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Starting Alcohol addiction counseling

What is alcohol addiction counseling?

Alcohol addiction counseling in Waltham 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 Waltham, MA 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 Waltham, MA 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.

Need more help deciding?

Phillip—Lip to his family—didn’t have a normal childhood. As a teen, his primary concerns weren’t making friends or dipping his toes in the dating pool. Instead, he was worried about putting food on the table, chipping in for bills, and caring for his four younger siblings. Somehow, though, he also managed to stay on top of his schoolwork, graduate from high school, and get accepted into college. While this was a tremendous accomplishment and his future looked bright, Lip was in for a rough few years. He struggled in his college classes, he struggled in the dating world, and he struggled to continue to care for his family. Ultimately, it became too overwhelming. And it only got worse when Lip turned to alcohol to cope..

Lip started having a couple beers in the morning, a few throughout the afternoon, and several glasses of whiskey to top it off at night. Soon enough, he didn’t know how to function without alcohol. And he entered a downward spiral: within a few months, he got kicked out of school, wound up in jail, and jeopardized his relationships with those closest to him. Before he even knew he had a problem, alcohol proved to wreak havoc on the entirety of Lip’s life.

While Lip is a TV character (in the popular series Shameless) the alcohol addiction he presented in the show is a struggle that’s all too real for many. This issue can arise for a number of reasons, some of which include stress, relationship problems, even learned behavior. In any case, addiction often wreaks havoc on the individual suffering with the disorder as well as his or her loved ones—which makes it incredibly important for the individual to seek out treatment, such as counseling. The alcohol therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Counseling in Waltham, MA understand this need and dedicate their efforts to helping their patients manage this problem (as well as many others). If you’re struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD) or addiction, and you’re ready to get help, reach out to Thriveworks.

What Is Alcohol Addiction? Do I Have a Problem?

In many cases, those struggling with alcohol addiction don’t realize it… or they don’t want to admit it. Instead, they insist that they don’t have a problem. In reality, those with AUD have a strong yearning for alcohol, they struggle to control their intake, and they continue to drink even when it starts to have negative implications on their life. Additionally, these individuals…

  • Spend more time drinking alcohol than they originally intended.
  • Spend less time (if any at all) engaging in their favorite activities.
  • Spend an excessive amount of time drinking and experiencing the after-effects.
  • Want to limit their alcohol use or stop drinking altogether… but haven’t succeeded.
  • Experience negative side effects from drinking such as insomnia, sadness, and nausea.
  • Have missed work, school, or failed to fulfill other responsibilities because of their alcohol consumption.

There are different degrees of AUD, but if even a couple of the above symptoms resonate with you, you may have a mild case of the disorder. Let’s work through this issue together and nip it in the bud before it gets worse. Reach out to us at Thriveworks Counseling in Waltham, and we’ll get you on the proper course toward healing.

How Does Counseling for Alcohol Use Disorder Work?

Counseling for alcohol addiction or AUD is highly effective and often reaps a positive outcome. Now, the specific course of your counseling journey depends on the specifics of your case, such as where your alcohol addiction stems from. That being said, it often involves learning necessary skills that will help you to manage your addiction in everyday life. Your counselor will lead you in identifying harmful thinking and behavior patterns, and subsequently, introduce a roadblock that stops you from reverting back to harmful habits in the future.

Additionally, to ensure you stay on the right track and continue moving forward—away from those unhealthy drinking habits—there are plenty of recovery support services to consult. These include:

  • Support groups and peer services
  • Crisis services and drop-in centers
  • Classes on wellness and recovery
  • Spiritual or church groups

The first step is to schedule a session with a counselor. They will then be able to assess your specific presentation of AUD, map out a plan for recovery, and point you in the right direction of additional recovery support services.

Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Waltham, MA

Alcohol use disorder has a tremendous impact on the lives of those struggling with the illness as well as those closest to them. Fortunately, however, there is hope for healing with the right treatment. At Thriveworks, we’re proud to help individuals out of this unfortunate predicament. Our counselors and therapists know how to help you fight your alcohol addiction and are eager to do so. You can take control of your life right now—give us a call at (617) 395-5806 to schedule an appointment today.

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 Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Waltham
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

5.0 Thriveworks Waltham reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Read more Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Read more You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Read more Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Read more Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Awesome/with 5 being the best.
Waltham May 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Read more Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Read more Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Read more I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Waltham Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Waltham can be reached by taking exit 43B on I-95, and following 2nd Ave to Bear Hill Road. We are located in the same complex as Eastport Real Estate Services. We are next door to Boston Engineering.

Phone number

(781) 905-8487

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