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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 companies to this starting to be patron workforce calls for a special and specialized procedure. This useful consultant explores the criteria that differentiate older drinkers and introduces an leading edge person-centred version that would aid counsellors and different healthcare execs to provide older individuals with alcohol difficulties the aid they wish. Older individuals with alcohol difficulties frequently have complicated own histories, and are quite liable to long term dependency, social isolation and self-medication. This publication explores the affects, styles and triggers that have an effect on the improvement and development of alcohol dependency during this age team, and offers an in depth description of a theoretical version and healing method that has proved winning in perform. Informative case experiences reveal the procedure in motion and counsel is usually given for operating with consumers with dementia or psychological illnesses. This e-book will turn out a useful source for counsellors and different healthcare execs who stumble upon alcohol difficulties of their scientific perform, together with scientific psychologists, social staff, occupational therapists and group psychiatric nurses.

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2. Experience that is currently influencing the client’s relationship with alcohol: This includes recent experience that may have triggered late onset drinking as well as current events that continue to affect a longstanding problem. For instance, significant life events such as bereavement or retirement may both mark the start of a drink problem or exacerbate an existing one. In the latter case a client may present immediate concerns regarding current experience which it may later be possible to contextualise, as more is learned about the relationship between their personal and drinking histories.

In the context of this book we would define a non-directive approach as one in which the client is encouraged to clarify and realise their own goals in relation to alcohol. Even this can require considerable forbearance on the part of the counsellor. Working with clients whose history of drinking contains no evidence of self-control, 43 44 Counselling Older People with Alcohol Problems or whose medical diagnosis suggests that alcohol will cause immediate damage, can entail a suspension of disbelief on the one hand, and restraint from the natural impulse to help by trying to impose change on the other.

To reduce anxiety and/or panic. • To reduce depression. • To cope with bereavement. • To develop confidence or raise self-esteem. ‘Subsidiary’ goals such as these are likely to be integral to the client’s aims regarding their alcohol use. 57 58 Counselling Older People with Alcohol Problems Generally speaking, any evidence that the problem is contained, that it is boundaried or structured rather than chaotic, suggests greater likelihood of a positive outcome. It is worth pointing out at this stage that if, for instance, a client is only drinking at certain times of day, they are already applying boundaries and thereby demonstrating a measure of control.

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