Alcohol Rehab Tampa

Alcohol Abuse Among Teens in Florida

In 2014 the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS) surveyed over 65,000 students all across the state. The students’ ages ranged from grades 6-12. The survey reported a dramatic reduction in alcohol use during a ten-year period. Between 2004-2014, alcohol abuse in the past 30 days declined by nearly 12%, while binge drinking dropped by 7% (binge drinking is defined as consuming 5 or more glasses of alcohol at a time.)

The survey also found that overall alcohol has dropped, but high-risk drinking behavior is still commonplace in Florida. Included among this statistic is that nearly one in five high school students reported to have blacked out after drinking. Additionally, one in five high schoolers reported riding in a car with someone who was drinking.

Alcohol Addiction and Rehab

Alcohol addiction is a disease, a nationwide epidemic that has millions in the clutches of its deadly grip. The consequences of alcohol addiction are psychological, emotional, physical, social and even fiscal as it can impair a person’s ability to function in the workplace. All of these issues are addressed, and are typically resolved through rehabilitation, or rehab. Rehab enables an alcohol abuser to rid their body of alcohol, and then provides them with the tools and coping mechanisms they need to achieve long term sobriety. However, alcoholics should always remember that recovery is a life-long battle.

Causes of Alcohol Addiction

It’s vital for alcohol abusers to recognize the internal conflicts and external circumstances that fuel their abuse. Licensed therapists at rehab centers address all those issues and create a treatment plan that employs a variety of therapies and methods to help the alcohol addict onto a path of recovery.

Effects of Alcohol On the Body

Alcohol not only affects the physical body, such as the liver and kidneys, but it also has an adverse effect on the mind, creating psychological and physiological disorders. Bodily effects of alcohol abuse include cirrhosis, steatosis, alcoholic hepatitis and fibrosis. The pancreas is also at risk from alcohol poisoning, and alcohol can cause cancer of the esophagus and throat. Alcohol may attack the immune system, leaving the body vulnerable to diseases like tuberculosis and pneumonia.

The psychological damage resulting from alcohol abuse may include motor impairment, lowered inhibitions, psychosis and general confusion. Many of these consequences can be long lasting and permanent. This permanent damage to the brain is referred to as “wet brain.”

Alcohol and benzodiazepines (benzos) are the two substances that when abused can lead to lethal withdrawals. When an alcohol addict abruptly stops using, they can go into shock, which can result in seizures and ultimately death. Entering a medically managed detoxification facility is the best way an alcohol or benzo abuser can ensure the withdrawals aren’t deadly.

Getting Help for Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol and benzo abusers need to take precaution if they stop use on their own. They need to receive professional help. For these reasons, it is recommended that alcoholics seek help as soon as possible.

If you are an alcoholic needing help, but don’t know what to do, give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions, and help you get the help you need. Our methods are based on compassion, care, love and support. Don’t worry about humiliation or embarrassment. In fact, many of our intake specialists who you speak to are also recovering addicts. They have been where you are right now.

Give us a call today and find the help you need in Tampa, Florida! (813) 722-0918