Alcohol Evaluations assess for what the medical community now refers to as alcohol use disorder (alternative names are alcoholism, alcohol addiction, substance abuse, or chemical dependency).
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism considers more than 4 drinks per occasion for men, or more than 3 drinks per occasion for women, high-risk alcohol consumption.
Michael (612.249.3656) is a Harvard-educated Alcohol Evaluator and serves clients throughout Minnesota. Michael works in private practice and was trained by doctors at Harvard Medical School and professors through the Harvard Psychology Department. Michael is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, an accomplished alcohol use disorder researcher and published the book, A Frenzied Mind: Clarifying the science behind addictive disorders. Additionally, Michael is the lead author in a peer-reviewed academic journal where he published, Managing Problem Drinking Screening Tools and Brief Interventions for Primary Care Physicians.
Michael is more than an expert Alcohol Evaluator, he is well-versed in identifying the very best treatments available for your unique situation, which is based upon available research on what treatments are most effective and what, if anything, you have tried in the past. Call him today: 612.249.3656
The simple answer is it depends. Learning to moderate your drinking is a controversial concept in North America because of the progressive nature of alcohol use disorder and an inability to know in advance if you will be successful; as a result, the vast majority of treatment programs in Minnesota steer clear of moderation therapies and only teach abstinence.
However, based upon the available scientific research, some individuals that misuse alcohol can learn to moderate their alcohol use via the guidance of a skilled professional using evidence-based moderation practices. Additionally, there are a small number of medical professionals available to help you achieve your moderation goals in MN. These medical professionals utilize medication, evidence-based moderation practices available in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, and ongoing support.
Your first step is to meet with a Michael (612.249.3656) for an Alcohol Evaluation to see if moderation- or abstinence-based therapy is appropriate for your unique situation. Thereafter, appropriate referrals will be made.