This talk challenges the long-standing response to people questioning their relationship with alcohol. In order to understand and support women better, we need move away from the black/white model of alcoholism and explore the nuances of peoples’ experiences. By sharing our stories we will highlight what for many people, alcohol use looks like behind closed doors. We will discuss the impact of professionals tending to advise moderation and counting units, how alcohol is often unaddressed in the conversation about mental illness and the clear links between the two.

With this talk, we aim to raise awareness of professionals about the spectrum of addiction and ways to advocate sobriety a positive life choice to patients, rather than waiting for rock-bottom to take definitive action. We will also discuss the problems and solutions to existing modalities of treatment in regards to religion, gender, clean language and being trauma-informed. This talk will conclude by introducing the place coaching can be used in early intervention or as aftercare, the importance of community and our Love Sober approach to sobriety based on the evidence-based practices of the science of happiness, positive psychology, and a holistic plan of self-care, somatic practices, nervous system regulation and balance.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the spectrum of addiction, and what has become known as the "grey area" drinker.
2. Reflect on the gaps/breaks in the conversation between mental health/substance use disorders.
3. Present new modalities for early intervention and After Care through Coaching.

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