Alcohol Addiction – Therapy & Counselling
Alcohol addiction is when you have destructive relationship with alcohol and feel incapable of stopping due to the addictive nature of alcohol
When addiction is defined in this way it argues that you have no option other than to keep drinking because the chemical structure of the addictive substance takes precedence over your will.
However, if alcohol does indeed contain these so-called chemical hooks, then why doesn’t everybody who drinks alcohol end up addicted?
Whilst we regard alcohol addiction as a form of unhelpful (and potentially damaging) behaviour, the biomedical models of mental illness classify addiction as an illness or a disease, although this is not universally accepted.
This process of categorising human emotions and behaviours in medical rather than behavioural terms is known as medicalisation.
Using Alcohol to Cope
Drinking alcohol in itself is NOT particularly harmful as long as you consume it in moderation and NOT as a way of coping with your problems.
Unfortunately the use of alcohol as a method of relieving stress after a long day at work seems to have become normalised as an acceptable way of dealing with difficult or heavy workloads.
In this sense, alcohol is being used as a coping strategy in preference to other more adaptive approaches and this is where alcohol abuse can occur.
Given the culturally wide acceptance of drinking alcohol, it is often very difficult to distinguish between social drinking and problem drinking.
Whereas some people can consume large amounts of alcohol and seem relatively unaffected, for others it can cause significant problems.
Common Signs of an Alcohol Addiction Problem
- Repeatedly neglecting your responsibilities at home, work, or school because of your drinking, for example, performing poorly at work, neglecting your kids or ignoring your commitments because you’re hung over.
- Using alcohol in situations where it’s physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, operating machinery while intoxicated or mixing alcohol with prescription medication.
- Experiencing repeated legal problems on account of your drinking, for example, getting arrested for driving under the influence or for being drunk and disorderly.
- Continuing to drink even though your alcohol abuse is causing problems in your relationships.
- Self-deception and trying to kid yourself that your drinking is NOT a problem.
If you’re experiencing any of these things, of if you’re worried that you might be developing an alcohol addiction, then it may be time to talk.
Possible Causes of Alcohol Addiction
There may be any number of causes for your alcohol addiction, although having a parent who is or was a drinker can significantly increase the likelihood that you will develop a problem.
Please note that this increased likelihood is (from a psychological perspective) driven by social influences rather than any claimed genetic factors.
You may drink as a way of coping with difficult feelings, known as self-medicating.
Unfortunately, drinking is a poor coping method as it almost always becomes a bigger problem than the problem it is supposed to solve!
You may also turn to alcohol when you have had some kind of trauma that has not been resolved, either recently or somewhere in your past.
There is also the problem of cultural alcohol use.
Many people who work in very high pressure environments such as healthcare, teaching or policing will frequently find that colleagues often hit the pub after a particularly stressful day.
In this way, drinking can often appear to be a socially acceptable way of de-stressing and for many people it never turns into a problem, but for some, it can be the slippery slope to ruin.
Therapy & Counselling for Alcohol Addiction
We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for alcohol addiction and drink-related problems.
Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:
- How long you have had the problem.
- Your personal preferences.
- How your problem is affecting you today.
You can read more about the different types of therapy for anxiety on the following links:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Alcohol Addiction
- The CORE programme for Alcohol Addiction
- Counselling for Alcohol Addiction
Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.
Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.
Arrange a FREE initial consultation
If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from alcohol addiction then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular problems and the potential solutions in a safe and confidential environment without you having to commit to any therapy or counselling going forward.
This consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet our therapists and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.
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