Alcohol Rehab Centers

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Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States; alcohol abuse and addiction is a disease that affects nearly 17.6 million people in the United States. Alcoholism not only affects a person’s physical body, it also has a profound effect on society as a whole. Drinking while driving or operating heavy machinery can be very dangerous not only for the individual but anyone around them. Alcohol is often a factor in murders, suicides, spousal and child abuse, and many other crimes. Alcohol can affect a person’s ability to perform their duties at school, work or home, which impacts the economy as a whole.

What separates normal alcohol use from alcohol abuse or dependence/addiction? The signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse or addiction can vary from person to person, but typically include:

Alcohol abuse

  • Alcohol affecting work or school life
  • Drinking before or while driving a car
  • Blackouts
  • Drinking despite health problems
  • Legal problems related to alcohol
  • Physically hurting someone or themselves
  • Friends and family worried about a loved one’s alcohol use

Alcohol dependence/addiction

  • Cannot stop or control drinking
  • Drinking more to feel the effects
  • Withdrawal symptoms (sweating, shaking, etc)
  • Drinking instead of doing something else
  • Weight loss, upset stomach
  • Hiding alcohol from friends and family

The health effects of alcohol abuse or addiction on the body can vary too but can include:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Loss of coordination
  • Blackouts
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Infertility
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Birth defects
  • High blood pressure
  • Damage to the heart muscle
  • Malnutrition
  • Reduced bone density
  • Urinary tract problems
  • Spider angiomas or spider web veins
  • Red blotches on the face and neck
  • Abscesses and skin sores

Alcohol also affects the brain, resulting in people having trouble walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times and memory issues. Serious neurological disorders caused by alcoholism include Wernicke–Korsakoff Syndrome and hepatic encephalopathy. For women who drink during pregnancy, their child could suffer from effects of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Because of its many dangerous effects it has on the body, on others and society, treatment for alcohol abuse should be sought sooner rather than later.

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Alcoholism Treatment

On the surface, alcoholism treatment seems easy: A person just has to stop drinking. However, this is easier said than done, as withdrawal symptoms can be extremely painful and sometimes deadly. Any person who attempts to stop drinking often relapses due to withdrawal symptoms. That’s why health professionals often suggest seeking help for the detox process.

Rehabilitation for alcohol abuse should be performed with a physician’s help or at an alcohol rehab center. Oftentimes, this involves medical detox, where an individual lessens or stops drinking while medical professionals treat their withdrawal symptoms. However, that is only the first step. An individual should then receive therapy and counseling to address the reasons they abused alcohol.

It’s important that when seeking treatment, a person gets a thorough medical exam that looks for any co-occurring disorders. A co-occurring disorder, such as a mental health illness, can prevent a person’s recovery and lead them to relapse. If a person has more than one illness, such as alcoholism and depression, this is called a dual diagnosis, and both need to be treated at the same time.

Alcohol Treatment Programs at Sovereign Health of Florida

Sovereign Health of Florida offers treatment for alcohol abuse at Sovereign Health of Florida at both of Fort Myers and Pompano Beach location. Our alcohol treatment programs includes an intensive physical and psychological evaluation that not only looks at primary symptoms but any underlying ones as well to help provide the best possible treatment program. Since no two patients can receive the same treatment, we create customized alcohol rehab plans that work to help an individual regain control of their life.

If medical detox is needed, patients can get treatment at our Fort Myers alcohol detox center. Once they finish detox, or if detox isn’t needed, patients can seek therapy and counseling at both of our Florida locations. Based on their alcohol addiction treatments, this can involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic therapies are offered as well, such as yoga or art therapy.

Once their initial treatment is finished, a person’s recovery is just beginning. Sovereign Health offers continuing care programs, such as 12-step meetings or educational events so our patients can continue to receive support as they work to regain control of their lives and health.

For more information about the alcohol rehab at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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