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Long-term permanent recovery from substance abuse and addiction is possible with help and the right drug and alcohol treatment. Beachway is a licensed, accredited treatment center in Florida with a Gold Standard rating by the Joint Commission, ranking in the top 1% of addiction treatment centers in country. Our continuum of care, clinical and medical staff, evidence-based modalities and supportive environment help clients achieve lifelong recovery.

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What is Drug Addiction?

Many people struggling with addiction and substance abuse go through a stage of denial. But there are clear symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse—and there are proven treatments that promote long-term recovery.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. When these circuits dysfunction, they cause biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. ASAM says, “addiction is characterized by an inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.”

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Addiction is a disease

And like other chronic diseases, addiction can involve cycles of relapse and remission. That is why alcohol and drug treatment is critical for engaging people struggling with the disease in recovery activities. ASAM notes, “Addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.” Because of this, the clinical and medical professionals at Beachway know that effective treatment for drug and alcohol abuse saves lives. Drug and alcohol addiction is progressive—and the condition worsens over time if not treated. When addiction is managed long-term with proven medical and clinical interventions, a person can achieve permanent recovery.

Five Characteristics of Addiction

ASAM identifies addiction as characterized by five key behaviors.

  1. Inability to consistently abstain
  2. Impairment in behavioral control
  3. Craving or increased hunger for drugs, alcohol or rewarding experiences
  4. Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships
  5. A dysfunctional emotional response

What Causes Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Based on science and research, we know that many factors contribute to addiction. Genetics can increase the likelihood of developing an addiction by about 50%. Biological factors along with environmental and social factors can tip the genetics scale one way or another, triggering an addictive nature. Those with a family history of addiction, alcoholism or behavioral health issues are at a greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse and developing addiction. What else causes addiction?

  • The presence of co-occurring psychological or psychiatric disorders

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACES)

  • Trauma and life stressors

  • Peer pressure

  • Frequent exposure to one or more addictive substances or behaviors

  • Over-prescribing of addictive medications like opiates and benzodiazepines

  • Use of drugs or alcohol at a young age (while the brain is still developing)

  • Regular drinking for an extended period of time, or repeated binge drinking

  • Having friends or a partner that drinks heavily or uses drugs

Addiction to drugs and alcohol does not discriminate. Addiction affects all genders, races, ethnicities, ages and socioeconomic groups given the right circumstances and conditions.

How Much is Too Much?

With alcohol abuse–and at what point is drinking alcohol a problem? How much is too much? There is much research related to this issue, and some physicians will say that the only safe amount of alcohol to consume is none at all. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women, and up to 2 drinks per day for men.

What To Expect When You Get Help

The single hardest part of dealing with substance abuse or addiction is admitting to the problem—and then reaching out to a drug and alcohol treatment center for help. Here are some proven truths that should encourage a person struggling with addiction, or a loved one who is concerned about a friend of family member’s drug or alcohol use.

  • Addiction is a disease. Long-term recovery is possible with effective drug and alcohol treatment.
  • There proven clinical and medical interventions that are effective for treating addition and available at Beachway, from neurotherapy to CBT and holistic drug and alcohol treatment.
  • You are not alone. Clients receive support from a professional staff trained in addiction treatment who meets them where they are with a customized program so they can take control of their lives.

What to Expect during Drug and Alcohol Treatment

There are a range of interventions that occur during drug and alcohol treatment. Here’s how the treatment process works, what commitment a client must have to treatment, and how our staff and treatments will help a person struggling with addiction to achieve long-term sobriety.


A Professional Assessment. First, a professional clinical and medical evaluation will be performed to determine the appropriate level of care and type of drug and alcohol treatment that is most appropriate and beneficial. This assessment will include: how much and how long a client has been using; treatment history; co-occurring mental health issues; family and social supports; financial situation; and general health.

Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment. Residential treatment is a drug and alcohol treatment program that allows clients to fully focus on recovery in a safe, supportive environment with evidence-based therapies. It includes a continuum of care, case management and comprehensive after-care planning.

A Holistic Drug and Alcohol Treatment Approach. Additional services and therapies complement treatment and are designed to help clients establish a healthy, new lifestyle. Those can include: acupuncture; equine, art and music therapy; psychodrama; spa and massage services; exercise and nutrition counseling.

Individualized Drug and Alcohol Treatment. Beachway matches clients with a counselor/case manager who develops a customized treatment plan based on their needs. That includes individual, group and family therapy, along with specialized treatments like REBT, CBT, neurotherapy and others. We combine this with holistic treatments to reinforce healthy, long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Types of Drug and Alcohol Treatment

What type of drug and alcohol treatment program is appropriate and beneficial? At Beachway, we offer a continuum of care that includes detoxification, inpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP), and after-care programs to help clients struggling with addiction to live a sober, healthy life in the community.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Inpatient treatment is a residential program lasting at least 30 days and is covered by most health insurance. (Family Medical Leave—FMLA—may be applicable.) Beachway’s partial-hospitalization (PHP) program is overseen by a masters-level clinical and counseling staff that guides clients through a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) based rehab program, complemented by a range of treatments to support their recovery. It includes:

  • Customized long-term therapy to address addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Individual therapy with a dedicated therapist
  • A range of drug and alcohol treatments
  • A luxury retreat setting so you can reflect and heal
  • 24/7 access to medical care, along with nutrition and health services
  • A transition plan to return home, including outpatient therapy and services that support long-term recovery

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Drug and Alcohol Treatment

For individuals who do not require residential treatment, IOP is an option that offers programs 3 times a week for 3 hours. This allows flexibility for continuing to work and care for family—but may not be an appropriate level of care for many struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. This is why the first step is the professional assessment to determine a client’s drug and alcohol treatment needs.

Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Following the successful completion of inpatient treatment at Beachway—and once an individual is clean and in recovery—the client can be eligible for outpatient therapy to continue treatment. Outpatient therapy can prevent relapses and reinforce positive, healthy behaviors during recovery. It is not an alternative to inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, but instead a critical “next level” of care once in recovery.

Support a Friend or Family Member

Are you trying to help a friend or family member? If someone is a danger to themselves or others in the State of Florida, a court-mandated treatment can be obtained through the Marchman Act, a legal proceeding.

Support a friend or family member struggling with addiction by participating in Twelve Step groups like Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. Programs are free.