(Anaheim, CA, USA)
I am an alcoholic. I began consuming booze at the age of 10. This is because I descend from a family of alcohol drinkers. But for some reason, I am the only one in my family that became an extreme problem drinker. There’s so much to be said, told,and revealed but I will as briefly as possible recount 2 shamefully embarrassing incidents I created.
I can’t remember how old I was at the time, but I recall drinking Jose Cuervo Tequila and finishing an entire bottle by myself. I was living at my grandparents’ house at the time. Then I blacked out. I woke up in the morning with thick, mushy, fecal matter all over my back. I felt something cold and squishy in my pants, so when I got up from the couch I was sleeping on I pulled my pants off and sure enough I took a shit in my pants while I was passed out.
This other incident involved a family gathering at a restaurant for my uncle’s birthday party. While the family members were at a dinner table booth talking and chatting and having a great time, I was hunched over the restaurant bar drinking Long Island Iced Teas. I had 4 of them. The bartender told me that I had had enough. I didn’t like what he said so I began threatening him to give me another drink. Then I walked over to the dinner table to where my family members were talking and I began punching my uncle in the face. I was escorted outside and all of my family members came out and I began to try to fight every single one of them. That is all I can remember.
I have countless other stories. But we all see the point here and the point being I cannot drink alcoholic drinks safely or responsibly without causing or getting into trouble because I am an alcoholic and a problem drinker.
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.