If you're reading this, the chances are that you know that you (or someone you care about) has a drinking problem. You are most likely feeling anxious and torn as to whether you want to seek help or not. You may be thinking you're weak and should be able to deal with your alcohol problems by yourself.
We know this as we were once in the same boat and we're happy to tell you that these feelings are totally normal. Consider them the first step of the "alcoholism" recovery process. Having a drink problem is nothing to do with weakness...but doing something about it shows huge strength!
signs of alcoholism or problem drinking
There are many alcoholism symptoms or signs of a drinking problem:
Are you feeling guilt or shame about your drinking?
Do you hide alcohol?
Are you lying to others (and yourself) to hide your drinking habits?
Do you have friends or family members who are worried about your drinking?
Do you need to drink alcohol to relax or feel better?
Are you forgetting things that you did whilst you were drinking (i.e. blacking out)?
Are you regularly drinking more than you intended to, or cannot stop once you have started?
Have you tried giving up alcohol before but failed?
Do you suffer from alcohol withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking?
The alcohol trap
The consumption of alcohol is engrained into every aspect of our society. We use alcohol to both celebrate and commiserate. There always seems to be a reason to have a drink.
We look forward to the end of the working day with ‘wine o’clock’ or a trip to the pub and perish the thought of a weekend without a drink.
A party is not a party if you don’t ‘get smashed’, we are even programmed to use alcohol to help us deal with challenging emotional situations - who hasn’t heard of the phrase ‘dutch-courage’?
So distorted has the narrative become that we even celebrate our ‘monster hangover’ and hold it up as a badge of honour, a right of passage to acceptance within our own peer groups.
Recent studies also show that regular binge drinking (which is often a common way of consuming alcohol in the UK) is more likely to contribute to the development of compulsive alcohol consumption.
Considering all this and the fact that alcohol marketing is everywhere, it's really no surprise that alcohol problems are so rife in the UK.
a tailored alcohol Treatment plan to suit you - as an individual
At My Recovery Space, we advocate the creation of individualised alcohol treatment plans to help our clients overcome their particular drinking problem. We view alcohol problems as a temporary state and believe that with the right support and an approach backed by the latest scientific developments, full and lasting recovery is possible.
We try not to stigmatise, if we use words to describes ourselves like "alcoholic" or ``alcoholics" then we are labelling ourselves and creating a negative association with the self. We can use this label to self-sabotage ourselves by using it as an excuse, for example, "What am I supposed to do? I'm an alcoholic".
We are people, no labels!
The creation of stigma and shame are just two consequences of labelling. People with addictions often have underlying difficulties with how they view themselves and are sensitive to the judgment of others.
Labelling stops many people from reaching out for help and consequently prevents them from working on the shame and lack of self-esteem that may well have triggered their addiction in the first place.
Not content with either the distorted role alcohol plays in our society or the stigmatisation of the ‘alcoholic’, we are then presented with perhaps the most confusing component in this construct – the pressure we face when we tell friends we are no longer drinking alcohol. At MyRecoverySpace we call this ‘sobriety survival’. We will help you build your alcohol or alcoholism recovery toolkit which will give you the resources to not only survive, but thrive!
flexible alcohol therapy plans
Our alcohol treatment starts with an initial consultation at a cost of £30. This session is used to understand your situation and to assess what support you will need. It is also a chance for you to meet your counsellor and decide whether you feel comfortable with that person, and for the counselor to meet you and assess whether our alcohol treatment plan is right for you.
Costs for subsequent alcohol counselling sessions are outlined below:
what to expect during your alcohol counselling sessions
Private 1-to-1 online counselling from a trained counsellor - complete confidentiality is guaranteed
A calm, compassionate and understanding alcohol counsellor who has real-life experience overcoming alcohol issues
A safe environment in which to discuss your alcohol problem with your counselor and plan for your lasting recovery
A combination of approaches incorporating C.B.T, (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), R.E.B.T, (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy), Motivational Interviewing and Person-Centred Therapies alongside relaxation techniques/mindfulness and practical up to date neuroscientific evidence-based advice
Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) we will never label you an "alcoholic" as evidence suggests that labels may be damaging and can be a hindrance to your recovery from alcohol misuse
frequently asked questions
How is My Recovery Space different from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?
The My Recovery Space Programme does not use the twelve steps. We use evidence based practise delivered by trained drug and alcohol specialists with lived experience. We provide online one to one counselling sessions developed around the latest scienctific evidence. Alcoholics Anonymous is group based peer support for people having problems with alcohol. We do, however, welcome people who are following the twelve steps in AA and our alcohol counselling services can run alongside Alcoholic Anonymous AA step work harmoniously. We do encourage people to explore peer support groups where they can.
How will I cope with withdrawal symptoms?
In a significant proportion of cases, our experience with clients shows that alcohol withdrawal symptoms are not as severe as anticipated. As part of our programme, we will create your personalised recovery toolkit, we will help you prepare for the potential withdrawal symptoms you might encounter and together we will put in place coping strategies that work for you to minimise their impact.
Why can't I control my drinking?
Alcohol addiction does not look the same for everyone. The cognitive, behavioural and physiological symptoms and the impact of alcoholism will vary from individual to individual.
Am I an alcoholic?
We don't like to label anyone an alcoholic, and prefer to use terms such as problem drinker or Alcohol use disorder (AUD). Click here to explore this further and get some initial guidance around alcoholism.
How to stop drinking alcohol?
We can help you stop drinking, achieve sobriety or modify your drinking patterns. We will help you to understand the reasons why we can stay stuck in cycles of alcoholism.
How to help an alcoholic?
Helping a loved one with a drink problem or an alcohol dependence is never easy. Firstly, it’s a challenging topic to raise, it might have already been the cause of some discussion. You might not know what to say and in addition despite genuinely wanting to help them, it might be impossible for you to really appreciate what they are going through.
How to give up alcohol?
Talking therapy about our drink problems and up to date help and the latest evidence based advice around alcoholism. How many times after a drinking session have you promised yourself 'you'll never drink alcohol again?' Only to pick up a drink again very shortly after making your latest declaration of sobriety. Welcome to the 'alcohol trap'.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
We are rated 5/5 from all reviews.
JOYCE, 29 YEARS, FULHAM
I was drinking a bottle of wine a night with more on a weekend and thought that was normal for a long time. MRS helped me manage my alcohol consumption and learn more about my self and my behaviours. I feel so much better!
CARL M, 44 YEARS, HOXTON
I am now 6 months sober after going through some trauma and realising that I was out of control in every aspect of my life. I never thought I could stop drinking, I had tried AA and rehab in the past so I had almost given up hope. Thanks so much Mark.
Katie B, 32 YEARS, KENT
I could not get through the day without a drink. It became my constant companion, in good times and bad. Debs helped me understand how I had got to this point in my life and guided me slowly and compassionately out of the black hole of helplessness and dependence. I cannot thank her enough!