When You Need Alcohol Treatment

Whether you’re located near our offices in Boston Massachusetts or nationwide, the goal of The Freedom From Alcohol® Method, a healing out-patient program or Internet Coaching Treatment method, is intended to help you control excessive drinking. Treating your alcohol craving with FDA approved medications such as naltrexone, Campral® (acamprosate), baclofen and others, is the first step in your journey back to health.

My out patient program is for clients in the Boston, Massachusetts area who can attend sessions in person. The Internet Coaching Treatment Method is intended for clients who desire the same quality treatment but due to their location find it impractical to visit my Framingham, MA office.

  • What’s involved in this outpatient program and how does it help you take back control of your life? You’ll want to take a look at The Freedom From Alcohol® Method page.
  • Hear patients reveal in their own words how they were able to succeed in taking control of their drinking and their lives with the help of Dr. Pearlman and the Freedom From Alcohol® method.
  • Listen to Dr. Pearlman speak of his own recovery from alcohol abuse and about the Freedom From Alcohol® program (formerly known as Drink In Safety).

The Benefits of The FreedomFromAlcohol Method

  • Modify and control your drinking or opt for complete cessation if that’s what you wish.
  • Curb your craving for alcohol through the use of FDA approved medications. You will see a dramatic improvement in your compulsion to drink alcohol and be amazed by the results.
  • Two treatment options available; one will be right for your situation.
  • Achieve a more balanced and manageable life by determining what factors are contributing to your problem drinking.
  • Design new goals and objectives to give you the kind of life you have always wanted but never realized for reasons that likely contributed to your alcohol abuse in the first place.
  • On-going phone consultation and Internet interaction with me to help you every step of the way.

Regain Control Over Your Drinking And Transform Your Life Now!

Asking for help is difficult for anyone in the best of times but when you are suffering the effects of alcohol withdrawal and you’ve made promises to concerned family it can be heart wrenching. You already suffer from an active mind and this only makes it worse. This is one of those times when a drink would help you get rid of that edge. You need to think clearly and it just isn’t happening for you.

Announcing: Out Of The Whirlwind

Welcome Blog

Dear friends and fellow students,

My intention for this blog is to share guidance, success stories and insights into the ‘Out of the Whirlwind’ – http://outofthewhirlwind.com/ — a path to self-discovery and personal mastery. The energy, focus and learning achieved by our engagement with this process will create a vibrant and effective tool for self-mastery. This is for everyone, throughout the world, so inclined to begin the path of the warrior, by taking charge of your life and destiny. I am thrilled to share this exciting journey of self-discovery with you. It has been my life-long goal, both personally and professionally, to create an accessible and coherent tool for anyone seeking personal growth and transformation. The journey of self-discovery and personal mastery is the ultimate inner game! It is my understanding that healing, learning and creating are different aspects of the creative process, and as such these attributes will inform our path on this journey.

I am also humbled to know that my team and I are practicing what we are teaching. We have designed our blog such that you, our participants will add to the knowledge base to create a self-generating program that will serve as the gold standard for the individual creative process – wherein your life becomes the subject of the creative process.

Further, my team and I will make every effort to make this material accessible and user friendly with your feed-back and guidance, which are greatly desired and appreciated.

Freedom From Alcohol® on YouTube

I have a YouTube Channel, where I hope to provide a short series of videos answering questions I’m often asked, and sharing information about alcoholism and the Freedom From Alcohol program. I’ll be posting these videos here to keep you updated.

Here’s the first that provides an overview to the Freedom From Alcohol® Method. I hope it is helpful to you!

If you have any questions or want to discuss your own specific needs, call me toll-free at (866) 285-3400 or if you’re more comfortable with e-mail at this point, I can be reached at DrPearlman@FreedomFromAlcohol.com

Drinking Isn’t Affecting My Job – Or Is It?

There is a common misconception that alcoholics are easily identified based on their appearance, where they live, their job status, or because they look or act “impaired”. When you factor in slipping job performance, and/or increasingly showing up late or calling in sick, it may seem easy to point to someone as having a drinking problem.

But what of those who have become adept at hiding their drinking habits behind their life and/or career successes, or are what is commonly referred to as a high functioning alcoholic (HFA)?

At first, high functioning alcoholics in executive positions may believe they have their drinking under control because it isn’t obviously affecting what they do. They still make all the big decisions, conduct important meetings and keep the stock holders happy – today. In an instant all this can change.

As time goes on and excessive drinking continues, they may not notice that they’re not as sharp in their thinking, or notice memory lapses or that crucial tasks and planning may be forgotten or mishandled. Others will. At that point, it is not just your health or your family’s well-being on the line, but a company’s reputation and bottom line.

For an executive in this position, they may feel they’re in a “no win” situation.

On the one hand, they can admit they have a problem, seek help and take time off away from the company to participate in an in-patient alcohol treatment program. They know this can still affect the company or organization they represent in a negative way. Stock prices can fall, confidence in their abilities and past decisions can be questioned while away, and they’re not able to address them directly.

On the other hand, they’ve considered attending AA meetings, but whether they fear recognition or for any other reason, decide it just isn’t an option for them.

But they know if they don’t get help, chances are they will still continue to drink, leaving their company, family and health at risk.

Fortunately there are confidential, out-patient treatment programs available to help those who may feel there are no other options. Freedom From Alcohol® is an effective, discrete treatment program that not only helps curb the compulsion to drink and identify your drinking triggers, but just as importantly, works with you to create a roadmap to achieve the life you want to regain or to have in your personal and professional life.

Changing Your Life

When addicted to alcohol, it seems to rule your life. You are likely basing many of your life decisions around the use of alcohol. Where can I get my next drink? Does anyone know I am drunk? If I get caught, what will happen to my career and family? These types of thoughts can be racing through your mind at any given moment and make thinking about anything else very difficult.

When you decide to limit the influence of alcohol, you will be taking the first step toward getting your life back. You may have the self–realization that you don’t like where your life is going with alcohol at your side. Or it will take a definitive moment such as an unnatural behavior, accident or loss of a relationship due to excessive drinking.

Some will try to cut down on their drinking while others will try to completely eliminate it. Often times people find that these two methods are unsuccessful, leading them back to alcohol. When this occurs, drinkers will then seek professional help. Professional services such as in-house rehabilitation treatment centers or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12 step programs will help you to get your life back on track; however, sometimes these plans are not an option because of the sensitivity of your career, your position in the community or the fact that you simply do not have the time to be away from home for an extended time.

The Freedom From Alcohol® program helps you modify and control your drinking or opt for complete cessation if that’s what you wish. This program will help you to change your life by setting goals for yourself and giving you the tools necessary to achieve them. If you are ready to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, eliminate it completely or just have questions about whether the Freedom From Alcohol® program is right for you, please contact me.

Friends and Family of an Excessive Drinker

When people drink excessively, it not only affects their actions and their heath, but it also deeply affects those around them. Friends and family of an excessive drinker or alcoholic often change their lives to protect and/or accommodate what this person does and feels – in effect, “enabling” their loved one’s drinking problem.

Have you ever:

  • Made excuses for someone’s behavior or absences due to their drinking?
  • Had to change plans suddenly because of loved one’s drinking habits?
  • Done something for your friend or family member that they are completely capable of doing, but they couldn’t do at that time because they had too much to drink?
  • Called a person into work “sick”, because they were under the influence or too hung over to go into the office?
  • Tried to hide or throw away alcoholic beverages to get them to stop drinking – even for that day?
  • Made them feel guilty, or accused them of not caring about you and/or their family enough in an attempt to stop them from drinking?
  • Felt hopeless, frustrated and out of control because of another’s drinking problem?

These are oftentimes symptoms of being an enabler. We enablers mistakenly believe we are helping our loved one by protecting them, or shaming or accusing them in an effort to get them to stop drinking, but in fact we make the situation worse.

So what can you do?

The first thing you need to understand is that you are not the cause of their problem drinking.

The second thing you need to understand is that you can’t “fix” the excessive drinker, nor can you force them to stop drinking or accept treatment.

What you can do is accept the support of programs available to help you with getting control of your own feelings of hopelessness and despair and give you the tools you need to learn a better way of life and find happiness – for you.

Two very good options:

A final note: While the one you care about needs your love and support, the primary person you should be focusing on is yourself. You will be able to be much more effective in helping your loved one seek help when you are experiencing well-being.

Alcohol Screening Test & the Freedom From Alcohol® Alternative

For many, consuming alcoholic beverages in moderation is not a problem. But for others, drinking can lead to problems in their life. Do you think you have a drinking problem, or are on the path to one? If so, there is a simple self evaluation test you can take that can help you to decide whether or not you have a problem. Take our Alcohol Screening test now to see if you might have a problem with alcohol.

When you take the alcohol screening test, rest assured you will:

  • Be completely anonymous
  • Receive immediate feedback and recommended action based on your score

If you are ready to seek help, there are many options available. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings can help, seeking treatment in the traditional sense with a 12 step program, or you can go to one of the many alcohol residential treatment centers available. Both have proven to be very effective in treating alcoholism.

But what if you are not comfortable with the prospect of attending AA meetings, or you’re unable to take extended time off to go to an in-house alcohol treatment center due to your need for utmost discretion, and/or because you have a demanding, high level position, or because of your position in the community?

These options may not work for you, but that doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice help. If you fall into one of these situations, our program is designed for you. The two treatment options we provide:

  1. The In House Freedom program that includes an In-Person medical evaluation as part of your treatment and,
  2. The Internet-Based Freedom program, that involves partnering with your own physician as part of your treatment.

Both Freedom From Alcohol® treatment programs utilize medical evaluations, alcohol cessation medication, coaching/counseling, and other proven techniques to help you break free from your alcohol dependency.

If you think you may have a problem with excessive drinking and have questions or would like more information about our programs, please contact me today for a complimentary and confidential consultation.