Use examples. It’s hard for someone with alcoholism to grasp the idea that he or she can’t go back to drinking at some future point – after a year of abstinence, for instance. But the old saw that a pickle can’t go back to being a cucumber – that people seem to understand.
Topics: client engagement and motivation, patient education, self diagnosis
I recall one professor airily informing his class that recovering counselors had an ‘agenda’.
Topics: clinical management, counseling, counseling skills, establishing credibility
When I think of a ‘cure’ for alcoholism, I mean the ability to drink without further problems.
Topics: alcoholism, bad information, disease
He still isn’t willing to talk about me or my feelings. The kids and I went through three years of pain waiting for him to reach the point where he admitted he needed help
Topics: alanon and alateen, co dependency, early recovery, maintaining sobriety, promoting recovery, recovery support groups
The goal of treatment is to maximize chances for a successful outcome. But ultimately, to drink or not to drink remains the alcoholic’s choice.
Topics: family involvement, finding the right treatment, identifying and measuring progress, outcomes, referral, relapse