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Content Overview: Alcohol is one of the most widely abused drugs both in the U.S. and throughout the world. In fact, 1 in 8 adults in America fits the criteria for an alcoholic drinker. Explore more signs of alcoholism and how to get sober at our alcoholism treatment program.

While each form of addiction can have profound effects on one’s life, alcoholism is the original form of addiction that remains the most common substance abuse problem today.

Alcoholism treatment is one of the most necessary and widely-demanded forms of addiction treatment available. With alcohol being the top substance in terms of rates of abuse and addiction, Principles Recovery Center aims to help individuals quit drinking alcohol by offering high-quality treatment at our alcohol treatment center.

What is Alcohol? Why is Alcohol Socially Acceptable?

Historically, alcohol originates thousands of years ago. According to historical records, ancient civilizations were producing and enjoying alcohol, even drinking it more frequently than water. Over time, we came to realize that alcohol is extremely addictive with long-term habitual alcohol abuse found to cause a wide variety of physical and psychological effects.

In the most basic sense, alcohol is what we call the substances ethanol or ethyl alcohol. It’s created from a number of different substances, occurring when yeast breaks down sugars and causes them to ferment. Specifically, we see this process occur with grapes as they’re made into wine. It’s a similar situation with wheat are barley, which are used to produce beer. Various other substances can ferment and produce liquor such as when potatoes, beets, corn, and certain other items ferment and yield vodka.

The specific ratio of alcohol to liquid varies from one alcoholic substance to the next. For instance, liquors have the highest alcohol content while beer often has some of the lowest alcohol content. This means that individuals consuming alcohol would need greater amounts of beer to achieve the desired level of intoxication than they would liquor or even wine, which are alcoholic beverages with higher alcohol contents and, therefore, faster to cause inebriation.

On a cultural level, alcohol has come to be associated with recreational consumption. Although it’s no longer consumed in lieu of water or other beverages, it’s commonly consumed in social scenarios, including at social gatherings or on special occasions. It’s popular in social situations because, due to how alcohol affects the brain, people under the influence of alcohol tend to behave with less regard to consequence, making them much more uninhibited; thus, alcohol is often referred to as a “social lubricant.”

Signs of Alcoholism & Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol affects every organ in the drinker’s body and can damage a developing fetus. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills; heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver disease. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a diagnosable disease characterized by a strong craving for alcohol, and/or continued use despite harm or personal injury.

While many individuals attempt to hide their alcohol abuse from others, there are a number of signs that betray alcohol abuse. Knowing these signs can be useful when it comes to detecting alcohol abuse or alcoholic disorders in others.

Among the signs of alcohol abuse, one is that people who drink habitually and to excess often emit a certain odor. Though somewhat variable, it’s often compared to the smell of vinegar, and this occurs as the alcohol the individual has consumed is processed by the body, resulting in some amount of alcohol being secreted by the skin.

Of course, bathing and the application of commercial fragrances can mask these odors to some extent. Meanwhile, alcohol abuse is extremely recognizable by the behaviors that alcohol abuse induces. When actively intoxicated, individuals will have trouble speaking clearly and are likely to have trouble with their coordination.

It’s worth noting, too, that alcohol abuse for a continuous period of time has numerous repercussions on an individual’s life. As the alcohol takes an increasingly prominent place in his or her life, an individual will begin to withdraw from his or her relationships. Similarly, work performance and attendance are likely to decline. There are often financial difficulties that accompany an alcohol abuse problem due to the sheer cost associated with frequent heavy drinking.

As far as the signs of alcohol withdrawal, they can range from moderate to severe. Many individuals with alcohol abuse problems will experience trembling or shaking in their hands and limbs when they’re withdrawing from alcohol. They might also experience headaches and physical discomfort. If the alcoholism is long-term and severe, the individual is at risk of a condition known as delirium tremens, which can entail hallucinations and other symptoms of psychosis. When left untreated, delirium tremens can even be fatal.

Alcoholism Treatment in South Florida: How Does It Work?

Individuals who suffer from alcoholism are typically discouraged from attempting to get sober on their own. When there’s even a remote possibility that delirium tremens could occur, most professionals agree that clinical addiction treatment and medical observation is not only the most successful but also the safest means of recovering from alcoholism.

Many individuals will begin alcoholism treatment with detoxification. This is the initial period following the cessation of alcohol consumption. Designed to ensure that the individual receives intensive, round-the-clock medical care to address withdrawal and prevent delirium tremens, alcohol detox treatment primes a patient for the remainder of the treatment process in which he or she learns the skills necessary to achieve and sustain sobriety.

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What Options are Available at Our South Florida Alcohol Rehab?

In addition to alcohol detox treatment, there are a number of other treatment options available to those who want to learn how to quit abusing alcohol.

More often than not, inpatient care at a quality alcohol treatment center is the most highly-recommended recovery option. Since the individual in treatment resides on-site for the duration of the program, it ensures his or her safety while affording the patient with more treatment time, meaning greater levels of success when it comes to achieving lasting recovery. In very infrequent cases, it’s possible for the individual to enroll in and complete an outpatient program, especially if it’s partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient treatment.

After completing the treatment program, the individual will have a couple of options for post-treatment care. Often referred to as aftercare, this can include continuing psychotherapy, sober or transitional living programs, and/or support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous.

Let Principles Recovery Center in South Florida Help You Overcome Alcoholism

At Principles Recovery Center in Davie, FL we treat the above substances as well as numerous others ranging from Heroin, Hallucinogens, Crack/Cocaine, Inhalants, Marijuana, MDMA, Methamphetamine, Steroids, and many others at our center which includes partial day and outpatient levels of care. For any questions please call in and we will be happy to discuss your situation as we understand each one is different. If we, for any reason, are unable provide to services we offer numerous trusted referrals for drug rehab in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach as well as across the country in states such as New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and numerous more.

Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Principles Recovery Centers Drug Rehab in Davie, Florida offers cognitive behavioral therapy, multidimensional family therapy, motivational interviewing, and contingency management among others during treatment for alcoholism.

Each individual is different and at Principles Recovery Center we create a specific treatment plan based on your circumstances. The easiest way to learn about how we can help is to give us a call toll-free at 1-866-692-0909 for a free consultation.

Content Overview: Drug addiction has become an epidemic in America throughout the last decade, and because of it drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. The reality is that 1 out of every 7 Americans will deal with a substance abuse issue at least once in their lifetime. For many, addiction can be fatal; but the good news is there are treatment programs like ours at Principles Recovery Center that can help you overcome addiction for good.

There are numerous forms of addiction, many of which are treated at Principles Recovery Center. If you or someone you love is battling drug addiction, alcohol, or a co-occurring disorder and is in need of a high-quality treatment program, we offer treatment for the many forms that the disease of addiction takes. Additionally, each of our treatment plans have been uniquely designed to offer patients the highest chances of achieving lasting, stable sobriety.

What Exactly is Drug Addiction?

There are many misconceptions about substance abuse, addiction, and recovery. Even with years of research and data that have been done to further understand addicts and alcoholics, the overwhelming stigma and outdated assumptions persist throughout our nation.

Although addiction would seem to be a behavioral problem, it’s not merely a behavior. According to the latest addiction science, addiction is actually a chronic, progressive, and relapsing brain disease. Yes, a disease, which is unfortunately incurable with today’s resources. However, it can be treated and go into remission. Through the combination of multidisciplinary approaches, including holistic treatments and clinical-based therapies, individuals who develop unmanageable substance abuse problems can achieve lasting sobriety and live happy, healthy, and productive lives free from the grips of drug addiction.

Despite the fact that addiction can be treated, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of how this disease occurs, its effects and symptoms, and how it can be managed in a healthy way.

A person doesn’t succumb to drug addiction or alcoholism overnight. It takes using a varying amount of the same substance repeatedly over a significant period of habitual abuse for a person to develop an actual addiction. If a person ceases his or her use prior to that abuse becoming a dependency, addiction treatment typically isn’t necessary, as he or she can stop using the mind-altering substance without consequence.

However, when the substance abuse has continued for a period of time, treatment is likely going to be a requirement for the individual to achieve long-term sobriety. The reason that treatment is so imperative is that it gives the individual a break from “real life” to essentially unlearn the behavior — i.e., abusing a substance (or substances) — that was reinforced over an extended span.

Of course, there are often signs that an individual is suffering from addiction. The development of an addiction to alcohol or drugs often coincides with significant changes in behavior and even some noticeable personality changes. An addiction often makes individuals secretive and can cause the individual to withdraw from important relationships. Additionally, a common trait of someone who suffers from addiction is a sudden lack of concern for physical appearance, a sudden increase or decrease in weight, and other symptoms that can appear similar to either depression or mania.

Signs of Withdrawal & The Detox Process

One of the top reasons why individuals remain in active addiction is due to fear of withdrawal symptoms. Anytime an individual who is in the throes of active addiction goes even a relatively brief period of time without the substance of his or her addiction, the individual will experience a number of negative physical and possibly even emotional effects known as withdrawal. Although the specific symptoms of withdrawal can vary from one substance to the next, there are a number of symptoms that tend to be more common across different classes of substances.

Physical discomfort is often a staple symptom of alcoholic or drug withdrawal. As the body has become accustomed to the continuous presence of the substance, the sudden lack of the substance throws the body into a state similar to shock. Meanwhile, many types of withdrawal include sweating, yawning, watery eyes, sneezing, muscle stiffness, and mild to moderate pain in the joints. As well, individuals suffering from withdrawal often find it extremely difficult to sleep despite their overall lack of energy and a pervasive sense of listlessness.

Many individuals have wondered how patients handle early recovery since it requires them to abruptly stop consuming alcohol or drugs. Don’t they experience withdrawal? Actually, the vast majority of individuals don’t experience withdrawal during treatment because they overcome those symptoms during detoxification.

In short, detoxification often comes as the first phase of a patient’s treatment plan and consists of an initial period during which to concentrate on overcoming the physical aspects of drug addiction. Usually, under the supervision of physicians, nurses, and detox techs, individuals in detox treatment receive the support and care needed to mitigate withdrawal as much as possible, minimizing the discomfort that’s often associated with abruptly ceasing substance abuse.

Addiction Treatment Options

When it comes to the types of treatment we offer, our program options can be broken into three categories: detoxification, inpatient, and outpatient. As mentioned previously, detox treatment often serves as the first period of rehabilitation and serves as a primer for recovery, cleansing the body of all mind-altering substances as well as any other toxins and chemicals. The idea is to restore the body to a state of physical health before the patient begins the actual treatment phase of recovery.

Inpatient care is widely viewed as the best and most effective form of treatment as it gives patients the most well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum. Additionally, since they live on-site for the duration of the program, individuals in inpatient care tend to experience greater levels of success since they’re not confronted with temptation by continuing to live at home.

Beyond inpatient care, we offer several forms of outpatient care, including our partial hospitalization treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programs. Generally, outpatient care tends to be best for individuals who require flexibility from their addiction treatment. Rather than living on-site during completion of the program, individuals in one of our outpatient programs continue living at home. Thus, outpatient treatment is best suited to individuals who have safe, stable, alcohol- and drug-free home environments where their recovery journeys won’t be threatened.

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Can Drug Addiction Ever Be Cured?

A range of care with a tailored treatment program and follow-up options can be crucial to success. Treatment should include both medical and mental health services as needed. Principles Recovery Center in Davie, Florida, takes each individuals specific situation into account then assigns them a primary therapist and we outline a robust treatment plan tailored to our client’s needs.

Our clinical team has over 30 years experience so you can trust you or your loved one will be provided the best possible treatment every step of the way. We do not believe in having one “track”, but having a number of different tracks for each client based on their: Drug of choice, Length of Use, Family History, Personal Timeline, and a number of other characteristics. Once we have identified these factors we draw up a specific plan tailored to the individual. We feel this is a major reason why our clients have had a well above industry average success rate.

We can list every aspect of our treatment program online, but we encourage all individuals looking through our site to simply call us using the number at the top of the page to truly get to know how we operate as an institution.

Let Principles Recovery Center Help You Overcome Addiction

If you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, Principles Recovery Center can help. With our selection of comprehensive addiction treatment programs, we have a demonstrated history of success in recovery. For more information about our addiction treatment programs, or for a free assessment today, call Principles Recovery Center toll-free at 1-866-699-0909.

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