Alcohol Dependence2021-07-21T02:28:30+00:00

Alcohol Dependence

Drinking alcohol once in a while, especially with friends or during special occasions is normal. It’s just how some people have fun. There’s nothing wrong with this practice, just as long as you know when to stop. If you don’t know when to stop, you might be facing a more severe problem. There are serious health risks when alcohol dependence is untreated over time. You might not notice it, or you might try to heed the symptoms, but you shouldn’t take the issue of alcohol dependence lightly.

What are the Symptoms of Alcohol Dependency?

The symptoms of alcohol dependence can be difficult to notice because some might just understand it as social drinking. To know if your drinking has become an uncontrollable compulsion, you can try to look for these symptoms:

  • Neglecting responsibilities – this includes your responsibilities at home, school or work. Common scenarios that you may have in your life at the moment are being drunk the night before without giving any importance to a business meeting the next day or skipping out on prior commitments because you have a hangover.
  • Using alcohol where it’s dangerous – you’re fond of drinking before going to work, even if your work includes operating big machinery or even driving.
  • Experiencing legal problems – you’ve been arrested several times for driving under the influence of alcohol, and you have no concern if you make the same mistake again. You don’t care if your violations due to alcohol will increase.
  • You’re drinking causes problems to your relationships – your spouse and other family members are already reminding you to control your alcohol intake, but despite their reminders, you continue to drink behind their back. You start to come up with lies to allow you to still drink without them knowing.
  • Loss of control when you’re drinking – you promised to drink two glasses of wine but ended up emptying two bottles of beer.

What are the Treatments for Alcohol Dependency?

Commonly, alcohol dependence can be treated through:

  • Behavioral Treatments
  • Medications
  • Mutual-support Groups

How Can We Help You?

The reason why you’ve become an alcoholic through the years might be caused by childhood experiences, or you might be influenced by others. Regardless of the reason, People Psychology’ psychologists in Brighton take the time to understand what’s behind your alcohol dependence and provide you with the strategies to overcome your compulsive behaviour over time. Our psychologists will listen to you and work with you to uncover the reasons why you may be using this behavior as a coping mechanism in your life. This will be our basis in coming up with a plan for you, a plan which you can quickly adapt in your life for a much better overall outcome.

The service we offer to you will be a fit for your lifestyle. You’re not alone, we’ll be with you throughout the entire process to give you the support you need to succeed.

Get In Touch

If you’re interested to know more about alcohol dependence and the services we can offer you, call us today! Our friendly team is ready to help you take your first step to overcoming your alcohol dependence. Call Now!

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T09:56:40+00:00

Counselling is what you call the process of obtaining insight on various issues by expressing your feelings and thoughts to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Counselling sessions aim to help you comprehend and hopefully resolve issues that cause you distress.

It’s perfectly normal for individuals, families, couples and individuals to seek counselling in order to assess and solve various problems and issues they encounter everyday. Expressing becomes easier for clients because the counsellor is not part of their personal life. Not to mention, since everything said in sessions is confidential, clients have the freedom to express themselves openly.

It is important to understand, however, that a counsellor does not tell you what you should do. They instead try to assist your growth and help you make a move that you are willing to commit to.

Similar to how weight lifters in the gym will gain more progress with the help of a personal trainer, those who try counselling may find themselves moving forward in their lives much more comfortably with guidance. With the help of counsellors, we can gain a better understanding of the various relationships and situations that we experience and encounter throughout our lives.

What is a psychologist?2018-10-12T09:57:33+00:00

Psychologists are by training those who research and study the science involving human behavior. Psychologists need six (6) years of training in order to properly understand human relationships, mental processes, and human behavior. They require four (4) years of basic university training, and two more years in internships and specialisations. As such, psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological therapies. They are capable of collaborating with psychiatrists and doctors as needed, given their clients know and consent to these methods.

Do your psychologists write psychological reports?2018-10-12T09:58:19+00:00

Should it be required, we can write psychological reports for instances such as TACs, Work Cover, and court proceedings. These reports are charged separately, and in addition to our psychological consultations.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T09:58:59+00:00

Absolutely! Everything you say and express will be confidential and private. The only exceptions to this situation is if you may be at risk of harming others and yourself, or when the law subpoenas your file.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-12T09:59:43+00:00

There’s nothing to prepare for if you’re on your way to your first session. Psychologists work by conversing with you, which means much of your first session will be about you trying to describe the problem you’re facing and why it led you to seek psychological counselling. Should you feel lost, psychologists are there to ask questions and help you on your way – with questions regarding when the problem started, what you hope to gain from the session, and what motivated you to seek help.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T10:00:28+00:00

Everyone has different problems, and as such everyone will have different ranges of counselling sessions. These depend on the circumstances surrounding your reason for counselling in the first place. Sometimes, some people come for just a few sessions while others come regularly. You are in fact free to stop attending these sessions just as you are free to resume them at any point in the future. This is an option people may take when problems appear given counselling is an easy way for them to access mentors. It’s much easier when you tackle your problems with the same counsellor as this is someone who knows you very well.

What are your opening hours?2018-10-12T10:01:13+00:00

Our opening hours are 9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-12T10:01:55+00:00

Our rates fall in the middle ground when compared with the rates of a full range of psychological practices. For details on our pricing, phone us at People Psychology Brighton on 03 9133 0996.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2019-02-20T01:43:02+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T10:03:28+00:00

We can process relevant cards on our Hicaps machine at the end of your session. This will send your rebate to your savings account.

What type of counselling and therapy do you use?2018-10-12T10:04:12+00:00

Similar to many psychologists, we select counselling and therapy from a wide range of approaches and techniques. These all depend on what approach seems to best serve the needs of our clients.

These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

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