Tamarac is a lovely city in Broward County located just west of Fort Lauderdale proper. The city has an approximate population of 61,000 that continues to grow with an influx of retirees and working families. It also has been seeing a rise in the number of people who have alcohol-related problems.
The city, with its plentiful golf courses and clubhouses, entertainment complexes, bars and restaurants, and other gathering spots where alcohol is served, is centrally located and near top-rated alcohol rehab facilities, such as Arete Recovery.
Statistics from Broward County relay how serious alcohol addiction is in the area. Data show that more than a quarter of the people who were admitted to addiction treatment stated alcohol as their main drug in 2016. About 2,000 people aged 18 and older said that alcohol was their top drug of abuse when entering alcohol addiction treatment in 2016. Another sobering fact was that there were 1,720 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in the same year.
Excessive and binge drinking is a stubborn issue in Tamarac and Broward County. But what constitutes excessive and binge drinking?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines excessive drinking as heavy or binge drinking of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21, pregnant women, or when a man has more than five drinks in a short time, or a woman drinks more than four drinks in a short time — usually two hours.
What most people do not realize is that when they stop drinking suddenly, they will feel the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, which are not pleasant and could become fatal. When these symptoms are felt, it is a sign that the person has alcohol use disorder (AUD).
Alcohol rehab is the safest option to become free from AUD. This kind of rehab might be the only choice if someone is drinking heavily and abusing prescription medicine.
Many people take prescription and illicit drugs with alcohol. Those who drink and take drugs usually do it so that they can feel the enhanced effects of the drug or alcohol quicker. The most common drugs used with alcohol are opioids and benzodiazepines.
Alcohol mixed with drugs is a dangerous combination. Combining the two can result in overconsumption, which can be fatal. An accidental overdose could occur and might be deadly.
Many people choose to come to Florida for addiction treatment. The state’s usually sunny weather, coupled with its tropical environment, tends to help people relax and feel more at ease. The comfortable settings in addiction treatment facilities are another reason why Florida is a top spot to start on the road to addiction recovery, as is the strong support community.
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Addiction is a chronic and treatable disease of the brain that requires tailored solutions to treat it. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that treatment is effective when it is readily available, treats the whole person, and not just the disorder. It should also last at least 90 days to be truly effective. Arete Recovery is a South Florida treatment center that specializes in alcohol rehab.
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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (n.d.) Alcohol Use Disorder. Retrieved from https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders
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