Dania Beach, Florida, was Broward County’s first city, and it’s one that makes most people feel like they are in “Old Florida.” From its rustic beaches to the old-fashioned ice cream parlor, Dania Beach permeates the feeling of the “good ol’ days” of yesteryear. However, the city, like many others in the county, is grappling with a growing alcohol misuse and abuse problem.
Broward County, the county in which Dania Beach is located, reported in 2016 that alcohol was the main drug of abuse indicated by people who entered addiction treatment centers. About 25 percent of all patients said alcohol was their primary substance of abuse.
Excessive and binge drinking are common substance abuse issues in Florida’s counties and cities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive drinking is defined as “binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any alcohol use by pregnant women or anyone younger than 21.” Men who consume more than five drinks, and women who consume more than four drinks in a two-hour period are binge drinking.
Binge drinking is a common activity when alone or with a group of friends. It does, however, cause problems for those who are drinking too much and the people in their lives. Binge drinking can result in verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, violence, and drunk-driving arrests and accidents.
It also harms the body, and the damage could be permanent. High blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks are quite possible. Excessive drinking can also cause heart and liver damage, and also result in alcohol poisoning, which can be deadly. Alcohol use disorder, also known as alcoholism, can result from constant excessive drinking.
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When someone drinks to the point of excess while ignoring the consequences of it, or feels alcohol-related withdrawal symptoms when not drinking, it is considered alcohol use disorder (AUD), which is also known as alcoholism.
Alcohol rehab is the smart option for someone wanting to end their addiction to the country’s only legal substance of abuse.
A 2018 report from Florida Medical Examiners found that the most frequently found drug in decedents was ethyl alcohol. The same report documents that alcohol was also found in decedents who had taken other substances, such as opioids or benzodiazepines.
Those who mix alcohol and other drugs more than likely do it to feel enhanced effects of either the drugs or alcohol. An alcohol and drug combination can be dangerous and possibly result in overconsumption, which could lead to a fatality. It is not unusual for an accidental overdose to occur when these substances are taken at the same time.
Florida is long-known as a destination place for addiction treatment. Not many can pass up the warm, balmy weather, palm trees, beaches, and comfortable treatment centers. Arete Recovery is one such homelike facility offering professional and accredited alcohol rehab for residents and visitors alike.
Comfortable treatment facilities provide clients with a safe place to detox and undergo effective addiction therapies. At Arete, people can overcome alcohol addiction and learn new techniques to battle triggers that can lead to a relapse.
Alcohol rehab and substance abuse treatment is different from the people who enter treatment. Therapies are tailored to the individual and work on a stepped program toward freedom from addiction. Inpatient and outpatient options are available depending on the severity of the addiction.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that effective treatment for a substance use disorder should last at least 90 days. An assessment is taken upon entering a treatment facility, which will determine which level of care will be most beneficial.
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