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Counseling for alcoholism and alcohol abuse.

Dr. Elizabeth MacGregor
Ed.D, LPC
drmacgregor@montvillecounseling.com

Theravive Counselor

GEORGE MACGREGOR
DCSW, MSW, LCSW, CAM-II
georgemacgregor@montvillecounseling.com

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Alcohol Addiction Counseling

Alcohol Addiction: Drowning in Denial

Alcohol use is a coping mechanism used to deal with daily tensions or worries such as loneliness, marital problems, job stress or illness. Many people use alcohol as a substitute for satisfying personal relationships and self-fulfillment or to compensate for guilty feelings, low self-esteem and shyness in social situations.

Denial is the main symptom of alcoholism. And because denial is a defense mechanism used for life situations that are too difficult to cope with, it makes it difficult for the afflicted person to face the disease. People suffering from alcoholism either insist they do not have a problem or blame others. For this reason, people who need help with this illness are often not treated. Alcoholism is our most untreated, and yet treatable disease.

Alcoholism is a disease that affects the whole family. Living with someone with an alcohol problem causes despair and confusion, as well as a life that is unpredictable and unstable. This chaotic atmosphere has far reaching consequences on the entire family unit.

In some cases, teen suicides are linked to alcohol and drug abuse since alcohol contributes to their depressive symptoms. Just like adults with drinking addictions, they use alcohol as a way to handle mental or emotional issues, and often they are mirroring their family environment. Treatment for alcohol abuse for teens can help prevent addictions later in life.

Children who grow up in alcoholic environments continue to be haunted by their dysfunctional past and the effects of alcoholism. Adult children of alcoholics tend to hide their feelings (often because expressing their emotions was discouraged), or live in fear or are in a constant state of being anxious to protect themselves from unpleasant situations. They may even become an alcoholic themselves or may act out in other chaotic ways.

If you’re in a relationship with someone who is addicted to alcohol and you are complying with the unhealthy behavior, you’re probably a codependent. You could be losing touch with your own emotions and taking responsibility for your own life is the gateway to helping yourself to a better way of living.

The first step of recovery is breaking through the biggest obstacle of recovery - denial. Sometimes recovery is forced on the addict by the court systems, employers or family members to quit drinking and get sober. The ultimatum of treatment is frequently the strongest possible motivator for the alcoholic to get help. These actions are what may finally get the addict to ask, “Am I an Alcoholic?” Quitting drinking can then be within reach because the aspect of denial is removed.

If you recognize yourself or a loved one here, a trained professional counselor can help. Reach out to a therapist who is skilled and experienced in helping to solve these types of issues surrounding alcohol dependence.

Montville Counseling Center also participates with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for counseling for alcohol addiction and substance abuse. An EAP is a benefit offered by some employers to their employees and their family members to help resolve personal issues with professional and confidential counseling services. Check to see if you are covered by your employer with this benefit.