Therapyand Effects of Alcohol
Therapyand Effects of Alcohol
Aclient- Peterson approached me and explained to me his life’ssituation. He has friends that he meets after work to have somedrinks together which is exciting to him. However, he has noted thatthis is affecting her wife and their son. He argues with his wife.This adversely affects their son (Steve). He notes that his fathercomes home drunk he is not in good terms with his mother. He alwaysasks his mother about his dad’s alcoholism while Peterson is away.
Beforethis, Peterson’s family was doing fairly well but is now heading toturmoil. Misunderstandings between him and his wife affect. Hisfriends keep interrogating about his parents quarrels and avoidingthis, he has keeps away from them and has become withdrawn. He doesnot join them to play instead, he remains alone most times of theday yet the children’s homes are in close vicinity and play neartheir house.(Azar, Springer, Meyer, & Altice, 2010)
Steve’ssituation of keeping away from his friends has affected hisself-esteem. Peterson feels responsible for it is his drinking thatinitiated all these adverse effects. He feels he needs a fastsolution so that he can amend how his family is living.
Questionsthat I asked Peterson are, what do you think started this drinkinghabit for you and your friends? How would you wish your family to beliving? What changes do you think you need to make in your behavior?Which amendments are you willing to make? What values do your friendsadd to your life? Which games does Steve like playing and what othertalents does he have? What activities do you enjoy doing together asa family? What approaches do you think need to be done for Steve tobe joining his friends while playing?
Thesequestions help Peterson to pull himself together to figure outpossible solutions to the family’s situation and to realise exactlythe benefit that she will get from the therapy. It will help him torealise the changes he needs to make in his life. It will help him torealise that it’s possible to solve his situation and enable her tomake goals leading to the solution.
Possiblesolutions include talking to Peterson’s friends in a professionalway. We can schedule an event where we come together to them and thenexplain to them the effects of their habit is way more than theypossibly imagine. Apart from drinking, other ways of spending theirrecreational time can be suggested for example watching games. Ifthey don’t change, Peterson may have to look for other friends andmake this sacrifice for the sake of his family.
CounsellingPeterson’s wife is another solution. In this, it should beexplained to her that Peterson is willing to stop his behavior. Sheshould be requested to support Peterson on this journey. BothPeterson and his wife should be told to ensure that when argumentsarise between them, they should try as much as possible to ensureSteve keep Steve unaware of this since it adversely affects him(Sobell, 2013).
Findingother hobbies and activities that Steve can engage is a suitablesolution. If he likes art, he can be engaged in an art club. Theseactivities will occupy his time and make him happy. This will instillin him confidence and self-worth.
Talkingwith Peterson’s wife can have two goals. One is that it will makeher aware that her support will significantly influence Peterson’sjourney to stop his drinking. She should be there for him showing himthat it is possible.(Powers, Vedel, & Emmelkamp, 2008)Talking to her would also inform her on the importance of keepingtheir arguments away from their son. She should be made aware thatparental misunderstandings cause massive damage to the children.Therefore, if there is a disagreement they should not let Steve know.
Thereare potential cost/benefits of pursuing these goals. While talkingwith Peterson’s wife about her being there with her husband andoffering support, she might find it difficult due to thedisappointments she has faced with her husband’s drinking. However,it is worth it because when she finally gains the ability to forgiveher husband and offer her support, Peterson’s recovery process willbe fast. This will, in turn, benefit the whole family and mostimportantly their son.
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