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De-Addiction Counselling: A Step Towards Combating Alcoholism

De-Addiction Counselling: A Step Towards Combating Alcoholism



Alcohol addiction is a disease that can affect many aspects of your life including health, finance and interpersonal relationships. Recovery from alcohol addiction is possible. The neurological changes that result in the brain due to excessive and problematic use of alcohol need to be combated with holistic deaddiction counselling

De-Addiction Counselling

At Cadabams, we address the various sides and causes of drug addiction with our 3 decades of experience. We work on developing plans that focus on long-term recovering while keeping caregivers an essential part of the treatment. If you or someone you know are facing issues with alcohol addiction, call us on helpline at +91 96111 94949 or mail us on info@cadabams.org for any queries or support. We are here for you.

Many people share how their love for alcohol transcends their appreciation for any other thing in life. What starts as an innocuous habit out of curiosity and love for hi-life habits often ends up in a debilitating behavior that destroys lives and families altogether. 

Alcohol drinking mostly starts as a misadventure among teenagers that exacerbate into addictive habits, if not controlled in time. Besides, undiagnosed emotional disorders trigger behavioral consequences resulting in frequent drinking and subsequent dependence on alcohol. In most cases, parents are unaware of their wards’ drinking habits, thus, giving way to teen alcoholism.

However, drinking problems are not limited to teens alone. Unhinged drinking habits affect many adults on a global scale as they show signs of problem drinking. In Indian societies, moderate drinking habits stem from drinking at social circles or parties. While drinking in moderation at times does not harm, frequent drinking can do much-unwanted damage to your body. Some also drink alcohol to cope with difficulties or emotional distress without realizing that they suffer from a drinking problem.

Do You Suffer from A Drinking Problem?

Choosing to attend a de-addiction counseling program is the first step to solving your drinking problems. However, for that, you must understand that you have a drinking problem that must be addressed and combatted. Gaining an insight into the problematic effects of drinking excessively is the first major step towards recovery. . Some of the common signs of drinking problems include:

  •  A feeling of guilt or shame while drinking
  • Hiding your drinking problems from your loved ones
  • Dependence on alcohol to tackle stress
  • Binge drinking tendencies
  • Frequent alcohol consumption
  • Drinking patterns that negatively impact social functioning

Recognizing your drinking problems is the first step to cut off alcohol abuse. Once you realize the problem at hand, it is easy to get rid of it by reaching out for help. Excessive alcohol usage can cause neurological changes that need professional medical supervision.

Alcohol-related Health Problems 

Unhinged drinking habits can cause irreparable harm to your body and mind. Alcohol intoxication results in coordination loss, thus, resulting in grievous car accidents and indulgence in risky behavior due to its impact on impulse control  like unprotected sex. The severity due to excessive alcohol intake can lead to poisoning and death. The temporary effects of alcohol abuse that beget immediate de-addiction therapy include sexual problems, difficulty in sleeping, panic attacks, anxiousness, bouts of depressive behavior, and increased blood pressure. There is also the risk of unplanned pregnancy and suffering from sexually transmitted diseases owing to unbridled sexual activities under the effect of alcohol.

Continued drinking habits over prolonged periods can result in serious health problems like liver damage under the effect of alcohol, heart diseases, stomach problems, brain damage, cancerous tumors, and inflammation of the pancreas. Drinking habits, if continued, can also be the cause of painful death in many.

People with heavy drinking habits also face problems in keeping up with their daily work schedules and maintaining relationships with their colleagues, friends, and family. Besides, they are at an increased risk of violence or becoming victims of physical and sexual abuse. Alcoholism counseling can help those who are facing difficulty in overcoming alcohol addiction. This is especially helpful for those unable to quit their alcohol dependence and are at a high risk of being addicted to drugs or narcotic substances.

Alcohol-related Financial Troubles

Compulsive drinking habits can cause you to lose a lot of money on alcohol. Be it arranging for drinks at social gatherings or consuming alcohol on whims and fancies , buying alcohol costs a lot of money and can make a dent in your monthly budget. Drinking too much sabotages your finances in a way that you cannot even comprehend. 

Inhibitions are considerably lowered when you drink alcohol, thus, prompting you to make compulsive purchases. An intoxicated person spends more time and money at the bar than planned. Researchers often refer to the ‘beer goggles effect’ that makes an item look more attractive and the price tag much more enticing under the effect of alcohol, thus, increasing the likelihood of making unplanned purchases. Alcohol intoxication can also inhibit and impair impulse control contributing to shopping sprees or making large investments or purchases without necessary contemplation.

Work productivity is greatly reduced, thus, a negative effect on work potential. As employment prospects and consequently salary potential are considerably lowered, the financial condition of the family suffers a setback, thus, causing stress and an added reason to drink. The financial strain can also cause damaged relationships in the family and negatively impact family dynamics.  

Alcohol Abuse Treatment through Counseling

Alcoholic treatment counseling is the first step in treating alcohol addiction. Professional counselors advise their patients against further addiction while providing them the necessary guidance to live an alcohol-free life. Irrespective of how long one may have struggled with drinking problems or the grievousness of the alcohol use disorder problem, alcohol de-addiction methods are incomplete without proper counseling.

What does De-addiction Counseling Do?

De-addiction counseling helps you understand the social aspects of alcoholism and how to deal with these aspects whilst abstaining from the consumption of alcohol. The doctor not only briefs the patient on these matters but also the family of the patient. This method can help one cope with alcohol abuse problems as well as get over it.

The doctor talks about many topics surrounding alcoholism, such as:

  • Alcohol abuse and the consequences it has on your life
  • The social pressure surrounding alcoholism, and how to manage it
  • The situations you may find yourself in when you feel the need to consume alcohol and how to abstain from doing so
  • Times when you are alone at home and feel the need to drink alcohol
  • Anxiety and stress, which lead to the consumption of alcohol and how to avoid this
  • Anger and frustration from not consuming alcohol and how to manage it

De-addiction counseling for alcoholism can be very effective and can help you abstain from consuming alcohol or suffering from a relapse.

Rehabilitation Treatment Programme

The most preferred treatment programme for those recovering from alcoholism is through rehabilitation. This is because the alcohol rehabilitation counseling treatment programme involves guiding the patients through effective and safe medical detox post which counselors help patients realize the reason behind their addictive habits and ways to get rid of them. Also, during the rehabilitation programme, treatment centers help alcoholics manage their cravings and stem factors that trigger their urge to drink.

Be Ready to Tell a Different Story

You know that you can make it happen. It’s only a matter of time before you realize the need to seek counseling for alcohol problems. Healing is the goal that one must pursue to realize happiness and joy at the other end. While receiving counseling and therapy for alcohol, it might be hard to come to terms with accepting your addiction but it can serve as a stepping stone for being an inspiration to many others. Sharing your story can help many others take action and seek help too.

Why Cadabams?

At Cadabams, we not only counsel our patients but also build customised plans that treat addiction on several levels. Based on the need, we also offer inpatient and rehabilitation programmes. This allows them access to complete round-the-clock care and receive constant support from our medical staff. For more details of treatment processes, you may get in touch with our staff or visit our site to read our success stories.

We ensure that you get the treatment you need and deserve. Our team of psychiatrists is an expert in psychosocial rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT), and family-focused therapy that have been  proven to be highly effective in treating drug addiction. 

We have over two decades of expertise in handling the most complex and severe cases of drug addiction. Our multispecialty team of psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, physicians work round the clock and are with you every step of the way. We offer world-class evidence-based treatment that is fit for all stages and all types of addiction.

Call us on our mental health helpline +91 96111 94949 or mail us on info@cadabams.org for any queries or support for drug addiction or any drug addiction related emergencies. 

Disclaimer – We strive to treat our patients with dignity and the utmost sensitivity. We understand that addiction is a disease and that it is not a sign of weakness. The term alcoholic, alcoholism, or addicts is used not in a derogatory fashion but to remain relevant to user search trends and common usage. It is important to note that addiction should be referred to as ‘substance use disorder’ to better address the effects of this psychological condition. Words like addict, junkie, etc should be avoided as they place the blame on the individual. Individuals/person/people suffering from substance use disorder or substance dependence syndrome should be used. In case you or a loved are struggling with alcohol abuse and share a unique viewpoint on how we can improve this content for our readers, please reach out to us at info@cadabams.org

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Does alcohol affect everyone the same way?

The answer is ‘No’. The effect of the same amount of alcohol can be different for all. Some may feel more intoxicated than others after having not more than two drinks. There are myriad factors including age, gender, and the amount of food eaten before consuming alcohol that affect the gravity of intoxication. Besides, genetics and metabolism also play an added role in deciding the extent to which one may get dependent on alcohol.  

  • Does drinking in front of a recovering alcoholic put him or her at risk?

You must avoid taking drinks or discuss your alcohol-driven parties in front of a recovering alcoholic. Those suffering from alcohol-use disorders may feel the urge to drink again and at times find it difficult to restrain themselves. This may also put their recovery at risk and have unwarranted consequences.

  • Can alcohol addiction be cured?

Alcoholism can be treated and managed with systemic detox and comprehensive alcoholism counselling. Alcoholism recovery is highly dependent on the individual and the specific risk factors that caused alcoholism. Recovery is also dependent on protective factors, medical and psychosocial factors. However, with the right alcoholism counselling from expert alcohol counsellors, alcoholism can be treated.

  • Does it take a lot of time to recover from the effects of alcohol?

The most strenuous effect of the recovery process is the initial withdrawal stage. However, it can take more than two weeks to realize the effects of detoxification. While patients suffering from alcohol abuse experience psychological symptoms early, patients are also quick to recover due to the positive impact of getting rid of alcohol.

  • When should I go for alcoholism counselling?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of alcoholism like social isolation, withdrawal effects when not drinking, high tolerance, low performance in work/school due to alcohol consumption, etc, you should consider going for alcoholism counselling. Make sure you get diagnosed for alcoholism from recognised clinicians. 

  • What to expect at my first counselling session for alcoholism?

Your first appointment with an alcohol counsellor will involve a detailed evaluation of your and your family’s medical history. You will have to explain the symptoms of alcoholism you are experiencing and the causes of these symptoms. The mental health professional might also prescribe imaging tests like CT scan or MRI and start developing a customised alcoholism treatment plan.