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Effective Alcohol Counseling Practices. Major Benefits of Alcohol Counseling. Addiction Counseling for Alcoholics. The Relation between Alcohol Addiction Counselling and Mental Health Reform. Why Alcohol Counseling Should Be A Mainstream Practice. 4 Alcohol Counseling Benefits Everyone Should Know. 4 Surprising Facts Regarding Alcohol Counselling. Alcohol Counselling Tips and Best Practices for the Amateur Counsellor. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: A To Z On Alcohol Counseling


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A To Z On Alcohol Counseling
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Synopsis
  1. Effective Alcohol Counseling Practices
  2. Major Benefits of Alcohol Counseling
  3. Addiction Counseling for Alcoholics
  4. The Relation between Alcohol Addiction
    Counselling and Mental Health Reform
  5. Why Alcohol Counseling Should Be A Mainstream
    Practice
  6. 4 Alcohol Counseling Benefits Everyone Should
    Know
  7. 4 Surprising Facts Regarding Alcohol Counselling
  8. Alcohol Counselling Tips and Best Practices for
    the Amateur Counsellor

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Effective Alcohol Counseling Practices
  • Have a well constructed counseling plan
  • Different people have different counseling needs,
    all of which need to be considered when
    approaching the task. However, there are some
    counseling course stages which need to stay
    consistent throughout. This is why it is
    important to have a well-constructed counseling
    plan beforehand, so that when the counseling
    process actually starts, the counselor will
    already have a plan of action, and will be able
    to track the progress of the alcoholic.
  • Be very confident with the initial approach
  • The very first experience that the alcoholic has
    with the counselor is perhaps the most important.
    This is why the initial approach needs to exude
    confidence in both the counselors abilities, as
    well as the addicts capability for recovery. The
    combination of both will instill confidence in
    the addict, regarding the prospect of their
    recovery. This is a very important asset, since
    it will encourage them to let go of the addiction
    sooner, rather than later.
  • Get to the reason behind the addiction
  • Often when a person starts to resort to a
    substance to bring them a measure of comfort,
    there is an underlying reason behind this. It
    could be a plethora of domestic issues, or
    lagging performance at work. In any case, it is
    important for the counselor to get to the root
    cause of the issue, before they get to the
    recovery phase of the counseling plan.
  • Work alongside, not over the alcoholic
  • Perhaps the most important factor of all is that
    the counselors not suggest, during the counseling
    session, that they are in any way superior to the
    alcoholics. This is extremely detrimental to the
    confidence of the addict, since they do not need
    a patronizing and overbearing voice rather a
    gentle and accompanying one, which they can
    search for beside them, not above them.

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Major Benefits of Alcohol Counseling
  • Assists in Healing Attachment Issues
  • In majority of the cases, individual had gone
    through insecurity and trust issues when their
    where kids due to issues like unstable homes,
    absent parents, abuse and neglect. As adults,
    alcohol or other addictions offers these
    individuals as a feeling of dependable
    attachment. Counseling helps individuals in
    breaking these strong attachments they have with
    alcohol.
  • Prevents Unhealthy Stressors Responses
  • Alcohol counseling includes cognitive behavioral
    therapy which assists individuals in identifying
    their self-destructive and misguided reactions
    towards certain situations, thoughts and
    individuals which motivates them to use alcohol.
    Counseling encourages these individuals to
    discover healthier and new ways to respond to
    those stressors in order to modify the addictive
    behaviors.
  • Enhances Relationships
  • Family therapy and meetings is an essential
    element of successful recovery of the individual
    and decreases the risk of relapse.

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Major Benefits of Alcohol Counseling
  • Even when family is not the reason for the
    addiction, it still has a major impact on all
    family members. Counseling helps the individual
    and their family members to openly address the
    problem, ask questions, offer support and enhance
    the overall communication. Openly interacting
    helps the entire family to deal with this issue
    and start the healing process.
  • Encourages Mutual Sharing Support
  • Through group therapy, the individual can
    participate in building a mutual sharing and
    support system with others going through the same
    problem. Sharing common fears, frustrations, and
    experiences in a controlled and safe environment
    enhances the recovery process. It helps the
    individual in realizing that they are not alone
    and others are also struggling to get better.
  • Avoids Dual Diagnosis
  • Majority of alcohol addiction to be linked with
    some mental health issues like bipolar disorder,
    depression or anxiety. If this mental issue is
    not treated then a sustainable and successful
    recovery plan cant be achieved. Counseling helps
    in identifying this dual diagnosis and offers the
    right treatment plan needed to tackle the
    addiction as well as the mental disorder.

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Addiction Counseling for Alcoholics
  • The counselor could talk to the persons family
    to motivate him/her to change. Counseling
    requires evaluating the types and severity of
    problems faced by the drinker as well as problems
    caused to significant others. Since there are
    several therapeutic approaches, the counselor
    needs to determine the approach that works best
    for the victim in avoiding alcohol and preventing
    relapse. The earlier the help is sought, the
    better.
  • Counselor needs to motivate the drinker to stop
    alcohol consumption, make him acknowledge the
    cues in the environment, learn to adopt healthy
    coping mechanisms to maintain well-being and seek
    help from support groups.
  • Cognitive behavioral, family and group therapies
    are effective in helping dependents abstain from
    alcohol. Family members should be taught how to
    offer support to the drinker and understand how
    it works, what is causing it and what can be done
    to stop it. The person may not be able to resolve
    his alcohol issue alone. Counseling, family
    support and environmental support all play a
    combined role in thwarting alcohol consumption.
    The counselor needs to make sure the family and
    environment are not reinforcing alcohol
    consumption.

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The Relation between Alcohol Addiction
Counselling and Mental Health Reform
  • While the two may be for different purposes, the
    fact of the matter is that they are both
    interconnected, especially if the sufferer of the
    addiction is also a sufferer of mental illness.
    This is intensified if the person suffers from an
    addiction because they have a mental illness. In
    this case, the counselor has to tackle the root
    cause of the issue first, before they can get to
    the damaging act that results from the issue.
  • The counselor has to first determine why the
    person is taking up alcohol consumption. Here,
    the counselor, preferably a professional, also
    has to determine which type of mental illness is
    driving the person to seek refuge with alcohol.
  • It could be that the alcoholic has chronic
    depression, which they counter with alcohol. The
    individual may be suffering from crippling
    anxiety, which could very easily turn them
    towards alcohol consumption, since alcohol is
    known to remove all inhibitions. And, most
    disturbingly, the alcoholism could be due to
    Antisocial Personality Disorder, in which a
    person could resort to alcoholism to escape the
    feelings of aggression and frustration they
    experience.

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Why Alcohol Counseling Should Be A Mainstream
Practice
  1. Alcohol is a lot more addictive than most
    substances, which is why people get very easily
    addicted to it, and start abusing it. This
    particular capability is reason enough why we
    need to spread more addiction-related awareness.
  2. Alcoholic drinks are readily available, which
    increases the chances of excessive consumption.
    One can find beer and some stronger alcoholic
    drinks in pharmacies in the US. This should be
    talked about more, and addicts should be made to
    ignore the regular availability.
  3. Counseling is the only way to save an alcoholic,
    since there is no medicine that helps with it.
    Putting a person on medication to help with
    alcohol addiction would be like taking them away
    from one addictive substance and putting them on
    to another, which is why counseling should be
    made more common everywhere.
  4. A lot of addiction cases start from early
    education centers, which is why these
    institutions should have counseling for
    alcoholism as well.
  5. Alcoholism ruins a persons life, and severely
    impacts the lives of people around them, as well
    as those close to them. This often goes without
    intervention, as the person is always assumed to
    be under stress and whatnot. The truth is that
    individuals such as these need counseling and not
    immature opinions, if society is to improve.

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4 Alcohol Counseling Benefits Everyone Should Know
  • Counseling helps align life goals
  • When you are addicted to a substance, it can be
    difficult to think too much about the future and
    life goals. Counseling, however, snaps a person
    out of this state, and forces them to consider
    their own future, which helps them align their
    goals in life.
  • Talking about addiction makes it easier to tackle
  • Admittance is the very first step towards
    improvement this is a fact that every addict
    needs to know, and subscribe to. When we lay out
    the problems which plague us, we encourage the
    solutions to those problems, and come up with
    reasons why we should get rid of them as well.
    Alcohol addiction is not talked about that much
    in the addicts immediate surroundings.
  • Counseling could save a life
  • One of the major detrimental factors regarding
    alcohol abuse is the number of lives it claims.
    By counseling someone, you could very well save a
    life. Similarly, if you, as an alcoholic, opt for
    counseling, you may be taking a positive step
    towards saving your own life, which is a win-win
    scenario.
  • Effective counseling makes both counselor and
    counselee better people
  • The fact that you helped prevent a disaster in
    the making combined with the sense of
    achievement that comes with counseling, makes for
    the development of a more whole, and deeper
    personality. Similarly, if you are an alcoholic
    who takes counseling, you will come out of the
    addiction a better, more spiritual and all-round
    more positive person.

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4 Surprising Facts Regarding Alcohol Counselling
  • Alcohol takes the place of a person in an
    addicts life
  • The chemical changes which alcohol induces in the
    brain, which are somewhat similar to the changes
    one experiences during euphoric moments with
    friends. The person doing the counselling should
    take into account that their approach should the
    same as if they were asking the addict to let go
    of a damaging friendship.
  • Alcohol counselling has more chances of failing
    than drug-addiction counselling
  • Since alcohol is more readily available, as
    compared to the mainstream drugs, and even
    medicinal opiates, the addict has greater chances
    of relapsing quickly. All they have to do is
    visit the supermarket to have the cravings set in
    once again.

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4 Surprising Facts Regarding Alcohol Counselling
  • Counselling for alcohol abuse requires a
    multi-platform approach
  • This is the age of social media, and the person
    doing the counselling needs to take advantage of
    all the platforms where they can approach the
    addict. If the latter is not on any such
    platforms, they should be encouraged to be so,
    since increased social exposure allows the addict
    to have more outlets for their emotions and
    thoughts, which prevents them from relapsing into
    alcohol abuse.
  • Listening skills are multiple times more
    important than guidance
  • While counselling consists mostly of thorough
    guidance, a counsellor needs to be a good
    listener as well. This is a quality that is often
    overlooked, especially when it is not a
    professional counsellor helping the addict. If
    one is counselling a non-clinically diagnosed
    addict, the person needs to have excellent
    listening skills, which make the addict feel like
    they have someone who can listen to them in their
    hour of need.

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Alcohol Counselling Tips and Best Practices for
the Amateur Counsellor
  • Put the persons addiction into perspective
  • The very first step towards a cure is a
    perspective. When someone is addicted to alcohol,
    or any substance, they do not see their
    addiction, or the world even, from anyones
    perspective but their own. Worse still, is the
    fact that their perspective if often skewed, due
    to the addling effects of the addiction. The best
    thing to do here is to make the person see the
    addiction and the negative effect it is having,
    from your own perspective, in order to enlighten
    them to the damage that the alcoholism is doing
    to their life.
  • Be confident while approaching them
  • The person who is addicted to alcohol is in this
    state due to a lack of conviction, which leads
    them to seek alternate means which provide them
    with some. When approaching them for counseling
    purposes, be sure to have a certain degree of
    conviction and confidence in your approach. Just
    enough to reflect positively on them. If you are
    confident about helping them, then they too will
    be confident about seeking help from you.
  • Find out the history behind the alcohol abuse
  • There is always a reason behind a person picking
    up a habit, be it material, or related to
    addiction, such as the consumption of alcohol.
    When counseling an alcohol addict, try to get to
    the root cause of their addiction, and target
    that cause during the next counseling meeting. It
    may be that the person may have some
    misconception in their mind regarding a certain
    event of remorse related to a happening in their
    life. It is your job, as a counselor, to help
    them get over the source of their sadness.

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