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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The Shocking Truth About High Functioning Alcoholics

People make jokes all the time about how they are “functional alcoholics.” Owning that label, and making it humorous deflects any potential concerns that people have, who may wonder how much you really drink. Calling yourself an HFA can be a way to dodge the elephant in the room when you’re with all of your…

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