Alcohol Counselling & Therapy

Discover how our specialist alcohol counsellors will help you to get your drinking under control with alcohol counselling.

Are you stuck in a cycle of binge, weekend or daily drinking?

Has it got out of control and you don't seem to have a stop button?

But you are overwhelmed by the kids, bills, relationships, house, dog and alcohol has just become the coping mechanism.

You are weighed down by the guilt and shame of sneaking drinks behind your loved one's back but just can't stop on your own.

How long will your relationships last if things continue spiralling like this?

But, imagine yourself in a place where you understand why you drink, you are in control, and are earning back your partner's trust.

That is possible even if the thought of not drinking ever again terrifies you and you wonder if you should moderate or stop.

And even if everyone around you drinks and you are hesitant to say goodbye to your current lifestyle.

Our specialist alcohol counselling will give you a step-by-step proven process to follow that is back by a money back guarantee and 30+ 5-star reviews.

You'll have a safe space with our alcohol counsellors because they have walked a mile in your shoes and come out the other side. You learn practical tools so you can get your life back on track.

Book a free 30-minute phone consultation today so we can assess your situation together and discuss how alcohol counselling can help you.

FREE 1:1 Phone Consultation

(worth £75)

  • ​30-minute phone consultation call with the lead counsellor Luke Worsfold
  • ​Availability Mon-Sat 7 AM to 9 PM
  • ​​We help clients nationally across the UK​
  • ​​Confidential and non-judgmental
  • ​​No obligation or hard sell!

If You Choose To Work With Us

  • ​Sign up and book your first session
  • ​Receive FAST treatment
  • ​No waiting list (but spaces are limited)
  • ​Money-back guarantee

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All our counsellors are...

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What is Alcohol Counselling?

Alcohol counselling is a therapeutic approach specifically tailored to assist clients who grapple with problematic drinking habits or alcohol dependency. This form of counselling delves deep into the underlying emotional and psychological triggers that contribute to alcohol problems.

A professionally trained alcohol therapist provides a safe and non-judgmental environment for clients to explore their relationship with alcohol, offering strategies to develop healthier coping mechanisms and ultimately reduce or cease their alcohol intake.

Whether someone is on the cusp of alcoholism, already entrenched in the cycle of dependency, or anywhere in between, counselling plays an instrumental role in paving the path towards recovery and regaining control over one's life.

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Recognising You Have a Drinking Problem vs Alcoholism

In all my years of counselling clients 1:1, working in rehabs and going to 12-step meetings, I have come across 5 types of drinkers that I place on a continuum. The video below introduces the "drinker's continuum" consisting of five types of drinkers: dependent drinkers, daily drinkers, weekend drinkers, binge drinkers, and non-drinkers. Watch the video to identify where you fall on this spectrum or take our free assessment to find out now.

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Free Online Self-Assessment

DECODE THE MYSTERY BEHIND YOUR DRINKING PROBLEM

  • ​​40 SIMPLE YES/NO QUESTIONS designed by an expert therapist
  • ​​PERSONALISED INSIGHTS revealing why you can't control your drinking
  • ​​INSTANT RESULTS DELIVERED via your personalised confidential (38 page) PDF assessment

Why Alcohol Counselling is best therapy for alcoholism

  • Personalised Approach: Unlike some treatments that offer a one-size-fits-all solution, alcohol counselling is tailored to the individual. Counsellors assess each person's relationship with alcohol, the triggers leading to consumption, and the underlying emotional or psychological factors. This personalised understanding ensures the addiction treatment is adapted to individual needs, maximising its effectiveness.
  • Safe and Non-judgmental Environment: Alcohol counselling provides a safe space where individuals can open up about their struggles without fear of judgment. This atmosphere is crucial for genuine introspection and candid discussion about one's relationship with alcohol use disorder.
  • Addressing Underlying Issues: More than just tackling the act of drinking, alcohol counselling digs deep to uncover and address the root causes of the problem. Whether it's past trauma, stress, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, counselling addresses these core issues, ensuring a holistic treatment approach. This is fundamental to any effective alcoholism counselling treatment program.
  • Skill Development: Counsellors equip individuals with coping strategies and skills to deal with cravings, peer pressure, and potential relapse triggers. This training empowers individuals to face real-world challenges post-treatment and overcome their mental health problems.
  • ​Support System: Alcohol counselling often incorporates group therapy, where individuals can share experiences, provide mutual support, and build a community that understands their journey. This camaraderie can be instrumental in learning to stop drinking and sustaining long-term recovery.
  • Continuity of Care: While detoxification and rehab might be short-term solutions, alcohol counselling can be a continuous process. Regular sessions can be scheduled, allowing for sustained support as individuals navigate the complexities of recovery.
  • Holistic Wellness: Many alcohol counselling approaches, like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Holistic Therapy, are not just about abstaining from alcohol. These well-rounded counselling sessions promote overall well-being, teaching mindfulness, stress management, and emotional regulation.

During Your FREE 30-minute consultation we will

  • Assess Your Situation: Discuss your symptoms, triggers, and underlying mental health conditions with a trained therapist to identify what’s holding you back from getting your drinking under control.
  • Explore Your Options: Explore a range of our treatment options as well as AA, NHS, GP, and rehab to find the best path based on your unique needs. We believe that you should exercise your right to choose your own treatment method.
  • Learn About Us: Discover our unique approach combining 1:1 counselling sessions, a self-paced video programme, psychoanalysis of your worksheets and accountability phone calls.
  • ​Expert Guidance: Receive guidance on navigating the financial landscape of treatments – from seeing your GP for free to £20,000 rehabs to make the most of your financial resources.

If You Choose To Work With Us

  • ​Sign up and book your first session
  • ​Receive FAST treatment
  • ​No waiting list (but spaces are limited)
  • ​Money-back guarantee

FREE 1:1 Phone Consultation

(worth £75)

  • ​30-minute phone consultation call with the lead counsellor Luke Worsfold
  • ​Availability Mon-Sat 7 AM to 9 PM
  • ​​We help clients in Southend
  • ​​Confidential and non-judgmental
  • ​​No obligation or hard sell!

COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW

Benefits you get when you don't drink alcohol

  • Get your drinking use under control so you can stop drinking out of boredom or pure habit.
  • Redefine your love-hate relationship with alcohol so you can stop making promises you keep breaking when Friday evening rolls around.​
  • Eliminate the constant shame and guilt so you can drink less and realise it isn’t the Duct-Tape that you thought was holding life together.​
  • Cut out drink to become more reliable for those you love and care about, so you can cultivate better relationships.
  • Become more comfortable in your own skin and finally love the person looking back at you in the mirror.​
  • Stop having the same arguments and conversations which will save you time and heartache so you can focus on rebuilding meaningful connections.

What type of counselling is best for alcohol addiction?

Alcohol addiction counselling incorporates various therapeutic techniques, each tailored to meet individual needs and create a safe space. From traditional methods like CBT to more integrative approaches, the objective remains consistent - to equip drinkers with the tools and strategies to overcome their trauma.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a widely employed technique in alcohol counselling. At its core, it focuses on identifying and rectifying negative thought patterns that contribute to substance abuse. By offering practical tools, addicts learn to confront and handle situations that would typically lead them towards heavy drinking, thus preventing relapse.

  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)

DBT has its roots in CBT but introduces the concept of acceptance and change. DBT is especially effective for individuals with self-harming behaviours and is employed to regulate emotions, improve interpersonal effectiveness, and develop distress tolerance, all crucial skills for those battling your alcohol problem.

  • ​Integrative Therapy

Integrative counselling, as the name suggests, merges various therapeutic tools and approaches to fit an individual's unique situation. Rather than adhering strictly to one methodology, counsellors using this approach are flexible, blending techniques from various disciplines to offer a more holistic alcohol treatment plan.

  • Addiction Specialist Therapy

Often called addiction counselling, is designed by counsellors who specialise solely in addiction and the underlying trauma that companies it. This form of professional support is deeply rooted in understanding the intricate facets of addiction, leveraging this specialisation to offer tailored strategies and interventions to those in recovery. It is designed to create a safe space for the client to feel supported and be held accountable.

REVIEWS

What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 30+ reviews

"It has been the best thing I could have ever done"

I joint Lisa inside addiction due to binge drinking and not knowing when to stop drinking once I start. I was in a low place when Luke contacted me and I signed up for the alcohol control program and 1 to 1 sessions with Luke. It has been the best thing I could have ever done, I’m now 6 weeks sober and have a complete different outlook on life. Luke has been absolutely amazing! He has gave me many techniques, one of which has taught me how to control intrusive thoughts which I struggled with. Since talking to Luke everyone has seen such a positive effect on me. I cannot recommend him enough, we’ve spoke about a lot of deep stuff but also laughed at past experiences. The program has shown me my triggers and how to deal with them. Highly recommended!

- LUKE

"Luke gave me the support I needed"

Luke gave me the support I needed to make some big changes in my life. The program he provided is comprehensive, and it all links together meaningfully to provide a really effective course. If you are ready and willing to make change for the better, this course provides a very strong base of support, focus and motivation. Strongly recommended.

- PAUL

"I have not had a drink in 4 months"

Luke has been amazing. He was exactly what I was looking for in a therapist, someone that I could talk openly with and on the same level. Sometimes we would work through exercises and other times we would just chat about what was going on. I have not had a drink in 4 months and with a bit of hard work from myself and awesome support from Luke here's to the next 4 and many more after :-)

- JOE

What to look for in an alcohol counsellor

  • Shared Experiences: it can be immensely beneficial to opt for someone who has personally grappled with similar challenges, such as alcoholism. A recovering alcoholic, as a counsellor, can offer unique insights and understanding, having travelled a similar path.
  • Adequate Personal Therapy: It's essential to ensure your chosen counsellor isn't just trained academically but has also undergone extensive alcohol therapy themselves. This guarantees that they truly understand the intricacies of addiction from both a professional and personal perspective, ensuring they've dealt with their own issues and "walked a mile in your shoes."
  • Specialisation and Experience: When diving into the counsellor's professional background, make sure their specialisation matches your needs. It's crucial to ascertain that a significant part of their caseload pertains to addiction, indicating their daily engagement with such clients.

Our counsellors and therapists

We pride ourselves on our team of alcohol counsellors who tick all the above boxes. Not only do they bring their professional expertise to the table, but they also provide genuine empathy and understanding, stemming from their personal experiences. This is further backed up by their extensive training and qualifications as well as their high standards guided by the ethical framework laid out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Where we offer Alcohol Counselling

We also provide Online Addiction Counselling to clients all over the globe via video calls using Zoom

Differences between Alcohol Counselling and Alcohol Therapy

Alcohol Counselling

  • Definition: A psychological approach designed to aid individuals in understanding and addressing their relationship with alcohol.
  • Primary Focus: Tackling the emotional, psychological, and behavioural dimensions of alcohol consumption and dependency.
  • Professionals Involved: Alcohol counsellors, therapists, social workers.
  • Methods Used: Talk therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, group sessions, and family interventions.
  • Duration: This can be long-term or short-term, tailored to the individual's needs.
  • Goal: To uncover the underlying reasons for excessive alcohol consumption, instil coping strategies, and guide emotional recuperation.
  • Place in Treatment Plan: This can function as a primary form of treatment or be merged with other interventions for a holistic approach.

Alcohol Therapy

  • ​Definition: A comprehensive strategy, which may incorporate medications, to address alcohol addiction and its side effects.
  • Primary Focus: Managing the physiological and neurological aspects of alcohol dependence.
  • Professionals Involved: Psychiatrists, medical doctors, and nurses.
  • Methods Used: Prescription medications (if necessary), detoxification procedures, and potentially supplementary counselling or behavioural therapies.
  • Duration: Varies. Some interventions might be brief during detox stages, while others could extend to manage potential relapses or concurrent mental health conditions.
  • Goal: To mitigate withdrawal symptoms, curb alcohol cravings, and rebalance any neurochemical discrepancies.
  • ​Place in Treatment Plan: Typically amalgamated with alcohol counselling to offer a rounded treatment regimen.

REVIEWS

What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 30+ reviews

"Even in my first few sessions he helped me change my way of thinking"

Luke is really easy to talk to, I am currently having counselling with him and even in my first few sessions he helped me change my way of thinking and make some really positive changes in my life to ultimately make me happy.

- LEAH

"He is empathetic, knowledgeable and really makes the sessions fit you"

I was hesitant about therapy as a concept and questioned if it would benefit me at the start. Firstly, Luke is a great counsellor. He is empathetic, knowledgeable and really makes the sessions fit you. Counselling is not a magic wand where you’re suddenly ‘cured’, but much of a journey and Luke really supports you along the way. I would absolutely recommend Luke wholeheartedly.

- JAMES

"He listens intently and without prejudice"

If i could leave a 100 star review for Luke I would, he has been amazing from day 1. He listens intently and without prejudice, the skills he has taught me over the time I have worked with him will be with me for a lifetime and I will be forever thankful that I found him when I needed it the most. Thank you so much for everything.

- TOM

This article was written by our lead addiction therapist Luke Worsfold who carries a legacy of battling personal addiction and overcoming the challenges of growing up with an addict mother. With 7 years in recovery and therapy, coupled with 3000+ hours of counselling others, Luke's journey and professional experience offer a unique and credible perspective.

Local alcohol services and support groups

For further information please see the treatment options below and get the support and advice you need.

  • Drinkaware: is a UK-based independent charity that promotes responsible drinking. It aims to reduce alcohol-related harm by providing people with accurate information about alcohol and its effects. The organization offers tools, resources, and advice to help individuals make informed decisions about their alcohol consumption.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): is a worldwide fellowship of individuals who share their experiences, strengths, and hopes to help each other recover from alcoholism. In the UK, AA offers support through regular meetings where members discuss their experiences and support one another in their journey towards sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  • Alcohol Change UK: is a charity that works to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. They campaign for improved policies and regulations, raise awareness about alcohol-related issues, and provide information and support to those affected by alcohol. Their goal is to create a society in which alcohol causes no harm.
  • StepChange: is a UK-based charity that offers free, expert debt advice and tailored solutions to individuals struggling with financial problems. Recognising that financial difficulties can sometimes be linked to issues such as alcohol dependency, StepChange provides comprehensive support to help individuals regain control of their finances and work towards a debt-free future.
  • NHS - Alcohol Support: The National Health Service (NHS) offers a range of alcohol support services for individuals struggling with alcohol misuse or addiction. This includes advice on safe drinking limits, information on the risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption, and resources for finding local support groups or treatment centres. The NHS emphasises the importance of seeking help early to prevent the long-term health impacts of alcohol misuse.
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