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    I have an appointment next week with an addiction counselor, frankly I’m afraid of it because I have fear of the whole mental health stigma attached with heavy drinking. Since I’ve just completed day 22, I thought this would be a good topic for me right now.
    I also fear the mental health machine in general and getting this stuff into my medical records. I’m not sure if this program is going to work for me, but I’ve been going through it every day and doing most all the action solutions. I’d love some input from anyone that has something to say on the whole counseling thing. You hear so much on mental health things going really wrong.

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    mrd

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    Hello Boatbldr! I did the same thing and found a counselor that I’ve been seeing after I finished my 30 days. (It took that long to get an appointment.) He’s dealt with everything over the years and brings a really nice perspective to things for me. I think that the key is to remember that you’re in charge. You’re there for a reason and your counselor should be helping you identify your goals and helping your move towards them. I don’t think you need to worry about your medical records, unless you’re planning on running for office (joke!). Seriously, this is between you and your counselor, and sometimes it’s nice to have someone with whom you can talk about all the stuff that you’re doing. You’ve made great progress by getting to Day 23, and I commend you on making a good choice to find additional support for your progress and foundation of sobriety. I think it’s important to make sure that what you’re doing with the counselor is working for you. If not, then move on and try someone else. It just needs to be a good fit for you, and if so, I think it can be a really good thing. I also think it’s important to keep in mind that you’re not signing up for therapy for the rest of your life. Figure out what you need and what you want out of it, and when you feel ready and feel like you’ve achieved what you set out to accomplish, it’s ok to move on with what you’ve learned. Don’t worry. I think you’ll enjoy it!

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    Thanks MRD! That was a well thought out and pretty comprehensive reply. It was good to get an opinion since I’m hesitant to confide in friends (no one I know has gone to a counselor, or at least they didn’t advertise it!). The fact that you have gone through the same thing helps too. You pretty much addressed most of my concerns and hesitancy. I also appreciate the tips. Thanks for the reply!!

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