New research on substance use during the pandemic suggests alcohol consumption among Canadians has increased since the onset of the pandemic with nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of Canadians reporting increased alcohol consumption (Statistics Canada).
MindBeacon, a leading provider of digital mental and behavioural health therapy, launched a new digital therapy targeting alcohol use. The new program uses the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and a harm reduction approach to manage alcohol consumption and develop strategies to cope with cravings. Crafted by a team of psychologists and social workers at MindBeacon in consultation with addiction experts at CAMH, the “Managing Alcohol Use” program is designed to help Canadians build healthy relationships with alcohol. The eight to twelve-week Therapist Guided Program combines leading cognitive behavioural principles to equip Canadians with mild to moderate alcohol usage habits with the skills to manage thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms associated with drinking by creating strategies to monitor daily intake, identify triggers and set goals.
The Managing Alcohol Use therapy program is available to all Canadian adults seeking mental health support through MindBeacon, whether through MindBeacon’s Workplace Mental Health Program or as a reimbursable benefit through most major Canadian group health benefit plans.