Alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, is a complicated and common disease that has a huge impact on the individual, known as an alcoholic, and their loved ones. Beachcomber is dedicated to helping Floridians treat alcohol abuse in all it’s forms.
Our culture has a confusing message as far as alcohol consumption goes; we witness adults, as children, drinking alcohol, often too much on special occasions which can be interpreted as an expectation, something that always happens and therefore we do the same once we grow up. In film, television and advertisements, binge drinking is portrayed as a normalized part of growing up, coping with stress, celebrating, combating boredom, spending time with friends. In fact, there are few moments in time or occasion where alcohol use is not encouraged or expected.
Considering the social influence around alcohol it is no surprise that a proportion of people find their drinking becomes unmanageable, and struggle to cut down or abstain from drinking. Furthermore, it is legal to drink and easily accessible, in supermarkets, restaurants, bars, even some café’s, cinemas and in most households. It is difficult to avoid, easy and cheap to buy; a toxic combination for somebody who suffers from alcoholism and makes attempts to overcome the condition on their own.
However, Beachcomber can help. We have a team of compassionate and highly skilled practitioners with a wealth of experience treating people with alcohol addiction. As lonely as alcoholism may feel, you do not have to go through it alone.
What is alcohol addiction?
Alcohol addiction transcends every intersection of society; there is no ‘typical alcoholic’ in terms of the appearance of the background. However, being addicted to alcohol is usually characterized by a person being unable to manage their everyday life without being assisted with alcohol. While not every alcoholic will wake up and immediately start drinking, alcohol will be on their mind near constantly, thinking of the next drink. Furthermore, an alcoholic will develop a toxic relationship with alcohol, using it to manage emotions and block out the pain. A person suffering from alcohol addiction is likely to have attempted to cut down or stop drinking unsuccessfully and will find it nearly impossible to stop drinking after their first drink.
Alcoholism can vary in its appearance and severity. It is possible to be an alcoholic and still function in the family unit and in employment. However, despite a person being perfectly functional, an alcoholic is still putting their health at serious risk. Furthermore, an alcoholic’s circumstances can change very quickly following a trigger, such as a redundancy, relationship breakdown or family feud or loss, so it is important to seek help for alcohol addiction as soon as possible.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol addiction
Alcoholism will affect each person differently; at Beachcomber we understand that each addiction is unique and should be treated as such. However, after many, many years treating alcohol addiction we have learned some typical indicators that a person is suffering from alcoholism, such as:
- Neglecting or forgetting commitments or occasions due to drinking
- Encountering serious negative consequences for drinking, but continuing to drink
- Losing employment, friends, family or partners as a result of drinking
- Experiencing tremors or sickness after drinking
- An inability to accept that alcohol use is more than usual or becoming a problem, despite concerns from those around them
- Anxiety, depression or irritability when they are unable to drink, or abandoning previous commitments in favor of drinking, even if it’s alone
Treatment options available for alcohol addiction
It might be possible for a person suffering from alcoholism to begin their treatment with a detoxification process, to safely remove all the alcohol in the person’s system with a medical professional. This process can be risky if attempted at home and can be fatal.
Once detoxification has been completed, clients can begin engaging in a wide range of holistic therapies to encourage taking responsibility for their addiction and behavior while under the influence of alcohol. Coming to terms with being an alcoholic and the damage caused is a vital step towards recovery. Practitioners at Beachcomber understand how difficult this process is and treat each person with respect and support they need to move towards a brighter, safer future.
A full list of our services includes:
- Inpatient Residential Treatment
- One-to-one Therapy
- Group therapy
- Family/couples therapy
- Rapid Resolution Therapy
- Outpatient Treatment
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- Acupuncture Therapy
- Yoga Therapy
- Meditation Therapy
- Light-Sound Neurotherapy