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Understanding Alcohol Abuse – Alcohol Rehab Center in Florida

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Although according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S.Department of Agriculture recommendations that alcohol, in moderation, can reduce the chance of heart disease and diabetes, individuals with a propensity for addiction may find that drinking in any form may lead to alcohol dependence. Individuals in the class of people may find that the phenomena of craving may start upon the ingestion of merely one drink or mood-altering substance. The only solution for this personality type is complete abstinence.

Alcoholism can be defined as the dependency on alcohol to the extent that the person is physically or psychologically unable to function without the substance. Over a prolonged period of time, this condition may lead to severe health issues or violent or reckless behavior, i.e., domestic abuse. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 1.5 million adults in the United States receive treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder each year, while more than 16 million adults suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder.Alarmingly, this statistic indicates that merely 10% of individuals in need are receiving alcohol rehabilitation treatment.

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Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

The symptoms of alcohol abuse are typically easy to self-diagnose. Some of the most common symptoms that a person suffering from alcohol abuse often experiences, include:

  • ‘Black Out’ or forgetting things after drinking.
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Slurred Speech
  • Inability to control bladder and bowel movements
  • Tremors
  • Increased anxiety, loneliness, guilt, discontent and euphoria
  • Problems with coordination.

Although non of these symptoms alone provide definitive evidence of alcohol abuse or dependence, if several of these are present there is a high probability of alcohol abuse or dependence.

Short Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol intake, over the ‘safe’ limit of consumption, might result in certain issues in the short term. Some of the common short term effects of alcohol abuse are –

  • Drowsiness.
  • Sleep disruption.
  • Lowering of body temperature.
  • Emotional changes.
  • Slurring of speech.
Long Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Over consumption of alcohol over a prolonged period of time might result in a number of harmful effects. Some of the most common long term effects of alcohol abuse include –

  • Cirrhosis of Liver and other issues related to the liver
  • Gastritis or the inflammation of the stomach walls
  • Sexual Problems
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer in different parts of the body
  • Severe and permanent damage to the brain· Increased blood pressure, stroke and other heart related issues.
Alcohol Use in the United States

The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 50% of people in the United States, 12 and older, currently drink alcohol.  This equates to over 135 million individuals.  Additionally, the same survey reports that 23% of individuals 12 or older binge drank within the previous 30 days before being surveyed.  Finally, the study reports that 11% of individuals 12 and older drove under the influence of alcohol in the previous year.


Although these statistics are staggering, they don’t provide conclusive information about how many of these individuals suffer from alcoholism or alcohol use disorder.  Alcohol Use Disorder is characterized by physical dependence and compulsion to drink.


Alcoholism as opposed to alcohol abuse is characterized by an individual’s inability to reasonably predict their intake or usage of alcohol after they begin drinking.  Moreover, cravings and physical withdrawal upon cessation are key characteristics of those suffering from alcohol use disorder.


How Do We Help?

SLO Recovery Centers is an alcohol rehab center Florida that provides comprehensive treatment for alcohol addiction.  Given the physical health risk of withdrawal from alcohol, it is critical that an individual suffering from alcohol addiction participate in medically supervised detoxification.  At SLO Recovery Centers, we specialize in orchestrating a safe alcohol detox, under the supervision of our trained medical staff or one of our referring detoxification centers.


We specialize in orchestrating safe alcohol detox and effective rehabilitation therapies. Wehave some of the most experienced professionals in alcohol rehab Florida on our teamwho will diagnose the condition of the patient and develop a treatment plan that will help thepatient receive effective treatment; thus insuring long-term success.

What is Alcohol Detox?

Recovery from alcohol is a two-step process – the first step of the process is the medical treatment of the addiction. This is called the Alcohol Detoxification or Alcohol Detox. In the alcohol detox treatment, the patient’s physical symptoms are monitored and treated via various modalities including medication and relaxation coping mechanisms. It is important that the symptoms of alcohol dependence withdrawal be monitored by a team of professionals so as to avoid potentially serious medical issues such as seizures or delirium tremens (DT’s).

Alcohol Rehabilitation in Florida

After the patient has successfully gone through the Alcohol Detox Treatment, we proceed to the next stage of the process which is alcohol rehabilitation treatment. At our Alcohol Rehab Center, Florida, you will participate in a comprehensive and holistic rehabilitation treatment which will help the patient to address core underlying issues that have led to personal and emotional destruction. Through psychological counseling, we help the patient to discover more positive ways for dealing with the pressures and challenges of life. This provides individuals coping mechanisms for dealing with life’s stress or without the need to emotionally detach through alcohol dependence or abuse.

So, hold on to our hand as we introduce you to a better way of living your life, freeing you from dependence on alcohol. You will discover that we provide a different way to treat people.


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