Archive for July 5, 2014

The Stages of Alcoholism

Ken Hartenstein

The old adage goes “if you think you might have a problem, you probably do.”  For alcohol and drug abuse this is especially true but often we don’t recognize we have an issue.

Anyone who drinks should assess their usage very once in a while.  Addiction creeps up on people, they don’t realize that they are becoming dependent as it happens.  People don’t have to hit rock bottom for a change to be made but it does take commitment, motivation and accountability.

The most important thing to remember is that anyone can quit.  Most need some help but make no mistake, it can be done.

Take a look at this list and see where you might fall.  If you want help call me.

Behaviors of Alcoholism: a Progressive List
The Early Stages

You start sneaking drinks or minimizing how much you actually consume
You start to feel preoccupied with drinking

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Ken Hartenstein

There are many reasons to come see a therapist.  Number one is, if you feel like you want to talk someone do it.  It’s good to just talk to someone once in a while to help sort the world out.

There are some signs though that may hint at depression.  In even a mild case it’s usually a good idea to see a therapist.  This is a good, quick list of signs put together by Web MD…

When to Seek Therapy
By Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD

Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
– from The Rainy Day, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We all must endure some stormy weather in our lives. So, how do you know when to get help in making it through these tempests? How do you know when it’s time to see a…

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