A Fresh Start to 2013: A Promise for Sobriety

New Years Eve AlcoholIt might seem strange that New Year’s resolutions are most often made to live healthier, exercise more, to drink less, or to quit drinking entirely, seeing as how these resolutions are prefaced by the wildest party night of the entire year. New Year’s Eve is a night in which the customary activity is drinking large amounts of alcohol and staying up late in order to say hello to a brand new year. Despite this, the beginning of the year is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts, so it really is the perfect time for those struggling with alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse to make a promise for sobriety.

For many of those that have issues with binge drinking or alcoholism, it can be difficult to see the need for cessation from alcohol, believing that they do not have a problem. While the problems are not apparent to them, they are usually very apparent to family, friends and loved ones around them. For individuals that are in denial – or are oblivious about the severe effects there drinking causes – the new year can be a perfect time for an alcohol intervention.

Though alcoholism is a serious and severe addiction, it is one that many of those that are afflicted do not realize as a problem. This can stem from a number of different reasons, but all you have to do is look at the coverage of New Year’s Eve celebrations to see that on some occasions, out of control drinking is considered as normal by society – even customary. With the help of a professional interventionist, the individual can be brought to the realization that their drinking has become problematic, and that a fresh start without drinking is well within their reach.

Seeking treatment after a successful intervention – especially when done within the new year – can often times be easier, as the holidays have just passed, and there is a brand new year ahead. Human beings tend to have a better outlook on life as winter gives way to spring, this allows for treatment in the first several months of the year to be better-retained, as positivity is at its peak in this time of year.

There are many benefits to making the promise for sobriety as the old year wanes and gives birth to the next, but the bottom line is that help and treatment are sought, no matter the time of year. Once this promise has been made, and a family intervention has successfully occurred, the path to healing begins, and a new day begins.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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