How many sessions are required with a psychologist for alcohol addiction?
Each individual with alcohol addiction has different mental health issues and lifestyle changes that need to be addressed. Each individual also has different motivational levels for change, as well as differ in their severity and extent of the addiction. Moreover, the number of sessions required with the psychologist is variable.
How does a psychologist work along with a psychiatrist for treating alcohol addiction?
A psychiatrist prescribes medications that can help reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. A psychologist can help the person identify the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that contribute to their alcohol addiction and learn to identify and manage their triggers, using coping strategies instead.
How can a psychologist help the family of the person with alcohol addiction?
A person’s alcohol addiction impacts not only the person but the family members also negatively. Some examples of issues that families might face include negative emotions, poor communication, lack of safety, severed relationships, unhealthy boundaries or enabling behaviours, etc. A psychologist can help address these issues ensuring not only the family members’ emotional well-being but also help the family support the recovery of the person from addiction.
What other mental disorders are co-morbid with alcohol addiction commonly that a psychologist can help diagnose?
Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder are common co-morbid mental health conditions for some people with alcohol addiction. A psychologist can not only help diagnose these but also prepare a treatment plan that addresses all these mental health concerns.