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, addiction length, and addiction severity.

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 you work with our qualified medical staff in Florida, you’ll have the support you need to gradually regain your independence. Our involved alcohol treatments at Beachway Therapy Center are varied so that, over time, you’ll find a solution that works best for you.

Whether you or a loved one is struggling with the daily battle of alcohol addiction, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Recovery begins with choosing professional help and understanding that healing cannot happen any other way. Our Florida mental health experts are highly accessible to you at all times and encourage you as you embark on the path to recovery. Learn more about what alcohol rehab is and what it can do for you or your family member below.

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. Ask yourself a series of simple questions to decide if your occasional drinking has turned into full-blown addiction:

  • Do you crave alcohol and find it difficult to stop once you’ve started drinking?
  • Has your drinking habit caused you to lose interest in your hobbies or relationships?
  • 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 you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you 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 your life or your loved ones 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 you have it, you should get immediate help from a medical professional in a rehab center. They can help you safely and properly detox.

What Types of Alcohol Rehab Are Available?

As you look into the alcohol addiction treatments available to you or your loved one in Florida, you will quickly come to find that there are many different types. You won’t be left alone to decide on a treatment. Your doctor or addiction counselor will be by your side to discuss options with you and help you make a decision about which course of action is right for you.

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Medical Detoxification

Before you can make any real progress in your fight against addiction, you must be completely sober. Medical detox will typically come first in your treatment, to clear your body and mind in preparation for your treatment. Due to the dangerous nature of drug withdrawal symptoms, detoxification is carried out in a controlled environment under proper medical supervision.

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Outpatient Treatment

If you’re able to address your alcoholism in its early stages, outpatient alcohol rehabilitation may suffice for your circumstances. This kind of rehab allows you to continue with daily life. You’ll attend therapy sessions for mild addiction while still going to school or work each day, taking care of your family, and participating in other routine activities.

Although outpatient alcohol treatment might be more convenient for your schedule and your wallet, it has a lower rate of success and usually takes longer to complete. You won’t get the 24/7 support that you’d receive through inpatient treatment, and since you’re only there for half the day, it takes twice as long. However, if you have a family that depends on you, outpatient treatment will allow you to fulfill your responsibilities at home.

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Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient alcohol treatment is a little more common than outpatient treatment among those with serious addictions. It fully immerses patients in a healing environment and has a higher rate of patient success. 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 your everyday life on hold. However, you’ll have 24-hour access to medical staff and psychiatric professionals and will be able to focus all your 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 last up to eight hours per session. The purpose of this treatment is to address the issues that caused your addiction to alcohol in an environment of constant support and monitoring. This kind of care is available after completing the detoxification process.

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After you’ve received treatment, you will have a positive outlook on life and feel refreshed in body and mind. But if you go straight back to the factors of normal life that caused your alcohol abuse without first learning coping skills to maintain your abstinence, you aren’t giving yourself the best chance of lasting success. Aftercare is an important next step in your treatment that helps to instill permanent change.

Aftercare is the part of rehab that teaches you how to adjust to life at home without relapsing. This stage doesn’t ever truly end if you have a deep-rooted commitment to staying sober throughout your life. Aftercare services are available upon returning home and can take the form of ongoing 12-step meetings, support groups, community volunteer opportunities, and other such activities that keep your mind focused on sober living.

Why Might Your Doctor Recommend Rehab?

Many people have doubts about whether or not they actually need rehab, but there is a concrete medical basis for rehabilitation programs. Doctors consider alcohol abuse disorders to be a form of brain 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 trying to avoid alcohol isn’t enough to get better.

Just as people with heart disease can’t cure themselves with happy thoughts, you 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 you with an alcohol-use disorder if you feel like you have lost control of your drinking, if you get frustrated when you can’t drink, or when you feel like you need to drink in order to function.

In this case, you would highly benefit from inpatient treatment away from daily triggers and temptations. Although you don’t need a doctor’s recommendation to enter rehab, you will be strongly urged by your doctor to go if he or she discovers symptoms of addiction during your routine visit.

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 so that they are motivated to achieve their goal of sobriety and the objectives of inpatient care.

Checking In

Your road to recovery starts as soon as you check in. Our staff will assess your current health condition and ask you some in-depth questions about your addiction so that we can build a treatment plan specifically for you. After that, you will start the detoxification process to rid your system of toxins and train your body to function properly without needing alcohol.

Withdrawal Monitoring

The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal tend to be the most extreme during the medical detoxification process. During this time, you are 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 your last drink, but sometimes it takes days to feel the effects. They may set in up to 24 to 72 hours later, and you will continue to have these symptoms for weeks after. The length of time required for detoxification is unique for each person, but with medication and constant support, you will have the relief and help you need to successfully complete this difficult process.

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 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 connects them with individuals facing the same problems.

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While medication may not sound like a good idea for someone facing addiction, there are several non-addictive prescription drugs that 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. Our medical staff may use any of these medications to supplement your counseling.

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 culture. Due to the progressive 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 so they know what they can expect each day. A day in the life of our treatment program will consist of counseling, therapy, workshops, and the occasional educational program. On occasion, family programs will be offered as well. Patients may choose to include holistic healing treatments as part of their individual care program by coming to yoga class, meditation sessions, art therapy classes, and other such activities.

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

Family Involvement

Some people fear rehab because they think it means being cut off from their family. This could not be further from the truth. Beachway Therapy Center understands that family involvement is critical to patient healing. Even though treatment takes place outside the home, family members are encouraged to come to counseling sessions alongside the patients. This not only provides comfort for the patient, but it also teaches family members how to best help their loved one 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 how long you end up needing to stay in rehab.

For example, if you need inpatient care and medical detoxification, you will pay up to $650 per day. That cost goes up if you require partial hospitalization. Outpatient care costs roughly $200 to $350 per day. Most people can’t afford this out-of-pocket expense, especially considering the loss of income while in treatment. Before ruling out rehab, however, it’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider to find out if your 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 the costs of alcohol rehab treatment. Most policies offer at least partial coverage. The Beachway rehab center has insurance specialists on-site to help patients navigate the details of their policies and determine how

much of the costs will be the patient’s responsibility. You might find that you have some wiggle room in your budget to use for rehab now that you aren’t purchasing alcohol every day.

If you have private insurance, you can check with your carrier to find out which addiction treatments are covered. 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 your plan will have higher premiums, which are your responsibility.

As you consider your options, you should recognize that your health is not a wasteful expense. In fact, it’s an investment in your future; putting some money into regaining your health pays off in the long run, as you discover your inner strength and learn skills to help you succeed in all of your life pursuits. With your newfound strength, you can get back to building the life you’ve always wanted for yourself and your family.

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 you coming back for alcohol treatments time and time again; we uproot your alcoholism from the source, enabling you 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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