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My problem with alccol

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My problem with alccol

11 years ago, I took a detox. It did not give anything. At the end of a month, it was again the descent into hell. My daughter disowned me, I have health problems, I tried to commit suicide ... I consult a psychotherapist, but nothing works and I feel guilty even more. I have so much pain in my heart, so much shame and depression that has lasted for 34 years ... Landaises, 54

Gérard Apfeldorfer

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist

answers

You have been here for several decades alcoolisez. Let us distinguish two problems: that of the reasons which led you to adopt this strategy, and that of habits contracted.

As far as the reasons are concerned, they most often have too much sensitivity, which makes the vicissitudes of life, relations with oneself, human relations painful. Alcoholism allows one to be anesthetized, to suffer less, or rather to suffer from something else, to have an identifiable and known suffering, rather than sufferings that take by surprise. To get out of this, we can call on psychotherapy to find the traumatic elements of her existence, emotional therapy to less fear her emotions and feelings.

But alcoholism is also a way of life, habits, a definition of oneself, which have settled down little by little. Let us take that away and then, what's left? It is therefore necessary to rebuild oneself, to learn to have social relations, projects, in a different way. A lifetime is to reinvent. Cognitive-behavioral therapies address these pragmatic aspects in particular.

Finally, as you are depressed, and for a long time, a drug treatment is essential, which will give you the strength to undertake necessary psychotherapeutic approaches. Get in touch with a psychiatrist, preferably having experience with difficulties with alcohol. You will determine together a therapeutic plan that should include these different elements. It is a difficult and long-term job, so let's start as soon as possible.

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