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Many people ask if alcoholism is ever fully healed. You hear on television or read on the web that alcoholism is a lifelong disease. So is there a cure? Alcoholism is a lifelong struggle, yes. But with treatment at an alcohol rehab, you can experience the healing that you need to live free of addiction.
Your brain produces feel-good chemicals when you drink alcohol. This chemical surge makes you feel rewarded. It also makes you drink more, until you feel sedated and content. This is how addiction begins.
By the time addiction sets in, your brain is dependent on alcohol for normal daily functioning. Your brain is able to adjust to your lifestyle when you overuse alcohol and can rewire itself to function after detox. However, even in sobriety, your brain does not forget alcohol. This amazing organ has become chemically conditioned to the substance, almost weak to the lure of drinking. It will never forget the reward experienced early in drinking–the reward it keeps chasing in addiction.
Just as you feel rewarded by your brain for drinking, you are also punished when you do not drink. This punishment is withdrawal. Your body needs alcohol to function normally.
A quality detox will help you comfortably get through withdrawal, just as an accredited alcohol rehab is your best choice for continuing long-lasting recovery. Your rehab program must include a wide array of therapies and other aspects of treatment in order to help you gain strong recovery. Alcoholism will never go completely away, but enough healing is possible for a productive, happy and fulfilling life.
Although your brain will never completely erase your alcoholism and its cravings, you can relearn how to live without drinking. That is the big “trick” for healing from alcohol abuse. You have to get healthy and practice what you learn in alcohol rehab. Taking shortcuts to quick recovery or not using what you learn in a treatment program will only lead to relapse.
Some people leave alcohol rehab and never touch a drink again. Others have an up and down journey through recovery. They may be sober for a period of time following rehab, only to suffer a relapse. They get back into healthy sobriety and may relapse again, repeating the cycle. But there is no perfection in healing alcoholism, only getting the tools you need for your best chance of sobriety and using those for recovery.
In reality, there are no magic cures for alcoholism. But in rehab, you do gain a broad array of tools and skills you need for healthy recovery. In essence, you gain what you need to have a real shot at staying sober for the rest of your life. It is up to you to put those tools to work.
Along with addiction treatment professionals, you choose your alcohol rehab program based on what suits your unique needs. An accredited facility meets individual needs best. Being accredited means that the rehab has been closely inspected and audited to ensure it provides clients with the best chance for lasting recovery. Even past clients participate in the accreditation, providing their input about whether the program has worked for them.
In an accredited program you can expect to go through individual counseling, family therapy, group therapy and other types of therapy designed for rebuilding your life. In these therapies, you gain life skills, coping skills, knowledge about addiction and awareness of how your addiction affects your life and those around you.
Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida is an accredited alcohol recovery center offering specialized programs for alcohol recovery. These include residential, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs.
Therapies are diverse and engaging at Beaches. You are able to experience new things, learn how to be social in healthy ways, and gain coping and relapse prevention skills while doing things you enjoy. These holistic therapies include:
At Beaches, you may even leave rehab with support in your home community through our aftercare program. Of course, if you need more time before living independently, you can also opt for Beaches’ sober living program after rehab.
If you are ready to stop being led by your alcoholism, let Beaches Recovery help you take control of your life. Call Beaches Recovery at 866-605-0532 to start our journey to that new life.