There are many topics that are easy to discuss with friends or loved ones, addiction is not typically one of them. While it may not be the easiest thing to bring up, the responsibility to do so may fall on your shoulders. Alcohol addiction can occur at any age or stage of life and there are often other contributing life-factors or psychological disorders that accompany it. Alcohol addiction can be tough to spot and may just look like casual “partying” at first for some. But casual partying can rapidly turn into something more – dependency. For others, the signs may be more apparent – lying, “needing it to relax”, blacking out, inability to stop, neglecting responsibilities, making dangerous choices while under the influence, and more. Your friend or loved one may even joke about it, make light of the situation, or completely insist there is no problem.
If you are concerned that your friend or loved one has an alcohol addiction it is important to approach the conversation without judgement and without shaming them. Though their addiction may sadden you, have caused emotional strain, or hurt you in some way, to successfully encourage them to seek help the best approach is to approach them from a loving perspective or – at a minimum – remain as neutral as possible. Their addiction and treatment is out of their control and beyond their ability which is why it is critical that they seek the help of a behavioral health professional. Addiction counseling is available for them and a good behavioral therapist will always approach treatment without any judgement. Always seek a behavioral therapist with experience and knowledge about addiction counseling because they will be familiar with the addictive process and the true impact of the addiction on the client as well as family, friends and their community. There are a variety of ways to treat alcohol addiction and the behavioral therapist, along with the input of the client, will determine what treatment plan is best. Options include Twelve Steps Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Rational Recovery (RR) – which is a secular discipline, or other forms of treatment and recovery. There is no one-size-fits-all approach because every person is unique and it is vital that the individual finds the right recovery program that they can stick with for the long haul.
If you are in the Scottsdale or Greater Phoenix area and you or someone you know needs a referral to a Behavioral Therapist with extensive experience in addiction counseling, Diebold Behavioral Counseling can help provide guidance and direct instruction on recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs. We have an addiction referral team in place that has a renowned DUI attorney, blood analysis expert and D.J. Diebold, a renowned behavioral health therapist to aid you in your recovery and treatment and help you meet any court mandated addiction counseling requirements as well. We want to help clients establish healthy coping skills and free themselves from alcohol addiction so that they can feel a sense of harmony and balance in their lives but it begins with the first step and sometimes that means a friend or loved one brings up a tough topic and helps restoration begin.
DUI Attorney Referral in Scottsdale, DUI Attorney Referral in Phoenix and DUI Attorney Referral in Mesa:
This includes a locally well respected DUI attorney who this counselor and therapist personally vouches for. He will charge reasonable fees, return phone calls promptly and is an attorney who has an outstanding relationship with the court and the bar association. Additionally, we retain a blood expert who will ensure that local and DPS labs follow all recognized scientific proceedures for testing and blood analysis. Any signs of contaminated blood, which occur more often than you’d ever believe, will result in a Not-Guilty verdict from a jury.
Please do not be overly intimidated by the process. This often leads to determining that you’re guilty, without an expert attorney assisting and guiding you with reasoned expertise and objectivity. The prosecution needs to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Force them to do so with expert guidance.A well respected DUI attorney who is willing to fight for his client can save thousands of dollars in court fines and the often times life-long emotional trauma of incarceration.
Learn to believe in yourself again. Allow us to help you in this time of need.
DJ Diebold, CAC, LISAC – 11485
Board Certified, State Licensed
Behavioral Health Therapist