Alcoholism is a chronic commonly relapsing disease; it’s characterized by the inability to control your drinking, even though it’s causing serious problems with your relationships, health, and livelihood.
Alcoholism treatment is essential for beating an addiction, but unfortunately, of the estimated 17.7 million American adults who are dependent on the substance, only around 2.5 million seek professional treatment. Alcoholism treatment centers help increase the success of overcoming an addiction and reduce the risk of relapse.
Additionally, alcoholism treatment facilities typically offer medical detox programs to treat dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Without the assistance provided by an alcoholism treatment center, the detoxification process is much more dangerous. Call Drug Treatment Centers Clearwater today at (727) 378-0741. It is never too late to late to seek help.
According to the Florida Department of Health, 19.6 percent of adults in Pinellas County are heavy drinkers, compared to 17.6 percent in all of Florida. Additionally, 30.5 percent of all motor vehicle deaths are alcohol-related.
Most of those who need alcohol addiction treatment do not seek it, often because they’re in denial about their addiction or are unwilling to make a lifelong commitment to recovery.
The terms “alcohol abuse” and “alcohol addiction” are often used interchangeably, but there are several important distinctions between abusing the substance and being dependent on it.
The first step in alcoholism treatment is detoxing the body of the substance. In addiction treatment centers, this step is usually performed using medical detox, which utilizes medications to help prevent or treat uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal symptoms like seizures, tremors, and dangerous shifts in breathing, blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate.
Withdrawing from heavy drinking can be highly dangerous if medical supervision is absent. Although withdrawal follows a predictable pattern, not everyone will experience all of the symptoms of withdrawal. The withdrawal process starts with tremors, which occur between five and 10 hours after the last drink. The next stage is hallucinations, followed by seizures. Delirium tremens, or DTs, set in about two to three days after the last drink and can be highly dangerous or even fatal.
Alcoholism treatment can take place in an inpatient residential facility or as part of an outpatient program.
Inpatient programs are ideal for those with a severe alcohol addiction or who might have particular trouble abstaining from drinking during treatment.
Outpatient programs are ideal for those who have commitments that can’t be broken. An outpatient program is generally effective as long as the patient is deeply committed to recovery, has the capacity to abstain from drinking during the detoxification period, and who has a strong support system in place.
Various therapies are utilized during the treatment phase of substance abuse rehab. Individual and group therapy works to teach skills and provide tools that can help those in recovery resist cravings, avoid triggers, and prevent relapse. Family therapy helps to restore damaged trust and repair problems in relationships that may be contributing to the abuse of alcohol.
Drug Treatment Centers Clearwater utilizes these therapies and more to ensure that each patient has the best possible chance at maintaining long-term sobriety. Call us today at (727) 378-0741 and speak to an addiction specialist, determined in finding you the support you deserve.
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