Alcohol Addiction Counselling

Raffa Bari - Author

Clinically Reviewed on: 24/03/2022 10:00 am by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.


When your mental health is suffering from alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or any substance abuse, the best thing you can do is begin your journey to begin working towards addiction recovery.

This can be a difficult process that requires specialised treatments such as an alcohol detox in a specialised facility for it to be safe. But it is a rewarding process that will give you a better quality of life and massively improve your mental health.

If you wish to find counselling in your local area, Cassiobury court can help you through our network of nationwide rehabilitation centres.

What is Alcohol Addiction Counselling?

Alcohol addiction counselling is simply a form of therapy designed to help you manage and understand your addiction. It can come in many different forms, and which one you will be referred to will depend on certain factors.

As no two people are the same, neither are their experiences with addiction. While some have supportive family members who can play an active role in their addiction recovery, others do not have the same kind of support network.

Alcohol addiction counselling will put your needs and experiences first to receive personalised care best suited towards helping you improve your mental health, deal with addictive behaviours and avoid addictive substances when you are out on your own.

Alcohol addiction counselling gives you the tools and the power to take back control of your life and your alcohol addiction.

Types of Alcohol Addiction Counselling

Different types of alcohol addiction counselling are more suited to some people than others. Part of the journey to addiction recovery is to work with a therapist to understand what form of addiction council best suits you and your specific needs.

When you take part in an alcohol rehab programme, alcohol addiction counselling will play a key role in not only helping you recover through your detox but help sustain long term sobriety.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is the most common and most widely known form of therapy. It has proven successful in helping improve people’s mental health and to deal with the isolating nature of alcohol addiction.

A part of this is intervention, which for many is the start of their recovery journey and should involve a trained intervention specialist.

Group therapy is designed to allow you and others dealing with addiction to work together with a therapist to understand what causes the triggers for your cravings and how to avoid them.

This can be found in a local support group such as alcoholics anonymous, as many consider offering help to others struggling with addiction the final step in the 12 step program.

Motivational Interview

This therapy trains the brain to overcome negative behaviour such as substance abuse through positive reinforcement. It teaches healthy and much safer coping mechanisms to replace their alcohol abuse.

This is a very good option for those with a strong support network. They can continue with the positive motivation once they have completed their alcohol addiction counselling.

Holistic Therapy

Also known as art therapy focuses on mindfulness and free expression as a way to distract from and cope with cravings. It allows people the opportunity to be alone with their thoughts. To dissect their emotions in a safe and judgment-free environment through their chosen medium.

It also helps instil healthy coping mechanisms that can be easily incorporated into everyday life. It can also include equine therapy or music therapy. It is about what will help them relax and open up to themself and their experiences.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

This therapy is designed for those with serious mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts. Its main focus is on mindfulness and teaching people how to focus on themselves at the moment.

Many people find the taught coping mechanisms very helpful in their everyday life and are also often used in tandem with cognitive behavioural therapy.

They have to work with a therapist to learn how to avoid or safely deal with their triggers.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

For many people, part of this therapy typically involves a dual diagnosis where a mental illness is diagnosed alongside an alcohol addiction. It can be very beneficial for those dealing with undiagnosed mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or OCD.

It allows them to access support for their mental illness even after finishing their alcohol addiction counselling.

It will teach them how to regulate their emotions to adopt strategies for specific citations.

How Beneficial is Alcohol Addiction Counselling?

Alcohol addiction counselling is a key part of any treatment plan. The recovery process can’t just rely on a detox program to deal with alcohol addiction, drug addiction or sex addiction because the route cause is not being addressed.

In order to take full advantage of the treatment services available and to make real progress with overcoming your alcohol addiction, you need to address your mental health.

Alcohol addiction counselling is very beneficial because, firstly, it helps you see that there is more to addiction than just a bad habit. It is a complex medical condition that exists due to any number of the following factors.

  • Genetics
  • PTSD
  • Childhood exposure
  • Undiagnosed mental illness

It can tackle each factor differently and provide you with the tools you will need to overcome your addiction so that you can live a happy and healthier life.

How to Access Alcohol Addiction Counselling?

The best way to access alcohol addiction counselling is to contact our team. Here we can discuss various options available to you and make recommendations on what will be beneficial to your particular circumstance.

Addiction counselling is a key part of most rehab experiences. It is designed to be as accessible to your needs as possible. You would start with the detox programme to deal with your withdrawal symptoms and then addiction counselling and theory to address your mental health issues.

Why Choose Cassiobury for Addiction Counselling

At Cassiobury, we have years of experience providing high quality and personalised counselling services for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Our fully qualified staff are always available to ensure your safety and comfort during your sessions so that you can focus on yourself and leave the rest to us. Our private services allow you to be our number one priority offering you the best possible care for your recovery journey.

So if you feel the need to reach out and start your rehabilitation, contact our team and we can discuss all possible treatments available to you at your convenience.

Raffa Bari - Author - Last updated: 4th April 2022

CQC Registered Manager

Raffa manages the day to day caring services here at Cassiobury Court. Dedicated to the treatment and well being of our visitors she is an outstanding mental health coach registered with BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). Raffa has outstanding experience in managing rehabs across the country and is vastly experienced at helping people recover from drug and alcohol addictions.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 24/03/2022 10:00 am

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures