Many people are surprised to discover the huge role counselling plays in alcohol addiction recovery. Yet without proper counselling, it would be very difficult to deal with the underlying issues related to addiction. Sometimes those issues are physical, other times they are mental and emotional. Counselling teaches addicts to see those issues in their proper light so that they can be dealt with in ways outside the realm of addictive behaviour.
Alcohol Help offers limited counselling through our contacts over the phone. Our counselling is designed to help our clients determine the extent of their alcohol problems so that they can choose the appropriate course of action. Our counselling is helpful, but is by no means comprehensive.
It should be noted that most of our counselling is in the area of directing alcoholics and their families to treatment services. For example, we might help an individual determine whether he or she should use an outpatient program or go straight to a residential rehab clinic. In either case, Alcohol Health is a referral service, not a treatment centre.
One-on-one counselling is a more advanced form of the practice in which the alcoholic sits with a trained counsellor on a regular basis. This type of counselling can occur:
- on any other schedule the therapist sets up.
One-on-one counselling is one of the more common tools employed by outpatient programs offered by the NHS and alcohol charities. However, it’s also a tool utilised by private rehab clinics, like those we work with. One-on-one counselling is a way to help the alcoholic open up and deal with his or her problems.
If you are at all familiar with alcohol rehab, you are probably aware of the concept of group counselling. This type of counselling has been an effective treatment method for all sorts of problems for nearly a century. It became popular in the realm of alcohol rehabilitation several decades ago.
The main advantage of group counselling is the support that comes from knowing there are others who are suffering through the same problems and are willing to hold you accountable. Group counselling is often made light of for entertainment purposes, yet it’s a very powerful therapy that has proven effective time and again.
The private alcohol rehab clinics we work with will use group counselling as one of many therapy options. They will combine it with other things including one-on-one counselling and controlled group activities. The group activities reinforce group counselling by teaching the alcoholic it is possible to enjoy a quality life without drinking.
Counselling and Aftercare
Many alcoholics go into a treatment program with the mistaken belief that their troubles will be over once the program is complete. Nevertheless, that’s not the way it is. Alcoholics will forever be tempted to drink whenever new stresses come along. Counselling in an aftercare program can help the alcoholic avoid relapse.
Counselling in an aftercare setting can also be one-on-one or group based. It is simply an extension of what the alcoholic took part in during his or her treatment program.
Alcohol Help works with counselling services and rehab programs all over the UK. We know what each one offers, so we can guide you in making wise decisions for yourself or a loved one. All we need you to do is contact us. The sooner you do, the sooner you or your loved one will be on the road to recovery.