Alcohol Rehab and Treatment in Miami
Alcohol rehab is when an individual who abuses alcohol or has an alcohol dependency issue makes the decision to stop drinking and seek treatment to help them reach that goal. Treatment for alcohol abuse starts with detoxification and then moves on to rehabilitation, which can vary person to person. The main objective is to assist the person in understanding their addiction and teaching them the skills necessary to overcome it. During the various therapy sessions, the root cause of the addiction will be examined, as well as how to handle situations where alcohol wold normally be the person’s escape. A strategy will be put into place to help the individual get sober and stay sober long-term. In order to provide a patient with the best program for them, it is important for the staff to determine not only your level of physical dependency, but also your psychological dependency. Once those things are assessed, the staff can tailor a program to help you succeed and help prevent a relapse.
Alcohol is the most commonly used substance in the United States.
It is estimated there are over 20 million US adults that suffer from alcohol abuse or engage in very risky binge drinking.
Alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States resulting in over 80,000 deaths.
Besides death, alcohol contributes to Dementia, stroke and neuropathy, cardiovascular problems, including myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and hypertension, psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety, suicide, social problems, including unemployment, lost productivity, family problems, violence including child maltreatment, fights and homicide, unintentional injuries, such as motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries. Cancers, including liver, mouth, throat, larynx (voice box) and esophagus, liver diseases, including fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, gastrointestinal problems, including pancreatitis and gastritis.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Causes Physical and mental damage in a child due to alcohol exposure while in the womb. There are approximately 200,000 US cases per year. According to the CDC and the U.S. Surgeon General, “There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant.” Research has found that drinking even small amounts of alcohol while pregnant can increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, or sudden infant death syndrome.”
First experiences with alcohol usually take place between the ages of 12 to 18 years old. Studies show the earlier a person begins drinking alcohol the greater risk for alcohol problems later. This early stage of alcohol experimentation is significant as the first memories (good or bad) are laid down in the brain and can last a lifetime.
Social Use of Alcohol
Low risk (social) use of alcohol is generally defined as no more than 7 drinks per week for females and no more than 3 drinks per sitting. For males, no more than 14 drinks per week and no more than 4 drinks per sitting. However, you are at significantly greater risk of problematic alcohol use if there are blood related relatives that have or had an alcohol problem.
Problem Use of Alcohol
Harmful drinking usually peaks between the ages of 18 to 24 years. This period can be associated with college and can phase out over 3-4 years. Problem drinkers can stop or significantly cut back alcohol use when sufficient reasons present themselves. When career, relationships and family take precedence, problem drinkers can shift their priorities and cut back on their use of alcohol. This is a critical stage or turning point in the progression of alcohol use. If life’s priorities or negative consequences do not redirect the problem drinker, their relationship with alcohol may fit the definition of alcoholism.
Misuse and Dependence on Alcohol
- Drinking is causing problems and, if the drinker continues with this style of drinking, they are misusing alcohol and can lead to more serious dependency issues. The signs of misuse and dependency are but not limited to:
- Inability to control alcohol intake after starting to drink
- Setting drinking limits (ie, only having 3 drinks, only drinking 3 days per week) and not being able to adhere to them
- Having blackouts (memory lapse due to excessive drinking) and not remembering what they did for a portion of their drinking episode
- People have expressed concern about their negative drunken behaviors
- Feeling guilt and shame about their drunken behaviors
- Repeating unwanted drinking patterns
- Behaving in ways, while drunk, that are uncharacteristic of their sober personality
- Increasing sense of denial that their heavy drinking is a problem because they are able to succeed professionally and personally
- Binge drinking (more than 5 drinks in one sitting)
- Engaging in risky behavior when intoxicated
Alcohol’s Effects on the Body
Heart: Cardiomyopathy (Drooping of heart muscle), Irregular heartbeat, stroke and high blood pressure.
Liver: Fatty liver, hepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis
Cancer: 19,500 alcohol related deaths from cancer per year
Brain: Wernicke–Korsakoff Syndrome, Up to 80 percent of alcoholics, however, have a deficiency in thiamine (15), and some of these people will go on to develop serious brain disorders such as Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome. Symptoms include, mental confusion, paralysis of the nerves that move the eyes (i.e., oculomotor disturbances), and difficulty with muscle coordination.
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