One of the areas of my practice focuses on Individual Outpatient Intensive Alcohol Treatment. The emphasis is on you and your goals, hopes, dreams and desires. We will discuss whether you are a candidate for Moderation or whether Abstinence is a better option for you. But it will be your decision, and your choice.
Each individual who struggles with alcohol issues does so for very personal reasons. Perhaps, it is because alcohol, quite frankly, relaxes you or makes you more outgoing. You may feel more part of the crowd and less of an outsider. Perhaps it makes you forget (at least temporarily) that life can be hard and the road seems winding and endless. Perhaps it dulls the pain of negative choices ending in patterns of regret.To compare this with AA-style '12-step' programs click here.
How will you and I approach your alcohol consumption? I can guarantee you we will not take a shovel and dig up a past you’d rather leave behind. What we will do is look at what you are doing well, what you’d like to improve, and teach you new skills to create the end results you desire. More specifically, we will utilize Motivational Interviewing, Goal-Setting, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Assertiveness Training as well as other more specific solutions tailored to your particular circumstances.
As we work together, you will learn to make new selections in your life about health, vocation, relationships and all the elements that make your life truly worth living. As a result, you will be able to look back and instead of seeing a bucket of shattered glass, instead discover a life woven of the many varied strands which make your life a tapestry of fulfillment.
What’s the difference between my plan for your treatment and what is available easily to the general public? Primarily, it is individual treatment. It is a program which is an alternative to 12-Step “Treatment” and allows you to be at the helm of your life rather than being persuaded you are powerless and helpless. Instead of telling you that you are permanently ill, diseased or some other catch-phrase, my job is to direct you towards good health and the return of joy.
The average format of this program will be approximately 12 fifty minute sessions. What is different from “typical” therapy is that the Intensive Individual Alcohol Outpatient Program lasts 10-12 weeks depending on your particular circumstances. You won’t share this time with anyone else unless you wish to bring a family member or a friend as occasional support.
Finally, while I do work with insurance companies, your Confidentiality is of primary importance to me and our work together. Remember that groups, including AA, are not confidential and odds are you will be labeled an “alcoholic” when, usually, you are simply misusing or abusing alcohol. Don’t sacrifice your privacy or reputation needlessly. If you want to be treated like an intelligent person, call me now at 760-822-7729 and let’s set up an appointment.