Alcohol and Drug Class Assessments
Attitudes and social stereotypes can create barriers to the detection and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. Fear of what people may think of you might lead you to deny that you are suffering from an addiction, to hide your drinking, and to drink alone. This is called denial and it is powerful!
We all know that alcohol is a legal substance that lowers anxiety and inhibitions and mostly why most people use it. Who doesn’t want to relax and unwind from their day? There are so many stressors that you encounter and feeling relaxed is often a welcome relief. The problem is when you get your relief from alcohol, it is short lived. Nothing gets solved while you are on alcohol and the problems will be waiting for you when you sober up and sometimes they seem worse than before you drank.
Sometimes family members and close friends feel obligated to cover for you while you are abusing substances. They take on the burden of cleaning up your messes, lying for you, or working more to make ends meet. Pretending that nothing is wrong and hiding all of their fears and resentments toward you can take an enormous toll on your relationships. Relationships usually fall apart on alcohol because there is a bigger intimacy with the substance than with the loved one. Who wants to stay in this type of one sided relationship? Who wants to feel angry all of the time for covering for someone else’s addiction?
I get a lot of family members coming for anger management help and are currently participating in our anger management class.
Not only does alcohol and drug abuse cause problems with relationships, it often causes severe social consequences on a person’s life as well. Being drunk or hung over at work frequently results in termination from a job, leaving a person and her/his dependents in severe financial trouble. Domestic violence, marital conflict, legal problems and isolation from friends and family are also common results of alcohol abuse.
Since drinking is so common in many cultures and the effects vary so widely from person to person, it’s not always easy to figure out where the line is between social drinking and problem drinking. The bottom line is how alcohol affects you. If your drinking is causing problems in your life, you have a drinking problem. If you are questioning your alcohol or drug consumption, it is time for an alcohol and drug assessment or evaluation to see where you stand with your possible addiction. Start by asking yourself if drinking or drugging is playing a major role in your life. Do you give up friends or family to drink or use drugs? Would you rather stay home and drink than to go out with family? Do you find yourself turning down invitations to go on vacation because you fear you will be judged if you drink or there won’t be any alcohol where you are going? Do you sneak alcohol and hide it at home, on your person or in your car?
If you are even thinking that alcohol or drugs are playing a big role in your life, they probably are. The question is what are you going to do about it? Do you sit in the problem or do you start living in a solution. It is scary to leave the old friend behind. You know the one who got your through your darkest times, the drink that was always there for you and smoothed things over in your mind. This friend has kept you in a fog. With clarity and a clear mind, there is a whole new life waiting. Let’s start with an alcohol and drug assessment evaluation and maybe some alcohol and drug classes and let’s get you moving in the right direction with clarity and confidence.
If you are questioning if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, a great place to start is with a drug and alcohol assessment or it can sometimes be called an alcohol and drug evaluation. These alcohol and drug assessments are accurate and easy to complete. Most licensed psychotherapists offer substance abuse evaluations in their practices, but if they don’t you may want to find an independent therapist who offers alcohol and drug evaluation and is an expert in the field.