Alcoholic Rehabilitation Programs for Orlando Residents
Nearly a third of the population of Orlando consists of people who work in industries in which addiction is common – construction, sports, and food service, among others. Youth under 18 in Florida, consume alcohol at rates higher than the national average, and eight percent of Florida’s youth alcohol consumption comes from the Orlando region.
The website of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which is run by the government, offers a number of alcohol screening tests to help you determine if your pattern of alcohol use is problematic. If you see signs of alcohol use disorder, you should know that alcohol rehab can help.
What Does Alcohol Rehab Consist of?
Alcohol rehab is a multifaceted treatment for alcohol dependency. It scientifically combines medical, psychological and psychiatric treatment plans to address the problem of alcoholism. A well-designed alcohol rehab program, such as the one available at Legacy Healing Center, aims to help you achieve the following: end your use of alcohol, treat any psychological and psychiatric conditions that may contribute to your alcoholism, improve your health, and build a support system.
When you first enter alcohol and 30-Day drug rehab in Orlando, you are greeted by medical professionals, who gather detailed information from you on your health, and your pattern of alcohol use. They perform a physical exam, a urine test, a psychological evaluation, and collect information on your personal circumstances to determine what kind of work or family obligations you have, and how much support you can count on from your family. The aim of these exercises is to help create a treatment plan that specifically matches the needs of your addiction.
First, Alcohol Detox
Following the initial screening, you may be put through an alcohol detoxification program. In detoxification, you are asked to taper off your alcohol consumption and are placed under medical supervision. The withdrawal symptoms of alcohol cessation usually begin within five hours of your last drink.
If your addiction has been deep and long-standing, you may experience serious symptoms, including cravings, tremors, seizures, and unstable blood pressure. You receive medications to help you go through the withdrawal period safely, and in a comfortable way. The application of drugs such as naltrexone, disulfiram, antidepressants, and anxiolytics is common in detox. Depending on the depth of your addiction, detox lasts anywhere from one to four weeks.
Getting to the Root of Your Alcohol Addiction
Since detox is the part during which people actually cease to use alcohol, it offers the most visible proof of improvement. For this reason, many people tend to mistakenly view alcohol detox as the most significant part of alcohol rehab. It’s important to understand, however, that detox isn’t actual rehabilitation. When people give up treatment once detox concludes, they usually experience quick relapse and a slide back into alcoholism. This is because detox only addresses the immediate effects of alcohol withdrawal. It doesn’t get to the root of the alcoholism, which is usually psychological in nature.
Following detox, you need to begin the process of rehabilitation in order to ensure long-term sobriety. During rehabilitation, you accept psychological counseling from psychologists who have specific expertise in treating alcohol addiction. The psychological therapist or counselor gathers information from you to understand the mental, behavioral and emotional roots of your alcoholism, and prescribes therapeutic treatment to help you counter the problems that you experience.
They may prescribe cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational-enhancement therapy, family therapy, group therapy and other forms of intervention. The aim is to help you gain a handle on the way your mind leans toward alcohol use to address the everyday challenges that you face in life. If you struggle with mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, rehab may help you begin psychiatric treatment, as well.
It’s important to understand that the recovery process doesn’t end when rehab concludes. Recovery is a long-term process. When your treatment program ends, specialists at the rehab design an aftercare plan for you to help you continue to remain sober. Aftercare usually consists of a plan to help you ease back into regular life. You may start by first living at a sober living home. You may be asked to sign up for Alcoholics Anonymous, or a non-12-step program, as well. Just as with your treatment plan, these programs are designed specifically for your needs. It’s important to understand why these are necessary: it is because relapse is always a possibility in addiction recovery.
Addiction permanently changes the way things work in some parts of the brain. The chemicals in alcohol act on the brain’s limbic system to create deep-seated belief in the idea that alcohol consumption is acceptable, or even good. While the rehab process does help the brain recover, belief in the desirability of alcohol remains intact on the deepest levels. The complex therapeutic approaches that you bring to the healing process help you understand how this belief system works, and how to work around it. For instance, you may learn what kind of environmental triggers set off cravings for alcohol in your mind and avoid those triggers.
It’s important to understand that more than half of all people who try rehab, relapse at some point. Being careful to never let your guard down is an important part of staying sober over the rest of your life. Periodic relapse prevention therapy can help you always remember how to remain alert to the possibility of relapse, and stay sober for life.
Sober Friendly Attractions near Orlando
One of the upsides to seeking sobriety is that the region is home to one of the most amazing collections of fun-filled sober activities anywhere in the nation. Even better, many of them are free to enjoy. If you’re a nature lover, the flowers, butterflies and ancient trees of Harry P. Leu Gardens and Ocala National Forest are sure to fill your heart with tranquility. The Lego Imagination Center can help you get back in touch with the child in you, and the free street entertainment of Disney’s Boardwalk can keep you thrilled for hours.
Legacy Healing Center is committed to helping you overcome your opioid addiction and putting your life back on track. With experts on hand to guide your recovery, and with the healthy attractions of Orlando to make you feel better, your time at Legacy can be truly rewarding.
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What Our Alumni Has to Say
Absolutely beautiful! Staff is so caring and welcoming. Highly recommend to anyone who is struggling and looking to heal. This is the place for you!Jacqueline C.
Honestly, it's not what you imagine when thinking "detox." Legacy made my experience so comfortable from beds, food, staff and such a clean facility. Besides all that they literally gave me life back. Forever thankful.Avi S.