Alcohol addiction treatment

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. Its abuse affects not only physical health but also the mental health of an individual. In addition, alcoholism can take a toll on the lives of the loved ones of the afflicted as well as on the society as a whole. However, many people still consider it as a recreational substance of use, which is true only if it is casual drinking and not binge drinking.

Reports state that alcoholism is one of the leading and common causes of murders, suicides, spousal and child abuse, and many other crimes. It can also affect a person’s ability to perform his or her duties at school, work or home, which affects the economy as a whole. Driving or operating heavy machinery under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous not only for the individual concerned, but for anyone around him/her.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 136.7 million Americans aged 12 or older reported current use of alcohol, 65.3 million reported binge alcohol use in the past month, and 16.3 million reported heavy alcohol use in the past month in 2016. Thus, approximately 47.8 percent reported binge alcohol use and 11.9 percent reported heavy alcohol use.

Symptoms of alcohol abuse/addiction

The signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse can vary from person to person, but some of the common ones include:

  • 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 can be identified if the person exhibits one or all of the following symptoms:

  • Inability to stop or control drinking
  • Excessive drinking to feel the effects
  • Withdrawal symptoms (sweating, shaking, etc.)
  • Weight loss, upset stomach too often
  • Increased tendency to hide drinking behavior from friends and family

Effects of alcohol abuse/addiction

The health effects of alcohol abuse or addiction on the body can vary, but some of the common ones 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 can also affect the brain, resulting in other problems like 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 fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Seeking treatment for alcohol addiction

Many people believe that going alcohol-free is as easy as stopping drinking. However, this is easier said than done, as withdrawal symptoms experienced on quitting alcohol can be extremely painful and sometimes, even deadly. Any person who attempts to stop drinking abruptly often relapses due to withdrawal symptoms. That is why healthcare professionals recommend detoxification treatment.

Rehabilitation for alcohol abuse can be quick and lasting when the recovering individual undergoes the treatment under an expert’s guidance or at an alcohol rehab center. Often, this involves medical detox, where an individual is prepared to reduce or stop drinking while medical professionals treat the withdrawal symptoms as they occur. However, that is only the first step. The recovering individual should then receive therapy and counseling to address the triggers that forced him/her to abuse alcohol.

While seeking treatment, it is important to undergo a thorough medical examination for identifying the presence of any co-occurring disorders. If a person simultaneously suffers from an addiction and behavioral problem, such as alcoholism and depression, it is termed as dual diagnosis. Hence, it is important to treat both the conditions simultaneously as ignoring any of the two might delay the recovery process or lead to a relapse.

Why choose Sovereign Health of Florida

Sovereign Health of Florida offers treatment for alcohol abuse at both its Fort Myers and Pompano Beach locations. Our alcohol treatment programs include an intensive physical and psychological evaluation that looks at not only the primary symptoms but also the underlying ones. In addition, since no two patients may experience the same symptoms or have the same level of addiction, we create customized alcohol rehab plans that work to help each individual regain control of the life at a pace that suits his or her needs and requirements.

All rehab programs at Sovereign Health of Florida begin with alcohol detox treatment offered at our specialized alcohol detox centers. If medical detox is needed, patients can get treatment at our Fort Myers alcohol detox center. Once they finish the detox program, they are prepared to undergo further treatment in the form of therapy and counseling at any of our Florida locations. Based on the problem and treatment program, this can involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic therapies like yoga or art therapy are available as well.

Once the initial treatment is finished, we prepare the recovering individual for routine life. Through our 12-step meetings, educational events and other activities, our continuing care programs offer aftercare support and help that the recovering individuals need to regain control of their lives and health. These programs also help reduce the chance of a relapse, as the option of consulting our experts is always available to them even after the completion of the treatment.

Our holistic approach to treatment makes us the preferred treatment center for many. For more information about the alcohol addiction treatment at Sovereign Health of Florida or to know how you or someone you know can seek admission at any of our licensed facilities, contact our 24/7 helpline. You can also chat online with our trained representatives about any admissions, treatment or recovery-related queries.

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