Alcoholism Specialist

The Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling

Psychotherapy Services located in New York City, NY

Over 15 million American adults have an alcohol use disorder, commonly referred to as alcoholism. Anthony Freire, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, Kelley Hershman, LMHC, Kate Engstrom, LCSW, and the team at the Soho Center For Mental Health Counseling in Greenwich Village of New York City can help you overcome your disease and regain a healthy, active, and fulfilling life with individual and group psychotherapy sessions. If you’re ready to lead a healthy and sober life, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Alcoholism Q & A


What is alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a complex brain disease that causes you to compulsively seek out and use alcohol despite dangerous and destructive consequences. Alcoholism causes distorted thoughts, behaviors, and body function.

Alcoholism causes symptoms and behaviors including:

  • Feeling a need or urge to drink alcohol regularly
  • Needing more alcohol to feel the effects
  • Spending money you don’t have on alcohol
  • Choosing to drink instead of attending social events or go to work
  • Failing to meet your professional obligations and responsibilities
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you haven’t had a drink

Alcohol depresses your central nervous system, acting as a sedative. It disrupts your speech, coordination, and brain activity. Your risk of having an automobile accident increases when you have alcoholism, and you are more likely to engage in other high-risk activities that put you and others in danger.

Drinking too much also causes significant health problems including liver disease, digestive problems, and heart problems. It impacts your body function and can exacerbate other health conditions such as diabetes.

What causes alcoholism?

In many cases, alcoholism develops slowly. You may begin to drink socially and then over time you become dependent on alcohol to feel normal. Excessive and long-term use of alcohol can damage the parts of your brain responsible for pleasure, judgment, and impulse control.

A variety of factors contribute to your risk of developing alcoholism including:

  • A family history of alcoholism
  • Starting to drink at an early age
  • Steady, regular drinking over time
  • Depression and other mental health problems
  • History of trauma, abuse, neglect, or poverty

If you regularly drink more than the recommended units of alcohol or feel that you need alcohol to get through the day, you should talk to one of the substance and alcohol abuse specialists at the Soho Center For Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision.  

How is alcoholism treated?

The team at the Soho Center For Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision offers customized individual and group therapy sessions to help you resolve any underlying issues that contribute to your alcohol dependency and teach you strategies and tools to control your cravings and impulses.

The team can also direct you toward medical resources for additional support for alcoholism recovery including medication that can help control your physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms. While drugs aren’t a miracle treatment to eliminate your alcohol dependency, they can help you find the mental clarity needed to focus on learning how to live with sobriety during your therapy sessions.

Call the Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision or schedule an appointment online today to start your journey toward sobriety.