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Cocoa Beach, in Brevard County, is on the Space Coast, right next to Cape Canaveral. It’s common for visitors to make plans to visit in time to catch a rocket launch at the Space Center. As with the rest of the country, however, this is a town that struggles with alcohol addiction. Data by the Space Coast Health Foundation shows that while 14.3 percent of Brevard County was considered to have an excessive drinking habit in the year 2016, the number topped 24 percent in the year 2019. Brevard County’s rate of excessive alcohol use exceeds the national average, and it’s on the rise.
Many people who abuse alcohol don’t realize that they have a problem. They may be able to go without alcohol for a day or two, or they may never become unpleasant or quarrelsome when they drink, and they tell themselves that their habit is under control. If you’ve ever driven drunk, had your work suffer because of your alcohol habit, or seen a relationship suffer, however, it’s possible that you have a problem. Legacy Healing Center, in South Florida, can help.
Many people get deeper and deeper into an alcohol habit because to them, alcohol is a medicine that helps calm their minds. They may suffer from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or simple social awkwardness. The drink helps them feel better for a while, and the habit gradually turns excessive.
Ending an alcohol habit for good involves adopting a three-pronged approach. You need to first tackle the physical side of addiction with alcohol detox for about ten days, and then address mental addiction with relapse prevention therapy over a month or longer. If your alcohol habit originally began as a way to help with a mental or psychological disorder, long-term therapy or psychiatric treatment is likely to be recommended to help you with them.
In alcohol detox — the treatment step that targets physical addiction — you quit alcohol under medical supervision, and allow doctors to help keep you safe as painful withdrawal symptoms come over you. Alcohol affects the brain’s chemical equilibrium. As your brain attempts to regain its equilibrium after withdrawal from alcohol, it experiences severe chemical imbalance for a while, a condition that brings cravings, tremors, seizures, anxiety, gastric complications, and blood pressure instabilities. In some cases, these symptoms can be fatal. In detox, however, you are treated with medications to help control these symptoms, and to make the experience as safe, pain-free, and comfortable as possible.
Once the physical symptoms of alcohol addiction fade away past detox, you no longer crave alcohol on a daily basis. It’s important to not be lulled into a false sense of confidence that you’ve put your alcohol problems behind you at this stage, however. Addiction, at its root, is a brain disorder. It is a permanent condition and persists for life. Once you’re past detox, the expert therapists at Legacy Healing Center put you through a period of intensive therapy to help you get to the bottom of how you came to be addicted to alcohol, and equip you with the tools that you need to stay sober for life.
Prolonged exposure to alcohol causes permanent changes to occur in the brain. Alcohol acts on a part of the brain whose function it is to learn long-lasting habits related to life preservation. It learns, for instance, that exercise, nutrition, and work are good habits, and rewards you with feelings of contentment and satisfaction for engaging in them. When alcohol acts on this region of the brain, however, the brain artificially learns that alcohol is a good, life-preserving habit. This memory cannot be removed altogether. In rehab, however, professional therapists do everything they can to help you manage and sidestep this memory that your brain has learned.
Rehab treatment starts with cognitive-behavioral therapy. In CBT, a therapist helps you gain insight into the ways in which your urge to drink tends to form, and helps you learn behavioral patterns to avoid them. For instance, you may learn that being around certain friends, around stressful situations, in arguments, or in certain locations, sets off powerful triggers in your brain that bring back the urge to use alcohol. Once you know what stimuli set the triggers off, you can alter your behavior to avoid them.
In therapy, you also learn to analyze your thought patterns to uncover possible negativity and other destructive tendencies, and you work to correct them. The aim is to build effective and productive mental processes that help you in your attempt to gain control over your problem. When you truly engage in therapy and work at it, success usually isn’t hard to come by.
Alcohol rehab also tends to include group therapy, in which you accept therapy in a group setting with other patients at the rehab. Through mutual conversation, you build beneficial relationships, help one another learn about the challenges, failures, and successes involved in rehabilitation, and find your way to sobriety. Group therapy can be very effective.
Your time on the Space Coast should include a visit to Cape Canaveral, where you can take in the wonders of space exploration. There is a lot more than you can do in Cocoa Beach, however. Surfing is very popular here, for example. The town has produced world champions like Kelly Slater. The ocean here is famous for its diminutive waves and shallow waters, making it ideal for surfing beginners. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned hand old hand, this is a location where you can’t miss the surfing action.
Legacy Healing Center offers professional, evidence-based alcohol rehab with compassionate and empathetic staff who understand the medical and emotional sides to addiction. If you believe that your alcohol habit is unhealthy, all you need to do is to talk to a professional to find out how you take back control over your life. Call us today at (888) 534-2295.
Medical Detox Facility
LEGACY HEALING DETOX