What Clients Say

I had 6 sessions in total with Richard and it has been fantastic. With his help and insight we found out what my triggers were and ways in which to deal with these. It came to light that I don’t need to give up alcohol altogether. Realistic goals were put in place. I felt able to commit to 4 days off and 3 days on, with a view to taking this to 5 days off and 2 days on. I have found this to be very manageable and indeed, this week, without even realising I was at 5 days off and 2 days on! Richard helped me to stop the negative voice in my head and to stop beating myself up. He helped me to see that what I was going through, and my feelings about alcohol, were not unusual. I would highly recommend Pinnacle to anyone who feels they are struggling with an alcohol problem. Richard was non-judgemental and had empathy with what I was struggling with. I feel so much more positive within myself and my relationship with alcohol.
David, Camden

Alcoholism and alcohol abuse explained

We live in a society where drinking alcohol is part of our lives. Most people can take or leave a drink and keep alcohol intake within recommended limits, but some people cannot control their need for alcohol.

Excessive alcohol causes physical, psychological and social problems. Problems include:

  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Impaired judgement
  • Memory loss
  • Domestic abuse
  • Violent behaviour
  • Losing jobs, friends and family.

As with other addictions, a person needs to recognise that regular and excessive drinking is a problem and want to do something about it.

Symptoms of Alcoholism

There are many symptoms of alcoholism. Some are obvious to see but there are others that only affect the person internally. Some of the main symptoms are:

  • Blackouts after drinking, temporary amnesia.
  • Spending most of your time consuming alcohol
  • Drinking in unusual or dangerous patterns
  • Inability to stop drinking, or denial of a problem
  • Being drunk for long periods of time

Other problems include alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These occur when a person has become too dependent on alcohol and cannot function without it. Symptoms are:

  • Uncontrollable shaking of hands
  • Hallucinations or seizures
  • Extreme mood swings

Some issues with alcohol are more complicated than others. For example, some people may not want to seek help to stop drinking, or to even admit there is a problem. It can be quite hard to convince these people to push themselves to get help.

We use a holistic approach when dealing with alcoholism, using techniques from both cognitive and behavioural therapies.

The use of cognitive therapy helps to prevent the client from suffering a relapse during and after therapy, as well as enhancing their self-control. The therapy sessions can be conducted on a one-to-one basis but also with a group of similar people, to better understand the thought processes that lead to heavy drinking of alcohol. It also helps to build an initial social group for support.

If you would like to find out if we could help you, we invite you to Contact us.

Call us now to book an initial chat:

020 7060 4375

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About Pinnacle Therapy


Pinnacle Therapy was founded in 2005 by Richard Reid, a highly qualified psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor and mediator practicing in London and Richmond. Learn more about Richard and Pinnacle Therapy.

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