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Alcohol Counselling

Alcohol Counselling

Updated 15 November 2019

Counselling help for a drug or alcohol problem

Finding the right drug and alcohol Counselling in Glasgow to help with an alcohol or drug problem can be difficult, especially if you are unsure where to start or what to look for. There are many different types of counsellors, but only some will be able to assist with drug addiction or an alcohol misuse problem.

If you have a problem with alcohol, it is essential that you are able to admit to it and be prepared to talk honestly about it. Proceeding with counselling whilst drinking and not being honest will prove to be of little use. In fact, it could even make things worse. Whatever your needs are, Rehab Guide are here to offer support with our empathetic and compassionate approach.

Counselling is most beneficial when a person is sober, but most individuals with an alcohol problem need help and support in getting sober first. Whatever your reason is for seeking counselling for a problem with alcohol or drugs, this page is aimed at helping you find the best counsellor for your personal treatment needs.

The role of a counsellor in treating a drug or alcohol problem

The purpose of a counsellor in treating an addiction problem is primarily to help you understand the reasons why you drink/drank to excess. This can only safely be explored comprehensively with an individual who is sober and relatively stable in their sobriety.

If you are still drinking or taking drugs, our drug & alcohol counsellors in Glasgow will focus on how to support you in stopping. Exploring deeper core issues whilst you are still drinking heavily can become a safeguarding issue.

Alcohol Counselling

A good counsellor will not do or say anything that they feel may make your drinking worse than it already is. They will only be able to offer support, light therapy and a safe space for you to talk; for some individuals with a mild to moderate drinking problem; this can prove to be enough.

For those that have an alcohol dependence, medical detox is recommended before undertaking any kind of therapy or counselling. It is NOT recommended that you stop alcohol abruptly; this can be very dangerous for an alcohol-dependent individual. Medical help should be sought in the first instance, either through your local drug and alcohol services or through a private alcohol detox clinic.

For those that are sober and in recovery from alcohol addiction or a past problem with alcohol, a good alcohol counsellor can help in the following ways:

  • Help you understand how alcohol addiction affects your thoughts and behaviours even when you are not drinking
  • Help you to identify and change thought processes and behaviours that could jeopardise your recovery
  • Assist you in breaking down and processing problems you are experiencing in sobriety
  • Assist you in gaining structure to your recovery and develop strategies to help prevent relapse
  • Explore emotions and feelings in a safe place
  • Teach you healthy coping strategies to support your emotional well being and sobriety
  • Help to keep you motivated and moving forward in your recovery from alcohol addiction
  • Assist you in building healthy relationships and identifying any toxic relationships that are unhealthy for your continued sobriety
  • Help to unearth reasons and events that could have contributed to your drinking and could prove to be a future stumbling block
  • Educate you on how to care for yourself and your own emotional needs
  • Offer a structured treatment plan that is personalised

A good drug or alcohol counsellor can help you to understand your addiction and how it manifests in you as an individual. They can also help you to adapt to life as a sober person and teach you methods to help keep your recovery safe and continue to grow in your emotional sobriety.

How to find the right private alcohol counsellor near you

Finding the right alcohol counsellor, the one that you feel comfortable with, the one that can help you overcome blocks to your personal growth and the one that can help you maintain sobriety isn’t always easy.

This is where Rehab Guide can help; we have a vast number of highly experienced and fully accredited BACP registered alcohol counsellors based in Glasgow & all over the UK. We can find you the perfect alcohol counsellor near you and take care of all the necessary arrangements.

In order to match you with a counsellor who can meet your individual treatment needs Rehab Guide will conduct a free of charge triage assessment over the telephone. With our help, there will be no waiting list, and you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. By the same token, if we feel that alcohol counselling is not the most beneficial way forward for you to overcome a problem with alcohol, we will advise you of more appropriate treatment options.

Benefits of an alcohol counsellor

Our fully qualified alcohol counsellors use evidence-based treatment methods to help our patients. They can help you to improve your life in a number of ways, including offering the following benefits:

  • Personal health and wellbeing
  • Goal setting and achieving
  • Building healthy relationships with others
  • Improve self-confidence and self-worth
  • Move forward from the past
  • Break the pattern of unhealthy behaviours
  • Living life as a sober person
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Learn self-acceptance and self-love
  • Learn to break obsessive and negative thought patterns
  • Learn healthy coping mechanisms and strategies
  • Process stressful events and associated emotions
  • Adapt to life in sobriety
  • Teach you valuable relapse prevention techniques
  • Teach you how to communicate and identify your own feelings effectively
  • Educate you on the illness of alcoholism and how it affects you and others
  • Keep you motivated and focused on your continued recovery from alcohol
  • Support you and motivate you in getting sober and maintaining sobriety
  • Receive effective talking treatment for mental health illnesses including depression and anxiety

If you have a past or present problem with alcohol or drugs, it is essential that you find a counsellor who understands and is able to treat drug or alcohol addiction. Working with a counsellor who is not armed with the facts of addiction as an illness can do more harm than good.

*Kelly came to us seeking an alcohol counsellor in Glasgow, having had a bad experience with one arranged by her local GP. She shared her experience with us:

“I sought help from a counsellor to help deal with my anxiety issues. I had recently managed to stop drinking with a residential detox and realised that I needed to deal with my anxiety if I was going to stay away from that first drink. Despite explaining in-depth the issues I had experienced with alcohol in the past, including the events that led up to my alcohol detox, the counsellor thought it would be a good idea to try just 1 or 2 glasses of wine in the evenings to relax?!

 Luckily for me, I had learned enough about addiction to realise that this was not a good idea and promptly ended my counselling sessions. It’s scary to think that there are counsellors out there that do not understand addiction. And that this was a counsellor I was referred to for help through my GP. Had I taken on board their “solution” to my anxiety, I am in no doubt that I would be back in detox, or worse.

I contacted Rehab Guide, they helped me solve my current problems but in a very understanding and compassionate way. They helped me explore and change my self defeating behaviours to help me cope with my feelings of sadness, guilt, fear and pain that was holding me back from living a more peaceful life”

Counselling techniques have proven to help overcome a problem with alcohol

Alcohol counselling should consist of evidence-based treatments that are proven to help overcome alcohol addiction. There are many different types of therapies that a counsellor may use when trying to help someone with a past or present alcohol problem. Each therapy should be fully tailored to your individual treatment needs.

Evidence-based treatments that a counsellor may use to help can include:

●      Person-Centred Therapy – Person-centred treatment treats you as a whole person taking into account your physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

●      Cognitive Behavioural TherapyCBT challenges and changes unhelpful thought processes and behaviours

●      Motivational therapy – Use to help keep you focused and moving forward in your recovery

●      Dialectical Behavioural Therapy – DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Its main goal is to show you how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve your relationships with others.

●      Trauma Therapy – Trauma therapy should only be delivered by a therapist who is qualified in this area of expertise. Trauma therapy can help you to process past or recent traumatic events and help you to heal. Rehab Guide can ensure that you receive this specialist treatment from a counsellor qualified in trauma treatment if you agree it would be beneficial.

●      Psychotherapy – Psychotherapy is used to treat mental health illness as opposed to the use of medication only. This therapy can be used in conjunction with medication or as an alternative and should only be delivered by a qualified psychotherapist

All forms of counselling are aimed at supporting any individual who is on psychiatric medication, or, as an alternative to medication. If a counsellor at any point feels that a review of your medication is needed or that there is a need for medication, they will refer you to your GP for the appropriate help.

When an alcohol counsellor can help with an alcohol problem

Alcohol addiction or alcoholism is a chronic and progressive brain disorder, and alcohol is often a solution to the individual’s emotional pain and suffering. In order to successfully treat the psychological aspect of alcohol addiction, the individual must be sober in order to benefit from alcohol counselling sessions fully.

Alcohol clouds the brain and affects your judgement, decision making and perception. Excessive alcohol use also chemically damages the brain, so even if you are able to be sober for counselling sessions if you are drinking heavily in between, the alcohol will still be having a very negative effect on your ability to think clearly.

Alcohol counselling can support a person in getting sober but is most helpful following on from an alcohol detox, rehab programme or a period of continued sobriety.

Personalised alcohol counselling

Rehab Guide guarantee that alcohol counselling sessions arranged through us will be completely bespoke and customised to your individual treatment needs.

Alcohol Counselling

We appreciate that not everyone is able to or wishes to have face to face counselling sessions. We can, therefore, arrange Skype counselling sessions and over the telephone counselling sessions through the implementation of a bespoke counselling programme.

We can also accommodate patients who need more or less than one alcohol counselling session a week. We will tailor your counselling programme to suit you.

NHS counselling v private counselling for alcohol

If you can afford a private counsellor for an alcohol problem, this is often preferable to seeking help on the NHS. NHS counsellors tend to offer more generalised counselling as opposed to addiction-focused counselling. There is also often a very lengthily waiting list. In most areas of the UK, the average waiting time for a counsellor on the NHS is between 8 and 10 weeks, sometimes longer.

Paying for a private counsellor can offer many benefits. Rehab Guide is able to find reliable and accredited counsellors locally to you with 7 to 10 days. Our private alcohol counsellors will also be matched to your specific treatment needs and will specialise in treating alcohol addiction. We can also offer to counsel to those that need more specialist help and support for co-occurring illnesses such as depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD and OCD.


Call us today for a free of charge, no-obligation alcohol treatment assessment. The assessment will be conducted over the telephone and carried out in the strictest of confidence. Rehab Guide is here to help you access the best possible treatment available in the UK today.

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