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Access is Closed for Bad Weather

The weather is cold and snowy and the roads are covered with ice and snow today. While many people will celebrate all of the extra time off from work and school today as an unexpected bonus, many of us who understand how mental illness and substance use disorders work, will have a hard time relaxing. We know that when options are very limited and there is an increase in boredom and lack of accountability, many people will struggle with feelings and thoughts that are difficult to manage. This often leads to anger outbursts, relapse in behavior and relapse in substance use.

We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family today. If you know someone who struggles with mental health challenges you can help by checking in on your friend or family member. Ask questions about craving levels, energy levels, thoughts and feelings. I promise you will not create the thoughts for your loved one, but you will create an outlet for them if you ask. We have found that just by discussing the thoughts and feelings of agitation, cravings and lack of accountability, the actual relapse greaty reduces.

If you are a person who struggles with mental health and addiction, we strongly urge you to reach out. Reach out to your friends, family or your counselor (many of them are on call). Share about your thoughts and feelings. This is a sign of strength, recovery and commitment to new coping skills.

If you don’t know where to turn, you can always call our team at Access Counseling Group at 972-905-6574.

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Teen Addiction Therapy

Teen Addiction Therapy

Are you wanting to help your teen with substance abuse but unsure how to begin? Are you a young adult seeking counseling and unsure where to turn to? Have struggling thoughts interfered with your daily life? At Access Counseling, we believe a healthy lifestyle is one which should be lived by all.

Centrally located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, we offer teen counseling at our Frisco, TX facility.

With the help of our staff, as well as the individual’s family, friends, spouses and significant others, we help teens achieve a fulfilled healthy and happy lifestyle.

What is teen addiction treatment?

As a young adult, or adolescent, the brain is still within the phase of growing and changing. This causes a young adult to become vulnerable in participating in risk-taking activities, such as experimenting with drugs. In addition, this crucial factor may also affect the manner in which a teen responds to treatment programs designed for adults.

It is for this reason that teen counseling is offered, tailored specifically with young adults in mind!

At Access Counseling, our aim is to encourage long-term recovery, rather than just temporary sobriety. Through our individual, family and group therapy, we work on addressing the underlying cause of substance abuse, as well as encouraging long-term recovery and the benefits which it brings including: improvement in relationships, motivation, success and outlook on life.

What is teen addiction therapy like at your Frisco facility?

Our addiction therapy is not just about the substance. It is about improving interaction with family and friends, helping adolescents understand themselves so they can better understand others. By taking the extra steps, we help teens find the knowledge and strength to win this battle. In other words, Access Counseling wants to treat every aspect of this disease

Family involvement is also paramount to the teen’s recovery. We show your child ways to interact with the family that not only increases the odds of long-term recovery, but helps the entire family heal.

How do I know if my teen needs therapy?

Teens and young adults may portray substance abuse in many forms. For this reason, it is important to take note of vital changes which may contradict with the individual’s normal behavior. Such changes may include the following:

  • A change in behavior – you are wondering what happened to your child?
  • Late for curfew or not where he promised he would be
  • You are finding things in their room, car or clothes that ‘don’t make sense’ with the explanation you are being given
  • Your child seems angry or agitated often
  • Your child asks for money often but doesn’t have anything to show for it
  • Broken promises
  • You catch your child in lies, often
  • A change in social groups
  • Withdrawn from social groups
  • Becomes hostile or depressed
  • Carelessness or avoidance of grooming
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Missing classes
  • Skipping school
  • Trouble with the law
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Deteriorating relationships with family members and friends
  • Frequently tired
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Start Your Recovery with Access!

Even if you don’t know if you are ready, call us. We can help you find your motivation for change!

Drug and Alcohol Treatment for teens is offered in our Frisco facility as follows:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
If school is out for summer or Holidays: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Please Note:

We are a Family Treatment Program, meaning we provide treatment to the entire family. We require at least one family member to participate in the treatment process through our Family Counseling and Family Group therapy. We believe optimum results are achieved by providing family focused treatment.

We also work with family members while the patient is in Residential Treatment, in order to prepare the family for when the individual returns home.

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Dr. Irene Little interviewed by Good Morning Texas!

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May was Mental Health Awareness Month, so Jane McGarry, of WFAA Good Morning Texas, sat down with Dr. Little to discuss the medical condition that leads to substance misuse and how to treat it. Something we all need to know a little more about.

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What do WE mean to YOU?

We want to ENSURE you know we are here to educate, support, and treat your needs and those of a loved one struggling.

Access Counseling Group wants to HELP reduce the shame and silent suffering of individuals and family members.

STARTING the recovery journey is scary and confusing.

Your loved one is a GOOD PERSON being compelled and controlled by an illness that impacts his or her thinking and this, unfortunately, has a profound impact on your thinking.

The broken promises spoken are NOT intentional; it is a result of fear, frustration and trying to do it alone.

This illness impacts ALL those connected with the person, who carries the gene, trauma, diagnosis, and compulsion.

Call us TODAY 972.905.6574

“One size does NOT fit all”Dr. Irene Little, CEO & Clinical Director

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5 Reasons Secrets are Harmful

The Secret About Secrets

Everyone wants to be thought of as a loyal friend. Someone who can be trusted. Someone who will look out for others and can be relied on to have your back. Often, this means a friend will share with you something they don’t want others to know or that they have never shared with anyone else. It’s a good feeling to know that someone thinks you can be trusted with such big information. You feel like you are a part of the ‘in’ group. I know I love when people say they can trust me and lean on me. However, secrets can carry huge repercussions, especially if you aren’t equipped to handle the information.

  1. Secrets perpetuate abuse. Abuse that is not addressed or called out will only get worse. There are many types of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and abuse of power. Abuse does not start how it ends. It begins with a minor violation of boundaries, that gets excused away and minimized. The excuses and rationalization is what gives your power away. It is your right to tell people what is going on and to insist the behavior stops before it gets worse.
  2. Secrets damage your self-esteem and cause self-doubt. The initial violation of boundaries could be as simple as a broken promise or a mean comment. Because you want to think the best of people, you tell yourself he ‘didn’t really mean it’ or I’m making this a bigger deal than it should be’. When someone treats you bad enough times you will start to believe the lie that person tells which is that you did something to cause the abuse and somehow it is your fault. It is a big deal and it is okay for you to expect the behavior to change without excuses.
  3. Substance Use Disorders. Have you ever noticed that by the time family and friends start to discuss a loved one’s problems with substance use, the problem has been going on for a long time and it is so out of control that everyone is afraid to ask for help or talk about it? This is because the person using substances is keeping secrets so family and friends don’t know how bad it is. And those close to the person mis-using substances are keeping secrets but they don’t even know how bad it really is. Misuse of substances is very common but because people have such an extreme vision of what addiction looks like, they are afraid to address it early and ask for help. Again, abuse does not start how it ends. The broken promises and the bad behavior is manageable in the beginning, but making excuses allows it to get worse. If you don’t understand the illness and behavior ask for help from an addiction professional, they will let you know if the behavior is normal or needs to be addressed.
  4. Depression. There is a difference between fun and happiness. People who suffer from depression can have fun at times but it does not mean they feel happy and content. Holding secrets about how you feel or about situations you have experienced can cause you to think badly about yourself and can cause or add to depression. Thinking that nobody will believe you or understand keeps you isolated and left to believe your faulty thinking. It is important to let this secret out so your family and friends can help you get the help you need. Sometimes, just sharing your secrets will bring such relief you will no longer feel depressed.
  5. Secrets cause stress and anxiety. Holding a secret for someone else means you have to be on high alert to keep from sharing the secret. If you know the secret can cause harm to someone this is even more stressful. How can you keep people safe and protect your friend’s confidence at the same time? Unless the secret has an expiration date, like throwing a surprise party for a friend (which is still stressful trying not to let the cat out of the bag) then it is okay to tell your friend that you don’t keep secrets. Have you ever noticed how often people expect you to keep a secret even though you did not ask to hold it for them?

I heard a rhyme a long time ago and it goes like this: Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. I have never heard of a secret that has not caused harm to someone in some way, unless it had an expiration date. If it doesn’t feel good and causes you stress, share it. If someone asks you to hold a secret for them, it is okay to tell them you don’t hold secrets because you don’t like the way it makes you feel. You deserve better.

About the Author: Dr. Irene Little is an award-winning author of The Book on Addiction and is a family therapist specializing in addictions and can be found in Frisco, Texas. She has been featured on Good Morning Texas and D Magazine. You can sign up for her free monthly newsletters via her website.

Author Contact Information: Irene Little, irene@accesscounselinggroup.com, 972–905–6574, 4280 Main Street, Ste. 300, Frisco, Texas, 75033

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THE BOOK ON ADDICTION REVEALS WAYS TO MANAGE DRUG ISSUES

The Book Concentrates on Recognizing How to Help Kids With Drug Problems With Care

Plano, TX – November 20, 2018 – Parents who have kids who have developed drug addictions often struggle with figuring out what they can do for helping their kids to enter into recovery. A new book has been published to help parents understand what they can do to motivate their kids and to find ways to help them get through the difficult addictions they might have entered into.

Dr. Irene Little, the CEO and Clinical Director of Access Counseling Group, has published a new book entitled The Book on Addiction: A Parent’s Guide to Restoring Structure and Serenity to Your Home. The book focuses on the topic of addiction and understanding what can be done to help those who have various addictions in their lives. The goal of the book is to help people understand what they can do to improve the outcomes of treatments.

The book helps parents to understand what they can do to encourage their teen or young adult who need treatment the most to receive the support that they require for healthier and more positive lives.

Dr. Little is one of the most popular speakers and clinicians in the world of addiction and drug studies. As the CEO of Access Counseling Group, Little and her team helps people with proper recovery procedures for helping to move past drug addictions. The group has treatment facilities in Plano and Frisco.

The goal of Little’s work and in her new book is to focus on understanding how kids might develop drug issues and what can be done to resolve those issues before they become more concerning.

Information on what Dr. Little has to provide any parents of kids with drug addictions can seek the help their kids deserve can be found online at accesscounselinggroup.com. The site provides details on program services. The new book is available through the site.

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Talking to kids about job loss: What to say and how to say it

If you or your partner has been laid off or furloughed from your place of employment, you’re far from alone: The economy lost more than 20.5 million jobs in April, according to the U.S. Labor Department. If you’re also a parent, you’re likely contending with day care and school closures, as well as challenges associated with stay-at-home orders. So it makes sense that you might be unsure if sharing unemployment news with your child will only serve to compound or exacerbate existing stress. But experts agree: Parents should talk to kids about job loss.

Donna Housman, a clinical child psychologist and founder of the Boston-based Housman Institute, an early childhood training, research and advocacy organization and its lab school, Beginnings, explains, “Children are emotional detectives. They pick up on our emotions and what we are feeling — not just by what we say, but also by what we do, by our expressions and by our actions. We need to be honest with them.”

Let’s explore the case for discussing job loss, talking to your child in an age-appropriate way about it and navigating the emotions triggered by this turn of events.

Why it’s important to talk to your child about job loss

Every child needs to be assured that they are safe and secure, says Housman. You can do this by acknowledging that you’re contending with a difficult change and unpacking everyone’s emotions around it.

“If you evade or tell them that you are taking time off or are on vacation, they will know that your actions and the emotions you are expressing do not align,” says Housman. “They will see, for example, that your words do not match the effect they are picking up on your face, your body language and the tone of your voice.” It also won’t match up with any memories they have of previous times you’ve been on vacation.

For those reasons and the benefit of a child’s long-term emotional well-being, it’s best to be direct. “When we can align what we are feeling and experiencing with what we are saying, it helps not only to validate our child’s trust in themselves but also in their judgement, promoting a strong and positive sense of self,” explains Housman. Plus, by helping children identify how they feel, we help them build a sense of confidence, she points out.

Additionally, acknowledgment of a disappointing situation teaches kids about resilience and adaptability. “This is an opportunity to send the message that we as a family can get through whatever comes our way,” says Jane Timmons-Mitchell, a doctor of clinical psychology and clinical associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine in Cleveland. “Kids learn resilience from other people, and job loss is a good opportunity to call on that skill and instill it in kids.”

How to keep your approach age-appropriate

A toddler will read your emotions and experience the downstream effects of job loss differently than a tween, so you can shift how you tackle the topic to suit the individual needs of each child.

Tips for toddlers

Focus on their immediate experience

The younger the child, the more you want to focus what you share on how it’ll affect them, explains Timmons-Mitchell. “The words that you use need to be focused on how it affects their experience because that is how they see the world,” she notes.

For example, Housman says a toddler might notice you seem upset and disengaged and say, “Why are you home but you won’t play?” To that, you might say something like, “It’s not about me not wanting to play with you, and I understand that it’s making you sad that I’m not playing with you, but right now, I need to spend some time on the phone looking for a job. Let’s come up with an idea together with what job you can be doing while I’m on the phone. After I finish these calls, we can play together, and I know that will make you happy and me too.”

Work on developing delayed gratification

If a toddler-age child asks for a toy or experience that’s not in the budget right now, you can manage their expectations by suggesting that they wait until the holidays or a birthday, advises Irene Little, a doctor of psychology from Frisco, Texas. “This teaches delayed gratification, an important skill that is developed, which will have a long lasting and positive impact on personal development, follow-through and completion of tasks,” says Little. “This is a great opportunity to reset expectations and motivations for our kids.”

Use their toys or shows

Toys or TV shows can help a young child understand how things may/will change, suggests Victoria Nungesser, licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Take a stuffed animal or action figure and role-play a similar scenario in which the child can better understand the change,” she suggests. “It can feel safer for them because it’s a form of play therapy versus the news just being directly shared.” Nungesser also suggests watching or taking advantage of resources from Sesame Street, given that the show covers an array of timely issues that families face.

Advice for elementary school age children

Explain that it’s a transition

Unlike toddlers, this age group has a sense of time, phases and change, says Jeanette Raymond, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist who holds her doctorate in clinical psychology. “They have successfully transitioned from kindergarten to homework in grade school, perhaps from riding a tricycle to a bike or having one sibling to more,” she explains.

Raymond encourages parents to underscore this theme. You can liken it to breaking a leg and having to stay off your feet for a while to heal. “It’s something you didn’t intend to happen but have to deal with,” she notes.

Ask questions

To avoid bringing up concerns they might not have thought of on their own, let them lead the way. “You can ask them what they already know or assume and then correct any misinformation,” says Carrie Krawiec, a licensed marriage and family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, Michigan. “This helps you learn what they already know, what gaps to fill in. You can ask questions like, ‘What have you heard?’, ‘What do you think that means?’ or ‘Is there anything you are afraid I might say?’”

Then, note that the way they are thinking and feeling is normal and that you understand why their hopes and fears are what they are, Krawiec suggests.

Be straightforward

“It’s important to explain any implications job loss will have for them,“ says Niro Feliciano, licensed clinical social worker, a psychotherapist and anxiety specialist. For instance, it might mean making changes to how you’re spending money. “Have a discussion and conversation about what that might look like for your family,” she suggests. “It’s important that we’re honest with kids this age, but also reassure them that this is normal during this time for many people, they are not alone and that this will not be forever.”

Ideas for tweens and teens

Search for solutions together

Whether budget constraints mean they can’t get new sneakers or a video game console, or they’re feeling a lost sense of security or independence when you’re spending more time focused on the household versus work, teens or tweens might express resentment or anger, says Housman. Anxiety could be in the mix too.

“Recognize your child’s feelings for what they are and reassure your child that he or she will be OK,” suggests Housman. If behavioral issues pop up, calling their actions out as inappropriate is key, but then, guide them to solutions.

You can suggest certain fixes, but make sure you include your child’s ideas in the process, Housman says. This is another way to validate their emotions, which will help to alleviate any big feelings they’re contending with. “When your child’s emotions are being listened to, understood and validated, it reduces the intensity of the emotion and leaves him with the experience of feeling more in control,” explains Housman.

Note that difficult emotions will pass

It’s easy for tweens and teens to get caught up in black and white thinking and stuck feeling that any negativity they are experiencing now will last forever. “Help them recognize that emotions are not static,” says Housman. “They will change. Anger and sadness will not last forever — especially when we are able to talk about our emotions and find solutions to what’s causing them.”

How to manage your anxiety and theirs by extension

Avoid brushing tough feelings under the rug

“If children see that we are stressed and having difficulty managing how we feel or are worried about our future, they will absorb some of that stress and worry about their future as well,” says Housman. “But if they see that we are managing our stress and that we believe it will be OK, they will be more apt to feel the same. We are their models and have the ability to teach and guide them toward healthy behaviors.”

This is a case for being aware of how you feel and reassuring your child that you’re working on solving the problem in a calm, self-assured way. The result: reduced anxiety and bolstered confidence for both of you.

Actively address stress

Although your focus might be trained on finding new work and keeping the household running smoothly, Housman encourages parents to care for themselves during this challenging time.

“Find ways to manage how you feel and to find calm and joy,” she suggests. “Take deep breaths, meditate, read, talk with friends and exercise. Remind yourself that you will be OK and so will your children.” The more you do this, the more you might see your behaviors, language and the way you express your emotions reflect that.

Zero in on the present and the positives

Doing your best to focus your attention on the present moment and taking the situation day by day can preempt spiraling, “worst case scenario” thoughts. And focusing on any benefits that unemployment might lay the groundwork for, such as time to spend with your children or to take a class that will allow you to hone professional skills, can quash anxiety, says Feliciano.

“But if the anxiety is preventing you from being able to function in your daily life and complete daily tasks, it’s time to talk to someone for help,” she notes.

Consider checking out the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s extensive resource and information guide, which includes a variety of tips and pandemic support resources, such as 7 Cups,Emotions Anonymous and warmlines.

How to embrace the upsides, whenever possible

Addressing a difficult turn of events like job loss with your children might feel like adding fuel to an already unmanageable fire right now. But Housman encourages parents to reframe the challenge as an opportunity.

“Learning how to understand, be aware of and manage our emotions is critical to our lifelong well-being and mental health,” she notes.” All of us carry emotions of anger, happiness, sadness and fear throughout our lives, and learning how to recognize those feelings in ourselves and in others can help us learn how to manage them.” That way, your children will be even more prepared to face down adversity that could arise down the road.

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Expert Tips on Staying Motivated During Dry January

Dry January, also known as the month of no alcohol, has become a popular way of kicking off the new year for many. For some, skipping alcohol for 31 days might be a good excuse to detox from holiday indulgences, for others it might be a good reason to question your relationship with drinking.

No matter what your reasons might be for abstaining from alcohol, there are multiple benefits for laying off the booze including better sleep, easier weight management, an increased immune system, decrease in anxiety, among others.

However, like most New Year resolutions, staying motivated can be tricky despite the best of intentions. Here are some tips from experts on how to keep January as dry as possible.

Know your why

First, says sober coach, Ryn Gargulinski, it’s important to figure out why it’s important for you to give up alcohol for the month. What’s the big reason you decided to go for it? Perhaps you want to be healthier physically or more energized mentally and spiritually. Or maybe you found yourself drinking too much over the holidays. “Whatever the reason,” says Gargulinksi, “Write it down and refer to it often as you move through the month.”

Challenge your friends to join you

According to Dr. Irene Little, founder of Access Counseling and author of The Book of Addiction: A Parent’s Guide to Restoring Structure and Serenity to Your Home, a great way to hold yourself accountable is to challenge your friends to join you in your Dry January goal.

“You can use your social media friends and family by reporting daily how you feel, or post a pic of you with your drink and share what you chose to drink instead of alcohol,” she tells SheKnows. You might also want to create a group tracker in Google Docs and place check marks for each day you completed to track your progress.

“The key to accountability is to maintain awareness for yourself and with others,” says Little. “When others are aware of your goals, they step up to support you and encourage you.”

Check in with yourself

When you find yourself with the urge to drink, like after a particularly stressful day at work, or find yourself in a situation where you would normally drink, like a birthday party, Emily Lynn Paulson, author of Highlight Real: Finding Honesty And Recovery Beyond The Filtered Life, says it’s important to take a moment and check in with yourself. Get curious whether you’re using alcohol to self-medicate or out of habit.

“Ask yourself if there is anything else you can do to help the feelings that you’re experiencing,” she says. “If you are stressed after work and are missing your 5 pm cocktail to ‘take the edge off,’ try meditating or taking a yoga class instead.”

Plan ahead and, when in doubt, choose alcohol-free venues as much as possible

It’s girls’ night and you usually frequent your local wine bar. Now what? If the temptation to drink and partake with others is too high, Celine Beitchman, Director of Nutrition at the Institute of Culinary Education, recommends doing some legwork before going out and taking initiative. “Instead of going with the crowd, pick the place,” she says. “Search out all of the great new venues with non-alcoholic options in their beverage program — from shrubs and kombuchas to bitters and fresh juices.” There’s bound to be a location that will suit everyone’s needs.

However, in most social situations it could be a challenge to escape the presence of alcohol. While Little says each situation is an opportunity to be successful, you will not only need to plan ahead but also be open about your new commitment. “If you are going to your favorite concert, share your plan to stay committed to Dry January and plan to be the designated driver,” she says. “If you are planning a date during Dry January, let your date know you are committed to a healthier month and be confident in your decision.”

Create weekly meal plans and re-stock your fridge

Do you usually have a glass of red with dinner? Do you cater your meals around that new bottle of Pinot? If so, it’s a good idea to rethink your meal plans and restock your fridge. “Consider what you will drink in place of the alcoholic beverage you’re giving up,” says Beitchman. “Then stock that in your home and identify where you’ll get it when you’re out with friends.”

She also recommends making a meal plan for January “that includes what you’ll drink with meals and stick to a plan you can reference every day/week.”

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Make new habits

Rather than simply trying to eliminate the habit of drinking, Gargulinksi suggests replacing it with a healthier habit. “If you drink to unwind every day after work, for example, fill that time with something healthier instead. Perhaps you can unwind with a walk through the park, a trip to the gym or a romp with your dog around the neighborhood.”

No matter what: Be clear and confident about your decision

While Paulson says it’s “nobody’s business whether you are drinking or not,” sharing or not sharing your plans for Dry January comes down to personal preference. When in doubt, stay firm with your new commitment. “If you seem to be questioning your decision, this may inadvertently cause your friend to discourage your plan,” says Little. “ I have learned that when people say ‘I can’t’ do something people will try to provide a solution on how they ‘can’.”

So, instead of saying “I can’t drink” because I committed to Dry January, Little says it’s better to tell your friends and family “I’m not drinking this month.”

“You will be much more successful and receive far more support,” she says.

Adds Paulson: “Taking a positive step for your health is something to be celebrated, so a simple, ‘no thank you,’ or “I’m not drinking tonight.” is perfectly fine. If the questions persist, feel free to return the, ‘why aren’t you drinking?’ inquiry with, ‘why are you drinking?’ It may start an interesting conversation!”

Celebrate your success

We tend to stick to things when we measure our success. Which is why Gargulinksi says it’s important to see that every day you stay sober throughout your challenge is a success. “Don’t forget to take a moment to pat yourself on the back. Give yourself a little reward at the end of each week, and a bigger one at the end of the month.”

Although she’s quick to point out that no, the reward needn’t be a drink. “What about a fresh bouquet of flowers, or dinner at your favorite restaurant? Or maybe even a brand new dress as it’s not uncommon to lose a few pounds when you give up alcohol.”

One more tip? “If you’re loving the results, keep it up! You may find you’re much more energized, happier and optimistic without alcohol, and that this lifestyle suits you for the long haul. That one’s not uncommon, either! Good luck!”

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Why Women Are Sober Curious

Why Women Are Sober Curious

The reasons for exploring life without alcohol vary from woman to woman. Some might not like the way they feel after a wine night while others might just question why they’re drinking in the first place.

“My experience with sober curious women has typically involved people who are questioning whether they have the ability to stop drinking,” Dr. Irene Little, founder of Access Counseling and author of “The Book of Addiction: A Parent’s Guide to Restoring Structure and Serenity to Your Home, tells Organic Authority. “Often they question whether they will be better off abstaining from drinking. The motivation for this has typically been triggered by either someone mentioning they might have a problem, or gaining weight, or experiencing a consequence from drinking that they had not intended. They are not ready to commit to total abstinence but want to get support and feedback about their drinking patterns and have decided to commit to short term abstinence.”

According to Mandi Green, a wellness coach based in North Carolina, the sober curious women she’s worked with had reached a point where alcohol affected them differently than it did when they were younger. “Now, even drinking one to two glasses of wine has a much stronger effect on the way they look (bags under their eyes the next day), the way they feel (depressed and groggy the next day) and their general well being (just not feeling like themselves),” she says.

“The other common thread is that they all have a genuine concern and curiosity of why they have not been able to quit on their own, as in, they don’t understand why it’s so hard to quit, and they do not identify or feel they are alcoholics.”

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Access Counseling Group Frisco

Access Counseling Group Frisco is a drug and alcohol rehab facility based at 4280 Main Street in Frisco, Texas. Access Counseling Group Frisco can be contacted at 972-905-6574.

The primary approaches to treatment at this program include Cognitive Based Therapy, Aftercare and Relapse Prevention, 12-Step Facilitation Approach. The program also provides their services in various environments, such as Outpatient Drug Addiction Treatment.

Access Counseling Group Frisco also offers a number of programs that are customized to address the needs of specific individuals such as: Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Teens, Aftercare Plans, Comprehensive Substance Abuse Assessment, Screening for Substance Abuse. Finally, Access Counseling Group Frisco accepts various forms of payment, such as Self or Cash Payment, Private Insurance Treatment Coverage.

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ProgramProgram FocusAge Group/Special PopulationOutcome
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (BH)Integrated: AOD/MHAdultsThree-Year Accreditation
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (BH)Integrated: AOD/MHChildren and AdolescentsThree-Year Accreditation
Outpatient Treatment (BH)Integrated: AOD/MHAdultsThree-Year Accreditation
Outpatient Treatment (BH)Integrated: AOD/MHChildren and AdolescentsThree-Year Accreditation

 

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