Counseling for Partners
Individual Counseling for Concerned Significant Others in Chicago, Illinois
You love your partner. You hate your partner's alcohol abuse.
You don't have to live in fear of your partner's alcohol abuse.
- Understand the "why" behind problem drinking
- Support your loving relationship - not the alcohol abuse
- Reduce your fatigue, stress, and anxiety
- Determine whether or not your partner can change
- Create a plan if your partner needs alcohol treatment
- Enlist support from friends and family while respecting your relationship
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.