Alcohol addiction treatment is here to help you your road to recovery. In fact, alcohol is the leading factor of deaths among people between the ages of 18 and 24. Additionally, alcohol addiction can also destroy personal and professional relationships. Moreover, drinking alcohol regularly can have an extremely negative impact on your life. The American Psychiatric Association defines alcohol abuse as “a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work.”
Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in America today. Most studies indicate that alcohol causes over 80,000 deaths per year. In fact, the drug overdose fatalities are only about 70,000 a year (which is sad on its own). Also, alcohol is not only destructive to the person, but it’s also detrimental to our communities. Moreover, its adverse effects are extensive and can result in car accidents, violence, and carnal assaults. Even with this in mind, alcohol is still more common than other drug on the streets or in a pharmacy. This legal beverage may not be the same as illicit drugs, but its consequences are more than equal. Although beer, wine or hard liquor are not known for causing widespread overdose, the long-term suffering of alcohol addiction / disease is debilitating and painful.
There are many types of alcohol treatment programs available. These include:
As part of your initial treatment program, you’ll go through a medical detox program. At this point, our staff will assist by placing you in a nearby detox, so you can begin your recovery in the best way possible. At the completion of detox, our staff will transport you directly to Safe Haven to begin the next phase of Florida addiction treatment.
When it comes to addiction, recovery from alcohol addiction can be very difficult. Alcohol is legally and readily available at bars, liquor stores and gas stations. It is everywhere and branded as a slice of Americana by Madison Ave advertising agencies. Even during the 14-year period of prohibition, Americans were still actively drinking with little consequence. However, it does come with price; alcohol use and abuse can lead to severe health problems including liver disease and pancreatitis. In addition, alcohol withdrawal can be extremely dangerous while creating severe symptoms, including delirium tremens and seizures.
While recovery from alcoholism can be difficult, the process is made profoundly easier and safer with medication assisted treatment. Moreover, medication for alcohol abuse can reduce cravings and deter alcohol consumption. When used in combination with psychotherapy, MAT can lead to healthier outcomes for clients suffering with alcoholism.
The most commonly used medications used in medication assisted treatment for alcohol use disorder are disulfiram, naltrexone and acamprosate.
Disulfiram is most effective for people who have already gone through detox and are in the early stages of recovery. Taken once a day in tablet form, disulfiram deters individuals from consuming alcohol by producing unpleasant side effects when even small amounts of alcohol are ingested, including:
Because Disulfiram can cause these side effects, it is rarely used in an addiction treatment center setting.
Naltrexone is a medication that blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication that people experience when drinking alcohol. Over time, this reduced effect can help individuals isolate alcohol from previously pleasurable moods and make it easier to stay committed to sobriety. This medication is most commonly directed in its tablet form and popular injectable(Vivitrol). Naltrexone works best when combined with psychotherapy. It is widely used in addiction treatment centers and outpatient clinics alike.
Like disulfiram and naltrexone, acamprosate is ideal for people who have already through the initial withdrawal symptoms of recovery. Treatment with this medication typically begins on the fifth day of abstinence and reaches its full effectiveness within five to eight days. Acamprosate comes in tablet form and has shown effective in reducing alcohol cravings.