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Title: Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling
  • Alcoholism

The Twelve Steps
  • We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that
    our lives had become unmanageable.
  • Came to believe that a Power greater that
    ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Made a decision to turn our will and our lives
    over to the care of God, as we understood Him.
  • Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of
  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another
    human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Were entirely ready to have God remove all these
    defects of character. .
  • Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  • Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and
    became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever
    possible, except when to do so would injure them
    or others.
  • Continued to take personal inventory and when we
    were wrong promptly admitted it.
  • Sought through prayer and meditation to improve
    our conscious contact with God, as we understood
    Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for
    us and the power to carry that out.
  • Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of
    these steps, we tried to carry this message to
    alcoholics, and to practice these principles in
    all our affairs.

Pastoral operations
  • Ignatian exercises
  • Humility before God
  • Resign will
  • Acknowledge sins and repentance
  • Confession
  • Restitution and purpose of ammend
  • Corporal works of mercy
  • Prayer
  • Virtue

1 day-30 days-60-90-180-1 year1
  • Habits are dispositions that take time to
    acquire, overcome or change.
  • Change is a part of life and it takes place in
    increments of time.
  • We can see increments related to recovery from
    alcoholism that can be useful in other
    situations, which require a change of habit. We
    can see the struggle to abstain from the habit
    for one day.

Indications of a possible problem
  • When assessing the possibility of alcohol
    addiction there are a few keys to look for
  • Blackouts
  • Increased energy
  • Consequences
  • Preoccupation with drinking
  • Change in personality

  • Blackouts are spaces of time and events that
    cannot be remembered concerning a previous
  • This is a major red flag because it seems that
    only alcoholics or those who are disposed to
    alcoholism experience blackouts.

How is it a problem?
  • One of the signs of alcoholism is that there are
    problems in a relationship or work environment.
  • It causes a problem to someone
  • This person is drinker or one involved and acting
    upon him
  • Sufficient practical motivation

Increased energy
  • Alcohol is a depressant. When one has had 3-5
    ounces of alcohol within a short period of time,
    one becomes ill or sleepy and would exhibit signs
    of inebriation.
  • Increased addiction creates an increase in
    tolerance (for the first 20 years of addiction
    that is) thus one would exhibit an increase in
    energy from the bodies reaction against the
    depressing effects of the alcohol.
  • Some question that will help bring this out
  • What happens to you after you have had 3-5 ounces
    of alcohol?
  • Do you have more or less energy?
  • At the end of a party, what is your energy level

  • If someone experiences negative consequences from
    becoming intoxicated and does not make any
    serious adjustments in their drinking or take
    steps against possible abuse, it may be a sign of
    the denial and irresponsibility that goes along
    with addiction.
  • For example, DUI, next week end goes out and gets
    drunk again.

Three pictures
  • There will always be three pictures involved with
    an alcoholic
  • How they describe alcohol addiction. . . .
    Drunk every day in the gutter.
  • How they describe their own drinking.
  • I can control it.
  • I have too much at times, but it is not an
    addiction or problem.
  • Or I can stop for months at a time. I went six
    months without drinking.
  • I dont get drunk that often.
  • What addiction really looks like?
  • This involves objective criteria that provide an
    understanding of alcohol addiction.

Preoccupation with drinking
  • Drinking may become a central focus in life. The
    more preoccupied someone is with drinking the
    more concern there should be.
  • A few questions that can reveal this
  • When you arrive at a party or social function,
    what is the first thing that you look for?
  • What are your most common or most comfortable
    social settings?
  • How do you release stress?When do you feel a
    need to have a drink?

Change in personality
  • Changes in personality present one of the signs
    that indicate some follow up is appropriate.

Drinking to self-medicate
  • The practice of using alcohol as a means of
    self-medication is one that can lead to

Alcohol self-assessment tools
  • Are you unable to stop drinking after a certain
    number of drinks?
  • Do you need a drink to get motivated or to feel
    comfortable in social situations?
  • Do you often forget what happened while you were
    "partying" (having blackouts)?
  • Do you drink or "party" alone?
  • Have others annoyed you by criticizing your
    alcohol use?
  • Have you been involved in fights with your
    friends or family while you were drunk or high?
  • Have you done or said anything while drinking
    that you later regretted?
  • Have you destroyed or damaged property while
  • Do you drive while high or drunk?
  • Have you been physically hurt while drinking?

Assessment continued
  • Have you been in trouble with the school
    authorities or the campus police because of your
  • Have you dropped or chosen friends based on their
    drinking habits?
  • Do you think you are a normal drinker despite
    friends' comments that you drink too much?
  • Have you ever missed classes because you were too
    hung-over to get up on time?
  • Have you ever done poorly on an exam or
    assignment because of drinking?
  • Do you think about drinking or getting high a
  • Do you feel guilty or self-conscious about your
  • Do you feel uncomfortable in social situations
    where alcohol is not available?
  • Do you find yourself looking for loopholes as to
    exclude your drinking patterns from these

If you answered, "yes"
  • to three or more of these questions, or if your
    answer to any of the questions concerns you, you
    may be using alcohol in ways that are harmful.
  • Do not waste your time blaming yourself or others
    for any alcohol related behavior. If you think
    you have or might be developing problems in which
    drinking plays a part, act now. You can get help.

Marriage Prep or Pastoral Counsel
  • Simple
  • If there is any concern, error on the side of
    caution and seek help
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