Evanston, IL Support Group for Moderated Drinking
Today, your ability to access quality treatment for heavy drinking depends in large part on where you live. Annum is working to change that, by making medically proven treatments relatively easy to access in all 50 states.
The Chicago Tribune recently featured an Evanstan, IL support group for people who want to cut back their drinking. Supported by research that shows allowing people to choose their drinking goal aids in recovery — the same kind of research that is foundational to Annum Health — the program helped an Indiana therapist and a Chicago-area physician achieve results.
"I feel like I'm on the right track," [the therapist] said. "I needed the help, and I'm getting the help, so I feel good."
She says she's had one slip-up since therapy started; she drank too much while out with friends doing tequila shots. But for the most part, moderation is going well. She's drinking four days a week as opposed to seven, she said, and having maybe 15 drinks a week, as opposed to about 30. She's also taking the prescription medication naltrexone, an opioid antagonist that can block the buzz from alcohol and reduce cravings.
Treatment is going well, she said, but for her, moderation is still a work in progress: "There are times when I want to drink more than I should, and I'm working on that."