Category Archives: Alcohol Counselling

Hit and Miss: What is Impaired Driving and What Are the Impacts?

From fines to legal fees, court dates, demerits, and towing costs, DUIs can be quite costly not only financially, but can also take a psychological and emotional toll. Alcohol is known for its ability to ease social interactions, reduce anxiety, and bring about feelings of euphoria (an intensified feeling of wellbeing) when consumed. Once consumption become a priority in daily life and gets in the way of your day to day functioning is when the lines between casual and heavy or binge consumption start to blur. Excessive alcohol consumption is shown to compromise the driver’s ability to concentrate, slow reaction time, and impair judgement and coordination.

During the month of July, Peel Regional Police (PRP) have reported a spike in incidences of impaired drivers on the roads of Mississauga and Brampton. Between July 2-29, PRP report laying 27 charges of driving under influence (DUI), or impaired driving as early as 6:30 am going through to 8 pm. To specify, the Canadian Criminal Code defines impaired driving as:

  1. Every one commits an offence who operates a motor vehicle or vessel or operates or assists in the operation of an aircraft or of railway equipment or has the care or control of a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment, whether it is in motion or not,
  2. while the person’s ability to operate the vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment is impaired by alcohol or a drug; or
  3. having consumed alcohol in such a quantity that the concentration in the person’s blood exceeds eighty milligrams of alcohol in one hundred millilitres of blood. (Criminal Code, 1985)

In Ontario, a DUI charge carries a hefty fine in addition to license suspensions for 1 year plus a $1000.00 fine following a first-time offence to a lifetime suspension and 120 days in jail after a 3rd charge.

It is important to consider the gravity of the potential consequences of impaired driving, but one has to wonder what brings a person to this point in their lives. Some questions to consider:

  • Have you found yourself unable to stop drinking once you’ve started?
  • Have you found drinking helps “bring you back to normal” during moments of stress or boredom?
  • Do you find yourself unable to recall how you got home from the establishment you began drinking at, or how much you consumed?
  • Are you unable to perform at work or school or run into conflicts around your drinking in your personal life?

Although many who enjoy alcohol in moderation may answer yes to one of these questions, persistent feelings of shame, guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness that worsen with consumption are indicative of a more complex relationship with alcohol that would benefit from exploration in therapy.

At CS Counselling Services under the leadership of founder Coslyn Selby, we specialize in private individual and family counselling addressing alcohol and substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and how to navigate legal proceedings with a healthy sense of self. We see both walk-in and referral clients, and offer services in Hindi, [Punjabi, Urdu] and English from CRPO & RSW-registered professionals. AT CS Counselling Services it is our goal to work with you and/or your loved one to provide clarity while developing skills to cope during an otherwise stressful and  challenging time.

Contact Coslyn Selby for your free consultation at:

2250 Bovaird Drive E Suite #607

Brampton, Ontario

L6R 1Z1

PH: (416) 409-8045

Tuesday-Friday: 11AM-9PM

Identifying Alcohol Addiction

Seeing a love one struggling with alcohol addiction is tough, especially on the family. It is easy to identify when a person is drinking but identifying whether the person has become addicted to alcohol is not easy. People that drink have slurred speech, reduced inhibitions, alcohol breath and awkward movements.
Here are some of the warning signs to look for if you suspect a love one/family member is getting addicted to alcohol.
• Having no control over how much the person drinks
• Losing control when the person drinks
• Having cravings to drinks that are uncontrollable
• Becoming tolerant to alcohol and the need to consume large amounts of it to get the same experience and effects
• Urge to drink to feel good or normal
• Drinking in secret or when alone
• Experiencing blackouts
If you or your love one is experiencing problems with alcohol, call 416-409-8045 to book an appointment at C.S.Counselling Services to receive support.

The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

When a habit becomes an addiction:

The key to having a well-structured and loving family is honesty. That means that, besides providing all the love and support for their beloved ones, people must be 100% honest about their feelings and any tougher situation they are going through. Believe it or not, being surrounded by a network of affection and acceptance for their true self can avoid problems like drug and alcohol abuse.

Although there is no specific reason that can make a person become addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is important to keep in mind that having any form of addiction requires attention and proper treatment. The worst part is that since it can be hard for drug users or alcoholics to perceive when their habit has become an addiction, the first ones to notice changes in their behavior are their friends and family – and that means they are the first ones to get hurt.

Because it is more socially acceptable and easier to consume, alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances available on the market. There is nothing wrong with drinking a little, especially in social situations. The problem is when it starts getting more and more repetitive until it begins to cause harmful consequences.

Alcohol has the power of lowering inhibitions and producing a pleasant effect, and for that, it is very attractive to individuals who want to escape from their reality (stress from work, family issues, relationship problems, just to mention a few). Alcoholism happens when people stop having control over how much they consume believing that they are not able to function correctly without alcohol. On the long run, it can turn a loving person into a violent individual with not only a damaged mind but also with a harmed body.

If you believe that your loved one or anyone you know has an addiction, keep in mind that you have to address the issue in a sensible way. At first, there is a chance that they are reluctant because they do not understand that their situation is problematic. Addiction is a disease that affects the brain and has harmful consequences, and you can help your friend or relative to develop the urge to get away from the situation.

The first step is the hardest to take but is also the most important. In cases of alcohol or drug addiction, it is to admit the problem and seek help. Aside from rehabilitation and self-help groups, a standout amongst the best types of alcoholism treatments is psychological therapy. By comprehending the fundamental emotions and points of view that make the habit become an addiction, alcoholics and drug addicts can figure out how to control the motivation to drink or to use drugs. In time, they will discover better approaches to address their issues and insecurities without turning to alcohol or any other illicit substances. In this case, counselling is one of the most important tools for recovery, because it can offer expert support that battling alcoholics and drug abusers need in order to transform their lives.

 

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