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Alcohol Advisory Service – Where to Get Effective Advice

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

Is alcohol ruining your life? Do you know you have a problem, yet you do not know what to do about it? If so, perhaps the first thing to do is get some sound advice that can provide you with a little bit of direction. An alcohol advisory service is a good place to start. Organisations with knowledge and experience can give you the advice you need to make some decisions moving forward. Providing such advice is one of the things we do.

To be clear, effective advice is advice based on the unique circumstances you are facing. Any organisation that provides the same blanket advice to everyone who asks is an organisation that is not serving the best interests of those it serves. When you contact us through our 24-hour helpline or this website, rest assured that we will not apply a blanket solution to your problems. We will walk you through a comprehensive assessment based on medically accepted norms and something known as the Alcohol Dependence Scale. Once we understand how serious your problem is, we can recommend appropriate treatment options.

3 Reasons You Need Sound Advice

Sound advice about alcohol dependence and recovery is essential to your decision making. Think of it in terms of saving for retirement. There is so much to know about saving and investing that it is impossible to comprehend it all without some very specific training. In the absence of that training, you would ask a certified financial advisor for some direction. The advice he or she provides becomes an important component in your financial planning decisions. Advice on alcohol dependence and recovery is no different.

Here are three reasons you need sound advice for handling a drinking problem:

  1. Alcohol Clouds Your Judgement – Alcohol is a drug that affects how the brain operates. If you are an abuser or an alcoholic, your thought patterns are being negatively impacted every time you drink. Your judgement is clouded to the point where it is very difficult, if not impossible, to make wise decisions by yourself. You need advice to account for this clouded judgement.
  2. Your Understanding Is Limited – How much do you really know about the condition of alcoholism? If you are like most people, you know very little. Your lack of knowledge makes it harder to make wise decisions about treatment and support because you don't know the depth of what you are dealing with.
  3. Treatment Options Abound – One of the most promising changes we have seen in alcohol recovery over the years is the development of so many treatment options. The recovery community no longer applies a one-size-fits-all approach to alcohol treatment. Indeed, there are so many options out there that you will probably need advice in order to choose the right one.

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As an independent alcohol advisory service, one of the things we do is provide our clients with sound advice based on their circumstances. All of our counsellors are fully trained and more than capable of helping clients figure out where they are and what they need to do moving forward. The advice we provide can be taken by itself or compared to additional advice received from other organisations.

Other Options for Effective Advice

You may choose not to utilise the free advice we offer. Such a choice is perfectly legitimate. In that case, where could you go to get the effective advice you need? You could start by setting an appointment with your GP. Your doctor has the skill and knowledge to adequately assess your circumstances and provide an appropriate diagnosis. He or she should be able to tell whether you are a problem drinker, alcohol abuser, or full-blown alcoholic.

Another option is to make an appointment with a professional counsellor. Counsellors with general knowledge may be able to look at the signs and symptoms of alcoholism to determine whether they apply to you or not. That said, there are private counsellors who specialise in addiction issues. They are better equipped to provide sound advice based on their training and years of experience. The specialist alcohol counsellor is always a better option than a general counsellor.

A third choice is to seek out the services of a registered alcohol charity. Many local councils within the UK either operate charities directly or subsidise them indirectly. In either case, alcohol charities are known to employ professionals with plenty of experience in offering sound advice. A charity may not technically qualify as an alcohol advisory service, but they can still offer sound advice by way of trained professionals and experienced volunteers.

Lastly, you could contact a private alcohol rehab clinic for help. How much advice will be offered over the phone or online will depend on the policies of the clinic you choose. Should you decide to enrol in a residential treatment plan through a private clinic, you will receive all the advice you need from your therapists and counsellors.

The Best Advice: Get Treatment

The best advice we can give you off the top is this: get professional treatment if you are suffering from any kind of alcohol problem. It matters not how minor or severe your problem is. Professional treatment is the key to overcoming drinking problems in a safe and effective way that offers the hope of permanent recovery.

It is necessary for us to remind you of the importance of professional treatment if you are already an alcoholic. Bear in mind that overcoming alcoholism requires detoxing first. The thing to understand about detox is that it is considered a medical emergency requiring constant medical supervision. Detox carries with it some very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that, in some cases, can become severe enough to result in serious injury or death.

If you are suffering from any sort of alcohol problem, we invite you to contact our organisation or another alcohol advisory service to receive sound and effective advice. Organisations such as ours specialise in providing comprehensive assessments and treatment referrals. We have both the experience and knowledge to help you make wise decisions about your recovery, your future, and the various treatment options available to you.

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