Alcohol Dependence

What is it

Alcohol is a depressant substance that slows down activity in the central nervous system. Whilst some people use alcohol safely and responsibly, there can be the risk of alcohol use becoming harmful. Harmful alcohol use occurs when a person continues drinking despite to impairment and/or distress across social, interpersonal, legal, health or vocational areas of the person's life. Alcohol dependence can occur when a person has difficulty cutting down their consumption and may experience symptoms of withdrawal when they do try to reduce their consumption.
How can a person identify that drinking maybe a problem? Are you spending more time and money that usual on your drinking? Is the money you are spending on your drinking supposed to be used for rent, food or other essential bills? Is your drinking causing difficulty in your relationships? Do you feel guilty or remorseful about your drinking? Are you being secretive about your drinking?
 
http://druginfo.adf.org.au/infographics/alcohol-and-drugs-affect-everyone-infographic

What does it include

At KCPsych a client centred and holistic approach is taken to treatment which focuses on harm minimisation and reduction which encompasses the whole person. We believe that acknowledging the individuals unique set of social, cultural and environmental risk and protective factors, can assist in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

How a psychologist can help

If you feel that you need support in addressing your alcohol use, a Psychologist can provide a supportive & non-judgemental environment where you can explore the contributing factors which have resulted in your drinking causing harm. A Psychologist can assist with helping you identify you strengths and achievements in being able to move forward with an individualised plan. Psychologists work within a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy, to assist with achieving the person reach their treatment goal.

References

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing
 
Alcohol & Drug Foundation: http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/attachments/article/1489/15A934_AU_DrugFoundation.pdf
 
Australian Drug Information Network:
http://www.adin.com.au/

Author

Marion Sullivan

If you require additional information, please call our office on 07 3256 6320. Our mental health focused reception staff will be only too happy to assist you with your enquiry about our service and can suggest the most suitable Psychologist for your concern.