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Counselling for alcohol addiction aims at changing the person’s feelings, perceptions, and behaviours regarding alcohol consumption. Through counselling, a person addicted to alcohol can learn to manage their triggers and thus prevent relapses. Counselling is just one form of treatment intervention for alcohol addiction. Treatment can fall under 3 types:

Medications. Medications help reduce the desire to drink and deal with withdrawal symptoms.
Counselling. Counselling can include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Marital and Family Counselling.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy involves identifying thoughts, feelings, and situations that lead to drinking, and involves changing these thought patterns to cope with everyday life that can trigger alcohol misuse.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy involves identifying the pros and cons of continuing problematic drinking, making a change plan, building confidence, and developing skills needed to stick with the plan.
Marital and Family Counselling involves spouses and other family members in repairing and improving relationships. Studies have found that having a strong support system enhances the chances of maintaining abstinence.

Support groups. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a support group that has a 12-step program that helps people recover from addiction and maintain abstinence.

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How effective is Counselling for Alcohol Addiction?

Counselling can be very effecting in treating alcohol addiction as it helps identify triggers and develop means of coping with them that reduces chances of relapses.

What are the benefits of Counselling for Alcohol Addiction?

There are numerous benefits of counselling for alcohol addiction. A counsellor can help you –

  • Educate on techniques that help sustain recovery
  • Identify factors that contribute to your alcohol use
  • Identify emotional triggers that enhance alcohol dependence and ways to deal with them
  • Develop a structured plan that aids your recovery
  • Assess your progress and encourage you to succeed.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

It depends on your condition and various other factors such as readiness to abstain from alcohol, and would be variable from individual to individual.

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