When working with a client struggling with alcohol addiction, a peer support worker can use open-ended and empathetic questions to better understand the individual's situation and provide meaningful support. Here are some questions that a peer support worker might ask:
Introduction and Engagement:
"Hi [client's name], how are you feeling today?"
"Can you share a bit about yourself and what brings you here today?"
"When did you first notice that alcohol became a concern for you?"
"Can you describe your relationship with alcohol and how it has evolved over time?"
"How has alcohol use affected your daily life, relationships, and overall well-being?"
"Are there specific consequences or challenges you're facing due to your alcohol consumption?"
"Can you identify specific triggers or situations that lead to your alcohol consumption?"
"Are there patterns or routines associated with your drinking behavior?"
"What made you decide to seek support for your alcohol use?"
"What positive changes are you hoping to achieve in your life by addressing your alcohol addiction?"
"Have you tried to cut down or quit drinking in the past? What was that experience like?"
"What strategies have you used before, and what seemed to work or not work for you?"
"Who in your life is aware of your struggle with alcohol, and how have they reacted?"
"Is there anyone you feel comfortable involving in your support network?"
"How do you typically cope with stress, boredom, or difficult emotions?"
"Are there healthier alternatives or coping strategies you would like to explore?"
"What are your short-term and long-term goals for yourself, both related to alcohol and in general?"
"How do you envision your life without the negative impact of alcohol?"
"Can you identify specific situations or environments that trigger your urge to drink?"
"Are there certain emotions or states of mind that make you more susceptible to drinking?"
"How do you feel about your relationship with alcohol, and what changes would you like to see?"
"In what ways do you think your life would improve if you were able to manage your alcohol consumption?"
"Have you considered seeking professional help, such as counseling or therapy?"
"What challenges or concerns do you have about reaching out to a professional for support?"
Remember, the goal is to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment, allowing the individual to express their thoughts and feelings openly. The conversation should be tailored to the client's unique experiences and needs, and the peer support worker should actively listen and provide encouragement throughout.