September is a month of transitions; the season changes, the kids go back to school, and often, adults take time to evaluate their lives, as to what is working and what is not. This is why, as a psychotherapist in St. Augustine, I think this is a really good time to focus on what part alcohol plays in your life with Sober September.
Sober Months are a reminder to check yourself.
Alcohol consumption is a growing problem. Countries around the world are adopting sober (dry) months, in order to assist adults to take stock of their relationship with alcohol.
This is especially important during the COVID pandemic. There has been an alarming increase in alcohol consumption over the last few years, from drinking regularly to binge drinking, and then chronic alcoholism.
Increased alcohol tolerance leads to addiction.
Unfortunately, because alcohol is socially acceptable, we tend to forget that it is a drug. If you continue to consume alcohol on a regular basis you will naturally build a tolerance to it, which leads to you needing more of the drug to have the same initial effects. Therefore, It is very easy to get caught up in the cycle of addiction without realizing you have a problem.
Going alcohol-Free is a mindful, conscious choice not to drink.
In my opinion, it is important to acknowledge and be mindful of the effect alcohol has on your life.
Whether it’s September or another month of our choosing, taking a break from alcohol helps us to be aware of how much we rely on it to destress and socialize. When we become more aware, we can make a conscious choice as to what role we want alcohol to play in our life, rather than just continuing on with what for many is a destructive habit.
Unable to go alcohol-free? Try moderation.
Do you feel like it’s impossible to go alcohol-free for an entire month? Maybe you can work on moderating your alcohol intake for the month: set a limit and see if you stick to that for the next 30 days.
Can’t moderate your alcohol use? I’m here to help.
If you have tried moderation and just can’t do it, this is an indication that you require professional help. Stop trying to do it alone. I have helped others and I am here for you, too. All you have to do is reach out and contact me for a FREE initial consultation.
To your health and happiness,
Isobel McGrath is a licensed International Mental Health Counselor, Life Coach, and Certified Hypnotherapist located in St. Augustine, FL.
Isobel provides EMDR and other therapy, counseling, life coaching, and hypnosis in person at her St. Augustine Beach office, and through Telehealth. She is dedicated to providing exceptional, collaborative care, and truly cares about her clients and their well-being.