Alcohol Addiction Therapy – When to Seek a New Therapist



Making the decision to approach alcohol rehab centres and summarily start treatment could be quite a challenge to say the least. As it is usually said, accepting an issue tends to be the most important and also the hardest part of the whole process. Which is exactly why the last thing anyone undergoing counselling or treatment would wish to face is the prospect of needing to go about the process again.

Sadly, there will usually be those cases where for a variety of reasons, it is necessary to seek an alternative service provider. A daunting and unfortunate prospect to say the least, but one that might ultimately be necessary to make sure the treatment is successful.

When it comes to when and where such a decision should be made, it will usually come down to personal preferences, personal circumstances and what really works for the person concerned. Nevertheless, should any of the following be observed and noted at any time, it is quite likely it would be a good idea to consider carefully the option of switching providers:

1 – Inadequate Reliability

First up, any sign that the service provider concerned is unreliable should be considered as outright confirmation that you should look for alternative help. The reason is simple – if they are unreliable in any shape or form – absence, lateness, changing plans, finishing early etc. – this basically means that you and your treatments aren’t their number one priorities. Instead, they seem to have better and more interesting things to do, which means that you and your problems are something of a side issue. Suffice to say, not the type of service provider you’d like to work with.

2 – Clearly Distracted

The same is also true for therapists and treatment providers that come across as obviously distracted during meetings and sessions. It could be anything, from writing text messages to taking calls to reading and replying to emails to the general feeling they don’t pay attention. Again, this simply shows that they don’t think of you and your recovery as a priority, which means you would be better off seeking someone else who dies. If they’re distracted, they’re simply not giving you their full attention.

3 – You Simply Don’t Really ‘Click’

There will always be cases where for whatever reason the treatment provider and the client just can’t click. In some instances there will be evident clashes by way of approach, personality, ethics and so on, but in other cases you might not be able to put your finger on it. Why you do not get along and whose fault it could be just doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you don’t get along, there is no way you will be able to benefit from your treatment.

4 – You Feel Uneasy

It is normal to feel nervous and apprehensive when it comes to these kinds of treatments. Nevertheless, there is a big difference between this kind of nerves and those that result from a treatment provider you find quite intimidating. It could be very difficult to make any significant progress with a therapist you feel intimidated by, as you find yourself in a situation where you are not able to fully focus or you find excuses to cancel the meetings. If you feel intimidated by your counsellor to an extent that is becoming distracting, it is just not going to work.

5 – You Are Rushed into Making a Decision

The simple fact is that any counsellor who tries to rush you into making a decision isn’t the service provider you need to be working with. It could often take quite some time for people in need of this type of treatment to find their ideal providers. Additionally, any respectable provider would agree that rushed decisions usually breed bad decisions. You need to be given as much time and space as you need to make the perfect decision and never feel pressured into anything. If you do, it might be time to walk away.

6 – Unsuitable Specialism

Last up, it is always crucial to be aware of what precisely it is the counsellor specialises in primarily. There are thousands of counsellors and rehab centers up and down the country right now, which in most instances have quite different areas of expertise. It is important to make sure that the experience, specialism, general history and track record of the provider you select match your needs. If they don’t, you need to think about seeking one that does.