By Lesley Wilson, Michael Fox
Alcohol misuse is changing into an more and more serious problem for individuals elderly fifty five and over, and offering potent counselling providers to this becoming customer crew calls for a different and specialized strategy. This useful advisor explores the standards that differentiate older drinkers and introduces an leading edge person-centred version that may aid counsellors and different healthcare pros to offer older individuals with alcohol difficulties the help they want. Older individuals with alcohol difficulties frequently have complicated own histories, and are fairly prone to long term dependency, social isolation and self-medication. This booklet explores the affects, styles and triggers that impact the advance and development of alcohol dependency during this age team, and offers a close description of a theoretical version and healing technique that has proved winning in perform. Informative case reports display the procedure in motion and suggestions is additionally given for operating with consumers with dementia or psychological illnesses. This ebook will end up a useful source for counsellors and different healthcare execs who come across alcohol difficulties of their scientific perform, together with medical psychologists, social staff, occupational therapists and neighborhood psychiatric nurses.
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Complete abstinence. As mentioned above, clients often change or adapt their aims during the course of the work. This in itself can be a valuable aspect of the therapeutic process. What else does the client hope to achieve at the time of assessment? • To change social patterns involving alcohol. • To repair relationships damaged by alcohol use. • To learn self care and self-management skills. • To reduce anxiety and/or panic. • To reduce depression. • To cope with bereavement. • To develop confidence or raise self-esteem.
We recommend asking clients to refrain from drinking for 12 hours prior to each session. Clients who struggle to do this could be offered morning appointments. If they are unable to comply with this another possibility would be to arrange detox and offer an appointment as soon as possible after this is complete. 6 Working with Types and Patterns of Drinking In this chapter we will define the terms ‘alcohol dependency’ and ‘problematic drinking’ as they are used in this book. We will outline the most common types and patterns of drinking and examine their characteristics and aetiology.
As already suggested, the use of alcohol is not always accompanied by self-awareness, particularly when the motivations for drinking are complex or contradictory. However, dependency is always accompanied by need, and needs can change and evolve. Furthermore when alcohol 40 Counselling Older People with Alcohol Problems is used to meet a need it can ironically tend to submerge it, so that even if the need was conscious in the first place drinking will tend to hide or disguise it. Helping clients to become aware of their needs, without criticism or blame, is a crucial part of any work involving alcohol.