Florida Alcoholism Treatment CenterFor centuries, people have consumed alcohol for personal needs and to celebrate with others. In small doses, alcoholic drinks provide a mild depressant on the nervous system.

People have found this to be relaxing. Shyness evaporates and conversation with another person is not as scary.

Unfortunately, some people discover they need the alcohol to function and cannot stop using it. Alcohol abuse happens when someone starts depending on drinking to get through the day.

Alcoholism is called a disease because of its effect on the body and the mind. Actual physical changes occur making it harder to not drink.

The drug has an affinity for the brain; physical coordination and judgment abilities can become less reliable with a swallow of alcohol.

Long term problems can develop such as liver and brain damage. The more an alcoholic drinks the more the brain depends on it to find pleasure and relaxation. This is a disease that some people can get from drinking while others manage to drink and be okay.

When a person becomes addicted to alcohol the symptoms can be subtle. The person can still function, hold a job for instance, and still need that drink to get them through the day.

Meanwhile, another person can take one drink and wind up in a stupor. People are different and their reactions to drinking are dependent on their personalities and their body’s ability to handle the drug.

For people who are concerned if they or someone they love has this affliction, look for certain behaviors. A person with this dependence develops a tolerance to their beer or wine.

At one time, one beer was enough, then two, and then there isn’t enough beer to satisfy their thirst. Another symptom is when he or she needs a sip of liquor to get through the day. Like a junkie, a person will go to great lengths to make sure they have access to the alcohol.

Hiding the six-pack in their car or going out of their way to have that drink. The more serious symptoms are the blackouts and evidence of withdrawals when they haven’t drank in a while.

An alcoholic is not necessarily falling down or living on the street. The damage of excessive dependency can still exist in a responsible man or woman.

Damage can be found in lost contact with love ones because of the barrier created by this habit, as well as the increased incidences of liver damage and diabetes. The actual symptoms are not necessarily obvious but the damage is still there.

Eventually, for some, an awakening occurs. The realization of a problem happens because family and friends confront them or leave. Others realize because they are starting to develop chronic illnesses associated with alcoholism.

Whatever the reason, leaving this dependency can be a challenging experience. Most who try to overcome their addiction by themselves do not succeed. Alcoholism is an afflicition of the body but it is also creates destructive habits and for many, profound feelings of isolation.

Recovery ProgramsThe Twelve Step programs were one of the first to recognize and address the isolation with guidance and support from other alcoholics. Treatment centers have grown with twelve step programs for their modal of healing while others use other approaches.

One thing the rehab programs have in common is that at some point the alcoholic has to realize that he or she needs help in their recovery process.

The alcoholic’s obsession with drinking often has created physical and mental dependencies needing to be addressed by people with experience. Many a rehab center has been built to take advantage of the natural environment and its healing properties.

Localities like Florida (and other “warm and sunny” states like Arizona, Hawaii and California) provide soothing environments for the people struggling with their addictions. One does not necessarily need a facility by an ocean to find peace and support in the journey of recovery, though many find an environment helpful in some ways when they have that option.

Alcohol has been with us for as long as we have been consuming fermented foods. People with this addiction can find help by first acknowledging they need help then reaching out to a treatment program provided by people who understand and care.