Can I Keep Drinking?: How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough

Can I Keep Drinking?: How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough


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Can I Keep Drinking? How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough is for the 90-million-plus people who struggle with alcohol in the United States. Most will avoid getting help for fear of being labeled an alcoholic, forced into treatment, made to attend 12-step meetings, and have to stop drinking completely. Only about 6 percent of the population is alcoholic yet more than 80 percent of treatment programs require total abstinence from alcohol. Cyndi Turner challenges this traditional belief and teaches you how to have a better relationship with alcohol.

As if you and Cyndi were sitting in her office, she provides you with easy-to-follow tools, checklists, and quizzes to guide you through the process of answering the crucial question: can I keep drinking? Included throughout are experiences of people who have struggled with drinking. The “How Do I Know If I Can Keep Drinking? Quiz” gives you positive and negative predictors for whether you are a candidate for moderate drinking and prepares you to develop and implement a Moderate Drinking Plan.

Take the quiz and get the tools to get balance back in your life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630479893
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cyndi Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner who has been in the field for over twenty years. She cofounded and is the Clinical Director of Insight Into Action Therapy, a private outpatient therapy practice with two offices in Northern Virginia. She co-developed and facilitates the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program©. She provides expert witness testimony, clinical supervision for licensure, and therapy for players involved in the National Football League Program for Substances of Abuse.

Cyndi is willing to challenge the traditional belief that all drinkers experiencing problems must be alcoholics who need to quit drinking forever. She is a Moderation Management-friendly therapist and is Get SMART FAST certified. She lives in Northern Virginia and loves anything to do with sun, sand, beaches, or boats.

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Preface xx

Acknowledgments xxii

Introduction: Get Ready for Change xxiii

Chapter 1 Not Everybody Who Drinks Has A Problem 1

Who Is Drinking in the United States? 3

Spectrum of Alcohol Use 3

Chapter 2 Why Are All Alcohol Users Treated The Same? 14

Call for Change to the Treatment System 16

Abstinence Is Not the Only Goal 17

The Importance of Why 18

Why People Avoid Getting Help 19

Moderate Drinking Research 20

Harm Reduction 22

Moderate Drinking 25

Beyond Alcoholics Anonymous 26

Moderate Drinking Defined 28

What is a standard drink? 28

Chapter 3 Self-Assessment 32

Functioning Alcoholic? 33

DSM-5 Diagnosis 34

Cost/Benefit Analysis 39

Moderation Resources 44

Chapter 4 What Does Alcohol Do To Our Bodies? 47

Central Nervous System 48

Chronic, Progressive, Fatal 49

Brain 50

Cardiovascular System 52

Liver and Pancreas 52

Immune System 53

Pregnancy 54

Driving 54

Donuts? 55

Chapter 5 Are You Ready To Make A Change? 58

Stages of Change 59

Precontemplation 59

Contemplation 61

Preparation 62

Action 64

Maintenance 64

Chapter 6 You Want Me to Do What? 69

Why Four Months? 70

Getting SOBER 73

Managing Risky Situations 79

Managing Cravings 81

Chapter 7 Taking and Interpreting the Quiz 87

How Do I Know If I Can Keep Drinking? Quiz 87

Interpreting the Quiz 89

Age of First Drink 89

How Many 91

Medical Issues 92

Consequences 94

Blackouts 95

Why 96

Impact 97

Supports 98

Mental Health 99

Other Drug Use 100

Legal, Probationary, or Work Issues 100

Withdrawals 101

Period of Abstinence 101

Accountability 103

Chapter 8 Moderate Drinking Plan 107

Moderate Drinking Plan 109

Preparing To Drink Again 111

Quick Check For Success Of Moderate Drinking Plan 113

Moderation Tools 117

Tangible Reminders 119

Would You Like a Drink? 120

Chapter 9 How Do I Maintain This? 124

Relapse Reality Quiz 125

Defining Relapse 125

Clarifying Myths About Relapse 126

Preventing Relapse 135

Chapter 10 Paths To Recovery 142

Detox 143

Rehab 143

Interventionist 144

IOP 145

Transitional Living 145

Co-Occur ling or Dual Diagnosis 146

Group Therapy 146

Individual Psychotherapy/Counseling 148

EAF 152

Medication 152

Self-Help Groups 154

Last Call 159

References 161

Resources 166

About The Author 167

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