(South Carolina )
I started drinking when I was just 19, (I’m 22 now) and so far I’ve had two DUIs, and at least three charges of public intoxication. I’ve lost three jobs, also. Drinking has controlled my life since then, the cravings are sudden and strong, and I am powerless to it. I want to stop indefinitely but again, the cravings kick in. My mother and father were both alcoholics, along with two of my uncles. I’ve reached out to family but I ignore them. I want to go to A.A at least once, cause I haven’t been. I read that A.A doesn’t work for everybody, and the successfulness of the program is very low after the first year. I just want to make it a month without drinking, I cant even begin to think about making it a year. I have support from plenty of people, and they try to help but I don’t listen. I’m going to try hard to stay sober this time. I believe everything happens for a reason, and maybe fate is wanting to share my experiences to people who are also wanting help. If I can stay sober I know everyone can too.
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.