Alcohol Abuse Rehabilitation and Treatment Center

Alcohol Counseling

Alcohol counseling is when someone who is affected by alcohol receives help from a certified individual. Together the counselor and individual will work together to overcome the issue and find a solution to the problem, helping the individual get their life back on track.

Who can Receive Alcohol Counseling

Alcohol counseling is available for all individuals whose lives are either directly or indirectly affected by alcohol. When refereeing to those indirectly affected by alcohol we are simply talking about close family and friends that are concerned about helping their loved one.

What Counseling Does

Alcohol counseling will assist an individual in a healthy approach to overcoming their dependence over alcohol. Often times the abuse of alcohol is brought about by a stressful situation in an individual’s life, a counselor will work to identify this problem and help the individual to overcome it. One popular form of counseling is a one – on –one approach. These meetings will take place at least 3 times a week. Depending on how far into a counseling session the individual is they may even see their counselor every day.

Another counseling approach individuals struggling with addiction can take is group counseling. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a great example of this type of group. AA meetings will meet at least once a week and involve local groups that can range from 20 people up to almost 100 people. The main goals of AA meetings are to help individuals overcome their addictions by working with others in their similar situation and helping each other stay sober. A study done in 2001 showed that there were nearly 100,000 AA groups meeting on a daily basis.  Within a group session, the individual has the opportunity to share in others experiences and their stories, along with sharing their own. Group sessions are very successful especially if the individual has no one else to talk to because it lets them know that they are not alone in their journey to overcome addiction.

Counseling services not only help individuals find the roots of their problems, but they also help the individual get their life back on track. In a recent study, Alcohol abuse was the main cause for nearly 500 million inactive workdays. What this means is that in a 365 day year 500 million were not present at work over a given year.

Often time’s alcohol does not only affect one person, instead it affects their whole family that is why many counseling services also provide assistance to family members. Within family counseling families are given a chance to rebuild trust within one anther that could have been lost as a result of the addiction. It is important to remember that alcohol counseling’s are designed to help the struggling individual get their life back, that is why many counselors will address the issue of alcoholism and make sure they understand it as well.

How to Notice if Someone You Know Needs Alcohol Counseling

 Alcohol counseling is very effective if an individual takes the time to attend the meetings. Often though the individual with the addiction may not know that they in fact do have an addiction that is why it is important for the family and friend to spot these signs early one and help get the treatment needed. Some signs of alcohol abuse are:

  • The development of legal problems associated with drinking
  • Lack of interest in completing project around work and home
  • Using alcohol as an excuse to relax or sleep
  • Hiding the evidence of alcohol consumption
  • The inability to quit drinking on their own

If someone you know develops any of these problems and they continue to develop over time then it is important that they receive the help they need. Not only are the effects of alcohol harmful the well-being of an individual, but it is also harmful to their health as well.

How You Can Help

If you are interested in helping individuals to overcome their addictions, all you have to do is complete the required training set forth by your state. Often the requirements include having a bachelor’s degree in either psychology and/or social work. Along with a bachelor’s degree many addiction counselors require an associate’s degree in addiction counseling. Sometimes an internship and a state exam are also required. Keep in mind that if you do become an addictions counselor you yourself must be free of drugs and alcohol. Sometimes the best alcohol counselors are those who have overcome a personal addiction themselves. Not only does this allow them to work in a completely drug- free environment but they also can use their own personal experiences to help benefit an individual going through the same thing.


If someone you or someone you know are in search of receive alcohol addiction counseling all you need to do is all 1-800-468-6933 and a qualified addiction counselor at Narconon Arrowhead will be able to assist you. Help is always available for those who ask for it.



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