Mamabird Asks ...
Hello. I have read some of your articles and resonate with the things you say. I think I am an alcoholic. I'm not drinking right now, but I'm what you'd call a "dry drunk". I am obsessed with alcohol and think about drinking all day and night. I am living in torment right now. I have seen other therapists but I haven't connected with anybody. I think I read that you do online/phone counseling. I have tricare insurance. I was wondering if you could help me. Thank you, Susan
Jim LaPierre Says ...
Thank you so much for reaching out and connecting with me! I am happy for you that you've achieved a period of sobriety and being a "dry drunk" means that you've yet to make other changes in your life. I am biased in that I see 12 step programs as very effective, free and widely available and so I recommend and defer to them as the real experts.
Telemedicine is evolving and my hope is that within the next two years, online therapy will be reimbused by all insurance companies. One of the greatest challenges curently is that therapists and counselors are only able to practice and serve folks within the state they are licensed in. For me that happens to be Maine.
My suggestion is to consult with folks in local recovery and describe what you're looking for in a counselor - they typically have the best insight into who is most effective.
If I can answer other questions or be helpful in any way, please email me [email protected]