About Beachway Therapy Center Alcohol Rehab in South Florida

Break Free From the Bonds of Alcoholism

In the United States, over 15 million people suffer from alcohol addiction, and less than 8% of them are getting treatment. Drinking disorders can interfere with a person’s job, relationships, health, and happiness, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever. Beachway Therapy Center offers a comprehensive alcohol rehabilitation program in Florida that provides individualized treatment based on a person’s age, gender, unique circumstances.

When it comes to alcohol dependence, there’s no easy way out. Overcoming alcohol addiction is hard work and requires a lot of inner strength and commitment. But when a person works with a qualified therapist, they’ll have the support needed to regain independence gradually. Beachway’s individualized alcohol treatment program is varied so that, over time, each patient finds a solution that works best for them.

Recovery begins with choosing professional help and understanding that healing cannot happen any other way. Our mental health treatment professionals are highly accessible and work individually with each patient.

What Is Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation?

Alcohol addiction rehabilitation is a slow and involved process that begins when an alcohol abuser chooses to stop drinking, makes a goal to abstain for good, and enters a credible rehabilitation center. Following this decision, the individual will go through detoxification therapy to rid their body of the substance and enter into a rehab program to overcome the challenges of withdrawal.

In alcohol rehab, patients work with professional medical and psychiatric staff to create a strategic plan for maintaining sobriety and preventing relapse in the future. People in alcohol rehab will not only overcome their alcohol abuse, but they’ll also make personal changes that are conducive to lifelong abstinence and that will improve their health in the process.

One of the biggest goals of rehab is to determine the underlying factors and psychiatric disorders behind a person’s alcohol abuse. An overlap of disorders is referred to as dual diagnosis, and at Beachway Therapy Center, we specialize in treatments for these co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. We know that when alcoholism’s cause is identified and eliminated, the reason for the drug or alcohol substance abuse evaporates.

Rehabilitation programs aim to promote continuous abstinence and long-term sobriety. Through extensive therapy and supplemental withdrawal medication, a person can find relief from addiction and fully heal. After rehab treatment, patients are ready to reenter society and continue pursuing relationships as well as professional and educational pursuits with their newfound independence and healthy mindset.

Who Needs Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment?

Alcoholism is easy to self-diagnose. By asking a series of simple questions to decide if drinking has turned into full-blown addiction:

  • Has your drinking habit caused you to lose interest in your hobbies or relationships?
  • Do you find it difficult to stop once you’ve started drinking?
  • Have others commented on your drinking or encouraged you to seek help?
  • Have you experienced withdrawal symptoms after attempting to stop drinking?
  • Have you started drinking in an attempt to mask feelings of anxiety or depression?
  • Are you struggling to obey local laws due to a compulsion to drink excessively?
  • Do you hide your drinking from friends and family members out of shame?
  • Does your alcohol usage cause hallucinations or insomnia?

If a person answers “yes” to any of the above questions, they could benefit greatly from treatment in a rehabilitation facility. Even the slightest loss of control can quickly spiral out of hand; recognizing and treating the problem early will prevent it from negatively affecting a person’s life any further.

Those with a true alcoholism disorder may experience extreme symptoms like seizures and hallucinations when they try to quit. This condition is called delirium tremens, and if experienced, one should seek immediate help from a medical professional.

What Types of Alcohol Rehab Are Available?

Deciding on what treatment approach works best for an individual begins with understanding the different levels of care

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Medical Detoxification

Before a person can make any real progress in their fight against addiction, they must be physically free from alcohol. Medical detox will typically come first in a patient’s treatment plan.  This process is to remove dangerous toxins in preparation for treatment. Due to drug withdrawal symptoms’ dangerous nature, detoxification is carried out in a controlled environment under proper medical supervision.

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Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient alcohol treatment is a little more common than outpatient treatment for serious addictions. It fully immerses patients in a healing environment and has a higher patient success rate. Patients check into a rehab center and will remain there throughout the course of treatment, which can last between one and six months.

Despite its effectiveness, inpatient treatment tends to be more expensive and puts everyday life on hold. However, patients have 24-hour access to medical staff and psychiatric professionals and will be able to focus all their energy on recovering.

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Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization programs usually require full-time attendance from five to seven days a week and may amount to eight hours a day. This level of care is aimed at addressing the issues that caused addiction to alcohol in an environment of constant support and monitoring. PHP level of care is available after completing the detoxification process (when necessary).

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Outpatient Treatment

If a person can intervene on their alcoholism in its early stages, outpatient alcohol rehabilitation may suffice. This kind of rehab does not interrupt a person’s daily life. They will attend therapy sessions for alcohol abuse while still going to school or work each day, participating in regular family life, and remaining involved in other routine activities.

Although outpatient alcohol treatment might be more convenient for a person’s schedule and wallet, it may have a lower success rate and requires some commitment. Unlike inpatient treatment, there is no 24/7 support. However, outpatient treatment will allow individuals to fulfill their work or family obligations.

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After a patient receives treatment, they will have a positive outlook on life and feel refreshed in body and mind. But if an individual goes straight back to their previous life routine without first learning coping skills to maintain abstinence, they aren’t giving themselves the best chance of lasting success. Aftercare is an important next step in treatment; it helps to instill permanent change.

Aftercare is the part of rehab that teaches a person how to adjust to life at home without relapsing. This stage may be ongoing if a person has a deep-rooted commitment to staying sober throughout their life. Aftercare services are available upon returning home and can take the form of  12-step meetings, support groups, community volunteer opportunities, and other such activities that focus one’s mind.

Why Might Your Doctor Recommend Rehab?

Many people have doubts about whether they actually need rehab, but there is a concrete medical basis for rehabilitation programs. The medical community has come to see alcoholism and addiction as a disease. Excessive alcohol consumption rewires neural pathways in the brain and makes the body think it needs to drink, making this habit very difficult to quit “cold turkey.” Simply “thinking positively” and avoiding alcohol isn’t enough to get better.

Just as people with heart disease can’t cure themselves with willful determination, a person can’t overcome alcoholism without professional help, especially with the many behavioral, physical, and psychological symptoms that accompany addiction and withdrawal. Nausea, cravings, blackouts, shakiness, aggression, and self-destructive behavior are only a few of the side-effects that necessitate medical help.

A doctor might diagnose someone with an alcohol use disorder if they feel like they have lost control of their drinking, get frustrated when they can’t drink, or feel like they need to drink to function.

In this case, an individual would benefit from inpatient treatment away from daily triggers and temptations. Although a doctor’s recommendation is not needed to enter rehab, most doctors recommend inpatient rehab for patients who exhibit physical symptoms related to alcoholism.

What to Expect From an
Alcohol Rehab Program

Alcohol addicts may be afraid to seek help for many reasons, but most of the time, it’s due to a fear of the unknown. Not knowing what to expect from a rehab program can be a huge deterrent to recovery. Beachway Therapy Center is very open about the details of our treatment plans. We want all new patients to come prepared knowing what they’re getting into to be motivated to achieve their goal of sobriety and the objectives of inpatient care.

Checking In

A patient’s path to recovery starts as soon as they check-in. Our staff assesses a patient’s current health condition and asks them some in-depth questions about their alcohol use so that we can build a treatment plan. After that, a patient starts the detoxification process to safely and comfortably rid their system of toxins.

Withdrawal Monitoring

The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal tend to be the most extreme during the medical detoxification process. During this time, a patient is susceptible to each of the following, which is why detox should occur in a controlled and highly monitored environment:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Tremors and shakiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Disorientation
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Tremors and shakiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Disorientation
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

The National Library of Medicine reports that these withdrawal symptoms typically set in eight hours after the last drink, but sometimes it takes days to feel the effects. They may appear up to 24 to 72 hours later, and a person will continue to have these symptoms for weeks after. The length of time required for detoxification is unique for each person. Still, with medication and constant support, they will have the relief and help needed to complete this difficult process successfully.

Methods of Care

Once detoxification is complete, patients are ready to enter into any combination of behavioral therapy, family counseling, and medication, depending on the person’s needs.

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Behavioral Therapy

Our behavior-based therapies don’t just resolve the drinking habit. Our accredited and experienced therapists help patients change their habit-causing behaviors through extensive counseling. This type of treatment has been shown to yield a high rate of success.

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Support Groups

Support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-step recovery programs, provide alcohol addicts with the support system they need as they battle addiction and connect them with individuals facing the same problems.

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While medication may not sound like a good idea for someone facing addiction, several non-addictive prescription drugs can prevent relapse. Acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone are examples of these drugs. They reduce withdrawal symptoms and cause adverse effects if you try to drink again, ultimately making alcohol undesirable.

Daily Schedule

Each patient’s daily treatment schedule will be unique to their needs, as our programs are designed around the patient, often taking into account the individual’s age, gender, and unique circumstances. Due to the individualized nature of addiction treatment, schedules will differ each week as individuals work their way through the program. Our trained professionals work closely with patients and their families to decide which methods will best address patient needs.

Our inpatient treatment program is structured and becomes more predictable over time. We keep our patients updated on their schedule and let them know about any changes in advance to know what they can expect each day. A typical day for a patient will consist of counseling, therapy, workshops, and the occasional educational program. On occasion, our program will offer family programs as well. Patients may choose to include holistic healing treatments as part of their individual care program by attending yoga classes, meditation sessions, art therapy classes, and other such activities.

At Beachway Therapy Center, we believe in helping each patient develop healthy habits to make them a happier, more balanced person. A patient’s daily routine in an inpatient treatment facility may vary each day slightly. While some days might involve group counseling, other days will include family therapy and visiting hours. In any case, they can expect to be given lots of time for reflection, meditation, exercise, one-on-one and group therapy, recreation, and sleep. On the days patients don’t meet with their family for counseling, they can call or email their loved ones and update them on their progress.

Family Involvement

Some people fear rehab because they think it means being cut off from their families. This could not be further from the truth. Beachway Therapy Center understands that family involvement is critical to patient healing. Even though treatment occurs outside the home, family members are encouraged to come to counseling sessions alongside the patients. This provides comfort for the patient and teaches family members how to help their loved ones continue in sobriety upon returning home.

Costs and Insurance

The expense of alcohol rehab is another deterrent to recovery, and most people never pursue this option because they assume they won’t be able to afford it. In truth, the cost of rehabilitation programs differ based on what kind of treatments are needed and the length of stay required.

For example, if a person needs inpatient care, they will pay up to $650 per day. The cost will increase if detox is required. Outpatient care costs are calculated every week. Most people can’t afford the out-of-pocket expense, especially considering the loss of income while in treatment. However, before ruling out rehab, it’s a good idea to check with an insurance provider to determine if a subscriber’s benefits can cover some of these services. After all — it’s hard to put a price tag on a happy, healthy, addiction-free future.

The good news is that most health insurance plans will cover a portion of alcohol rehab treatment costs. Most policies offer at least partial coverage. We have insurance specialists on-site to help patients navigate their policies’ details and determine how much they will be responsible for.

An individual might find that they have some wiggle room in their budget to use for rehab now that they aren’t purchasing alcohol every day.

If a person has private insurance, they can check with their carrier to determine which addiction treatments are covered and which levels of care are restricted. Employer-provided health insurance sometimes provides short-term disability coverage and family medical leave (FMLA) to secure employment for those who take a leave of absence from their jobs for treatment. Private plans through an employer tend to have the most comprehensive coverage, but this usually means that a plan will have higher premiums, which are the subscriber’s responsibility.

When considering options,  recognize that health is not a wasteful expense. In fact, it’s an investment in a person’s future; putting some money into regaining health pays off in the long run, as an individual discovers their inner strength and learns skills to help them succeed in all of life’s pursuits. With newfound strength, patients can get back to building the life they’ve always wanted for themselves and their families.

How Can Alcohol Rehab
Benefit Your Life?

Addiction treatment is costly, but it comes with more benefits than you may realize. Addiction, a scientific journal, conducted a study on a group of people who received professional rehabilitation care for alcohol addiction, and also on a group of people who didn’t. They found that, three years later, those who were treated professionally had stayed sober with greater ease than those who never turned to professionals for help. You’ll find that the costs associated with care will be worth it for the sake of your lifelong health. In rehab, you will benefit from:

  • A safe place to recover
  • Alcohol-specific detoxification help
  • A treatment program that changes as you learn
  • Wellness coaching for your body, mind, and spirit
  • Support from your peers
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Familial involvement
  • An aftercare program
  • Support from rehab alumni
  • Lasting change

How Can Beachway Therapy Center Help?

Beachway Therapy Center exists to help people abandon destructive habits and learn coping mechanisms for lifelong change. We don’t believe in slapping a bandage on the problem to keep our patients returning for alcohol treatments time and time again; we tackle alcoholism at its core, enabling patients to move forward.

Our clinic specializes in effective, evidence-based addiction treatment programs tailored to each patient, and we’re confident that full recovery is possible for you. From up-to-date clinical therapies and holistic treatments to top-notch medical care and family-based approaches, we have all the tools you need to succeed and stay sober for life.

*Content provided by Elizabeth Ossip, MSW, LCSW for Beachway Therapy Center

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