Counselling alcoholics is a very common practice, more so due to the number of alcohol abuse cases surfacing each day. This is not just limited to the US, but in several countries where alcohol is not strictly regulated. Since the potentially damaging substance is so easily available, it enables people to abuse it often.
This then leads to people becoming addicted to alcohol, and use it as the solution for just about any problem, and as an escape for the slightest amount of stress. In such a case, it is only a matter of time before the person begins to become dependent on alcohol, and others around them begin to get affected by the addiction.
Counselling Tips for the Amateur Counsellor
If you are one of the people who are affected by the alcoholism of a loved one, you will surely be looking for a counselling-based solution. While the best thing would be to get them professional help, since a professional counselor will be able to provide the neutral voice that every addict needs. However, there are still some counseling tips and best practices that you can adopt to help the troubled individual.
Following are some counseling tips which will help you get an edge over someone’s addiction and provide the latter with a support system outside of the professional counselor’s office.
1) Put the person’s 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 anyone’s 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.