Online Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Mindfulness Therapy for Alcohol Addiction
There are many approaches to recovery from alcohol addiction as described in the Mayo Clinic page below. I offer online mindfulness therapy via Skype for the Online Treatment for Alcohol Addiction as an alternative to AA and 12-step programs.
Many people prefer the greater privacy provided by online therapy and the mindfulness therapy approach is extremely effective for resolving the underlying core emotions such as low self-esteem and depression that need to be healed before you can truly break free from an addiction.
Mindfulness training is also very effective for managing the compulsive emotional impulses themselves.
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More than 15 million people in the United States had an alcohol use disorder in 2016, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. About 1.1 million people went to rehab for alcohol, and an additional 1.1 million went to rehab for alcohol and drug abuse.
But, not everyone wants to go to a Residential Rehab Facility. It is very costly in both time and money and I am not entirely convinced that the quality of psychotherapy offered during your stay and in the follow up phase after you leave rehab is sufficient to cure the underlying emotional-psychological causes of your addiction.
Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness therapy, which is particularly effective for treating addictions. If you would like to talk to a psychotherapist online for help with addiction, then please contact me to learn more about mindfulness therapy and how it can help you.
Please e-mail me and ask any questions you may have about the mindfulness approach. It is very effective and most people see it’s quite substantial improvements after the first three or four sessions.
Mindfulness therapy is very effective because it works directly on helping you change those habitual emotions that fuel addiction, whether it’s depression or stress or anxiety or or any other emotion. The primary problem is that that emotional energy feeds the compulsive impulses of the addiction. You have to change those underlying emotions in order to overcome addiction effectively.
Mindfulness is extremely good at doing this because it teaches you how to build a conscious relationship with your emotions. The real problem is that we fall into patterns of avoidance and aversion. We don’t like painful emotions, we try to get away from them. But in so doing you inadvertently feed those emotions and you prevent them from healing. It’s essential to develop a conscious and also friendly relationship with your emotions if they are to heal. They require others and that’s what we specialize in, and I will teach you join these online therapy sessions that I authored via Skype exactly how to do this. It is not that difficult.
I will teach you how to essentially meditate on your emotions: on the anxiety, the depression, the stress, whatever it might be. I will teach you how to develop and cultivate this mindfulness relationship with your emotions that will promote healing. You can practice this between sessions yourself. This is a life skill that I teach and it is, as I have said, very effective and probably the most direct approach there is to healing emotional suffering and for recovering from the various forms of behavioral reactivity such as addictions.
Please contact me to learn more about mindfulness therapy for addictions and talk to a therapist online for help with your addictions. Thank you.
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Article by the Mayo Clinic on Alcohol Addiction
Many people with alcoholism hesitate to get treatment because they don’t recognize they have a problem. An intervention from loved ones can help some people recognize and accept that they need professional help. If you’re concerned about a friend or family member who drinks too much, talk to a professional for advice on how to approach that person.
Various treatments may help. Depending on the circumstances, treatment may involve a brief intervention, individual or group counseling, an outpatient program, or a residential inpatient stay.
The first step is to determine if you have a problem with alcohol. If you haven’t lost control over your use of alcohol, treatment may involve reducing your drinking. If you have become addicted, simply cutting back is ineffective. Working to stop the use of alcohol to improve quality of life is the main treatment goal.
Treatment for alcoholism may include:
- Detoxification and withdrawal. Treatment for alcoholism may begin with a program of detoxification, which generally takes two to seven days. You may need to take sedating medications to prevent shaking, confusion or hallucinations (delirium tremens), or other withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification is usually done at an inpatient treatment center or a hospital.
- Learning skills and establishing a treatment plan. This usually involves alcohol treatment specialists. It may include goal setting, behavior change techniques, use of self-help manuals, counseling and follow-up care at a treatment center.
- Psychological counseling. Counseling and therapy for groups and individuals help you better understand your problem with alcohol and support recovery from the psychological aspects of alcoholism. You may benefit from couples or family therapy — family support can be an important part of the recovery process.
- Oral medications. A drug called disulfiram (Antabuse) may help to prevent you from drinking, although it won’t cure alcoholism or remove the compulsion to drink. If you drink alcohol, the drug produces a physical reaction that may include flushing, nausea, vomiting and headaches. Naltrexone (Revia), a drug that blocks the good feelings alcohol causes, may prevent heavy drinking and reduce the urge to drink. Acamprosate (Campral) may help you combat alcohol cravings. Unlike disulfiram, naltrexone and acamprosate don’t make you feel sick after taking a drink.
- Injected medication. Vivitrol, a version of the drug naltrexone, is injected once a month by a health care professional. Although similar medication can be taken in pill form, the injectable version of the drug may be easier for people recovering from alcohol dependence to use consistently.
- Continuing support. Aftercare programs and support groups help people recovering from problem drinking or alcoholism to stop drinking, manage relapses and cope with necessary lifestyle changes. This may include medical or psychological care or attending a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Treatment for psychological problems. Alcoholism commonly occurs along with other mental health disorders. You may need talk therapy (psychotherapy or psychological counseling), medications, or other treatment for depression, anxiety or another mental health condition, if you have any of these conditions.
- Medical treatment for other conditions. Common medical problems related to alcoholism include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, liver disease and heart disease. Many alcohol-related health problems improve significantly once you stop drinking.
- Spiritual practice. People who are involved with some type of regular spiritual practice may find it easier to maintain recovery from alcoholism or other addictions. For many people, gaining greater insight into their spiritual side is a key element in recovery.
Residential treatment programs
For a serious alcohol problem, you may need a stay at a residential treatment facility. Many residential treatment programs include individual and group therapy, participation in alcoholism support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, educational lectures, family involvement, activity therapy, and working with counselors, professional staff and doctors experienced in treating alcoholism.
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Online Counseling offers you a way to deal with your alcohol addiction at home
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Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that affects millions of people throughout the world. Getting help for alcohol addiction is difficult for many. Now you can get alcohol counseling online through this new Skype-based online therapy service.
Why Online Treatment for Alcohol Addiction?
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There are many approaches to combating alcohol abuse, including the famous 12-step Group Support programs of AA or checking into a residential Addiction Recovery Center. But this approach is not for everyone. Many people struggling with addiction would prefer to manage this by themselves rather than in a group setting. A great number of alcoholics are embarrassed about their addiction and don’t feel comfortable sharing their emotions in front of strangers.
Also, although such Support Groups can play an invaluable role in alcohol recovery, they do not always provide the depth of help needed to change the underlying emotional suffering that led you to alcohol abuse in the first place. To fully recover, you will need to heal these underlying unresolved emotions. This is what online counseling for your alcohol addiction is designed to do – to help you identify and change the underlying emotional causes of your alcohol abuse.
What are the underlying emotions that cause your alcohol problem?
Here are some of the common emotional issues that can drive people to abuse alcohol:
- Emotional Stress – Excessive Stress at work leaving you feeling overwhelmed
- Relationship Conflict – Unresolved conflicts can produce considerable mental anguish, anger, anxiety and depression
- Poor Self-Esteem – often arising from childhood emotional abuse, including excessive criticism and put downs
- Anger – arising from negative and hostile beliefs and thoughts
- Depression – perhaps the most frequent cause, arising from a deep sense of emptiness and internalized anger toward self
There are many different emotions that may contribute to your alcohol abuse, but in all cases these unresolved emotions act as a “mental irritant” eroding our ability to manage the stresses and challenges of life.
Online Mindfulness Therapy for the Treatment of Alcohol Addiction
In order to prevent relapse, you must heal the underlying emotions that drive the addiction process. Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to do this by first helping you recognize your habitual reactive thinking and then teaching you how to work with the underlying emotions themselves.
Our addiction to alcohol is simply the conversion of our addiction to inner negative habitual beliefs and thinking. Change these and you will take away the fuel that powers the alcohol addiction.
Now, it is true that we can become chemically dependent on alcohol and other drugs, which may require medical intervention, but the actual addictive behavior depends on thought and emotion, which we can change through a cognitive-based therapy like Mindfulness Therapy.
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To fully recover from an addiction you must heal and transform two classes of emotional reactivity: The compulsive craving and the underlying Core Emotions, such as anxiety, depression or low self-esteem that fuel these cravings. This is essential in order to prevent relapse. Mindfulness Therapy is particularly effective for helping you break free from both of these classes of emotions that are involved in addictions.
Alcohol Recovery Counseling Online via Skype
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional online therapist. I offer online counseling via Skype for help with a range of emotional problems, anxiety, depression and emotional stress, and also for addictions.
The method that I use is called Mindfulness therapy, which is particularly effective for working with the difficult and powerful emotions that underlie most addictions.
During these online therapy sessions, we focus on the two kinds of emotions that dominate most addictions, and especially alcohol addiction, and that is the compulsive-craving emotions themselves, and the underlying core emotions that fuel those addictive cravings. We must address both of these kind of classes of emotions if you are to fully recover and to prevent relapse.
So, mindfulness is very good for this purpose. It allows you to essentially form a stable relationship with your emotions in which you can learn how to experience the compulsion or the underlying core emotions without becoming overwhelmed.
The biggest problem we find is this habitual tendency to identify with our emotions. When we identify with them we become entrap by those emotions and then we become reactive and more or less lose control. So, mindfulness teaches us how to maintain balance in the face of these very emotions. When you learn how to do that then you begin to gain greater freedom from the emotions themselves, and if you can prevent yourself from becoming reactive towards these emotions or becoming identified with them, then that allows the emotions to begin to begin to change, to begin to transform and heal, and this is of course necessary for the recovery from addiction.
If you would like to learn more about Mindfulness Therapy for for the Online Treatment for Alcohol Addiction. Please contact me and we can schedule a Skype therapy session.
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If you would like to try online counseling for your alcohol addiction problem, then please email me and we can schedule a Skype session to begin your recovery program.
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