I thought about this one long and hard and here’s the thing: If you are reading these words, then you are someone who at least to some degree does not feel completely at ease with alcohol.
Some people who fall in that (extremely large and varied) pool can still moderate their drinking – I did it myself for a while. However, it tends to take an ever-increasing amount of time, effort, and energy.
Plus, it can be a slippery slope because there is no sure-fire way to know how long you’ll be able to doggy-paddle in the shallow end of the pool before you (sometimes very quickly) find yourself furiously trying to keep afloat in the deep end.
Again, it may be possible for some, but knowing what I know and having seen what I’ve seen, I would be remiss in trying to coach people trying to moderate.
That said, if this is something that interests you, please feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to refer you to a coach who does have that focus.
I do not follow a 12-Step approach. My approach is holistic (it takes into account the whole human and the separate but interconnected aspects of your life), and individualized (tailored to you and your unique circumstances).
That said, if you are following or want to also follow a 12-Step (or any other) approach, there is no reason you can’t do so at the same time we work together.
Trying to do anything new or different can be challenging.
But while it may be hard both in ways that you expected and in ways that surprise you, it will likely be easier than you thought in others – it will be different for everyone.
A more useful question might be “Will this be worth it?”
You can’t fail at this. You really can’t. Even if you start and stop one or more times. Even if (fill in any action, feeling, etc. that might equate to “failure” in your mind right now).
Because this is a process, not an end goal, and you simply can’t fail at a process. By definition, it is always unfolding.
And anything that happens along the way can be used to propel you forward if you allow it.
No, sorry, but we’re still humans living the human experience and sobriety doesn’t mean that there will magically be zero hardships and nothing but happiness.
HOWEVER, our ability to deal with those hardships can increase exponentially. AND, we can feel the happiness – as well as all the other emotions – so much more deeply.
Not to mention the numerous other benefits - like discovering all the places you may have had shame and self-loathing lurking, and that they don’t have to live with you forever (not a big deal at all, riiiight??!).
~ Can you help me moderate my drinking?
~ Do you follow a 12-Step approach?
~ Will this be hard?
~ What if I fail?
~ Will being sober mean life will never suck?
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