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Alcohol addiction counselling is used to treat psychological and cognitive aspects of alcohol addiction. Along with detoxification, counselling is a vital component of rehabilitation. Alcohol addiction counselling takes place once initial detoxification concludes. Detoxification tackles the physical aspects of alcohol dependency and is tackled before alcohol addiction counselling commences. Powerful withdrawal symptoms can occur during detoxification and these need to be overcome before counselling can commence.
Often an addiction to alcohol is developed in order to cope with pain and anxiety caused by traumatic events taking place in the past. Generally, the more traumatic the event, the greater the addiction to alcohol will be. Alcohol addiction counselling attempts to treat this underlying trauma.
Alcohol addiction counselling is available in many different guises and variations. The most predominant form of alcohol addiction counselling is in the form of traditional psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is made up of different ‘talking therapies’. The most common form of psychotherapy available today is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Psychotherapy attempts to unravel psychological motives for addiction. Lifting motives to a conscious level allows addicts to challenge and replace beliefs with healthier alternatives. Negative emotions such as pain, fear and guilt are also tackled during sessions.
Therapists attempt to alter beliefs in positive ways. Many addicts carry around erroneous beliefs picked up during childhood. These beliefs no longer apply or were never valid in the first place. Belief re-evaluation is a major part of psychotherapy.
Individual therapy is a channel of psychotherapy where patient and therapist discuss addictive behaviours on a one-to-one basis. Individual therapy is focused and intense. It allows addicts to open up to their deepest intimacies surrounding addiction. Deeply private and traumatic events are allowed to play out and unravel. Once reasons for addictive behaviours are identified addicts are encouraged to reinterpret experiences in healthier and more productive ways.
Another form of psychotherapy is group therapy. Rather than receiving therapy on a one-to-one basis with therapist addicts instead take part in group sessions accompanied by peers who are in treatment. Groups are therapist led although group members share their experiences. Group therapy allows members to learn from each other’s experiences with alcohol addiction. Groups normally consist of 4 to 10 people and sessions last for around an hour.
‘Talking therapies’ may be combined with a number of alternative therapy techniques such as meditation, yoga and art therapy.
Therapy sessions take place within the confines of a rehabilitation centre in a comfortable and secure environment. Issues are communicated in utter confidence. All counsellors are subject to strict professional codes of confidentiality.
Alcohol addiction counselling typically lasts for a week or two following completion of detoxification. Once patients leave our centre they receive after-care treatment, normally for 12 months, following completion of rehabilitation. We encourage patients to engage local Alcoholics Anonymous groups upon their return home.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers safe and secure alcohol addiction counselling throughout the United Kingdom. Centres are typically residential in nature and offer a diverse range of treatment plans depending on the severity of addictions. Call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today by dialling 0800 111 4108. You can complete the enquiry form here.
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