At HUM, all new patients start with a comprehensive assessment, which includes outpatient alcohol addiction counselling. The assessment includes 3 appointments and helps determine the specific needs of the individual and tailors their treatment plan accordingly. It is recommended that all 3 appointments be done on separate days to optimize the opportunity to talk openly and honestly with each professional and learn incrementally through each interaction. A treatment plan will be developed throughout this process. By the third and final assessment appointment with the doctor, treatment recommendations will be discussed, which will include a discussion about ongoing outpatient alcohol addiction counselling at HUM. Referrals to external resources can be done as needed.
Alcohol addiction counselling at HUM includes individual and group drug counselling. Following the comprehensive assessment, the individual and the HUM team will work together to determine what type of alcohol addiction counselling and treatment is most suitable. Medically supervised outpatient withdrawal management and medical detoxification is available if needed to minimize risks associated with detoxification and withdrawal. Medication assisted recovery using Naltrexone is also an option to help with cravings and can be discussed with the doctor.
Addiction involving alcohol is a chronic medical condition. Some of the main characteristics of Addiction involving drugs include:
- An overpowering feeling to keep using alcohol
- Using alcohol more often or in larger doses than intended
- Feeling annoyed by others criticizing your alcohol use
- Hiding or lying about your alcohol use
As Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease, continuing care and alcohol addiction counselling is necessary to optimize an individual’s health and wellness, reduce relapse risk after the withdrawal period. Social and peer support is important and participation in 12-step groups such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is encouraged. In addition, other recovery actions such as meditation and journaling are recommended as part of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework of recovery.
What are the benefits of alcohol addiction counselling?
Alcohol addiction counselling using a psychotherapeutic approach aims to increase an individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. At HUM, we use a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of an individual, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family). Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you.
Benefits to drug addiction counselling at HUM include professional guidance in recovery, medication management, supportive outpatient continuing care in the form of individual and group counselling with a variety of healthcare practitioners and a holistic approach that utilizes a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework.