For people who have abused alcohol from a young age and/or for many years, feeling normal may be a ‘mood-altering experience’. It can be very uncomfortable and persist for months; as such, understanding and support is critical.
Supporting insight into triggers, cravings and relapse risks is also important to assist the patient in constructing a safe personal environment. Understand and reinforce the patient’s recovery plan, including personal counselling, self-help groups, relationship counselling, concurrent mental health care and/or other interventions recommended by the treatment centre or addiction counsellor.
Finally, successful recovery is much more than the simple removal of alcohol. It requires embracing the philosophy of “a life worth living without using”. This is a lifestyle that is holistic and defined within the patient’s own personal, social, faith and lifestyle context. The exploration into the core of meaning and purpose for your patient can be a profoundly meaningful experience.