As alcohol is such an enormous part of our culture, it can be very challenging to understand when drinking has crossed the line from casual to toxic. Alcoholism is a long-term, progressive disease in which an individual has an established pattern of excessive drinking despite the negative consequences that alcohol causes in his or her life. Virtually no part of an alcoholic’s life is unharmed by this problem drinking, often leaving the individual scared and alone, unable to live with or without alcohol.
Individuals who drink alcohol excessively become physically dependent upon the substance and if they attempt to curb their drinking, they experience unpleasant and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. When an individual becomes psychologically addicted to alcohol and uses it as a crutch for coping with a stressful day or life’s challenges, the addiction takes on a whole new dimension.
Many people who engage in problem drinking also abuse other substances, making the alcohol use even more dangerous. Some choose to mix alcohol with other downers, such as benzodiazepines or opioid narcotics in order to intensify feelings of intoxication. As all downers cause some form of respiratory depression, this combination can lead to coma or death. Others choose to mix alcohol with stimulants such as methamphetamine or crack as an attempt to negate the negative side effects of stimulant abuse. The mixture of uppers and downers can lead to cardiovascular complications, such as heart attack or stroke.
Alcoholism is a deadly and common disease – 10% of women in the U.S. and 20% of men have been affected by alcohol abuse. With proper treatment and effective rehab, alcoholism can be properly managed. Don’t let alcohol ruin your life – call Park Royal and let us put some color back into your world.
Why You Should Seek Inpatient Rehab for Alcoholism at Park Royal Hospital
Located in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida, Park Royal Hospital offers the highest level of alcoholism care in our state-of-the-art facility. We’ve helped many men and women just like you put down the bottle and start life anew. We pride ourselves in our multidisciplinary team approach to addiction recovery. When you come to us for help, you’ll know you’ve come home.
Alcoholism is a progressive disorder, meaning that without treatment, it will likely worsen over time. The sooner you can get help for alcoholism, the sooner you can begin to heal. Alcoholism doesn’t only produce negative effects on the interpersonal lives of those addicted, but also on their health. If left untreated, chronic abuse of alcohol can lead to damage to nearly every organ system in the body. At Park Royal, our medical staff can help to heal the damage done by alcohol, while our therapists can help to heal the damage done to your world.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Park Royal is known as a leading behavioral health center that provides a standard of excellence in mental health services. Adults and seniors who have trouble dealing with the challenges of daily life can receive life-changing care from the dedicated staff at Park Royal. We want you to feel hopeful once again about your future and to know that life can get better. Here at Park Royal you can find the perfect environment for you to begin the healing process.
When you come to us for treatment you will be met with nothing but dignity and respect. You will not be looked down on simply because you are having a difficult time controlling your addiction to alcohol. We will take all the time necessary to learn everything about you that will aid in your recovery process. By learning more about you than just the presenting symptoms, we can create the perfect treatment plan for you and also treat you as a whole individual. We do not believe in simply treating symptoms, but believe instead in healing the whole you.
Treatment Approaches for Alcohol Addiction at Park Royal Hospital
Addiction treatment at Park Royal has been shown to help many individuals who are struggling to stay sober. Our multi-disciplinary teams, made up of psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, primary care physicians, physical therapists, and around the clock nurses, all work together to provide you with the most up-to-date and effective treatment possible. We will do everything in our power to get you to realize that you have a bright future ahead of you and that alcohol does not have to destroy your goals.
As soon as you walk through our doors you will be greeted by friendly staff members who will begin treatment with a thorough physical and medical examination. This exam is used to determine all of your specific treatment needs. Additionally, this exam will help us determine the extent to which you are dependent on alcohol and if any additional disorders may be present.
If the assessment determines that you are physically dependent on alcohol then you will need to go through our detoxification program before you can begin any other treatment. Detox is done under the close supervision of our medical staff, and will remove all toxins from your system as quickly and safely as possible.. Once detox has been completed, you are ready to begin your recovery journey.
Medication may be used at the beginning to manage the symptoms of withdrawal, and will then be slowly tapered down as you develop more coping skills. Other people may need to stay on long-term medication management for the treatment of other co-occurring disorders.
Our main treatment approach for our treatment programs is to provide effective recovery strategies through multiple group therapy sessions. Group therapy has shown to be an effective treatment approach for those who are dealing with substance abuse problems. Group sessions allow individuals to connect with one another and work together to learn how to cope with the outside world and identify triggers that may lead to relapse. We offer both process-based and psycho-educational groups.
Individual therapy is useful for times when individuals may have deeper issues that need more attention to resolve than the time allotted in groups. One-on-one time with a therapist allows individuals to dig deeper into issues that may have led to the development of alcohol addiction and can also address additional patient concerns.
Your addiction has not only left you in a state where you are facing negative consequences, but has had adverse effects on your family as well. Family sessions are designed to help you and your family reestablish lost connections and allow the time to share how the addiction has impacted their lives. We will also help to education your family about addiction and the treatment process.
Additional program options will be available and may include some of the following:
- Occupational therapy
- Structured activities
- Physical therapy
- Leisure time
- Recreational programs
- A.A. and N.A.
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
In addition to the wonderful treatment team, Park Royal employs a number of discharge planners that are there to make your transfer to the next step in your recovery as seamless as possible. Upon completion of your inpatient treatment program, an aftercare plan will have already been established. We understand that transitioning to a new program can be distressing, so we will do everything we can to make you as prepared and comfortable as possible.
Upon discharge from inpatient treatment, some patients are at the point where they are ready to return home. If that is the case, then we will make sure to set up referrals for outpatient therapists and community support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. If you still need more of a structured environment we offer a few Intensive Outpatient Programs here at Park Royal. Our inpatient programs are for individuals who no longer need 24-hour care, but can still benefit from more intensive care. These programs offer group sessions, individual therapy, and educational programs. All therapies will look to improve mood, socialization skills, support systems, and relationships. This program provides therapeutic activities for 3 hours a day in addition to individualized treatment regimens.