- Life Is Worth Living Because...
- I have always believed that every person has the ability to change and I try to be the spark that initiates that change.
- My Story
I helped families rebuild their lives, after trauma and misfortune, while working for the State of Oklahoma for 20 years. In 2006, I returned to college earning a Master of Human Relations degree (specialty in Counseling) from the University of Oklahoma. I still help individuals, couples, and families rebuild their lives--it's just a different role. My perspective of therapy is that my client and I form a team from which we work together to achieve the goals established by the client.
I approach substance abuse from a 12-Step perspective while acknowledging there are many paths to sobriety. Every person must find what works best for them. I always encourage participation in a 12-Step program for the support and encouragement it offers, but will meet my client wherever they are in the recovery process.
Melissa Borlie's Most Recent Activity on Choose Help
Facebook Share on Twitter 10:01 - Oct 24, 2012 Triggers in Recovery
How can I know if I am ready to face my triggers? I like to play recreational hockey and I have been playing for 20 years. I am 2 months sober now. I am not sure if I should play hockey this coming season because hockey and going out for beers is ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 08:09 - Oct 14, 2012 How Long to Become an Alcoholic?
How many years of drinking does it take for a person to become an alcoholic? My brother has only been drinking for less than a year and I know this is true since I got him drunk for the first time on his 18th birthday 11 months ago. He has been ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 09:42 - Sep 19, 2012 Cutting Down vs. Quitting
I have a bad drinking problem and whenever I start drinking I always end up getting totally loaded even when I didn't really mean to. I know I have to cut way down or I am going to end up a bum on the street but I do not think I am ready to stop ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 10:10 - Mar 16, 2012 Alcohol Self Detox
I know that alcohol withdrawals can be dangerous. I plan to stop drinking soon and I plan to do it at home but I want to be sure I can get to a hospital if I need to. How can I know if my withdrawals start getting dangerous? If things start getting ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 10:10 - Feb 09, 2012 Treatment and Sober Living
Do I need to go through a rehab program before I can get into a sober living house? Most of the places I have talked to are saying that I have to go through treatment first. I don’t think I need rehab again since I have been through it twice ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 10:26 - Feb 07, 2012 Sex in Sobriety
My wife of 10 years was a very heavy drinker who eventually decided to get some help for her drinking about 6 months ago after it became clear that she was flirting with alcoholism if she maybe hadn’t already passed that line. I had been ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 01:25 - Feb 03, 2012 Drinking without Hangovers
My brother is a functional alcoholic. He drinks every night and gets up to go to work 5 days a week. He is visiting right now and last night we shared a case of beers. This is not something I do very often but it is something he does every day. ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 10:06 - Jan 20, 2012 AA Meetings: Do I have to talk?
I think I want to try going to an AA meeting. I am definitely drinking way too much and if I look at myself honestly then I have to admit that I am an alcoholic. I am very shy. I don’t know if there is a word or condition that describes how I am but ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 12:22 - Dec 21, 2011 Cured of Alcoholism
My husband quit drinking 3 months ago and he is doing great. He had to go to a 2 month outpatient treatment program after his second DUI and he was going to AA but he stopped a couple of weeks ago and says he is doing fine on his own and that he ...
Facebook Share on Twitter 12:05 - Dec 21, 2011 Holiday Relapse
I was 6 months sober but relapsed last night after running into some old friends and hitting a bar with them. They did not know I had quit drinking and I just lost my resolve for a moment and before I knew it I had 6 pints in me and the night was ...