Online alcohol therapy to build healthier habits
Alcohol use disorder is influenced by psychological and societal factors and can be intensified by mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. That’s where online alcohol therapy comes in.
Alcohol therapy is proven to be an effective treatment option for meaningfully reducing your alcohol consumption on your sobriety or moderation journey.
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Steps to treatment
How online alcohol therapy works
Match with a specialized therapist
After joining Monument’s Community Membership you’ll have the option to add on virtual therapy. You’ll get matched with a licensed therapist specialized in helping people change their relationship with alcohol. You can expect 0% judgment, 100% support.
Set goals and create a treatment plan
You’ll work with your therapist to align on what success means to you, whether that’s sobriety or moderation. Your therapist will build a curriculum of therapy sessions designed to meaningfully reduce your alcohol consumption.
Make progress with structured guidance
Your alcohol therapy program will include phases of treatment that build upon each other until you reach your goal. Medication-assisted treatment can also supplement your therapy.
Why alcohol therapy works
Research shows counseling techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing can empower long-lasting behavioral change and improve your mental health. Your therapist will use these evidence-based strategies to help you achieve your alcohol treatment goals.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you…
- Build coping skills without alcohol
- Manage cravings and urges to drink
- Manage negative thoughts and feelings
- Persevere through setbacks
- Address co-occuring anxiety and/or depression
- Motivational interviewing helps you…
- Identify goals and aspirations
- Build supportive and healthy relationships
- Cultivate your inner motivation
- Develop a commitment to your goals
- Create an action plan to achieve them
Benefits of online alcohol therapy with Monument
In the comfort of your home
Virtual, flexible treatment allows you to do therapy on your terms. Unlike rehab and in-person care, there’s no waiting room with an online alcohol treatment program. Plus, Monument’s platform is 100% secure and confidential.
Guidance & accountability
Your licensed therapist will provide ongoing counseling, and is available via chat for non-urgent questions. They’ll show up for you as you show up for yourself.
A judgment-free environment
We accept you exactly as you are, without judgment. Alcohol use disorder is a medical condition, not a moral failing, and we’re here to help.
Drinking less is just the beginning. What you learn in therapy will better equip you to navigate all of life’s ups-and-downs, and find authentic joy along the way.
The average therapist rating at Monument is 4.9/5
Frequently asked questions
What can I expect from online alcohol therapy?
Great question! Our team has put together the following resources about what to expect from online treatment:
While these resources can help set expectations, it’s also important to know that everyone’s journey is unique, and your therapy sessions will be specifically tailored to you and your goals for sobriety or moderation. Your therapist will review your medical history, including your past alcohol use, risk for alcohol dependence, and anything else you choose to share. After getting to know each other in your intro session, you’ll receive counseling that helps you build new skills, manage thoughts and emotions, and reduce the role alcohol plays in your life.
How are treatment providers on the Monument platform unique?
Unlike in other counseling programs and online rehabs, the therapists on our platform have direct experience treating alcohol use disorder. Monument works with licensed mental health counselors and licensed clinical social workers to get you the specialized care you deserve. They’ve dedicated their careers to helping people change their lives through alcohol treatment programs. Every treatment provider has been vetted and background checked, has years of relevant mental health experience treating substance use disorders (like alcohol use disorder), and is proficient in cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational interviewing.
What makes alcohol therapy with Monument different from ‘regular therapy’?
Therapy at Monument is designed to produce meaningful results aligned with your sobriety or moderation goals. Your counseling sessions won’t begin with ‘tell me how you’re feeling.’ Your therapist will offer structure, guidance, and support to help you reduce your alcohol consumption. Additionally, life doesn’t have to stop to make progress. Unlike inpatient rehab or in-person meetings, therapy takes place entirely online, and on your own time.
What is Monument’s approach to online alcohol therapy?
Monument’s alcohol therapy program utilizes evidence-based, patient-first treatment methods. That means the therapists on our platform all have direct experience in substance use disorder treatment, and are trained in modalities that research has proven to be effective in helping people reduce their drinking. These modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Moreover, therapy at Monument is responsive to your needs, and structured to ensure you’re making progress towards your sobriety or moderation goals.
Will I benefit from therapy if I’m already taking medication to stop drinking?
Yes! Therapy empowers long-lasting behavioral change and improves overall mental wellbeing. While medication-assisted treatment is an effective evidence-based tool to treat alcohol use disorder (AKA ‘alcohol dependency’), it’s beneficial to also address the psychological and social influences on your relationship with alcohol through online therapy. Engaging in multiple treatment options provides additional accountability and support throughout the sobriety or moderation journey.
What are the benefits of alcohol therapy online?
Online alcohol therapy at Monument provides the benefits of in-person alcohol counseling, without the hassle of commuting, and the prices of traditional inpatient or outpatient programs. In online alcohol therapy, you get to work with a therapist specialized in helping people change their drinking habits from the comfort of your own home. Therapists on the Monument platform use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is proven to help reduce alcohol consumption,1 and is considered the gold standard in alcohol treatment by leading addiction professionals. CBT can help you:
- Develop healthy coping mechanisms
- Address co-occurring depression and/or anxiety
- Restructure negative thought patterns
- Manage urges to drink
By attending online therapy, you can meet with your therapist on your own schedule, and connect with them over chat throughout the week. You can discover other benefits by learning more about why experts recommend therapy to stop drinking.
What is the cost of Monument online alcohol treatment vs. traditional treatments?
It's our mission to make specialized alcohol therapy as accessible as possible, and fortunately, we’re able to offer online treatment at a fraction of the cost of traditional programs.
After becoming a Monument member for $14.99/month, you can add on therapy and/or medication-assisted treatment covered in part or in full by insurance. You’ll receive a full explanation of your insurance coverage before you’re asked for any payment information.
Does Monument offer counseling for minors?
At this time, you must be 18 years of age or older in order to enroll in a Monument membership and therapy. Minors are able to read expert insights for free by visiting our resource library.
When is a therapist available to chat?
Monument is designed to fit into your daily life and work around your schedule. After enrolling in specialized therapy you’ll provide your preferred day(s) and time(s) for therapy, and you will be matched with a provider with compatible availability. Many therapists have availability on nights and weekends. You can also reach your therapist via chat with any non-urgent questions.
- Addiction. “Treatment of comorbid alcohol use disorders and depression with cognitive-behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing: a meta-analysis, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24304463/.” Accessed Jun, 16. 2022.