism’s symptoms can diagnose the difference between misuse and addiction.

Alcoholism: Who/What Is in Control?

Take a moment to think about when, where, and how much you drink. The following lists behaviors that may reflect a loss of control associated with alcoholism.

Many people who have lost control of their alcohol use …

  • Experience alcohol cravings
  • Prioritize alcohol over family, work, friends, or hobbies
  • Imbibe more for the same buzz
  • Feel annoyed or angry when unable to drink
  • Drink in secret or alone
  • Lie about drinking
  • Attempt to curb or quit alcohol but without success
  • Continue to drink despite monetary, relational, professional, or legal difficulties it has caused.
  • Shake, vomit, and/or sweat after going too long without alcohol

Do you see any of these behaviors in your own life? If you can relate to one or more items on the list, it may be time to see a counselor.

All people have trouble seeing problems in their lives, and alcoholics are no different. Minimizing, denying, or excusing these behaviors are natural responses, but doing so could delay treatment and lead to further harm.

Accompanying Health Problems

Alcohol use disorder is, by itself, a concerning health challenge, but many other health problems are linked to it as well. High or sustained alcohol blood levels may lead to or complicate other illnesses, including …

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

Early diagnosis and treatment for alcoholism may also prevent these additional health problems.

Therapy through Thriveworks Richmond, VA

Are your drinking habits causing problems in your life? Have you tried to quit but don’t know how? Maybe it is time for some help along the way. The therapists at Thriveworks Richmond are ready to provide guidance and support for anyone who is ready to take back control of their alcohol use.

We offer client-centered care, from the first time you call our office throughout your treatment plan. When you pick up the phone to call Thriveworks Richmond, VA know that …

  1. A person will help you make an appointment for therapy.
  2. Many clients see the therapist within 24-hours.
  3. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
  4. Our therapists accept many insurance plans.

Admitting you have a problem and asking for help takes courage. Making that first call may be the hardest but best decision you ever make. If you are ready to find treatment for your alcohol use, the therapists at Thriveworks want you to know that you do not have to recover alone. We are here to help. Call today.

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 Richmond therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Richmond
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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I have looked so long for a new counselor and finally found a wonderful therapist through thrive works… Rhiannon Price has been working with me and has helped me so much
Read more I have looked so long for a new counselor and finally found a wonderful therapist through thrive works… Rhiannon Price has been working with me and has helped me so much
Michelle Feb 2024
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My experience has been somewhat less desiring. My ongoing sessions with the counselor is not as expected. It’s not engaging and oftentimes we are sitting in silence. I even asked if there was an ending game plan so we know where we are working towards and I didn’t get an answer.
Read more My experience has been somewhat less desiring. My ongoing sessions with the counselor is not as expected. It’s not engaging and oftentimes we are sitting in silence. I even asked if there was an ending game plan so we know where we are working towards and I didn’t get an answer.
Chris Jan 2024
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I have known Scott Beach personally and professionally for almost 15 years. He is a caring and compassionate individual and an outstanding clinician. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking to engage with an ethical and skilled counselor who will meet you where you are without judgment and work with you to achieve your counseling goals!
Read more I have known Scott Beach personally and professionally for almost 15 years. He is a caring and compassionate individual and an outstanding clinician. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking to engage with an ethical and skilled counselor who will meet you where you are without judgment and work with you to achieve your counseling goals!
Richmond Jul 2020
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Ashley Crouch has been been a blessing to me over the past year. I cannot begin to thank her enough for how she has impacted my life. She is very effective, professional, and respectful. My quality of life has improved by leaps and bounds and I'm forever grateful. I live in a rural area with few counseling options, so online counseling was a Godsend, and so was Ashley!
Read more Ashley Crouch has been been a blessing to me over the past year. I cannot begin to thank her enough for how she has impacted my life. She is very effective, professional, and respectful. My quality of life has improved by leaps and bounds and I'm forever grateful. I live in a rural area with few counseling options, so online counseling was a Godsend, and so was Ashley!
Richmond Dec 2019
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Exceptional service.
Richmond Jan 2019
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I’ve been seeing Ashley for about a month now at Thriveworks and I couldn’t be happier. She really helped me get back to person I use to be. I’ve had a rough couple years and she has me well on my way to a better me.
Read more I’ve been seeing Ashley for about a month now at Thriveworks and I couldn’t be happier. She really helped me get back to person I use to be. I’ve had a rough couple years and she has me well on my way to a better me.
Richmond Jan 2019
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Great scheduling service. Emma Denat is fantastic as a counselor. Highly recommend this practice.
Read more Great scheduling service. Emma Denat is fantastic as a counselor. Highly recommend this practice.
Richmond Jan 2019
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So far, everything with Thriveworks has been great - easy to schedule, easy to meet, and really finding great help all around.
Read more So far, everything with Thriveworks has been great - easy to schedule, easy to meet, and really finding great help all around.
Richmond Jan 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Richmond is located off of Markel Rd, just south of Libbie Place Shopping Center. Our building is across the street from the Faison Center and next to Pandora’s Lashes and Coates and Davenport, P.C. Our office is in the Enterprise Center, which we share with Liquid Talent Agency and SIL Insurance, among other businesses.

Phone number

(804) 312-5498

Languages spoken by VA providers

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