Binge drinking is incredibly common in Australia and probably linked to our laid back, laughing and sports loving culture. Despite a society that encourages so called recreational drinking, alcohol-related disorders and associated consequences are rampant and potentially fatal. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to brain and liver functioning damage while recent research has suggested alcohol is a big a risk factor for cancer as tobacco, including breast cancer, bowel cancer and head, neck and throat cancer. Chronic alcohol abuse can also contribute to mental health problems and impair and destroy intimate and social relationships.
Alcohol is a toxic drug which can increase the risk of cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, dementia and dependence (NHMRC 2010 [accessed August 09, 2017]). There are a lot of different reasons for binge drinking and alcohol addiction. Many people drink to numb intense underlying feelings that are intolerable and/or poorly understood such as depression, sadness, fear, guilt, anxiety, feeling inadequate, poor self-esteem and loneliness. Addictions are commonly seen in people who have had difficult, abusive or neglectful experiences with parents or significant others in childhood or adolescence and enter adulthood ill-equipped to deal with the daily demands of work, relating to a partner and raising children. Drinking is a band aid solution, and the alcohol really serves as a poison – it actually digs you into a deeper and deeper hole. It can deceive you into thinking its the answer to all your problems when its actually making them so much worse. Stop the problem before it gets worse.
We can help you address those feelings, so you no longer crave to medicate them. Binge drinking help is available.
The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy can help you address excessive drinking.Alcohol addiction counselling could help you conquer alcohol’s hold on your life.
Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to make a confidential appointment. With our help, you can tackle issues causing you to drink excessively.
The methods and options used by our therapists are flexible. You can meet with a therapist via a face-to-face meeting in the Melbourne clinic or if you prefer, we can assist you from the comfort of your own home with online counselling via Skype. You can also download recommended hypnosis recordings that will help you in the comfort and privacy of your own home. When you decide to get help with alcohol-related addictions, taking the first step takes real courage.
Don’t let uncontrollable drinking continue to rule your life and put it in jeopardy – help is here!
Let’s work together to overcome excessive drinking and put you in control of your life again.
When it comes to binge drinking help, hypnotherapy, mindfulness therapy, and psychotherapy can be used together to help people who binge drink achieve greater self awareness and inner control. With a willingness to work through issues most people who were once heavy drinkers feel so much better within themselves and less controlled by urges to drink (or drink excessively).
In addition, it sometimes helps to find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, which are confidential meetings providing additional help when your alcohol consumption is spiralling out of control. Remember alcohol group support and individual counselling can work complimentarily together.
How long will treatment take?
After a few treatment sessions, we can discuss progress and either continue down the current path or alter treatment based on your needs. Everyone is different. Treatment and progress will depend on what underlying issues are driving the drinking problem, and how willing you are to address important issues. The recommendations of our therapists may include regular sessions for long-term results. After you have things under control, we could decide to space out frequency of sessions until you are ready to discontinue them. A major factor in treatment duration includes how committed you are to changing drinking habits, long term. We are committed to you for as long as it takes.
How is Bayside Psychotherapy’s alcohol treatment different?
Will power alone is almost useless for curbing a drinking problem. If you are seriously open and ready to address your underlying issues, we are there for the long haul to help you target the deeper issues that tempt you to drink, and help you develop healthier ways of managing and understanding overwhelming, scary or painful thoughts and feelings. We understand how isolating an alcohol addiction can be (even if it’s done ‘socially’!). Paradoxically, many drinkers believe asking for help is somehow a sign of weakness, and they should be able to control their drinking by themselves. This is completely unrealistic and misguided, however. There is real strength in participating in alcohol counselling. Not doing so can be very costly. Click here for FAQs and our current fee schedule.
Whether this is your first time trying to control your drinking or you’ve been down the counselling or twelve-step road before, our psychotherapists approach is based on your situation and your unique needs. You won’t find a one-size-fits-all solution at Bayside Psychotherapy.
During your first appointment, as you become comfortable with your therapist and they are able to gauge a list of good potential treatment options, they will make a plan of action based on their diversified experience with various treatments, including: psychotherapy, hypnotherapy (traditional and ericksonian methods), NLP and other approaches.