Posts by Sarah Suzuki, AM, LCSW, CADC

5 Reasons You Drink Every Night

Drinking every night is just something you do. Sure, you’re not DEPENDENT on alcohol. But the thought of taking a night off of drinking feels… uncomfortable. Every day, after work, you pour yourself a drink. Maybe it’s a beer after you put the kids to bed. It’s become part of the Bedtime Routine: Feed the…

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10 Strategies to Instantly Control Your Drinking

Drinking can be fun, pleasurable, and productive. When you go out for drinks with co-workers and clients, you can build a social bond that can help get you score a promotion. You can split a bottle of wine with your significant other over a nice dinner, kill a case of beer with your best friends…

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How to Make the Most of IOP

So you’re stuck in Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP, for short). The top complaint I hear about IOP? That it’s boring, stupid, and a waste of time. Then why do therapists keep sending their clients to IOP? I will share a secret with you that most people don’t know, including the other people in your program:…

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Habits, Addictions, and Power – Podcast with Benjamin Ritter

Ever wonder why you feel compelled to have a beer after work? Check out the enlivening conversation between Sarah Suzuki and Executive Consultant Benjamin Ritter in a podcast where they talk about the REAL reasons men feel compelled to engage in problem drinking behavior. In this podcast, they discuss the following: How self-destructive habits are…

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Transform Performance Anxiety into Performance Enhancement

Big presentation coming up? If you’re like most people, you will feel a little bit nervous. You might even drink at the end of the day leading up to your performance, thinking this will help you “unwind.” The problem is that alcohol hinders peak performance when the event arrives. The good news is that this…

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Am I an Alcoholic?

The term “alcoholic” not only is confusing – but it can also be harmful to those who really need help but don’t seek it out due to shame and stigma. Labeling someone as an “alcoholic” or an “addict” defines a person by their behavior, creating the illusion that the problem drinker is powerless and cannot…

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Why You Should Have a Relapse Prevention Plan

It’s clear that the ideal time to intervene is when you notice the onset of an alcohol Prelapse – a shift in your mindset that indicates you are working towards a regression back to old habits. However, most people who are starting the process of behavior change are simply trying to prevent a full-blown alcohol…

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Why Therapists are in Denial About Denial

Ah, denial: the hallmark of addiction. “He’s in denial,” a therapist will say to me, usually with a raised eyebrow and heavy sigh. The field of substance abuse was built on a professional foundation of breaking through denial. “Therapeutic communities” like Synanon in California (basically a treatment cult) would break through the denial of their…

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How to Un-F*ck Yourself After Being a Drunk F*ck

Hey bro: Did you get drunk and f*ck up? If you’re reading this, then hey – at least you’re alive. At a minimum you should feel good about that. Yay! Now, let’s get your shit back on track. These simple steps will help you develop an action plan for minimizing hurt feelings and negative consequences…

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