Been trying to stay sober for 6 months now, have relapsed 3 times. Last summer I fell due to drinking and hit my head so hard I had a brain bleed and a fractured scull. Was in the hospital for a week then in a rehab facility for a week. The Dr.s said I was lucky to be alive, and I know that, so why did I relapse? You’d think nearly dying would be enough to scare anyone off alcohol forever! I’ve got so much to live for and the last relapse my family told me they’d had enough, if this happens again, certain measures would be taken. I have the most wonderful kids and family, and I think the hardest part is what I’ve done to them. I’ve scared them half to death, they’ve disrupted their lives for me, and I’ve broken their hearts. I had a grandson now who is the absolute love of my life, and to think I almost missed watching him grow up just kills me. When my son said he didn’t know how he would explain to my 1 and 1/2 year old grandson where his grandma was if I’d died really hit home. I know this disease WILL kill me if this continues to happen, so for my self, and my family I am very determined this time to make it!!
I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. I have since settled in North Carolina. I have experience working with various stages of addiction, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, stages of life concerns and relationship concerns.
I tend to use a person-centered approach which simply means that I meet you where you are and work collaboratively to help you identify and work towards accomplishing goals. I will often pull from CBT when appropriate. I do encourage use of mindfulness and meditation and practice these skills in my own life. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion.
I recognize that reaching out for help is hard and commend you for taking the first step. We have professionals available who would be happy to help you move closer to reaching your goals related to your drinking concerns. You may reach these professionals by calling 877-322-2694.