Middle & Upper-Class Women Struggling with Alcohol Calgary

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Takeaway: Looking to embrace healthier coping mechanisms? Join our group, tailored for women facing the daily juggle of work, motherhood, marriage, friendships, and self-care. We understand the challenges you encounter, and we're here to support you in finding more sustainable ways to manage stress so you can live your best life.
This group is for women looking to embrace healthier coping mechanisms outside of alcohol or other substances.
Have you ever heard yourself say one of these statements?
  • "I deserve a glass of wine after a long day; it helps me relax."
  • "It's the only way I can unwind and escape from my hectic schedule."
  • "A glass of wine helps me handle the pressure and expectations of my family and social circle."
  • "I use alcohol to numb the stress and anxiety that come with my busy life."
  • "Alcohol is my reward for successfully managing all my responsibilities."
  • "I can't sleep without a nightcap; it calms my racing thoughts."
  • "I'm not an alcoholic; I just use wine to make daily life more bearable."
Specialized Support: Our 6-week psycho-educational EmpowerHER Woman & Addictions class is designed to cater to the distinctive needs of middle- and upper-class women who don't feel they fit the treatment centre options available in Calgary and are seeking affordable and tailored alternatives.
When you feel alone in your struggles and long for a safe and empowering space to connect with like-minded women, our class at Shelly Qualtieri & Associates is tailored for you—the women facing the daily juggle of work, motherhood, marriage, friendships, and self-care while coping with one too many glasses of wine in an evening, lacking patience, being more on edge, and not feeling your best self in the morning or throughout your day because of your substance use—which you may also be hiding or brushing off.
We understand the challenges you encounter, and we're here to support you in finding more sustainable and healthy options to manage your daily pressures and stress so you can live your best life.



Alcoholism is an increasing problem for women. US CDC reveals 17% of women aged 18 to 25 years and 9% of overall ages had an alcohol use disorder in 2019. Men are more likely to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. However, women are at a greater risk of severe side effects related to alcohol use than men. 

Women are generally more susceptible to alcoholism than men based on their body composition. Studies show that after taking the same quantities of alcohol, women feel the effects faster, and the alcohol lasts longer in the system than men. This is due to a difference in body structure and chemistry, resulting in longer alcohol metabolism rates in women. 

The following are some of the specific studies that underscore the serious side effects associated with alcohol in women:

  • Women’s bodies tend to absorb alcohol faster than that men’s. This implies women will feel the effects of alcohol more quickly, which also tends to last longer than men.
  • Women with alcohol use disorder have 50 to 100 times higher death rates than men.
  • Women abusing alcohol have a greater risk for chronic health problems like cancer.
  • Because women tend to weigh less than men, alcohol remains in body water for longer than men.
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Our 6 week psycho-educational EmpowerHER Woman & Addiction class is built just for you, to provide you with support, tools, strategies & understanding of your alcohol or substance use.

This is a 6 week skills class facilitated by one of our experienced therapists at Shelly Qualtieri & Associates Counselling & Coaching. The class is an in person, class-room format.

The group teaches skills across: coping strategies, navigating stress, communication, emotional wellbeing, boundaries, and support. 

If you are struggling with the following our 6 week EmpowerHER Class can help:

  • Stress and Pressure
  • Prioritize your Self-Care
  • Isolation and Loneliness
  • Feeling like your Emotions are Out of Control
  • Perfectionism and Expectations
  • Identity and Role Struggles
  • Mental Health Challenges
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Challenges and Conflicts in your Relationships

Class Modules:

  • Week 1 - Unveiling Coping Strategies: Address coping mechanisms, challenges for women, personal reflection on coping strategies, sharing and support, strategies for healthy coping, and action planning.
  • Week 2 - Navigating Stress & Cultivating Resilience: Explore common stressors in women's lives, coping mechanisms, the connection between stress and alcohol/drug use, healthy stress management alternatives, creating personal stress management plans. 
  • Week 3 - Unraveling Family Dynamics & Enhancing Communication: Understanding family dynamics and communication, the impact of alcohol/drug use on relationships and communication, strategies for improving communication while fostering a supportive home environment, and exploring emotions.
  • Week 4 - Embracing Emotional Wellbeing Without Alcohol: Understanding mindfulness and emotional regulation, exploring emotions and triggers, practical mindfulness techniques, to integrate into daily life.
  • Week 5 - Nurturing Wellbeing Beyond Alcohol Dependence: Delve into understanding self-care and boundaries, the connection between self-care, boundaries, and alcohol/drug dependence, setting and communicating boundaries.
  • Week 6 - Crafting a Robust Support System & Cultivating Resilience: The significance of support, exploring various support channels, developing a personalized support plan, strategies for maintaining sobriety, and seeking help when needed.

Each week in our EmpowerHER women and alcohol class offered at our Calgary North West location, you'll gain valuable skills in a supportive educational environment. There is no pressure to share personal experiences; instead, all sharing revolves around applying the newly learned skills. With practical take-home exercises designed to reinforce each week's lessons, active participation enhances your learning journey for a more enriching experience.

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  • The Class Details


    • Every Tuesday
    • Feb 6.2024 - March 12.2024
    • A new class will begin every 6-weeks
    • 6:30pm – 8:30pm MST


    • 3rd Floor, 4503 Brisebois Drive NW Calgary AB 2L 2G3
    • $480 – 6 weeks 
    • $80 per week
    • 12 hours of learning at $40/hr
    • Payment in full at enrollment
    Group Size
    • 8 maximum


    *Please ensure you check with your insurance provider that your therapist and treatment is covered under your benefits plan. Many plans cover a variety of professional designations and various therapeutic treatments while others are more restrictive.

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The Benefits of Choosing Us

Providing a safe, woman centered environment  creates the space to talk about and teach middle and upper class women who are struggling with alcohol. The benefits of attending our class at Shelly Qualtieri & Associates includes:

  • Women can feel safe and seen when surrounded by other women.
  • A women’s only class offer understanding and a nurturing aspect.
  • Our class acknowledges and understands the role of gender differences in alcohol use.
  • Women in our class learn about the physical, emotional, and social aspects of alcohol use without fear of judgment.
  • Women who attend can trust that their concerns with alcohol will be seen, heard, and listened to.
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