Many people drink to socialize or relax. However, alcoholism is a serious, progressive disease that gets worse over time. Some believe alcohol is harmless because it is legal – in reality, addiction to this substance is extremely common and can jeopardize your health, employment, and relationships. At The Augustine, we provide a holistic, transformative treatment experience for people trapped in the cycle of alcohol addiction.
Alcohol-related problems — which result from drinking too much, too fast, or too often — are among the most significant public health issues in the United States.
Many people struggle with controlling their drinking at some time in their lives. Approximately 17 million adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) and 1 in 10 children live in a home with a parent who has a drinking problem.
Alcohol begins to affect your body from the moment you take the first sip. Within ten minutes, you may already see the immediate effects of this substance. They often include a lack of inhibition, confusion, memory problems, slurred speech, difficulty concentration, and motor impairment. In high amounts, it is possible to experience a coma, breathing problems, and even death.
There are other immediate consequences of drinking. Specifically, you are more likely to be injured due to risky or violent behavior, or to be the victim of a car crash. Suicide and homicide are also correlated with alcohol intake.
Over the long term, alcohol use disorder can have significant health effects. Heart problems like cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, stroke, and high blood pressure may develop. Heavy drinking also impacts the liver, leading to steatosis (fatty liver), alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. Drinking weakens your immune system and can increase the likelihood of several types of cancer.
For these reasons, it is crucial to identify alcohol abuse as early as possible, so treatment can begin.
A person’s alcohol problem can be plotted on a spectrum – it may be mild or severe. This disease is progressive, which means that it won’t resolve over time. In reality, a person’s addiction normally worsens as the years go on. Identifying the symptoms of alcoholism can be helpful in convincing your loved one that it’s time to seek professional help.
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At The Augustine, we have created a haven for recovery. Our proven approach helps you to identify trauma, emotional difficulties, relationship issues, and other factors which have contributed to your substance use. Our staff members will then help you to process, address, and overcome these dynamics for lifelong sobriety.
We believe that everyone can (and does) recover, which is why we have built a program specifically for men seeking a transformative experience. Our individualized treatment plans use approaches proven to help men learn to experience their emotions and develop the tools to recover from alcohol dependency. Specific examples include:
If you’re ready to face your addiction to alcohol, or if you have questions about alcohol addiction for a loved one, give us a call at (904) 293-2316. You can speak directly to one of our alcohol treatment specialists and learn more about our facility, our professional staff, alcohol treatment options, insurance, and more.
Our son recently completed the recovery program at The Augustine and we can’t say enough about the staff and the great recovery work that is going on there. Jason and Lauren Chane have put into place all the best pieces of the puzzle that they have discovered during their many years of working with other recovery/treatment facilities, and they have brought the most talented and caring people that we could have hoped for in helping our son find a new way of living–free of substance use and abuse.
If you are considering a treatment center for yourself or a loved one, you cannot go wrong here. Their client work with past trauma and other underlying causes is amazing, and the therapists actually enjoy their jobs and feel lucky to be working where they are. We participated in 3 family weekend programs and each one was better than the previous one.
A unique aspect to their program is that it’s a 90 day rather than the more typical 30 day format…which allows more time for the deeper work that they do to be accomplished and for the residents to work all the way through the 12 Steps, along with a great deal of other therapeutic activities. No stone is left unturned.
All the guys we met (28 maximum residents) seemed to adjust well and they enjoyed time together on the weekends surfing and/or relaxing at the nearby beach.
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