A person who depends on alcohol in order to feel normal has developed a chemical dependency. Long-term, heavy drinking causes changes in the brain’s chemistry that cause people to become physically dependent on alcohol. Although alcohol destroys people’s lives, it is incredibly difficult, and unsafe, for an alcoholic to stop drinking on their own. Having a supportive network that understands the nature of substance use disorder is essential in helping people get sober. Harmony Hills is home to an inclusive sober network.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
If you or a loved one shows symptoms of alcoholism, seeking treatment can save your life. Alcoholics are often aware of the consequences of their drinking, but stopping drinking is difficult to do. At Harmony Hills, we offer the tools, people, and network of support proven to help people take their lives back from alcoholism. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are painful, dangerous, and potentially deadly when attempted in isolation. The best option for overcoming alcoholism is to seek help from a rehab center. At Harmony Hills, we offer addiction treatment programs, including:
- Safe medical alcohol detox program
- Treatment for co-occurring alcoholism and mental illness
- Mental health treatment programs
Uncontrolled Drinking Despite Consequences
We know that regular, heavy drinking and frequent alcohol intoxication substantially increases the risk of social, medical, and psychological problems. Alcoholism is characterized by a destructive, uncontrolled dependence on alcohol regardless of the negative consequences. Like many other health problems, alcoholism is more comfortable to treat when detected early, but many alcohol-dependent people go to great lengths to hide their dependence. These are some of the earliest signs of alcoholism:
- Avoiding events that don’t involve drinking
- Drinking when you shouldn’t
- Driving while intoxicated
- Hiding alcohol
- Injuries involving alcohol
- Avoiding people who don’t drink
- Sexual dysfunction
- Comparing your drinking to others’
Alcoholism and Mental Health Treatment in Florida
People often turn to alcohol to cope with co-occurring mental health concerns. Without access to a residential treatment program, an alcohol-dependent person will drink to avoid facing the consequences of their drinking. Rather than understanding that they have an illness, many alcoholics have internalized cultural and family narratives that portray alcoholics as lazy, weak, and shameful. Alcohol addiction treatment in Florida can bring families together in order to help people stay sober. Our goal at Harmony Hills is to help people get sober before the consequences of alcoholism really take effect. Excessive alcohol use has severe short- and long-term mental health concerns.
If you often find yourself focusing on other people’s unhealthy habits instead of attempting to fix your own, this may be a sign of projection. Many people feel embarrassed that they are unable to control their drinking, so it is easier to focus on someone else’s drinking or drug use. If alcohol causes significant problems in your life but you continue drinking, your life is going to get worse. It may seem unfair that others can drink socially without consequences, but life isn’t fair. Your real friends will still love you if you quit drinking. And your significant other(s) who left because of your drinking will be more likely to reenter your life if you’re sober. If you’re an alcoholic, drinking will either kill you or rob you of the life you deserve having.
Reach Out to Harmony Hills Today
If caring, well-meaning people tell you they’re worried about your drinking, there is probably a good reason. Chances are you know that already. Many people start drinking in order to loosen up and make friends, but the later stages of alcoholism are lonely and desolate. Alcoholism is a disease that needs to be treated by professionals. At Harmony Hills, we can help. Contact us by calling 855.494.0357 to begin your journey to recovery today.