Alcohol Counselling 12 Step

Overcoming alcohol should not be taken lightly. In order to conquer the bottle, a no-nonsense, fully-committed stance needs to be taken and post-detox, counselling – in whatever shape and form – needs to be undertaken to understand the reasons for drinking in the first place and to address any issues that may cause a relapse. There is a range of biological, psychological and sociological issues that impact on individuals who are using drugs and or alcohol. Therefore, the complexity of treatment approaches should be used when working with these issues during alcohol counselling. The best alcohol counsellors will have an understanding of their own and their client’s personal value base in relation to alcohol use and will be able to choose or use a combination of therapeutic approaches.

Common alcohol counselling/therapy methods include:

Motivational Interviewing

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

12 Step Facilitation

The best alcohol counselling will take into account various theories and practices including:

Biopsychosocial approach.

Psychological explanations of dependency: social learning theory, psychoanalytic, addictive personality, conditioning.

Sociological explanations of dependency: deprivation, patterns of use.

Information on commonly misused substances: effects, withdrawal, risk factors, poly use, routes of administration, needle fixation.

Gender differences.

Harm Minimisation.

Again the best alcohol counsellors will have a strong understanding of the many factors that can either impede or progress the therapeutic relationship; these factors will include an understanding of their personal value base in relation to alcohol users.

The biological effects of particular substances on individuals and see these in the context of the psychological and sociological factors which impinge on the substance user.

During alcohol counselling, your therapist will have a demonstrated knowledge of the theories of substance use and dependency and an awareness of where the counsellors own value system stands in relation to them.


To find an alcohol counsellor in your area, please contact us. We have therapists all over the UK that can help you overcome alcohol problems. Just call us on 0141 427 3491 or 02072052845 in total confidence, and we can put you in touch with one of our certified, trained counsellors.

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