Alcoholism often gets referred to as alcohol addiction, alcohol dependence, dipsomania or simply the question of how to stop drinking. Whatever terms people use to describe it, someone entering a rehab in Florida is most likely having a problem with alcohol and needs help to get sober and stay sober.
Alcoholism is recognised by most health professionals as being an illness, although it is sometimes referred to as a disease which can be misleading. It is normally clear to most people who are objective that someone who is an alcoholic is suffering from some type of illness over which they have no control.
The consequences of their drinking, and of the person they have become can be devastating for themselves, their families, work colleagues and any person present in their life.
Rehab in Florida – Alcohol Addiction
The decision to enter a rehab in Florida, sometimes referred to as an alcohol rehab is normally taken as an absolute last resort. There are many reasons for this, as alcoholism is a complex illness, and people’s drinking and emotional patterns can differ widely in many ways.
The nature of alcoholism means that a person who is alcoholic will reach a point where they begin to believe that alcohol is the only thing that is holding them together, in a world in which they feel very scared and a terrified.
It is quite likely that an alcoholic will believe from early on in their drinking that alcohol is the solution to their problems are not the problem itself. This is unlikely to be a conscious belief system, but will underlie much of their rationale and behaviour.
What this means in reality, is that the worse a person’s drinking gets and the worse their behaviour gets the more they will turn to alcohol as being the thing that they need to protect and keep safe.
This will create a huge anomaly in the reality of their lives, and the lives of the people around them. This is often the root cause of someone’s denial of the fact that they are an alcoholic or they had a drink problem.
An alcoholic will normally feel the need to protect alcohol and protect their drinking as this increasingly becomes the only thing that they feel safe with, whatever the reality of their lives may be as a consequence of such a course of action.
Rehab in Florida – Role of a Rehab
Rehabs can vary quite widely in terms of their approach to dealing with alcoholism, their various clinical treatment methods, their clinical programs, their clinical experts and whether or not they are sympathetic to and supportive of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Whatever their clinical facilities or programs, perhaps the most important thing that a rehab should do is provide a safe environment, where an alcoholic and their family can begin the process of unpicking the nature of the illness and how it has affected them.
In many ways this is a lifelong process, but a real start can be made and real progress made if the right approach is taken at the beginning. Much, if not all of a person’s recovery will depend to a large extent on the internal dynamics of the alcoholic themselves.
Much of this relates to a person’s sense of safety or security and how they approach that. A rehab in Florida can play a part by being non-threatening, non-pressuring and trying to allow the alcoholic and their family some space to understand the reality of what is happening.
Alcoholism is a very complex illness, and a rehab needs to have an understanding, in both a corporate sense and by its clinical staff, of the nature of the illness.
In particular a rehab in Florida needs to understand the protective nature of why an alcoholic will deny they have a problem and how to address that in a way that allows the alcoholic to own their reality without feeling threatened by it at the same time.
This is a very difficult tension to hold in many ways. Many rehabs will base their therapeutic approach upon some of the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, and will actively encourage clients in rehab to attend and participate in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
They will also encourage people to attend AA meetings once they have left rehab as being their main source of support in their journey in recovery as they begin the process of building a better way of life.