Counseling for Partners of Alcohol Abusers

Individual Counseling for Concerned Significant Others in Chicago, Illinois

You love your partner. You hate your partner's alcohol abuse.


After all, you fell in love with a healthy person. You just wish your partner could understand how scared you feel. But it seems like the more you try to help, the worse the drinking becomes. Is it any wonder you feel exhausted and anxious?
You don't have to live in fear of your partner's alcohol abuse.


Counseling for significant others of alcohol abusers can help you:

Here's how:

You can use research-proven strategies to change your partner's drinking behavior.

If you feel like your partner is choosing alcohol over you, counseling can help. We guide you through effective strategies to communicate and take action. You can communicate your concern in a loving way - no ugly fights required. We are here to guide you with strategies that work. We offer you both unbiased support and research-proven strategies to help you reduce your loved one's problem drinking - even if your partner is not in treatment.

You can support your partner in a loving way.

It's hard to love someone who abuses alcohol. Over time, your partner's alcohol abuse naturally transforms you into an Enforcer, where you find yourself policing behavior. You don't like being an Enforcer, and neither does your partner. Our counselors can help you return to being a loving partner. Research shows that you can help your partner change without begging, pleading, or threatening.

Feel whole again.

One of the benefits of our integrative approach is that your health and well-being will also improve, empowering you to feel comfortable in your life again. Sleep well at night and wake up to a feeling of ease.

Find your voice.

Even though friends, family members, and books offer well-intentioned advice, it's important to start with what YOU want. We understand that you are the expert of your life and relationship. We will explore the challenges you face today by understanding the history of your relationship. Through this process, we will illuminate opportunities for you to create a healthy future.

Your experience reveals the recommended strategies.

Every situation you've been through and every emotion you feel helps us understand what will help. Our counselors work to understand your vision for the future while attending to your fears about the present. Textbook recommendations don't take your specific relationship into consideration. Before recommending strategies, we will explore your hopes and concerns about what is possible.

You can feel confident and calm, knowing you are helping your partner.

It can be disorienting to love a problem drinker - especially when it feels like your self-esteem have been destroyed as a result. It doesn't help that alcohol abusers react with hostility when confronted. We appreciate how concerned significant others demonstrate tremendous resilience every day. We build on your inner strengths to help you find your voice. Once you understand the pattern of problem drinking, and strategies you can use to help, you will feel restored confidence in how you are helping your partner.

You get a team cheering you on while you support your partner.

When it becomes clear that your partner is ready for help, we can connect you to a variety of treatment options. You get access to the expertise of our team of counselors, who collectively have experience with every single level of alcohol treatment. You can get expert opinions and recommendations based on time, cost, and insurance status. You can feel good knowing you have professional support every step of the way.

You can finally understand why at times you feel overwhelmed, angry, and shut down - and how you can feel good again.

People who love alcohol abusers often experience the same problems that people with post-traumatic stress disorder go through - sleeplessness, nightmares, and waves of overwhelming grief. You may feel as though you have detached your emotions just to get through the day. We can help you cope in a healthy way so you can return to feeling whole.

You can feel strong, healthy, and confident - even if your partner refuses to change.

People who abuse alcohol are sometimes unwilling to change. You can stay strong and focused so that once your partner is ready, you are fully prepared. Your inner strength can help you keep your family health. You can be calm, wise, and intuitive in your life.
We are here to help. Contact us to get started today.

Frequently asked questions about counseling for significant others of alcohol abusers:

Q. Can counseling help my partner change their drinking behavior?
Yes. There is abundant research that effective strategies can be used to help reduce problem drinking and alcohol abuse - even if your partner is not the one being counseled.
Q. Can one of your counselors stage an intervention?
At this time, we do not stage interventions. Our counselors can connect to a certified interventionist if this is the route you want to go. Our counselors are here to help you determine an approach that will be effective for your needs.
Q. What if my partner, family member, or friend is working with a counselor on your team?
Our counseling team is dedicated to maintaining your privacy when you go through the counseling process. Information you share will never be disclosed to a counselor on our team without your written authorization for release of information from your counselor to another.
Q. What if my partner wants to join me for a session?
Inviting your partner to a counseling session should be done with thoughtfulness and care. Your counselor will explore whether or not this is advisable. It is very important to us that we preserve the integrity of your counseling space while you work through the challenges you are facing. We may recommend couple's counseling or individual treatment for your partner before scheduling a collateral session.
Q. How do I get started?
You can schedule an appointment by calling (312) 715-8234. Our client services coordinator will answer your questions and match you with the best counselor to meet your needs.
Our Specializations
Alcohol ModerationDepressionAnxietyAddictionComplicated GriefSelf-Destructive BehaviorTrauma
Call to book your session: (312) 715-8234
We're here for you.

Chicago Compass Counseling, LLC
25 E Washington Street, Suite 2036
Chicago, IL 60602



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