Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism or alcohol addiction is a serious and chronic condition. The body can also become dependent on alcohol, at which point you feel unable to control your drinking. Alcohol dependence can have a negative impact on your health, job, family, friends, and other everyday situations. You may have an issue with alcohol abuse, which does not include all of alcoholism’s symptoms. This form of abuse is characterized by over-drinking or binge-drinking which negatively affects your life and relationships.

Symptoms & Signs of Alcohol Addiction

  • Being unable to control how much you drink
  • Having a strong compulsion to drink
  • Drinking alone or while hidden
  • Being unable to remember conversations – blacking out
  • Being irritated when alcohol is not available
  • Keeping alcohol stashes in your car, office or around the house
  • Getting drunk “to feel normal” or “good”

When is it time to get help?

If you are drinking too much, can’t control the amount you drink, or have had friends or family members talk to you about your drinking, it’s time to seek help!

Alcohol Addiction treatment methods

Treating alcohol dependency usually begins with a period of detoxification or withdrawal. This period is supervised by medical professionals in a hospital or other facility treating addiction.

After detoxification, a treatment plan is discussed with a psychological or similar professional. Counselling is included here, and in many cases, will apply self-help materials, behaviour modification techniques, and establish goals.

Counselling might include a group support such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Having the support of other recovering alcoholics in AA can prevent relapse, and better help you adjust to major lifestyle changes. Also, any friends or family able to support recovery are an important asset.

Effective addictions treatment:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, emotions and beliefs influence your behaviour and how you perceive yourself, others and the world. CBT has been shown to be effective in dealing with anxiety because it helps you to change those negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and projections on a subject matter or circumstance and help you to learn more effective ways of dealing with your anxiety. This approach uses sound techniques to slow down, halt and eliminate your own learned reactions. Ultimately, CBT deals with those circumstances and events that you’re aware of, rather than dealing with circumstances and events relating to your unconscious. Through a sound therapeutic process, you’ll learn to respond differently to issues and circumstances, and you’ll learn healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Behaviour Therapy includes the thinking processes, attitudes, and values which typically impact an individual. Generally speaking, Behaviour Therapy tends to view human beings and behaviour with the assumption that humans are a product of their sociocultural conditioning and environment. Behaviour Therapy also looks at the current problems and the factors influencing them and emphasizes overt behaviour changes more than the underlying unconscious processes. Typically, treatment goals are more concrete and objective with a strong focus on measuring progress over time. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to create new learning and/or new conditions for learning that will ultimately impact the problem behaviour.
  • Existential Therapy is focused on providing the client with a greater understanding of self including self-development, and self-awareness. This therapy works on the individual’s unique set of choices and the meaning behind them. Furthermore, the therapy emphasizes an individual’s agency to make those unique choices and the need to be responsible for the consequences. The therapy makes known that the individual can not blame their decisions and the repercussions entirely on past conditioning and/or genetics. The therapy tries to employ a sense of meaning to the individual’s life and to clarify the right way to make sound choices that are constructive and rewarding.

What will I get out of addictions treatment with Insight Psychological?

If an addiction is affecting your life, you should know that you’re not alone. Our therapists utilize a variety of effective treatment methods that can support you on your journey to finding healthy ways to cope, to stop self-medicating and to reclaim your life.