Seeking Help for Alcohol Counselling
For most people with alcohol problems, it’s rare for them to realise that a big change needs to occur and therefore go onto transforming their drinking habits overnight with the help of alcohol counselling. Recovery from addiction, regardless of what alcohol counselling or treatment you choose, is usually a more gradual process.
It’s important to note that in the early stages of change, denial is a huge obstacle for the individual who is suffering, it is said that addiction is the only disease that will never tell you your addicted. For some, even after admitting that they have a drinking problem, it is still easy to make excuses and delay the process of seeking help from an alcohol counsellor. You can, however, confront denial gradually. Aggressive confrontation too early in treatment may increase, rather than decrease, the patient’s denial of having a problem and make them feel ‘picked on’. Initially, all that the patient has to agree to is the detoxification process which is usually done to please the family, but the motive is not important here, the process of starting to recover through therapy is.
How can alcohol counselling help?
Alcohol counselling is most successful when a person’s drinking has ceased, and they are fully compos mentis. Patients who insist that they need to solve their emotional problems before they stop using alcohol must be told that on no terms was alcohol ever the main problem; it is emotional problems that lead someone to abuse alcohol, which then lead their body relying on it to function.
The best way to confront the patient’s denial of addiction is to challenge him to “prove” that he’s not addicted by going on a one month trial period of abstinence. A successful trial period of abstinence may help the patient feel so much better that continued abstinence becomes easier. An unsuccessful trial period of abstinence proves that the alcohol use is out of control, and the therapist must then confront the patient’s denial more vigorously.
It’s important to acknowledge your or your loved one’s ambivalence about stopping drinking. If you’re not sure if you or your loved one is ready to change or you’re struggling with the decision to get help, it may be worth speaking to and gathering evidence from a professional who has experienced the doubts and has answers to the many questions that you have.
There are many different types of problem drinkers, so it makes sense that there are different treatment options designed for these individuals at different stages of problem severity. As we have seen, there are many different types of alcohol counselling techniques that can be used to give a problem drinker the tools that he or she needs to overcome their condition.
Regardless of the type of alcohol counselling treatment that you choose for yourself or a loved one, some type of on-going therapy after detox and initial treatment will be very beneficial as alcohol issues can easily raise again. It can become very easy to manage the “need” for alcohol with the right treatment and support, and on-going treatment can help to give the problem drinker and their family a new lease of life.
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