Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease that not only has devastating effects on the alcoholic, it also has significant effects on the alcoholic’s family and friends. In order to overcome alcoholism, it is necessary to find an alcohol addiction rehabilitation program that will treat the individual’s specific needs. Ocean Breeze Recovery offers specialized treatment that is effective in helping individuals and families recover from the impacts of alcoholism.
Many people start drinking as a means of experimentation or as a way to cope with the stresses of everyday life. Unfortunately, the recreational use of alcohol can gradually develop into a serious physical and mental health issue. When someone is dependent on alcohol, they cannot keep themselves from drinking and eventually they won’t be able to go a few hours without alcohol before they experience withdrawals. Because of the potential dangers and severity of these withdrawal symptoms, it is highly recommended those struggling with alcohol issues find alcohol treatment immediately.
When someone enters the alcohol rehabilitation program at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center, lifelong sobriety is the ultimate goal. Our experienced and highly credentialed staff is experienced in helping clients develop the skills necessary to stay sober. Our quality alcohol rehab programs help individuals address the root causes of their addiction, help manage triggers, incorporate life and coping skills and utilize aftercare programs to help those new in recovery avoid relapse. Through a client’s stay, the staff at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center will be proactive ever step of the way in providing the best and most effective care for all of our clients.
Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: with almost 18 million people suffering from alcoholism, which equates to one in every twelve adults. The technical name for alcoholism is Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol Use Disorder is described as a chronic brain disease due to compulsive alcohol use, a negative mental and emotional state when not drinking, and no control or care for the amount of intake.
Many factors are in play when it comes to determining the reasons someone suffers from alcoholism. Environment, mental illnesses or disorders, and even genetics can play a role in the origins of someone’s alcohol addiction. Some of these factors can have a more significant impact than others, such as environment. The risk of potentially developing alcoholism is as much as four times greater if a parent also suffers from alcoholism.
On the subject of alcoholic parents, addiction can be commonly traced back to childhood. People that begin drinking before the age of 15 are six times more likely to develop a dependence on alcohol than people that wait until the legal age (21). This is extremely troubling, as more than 40 percent of all tenth graders drink alcohol. These stats are due to the fact that, if exposed to alcohol, a child is more likely to give in to peer pressure at a party or around friends or family that drink actively.
Not only children are susceptible to alcoholism, but so are many college students. In fact, freshman students showed some of the highest rates of student substance abuse on campus. It is a common misconception that alcoholism is a disease more associated with adults, the “Young Adult” demographic is actually the largest subtype of alcoholics in the United States, with 32 percent of alcoholics being young adults.
Mental illnesses are also common reasons for alcohol addiction. Many people suffering from conditions such as depression or anxiety will abuse alcohol in an attempt at self-medication. At the start, it can feel like alcohol dulls the symptoms associated with these illnesses, but constantly abusing alcohol in order to treat mental illnesses can lead to a snowball effect; chronic alcohol abuse will intensify many of these mental illnesses exponentially.
Finally, while scientists have yet to identify an “alcoholism gene,” there are genes we do know that can reduce the impact of a hangover as well as increase the effects of alcohol. People that have these genes are at dangerously high risk; the combination of minor hangovers and stronger alcohol effects is a disaster waiting to happen.
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While many people know they suffer from addiction, less than 10 percent of them seek professional treatment. This leaves roughly 90 percent of the other people to either continue alcohol abuse or quitting by themselves via “cold turkey”.
Quitting “cold turkey” refers to the immediate cessation of a certain substance in order to treat addiction. Quitting cold turkey leads to serious side effects and should almost never be used to treat addiction. Instead of trying to treat your alcoholism, seek professional help in order to recover the right way. If you attempt to quit cold turkey, there are many dangerous and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol is a depressant; it slows brain function and the way information is communicated throughout the body. Constant alcohol abuse forces your central nervous system to basically rewrite itself. While under constant depressive effects, your body works harder to stay awake and keep your nerves communicating. Once your alcohol level drops to zero, your body needs time to readjust from working overtime under the influence to complete sobriety. Quitting cold turkey gives your body no time to readjust and causes withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to extremely severe. Depending on the intensity of the alcohol abuse as well as the duration of abuse, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include:
These are the most common symptoms, however, there are more uncommon and severe symptoms such as hallucinations and seizures. Delirium tremens (DTs) are even rarer and severe and only appear in about 5 percent of people suffering from alcohol withdrawal. These are more severe symptoms like intense hallucinations and delusions. Other side effects of DTs are:
No matter what your unique needs and treatment goals, Ocean Breeze Recovery Center has a treatment program just for you. For those requiring the highest level of care, we offer inpatient alcohol treatment. Participants of this program are monitored around the clock and recover under the close supervision of our caring staff.
After a person has reached a substance-free and stable state, they are ready to transition into the intensive phase of treatment. During this part of alcohol rehabilitation, the individual will participate in an individualized treatment program that draws from individual and group therapy, life and coping skills training, holistic therapy, and relapse prevention education. These individual treatment plans are flexible and can be modified as an individual’s treatment needs change.
Once a client has successfully completed a residential treatment program, they can transition to our outpatient alcohol treatment program.
These individuals attend therapy sessions and counseling during the day and return home or to another residence at night. Our outpatient program allows clients the freedom to take care of themselves and show dedication to their sobriety by faithfully attending day therapy.
Additionally, we offer long-term alcohol rehab to help individuals avoid relapse. Participants are welcome to attend sessions at our facility and are encouraged to stay connected to support groups and our alumni program to maintain the healthy lifestyle they developed in therapy.
The staff at Ocean Breeze use a Christian alcohol rehab method for individuals wanting to use these principles during recovery. In the Christian rehabilitation program, clients take part in Bible study, prayer, and meditation to help them through the difficult journey of recovery.
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