Teresa was a forty-one-year-old executive secretary who realized that she had a drinking problem. As an illustration, within the past month she has felt the need to have several drinks before going to work, four months ago she failed a random urine alcohol test where she works, three months ago she got pulled over by the police for a DUI, and last but not least, for around two months she has begun to forget what she does and says when she goes out drinking with her friends.
Not unlike other individuals, Teresa’s experiences with alcohol began little by little and continued at this tempo for quite some time due to the fact once in a “blue moon” she engaged in intermittent social drinking. In reality, for around two years, every time she drank, she made sure to drink responsibly. Something about her drinking, nevertheless, seemed to fundamentally change when she divorced her husband.
In Order To Endure the Divorce of Her Husband In a Less Troublesome Manner, Teresa Made Up Her Mind To Begin Hanging Around More Routinely With Some of Her Pals Who Love to Have Fun and Drink
Teresa got exceedingly depressed about the breakup with her husband, and as a way to stop her preoccupation with her discouraging feelings she made up her mind to start associating more regularly with some of her pals who love to have fun and drink.
Quite forthrightly, Teresa believed that having fun almost every day by getting an alcohol “buzz” with her friends would help her overcome the loss of her husband in a less painful manner.
Teresa’s Drinking Escalates Significantly the More Often She Goes to Dinner Dates, Sporting Events, Family Get-Togethers, Private Parties, and Happy Hours With Her Buddies
It didn’t take too long, nonetheless, before her drinking escalated to a significant extent the more frequently she went to and drank at family get-togethers, happy hours, sporting events, dinner dates, and private parties with her friends. Furthermore, the fact that her drinking pals were all many years younger than she was and therefore able to party and drink more irresponsibly was one of the reasons that she didn’t concentrate more on her increased drinking. In a word, she was having a blast drinking just like everybody else in her group of friends without too much deliberation regarding the unhealthy effects of her abusive and hazardous drinking.
Yet someplace in her mind she realized that she more likely than not needed alcohol rehab but stayed away from the thought as much as humanly possible.
Teresa Gets a Physical, Admits Her Irresponsible and Abusive Drinking to Her Healthcare Practitioner, and Admits Her Melancholy
One afternoon during her twelve month physical examination, her healthcare professional asked her if she drank alcohol. Not wanting to tell falsehoods to her physician, Teresa ”came clean” and said that she frequently drinks more than she should. In point of fact, she stated that she regularly drinks in an irresponsible and hazardous manner. Then Teresa informed her healthcare practitioner about her general state of despair. More precisely, she stated that ruined relationships often sparked a dismal progression of events characterized by increased drinking which further resulted in more disheartening feelings that, in turn, resulted in more drinking. And this is exactly what took place when her husband and she got divorced three months ago.
When her healthcare professional heard this, he told Teresa that according to various alcoholism facts and statistics on alcoholism he was examining, alcoholism and depression routinely take place in the same person. He then informed Teresa that some of the alcohol statistics, research investigations, and facts he has been studying also underscore the fact that people who drink in an excessive and abusive manner and who also suffer from depression need to get treatment for both medical conditions.
Teresa’s Physician Schedules an Appointment for a Psychological Evaluation and For an Alcohol Addiction and Alcohol Abuse Appraisal
Teresa’s doctor then told her the following: “I am not trying to make an impulsive diagnosis, but with your medical circumstances we may be facing two separate issues. As a result, I think we ought to make an appointment for you to get an alcoholism and alcohol abuse appraisal from my partner, Dr. Kennard, who is a drug and alcohol addiction specialist. Whether your drinking circumstance is more linked to alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse is unclear, but I believe that further assessment is warranted. Then I believe we should make an appointment for you to get a psychological exam from another one of my partners, Dr. Frankel, who is a counseling psychologist. I want to get a better grip on your melancholy and see how much your drinking and depression are correlated.” Teresa showed her agreement with her doctor’s treatment approach and thanked him for his assistance and concern. Now all she had to do was to try to cut back on her drinking and get ready for her appointments.