Recovery Online Therapy- William I. Perry, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Online Therapist
William Perry, Ph.D. Online Therapy for help with Alcoholism, Drug Addictions, Anxiety, Depression Internet Therapy Online Psychotherapy | Online Therapist | Online Psychologist with over 25 Years Experience
Am I an Alcoholic (or Addict)?
1. Have you ever tried to cut down or limit your drinking?
2. Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking?
3. Do you drink to build self-confidence?
4. Do others think that you have a problem with alcohol?
5. Do you drink to treat anxiety or to escape from worries?
6. Have you ever been stopped for driving while intoxicated?
7. Do you have alcoholism in your family?
Alcoholism is an insidious, deadly disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year and costs society millions of dollars. It is now considered a “disease,” by the American Medical Association and the psychiatric and psychological professions as well. This means that it has a very physical component to it, and it is not a sign of weakness or personality failure. It tends to run in families, demonstrating its genetic predisposition, although many who suffer from alcoholism have no family history of alcohol abuse.
There are physical, emotional and spiritual components to alcoholism. Unless all are treated there is little hope of recovery. Alcoholism is also considered to be an “allergy” by many, in that the allergic reaction to alcohol is a strong craving for more and the inability to stop. Insofar as alcoholism is a true disease and not a personality flaw, it is impossible to treat it using your own will. If you would like some help in deciding whether or not you may have a problem with drinking, please take the brief assessment in the next column of this page:
(You may substitute the words “alcohol and drinking” with drugs or any
Any “yes” answer may suggest a higher than average risk for having a drinking-related problem. More than one “yes” answer may indicate the presence of an alcohol-related problem and the need to consult with a psychologist or other mental health practitioner with expertise in treating alcoholism. There is plenty of help available for problem drinkers – Individual therapy, group therapy, spiritual counseling, community support groups and medication.
The problem is that although treatment is widely available and effective one of the most powerful symptoms of alcoholism is denial – denial that you have a problem or denial of the severity of your problem and the negative effects your drinking has on your life and your family.
Overcoming denial is the initial goal in treatment. If you suspect that you may have a problem with alcohol please contact me. We will explore the facts together and I will help you to decide whether or not you do have a problem and if so, what is the best way to treat it.