Alcohol Moderation

The Dark Side of the Holidays and Drinking

Every year, I notice a consistent trend in my practice. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, a significant number of my clients either quit, no-show sessions, or chronically cancel appointments. New client inquiries plummet. Most therapists experience a “Summer Slow-Down” when their clients go on vacation. As a substance abuse counselor, I experience a “Holiday…

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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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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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