I want to be a social drinker.
What if I don’t want to abstain from alcohol and want to drink socially?
That’s absolutely fine. It’s your decision and I’m all for harm reduction – for backing off and for reducing use. Drinkers can certainly change their ways, even heavy drinkers and I will happily work with you on a series of successful harm minimisation techniques to help you control your drinking. I have found Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to be helpful in changing unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling and behaving.
Reduction techniques that often work can include exploring changing drinking or using patterns or behaviours, creating goals, positive reinforcement, alcohol use monitoring, drink refusal skills, conversation skills, learning to manage urges and cravings, restructuring negative thinking and anger management. Together we will create a plan for reducing your intake that works for you.
I am an experienced and trained Mindfulness teacher and Mindfulness can also help problem drinkers identify cravings and triggers.
I’ll provide you with education on medicines, such as Naltrexone which can be used to help reduce your intake. Should you and your medical practitioner go down this path, it’s important to have a comprehensive treatment plan.
Anger, fear, shame, guilt and resentment are common manifestations of drinking too much and I can help you change negative behaviours and mend fences with those that may have been hurt along your journey, including yourself. Well done on your awareness that alcohol may be causing you some problems. Together we can look at what is beneath your drinking and begin your healing journey.