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Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States and around the world. Millions of Americans struggle with drug and alcohol addiction every day, which is why the team at Balboa Horizons has committed their careers to helping people recover from their addiction in a safe, supporting environment.

Effects & Abuse of Alcohol

Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and slows many physical and mental body processes. It is often enjoyed in social settings since it reduces feelings of anxiety and stress.

It is often hard to discern between alcohol use and abuse because alcohol is legal and widely accepted in society. A large number of alcoholics are “high-functioning alcoholics,” meaning that they can work and perform most basic life functions without their alcoholism interfering. Alcohol use and abuse is often seen in conjunction with the use and abuse of other substances.

Addiction Statistics

Symptoms & Warning Signs

  • Using alcohol to relax
  • Binge drinking
  • Continuing to drink when others have stopped
  • Passing out
  • Drinking alone
  • Needing alcohol to cope with life
  • Participating in dangerous behaviors while drinking
  • Becoming angry when confronted about drinking

Withdrawal & Detox

The effects of alcohol withdrawal and detox can be wide ranging depending on the level of addiction. The most common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are depression, fatigue, shakiness, anxiety, nausea, fever, headache, nightmares, and irritability.

The most severe form of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens. The tremors, hallucinations, heart problems, and seizures that can be caused by delirium tremens can be life threatening. Alcohol detox, especially for long-term alcoholics, can be very dangerous and should be done under medical supervision. Balboa Horizons is fully equipped to provide medically assisted detox, and every step of the following treatment.

Treatment & Rehab

Going through withdrawal and detox are the first steps in treating alcoholism. Treatment can be done through a variety of methods, depending on the level of personal commitment and self control of the client in question. After initial treatment, people recovering from alcohol abuse are encouraged to continue attending therapy or support groups wherever they call home, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Ongoing therapy and support groups are essential to discovering and repairing the underlying causes of the addiction.

Therapeutic Methods

Balboa Horizons pairs traditional therapies with new techniques to help our clients learn and grow throughout the course of their recovery. Our programs are based on professional experience, proven clinical methods, and a 12-step approach that works with any religious belief or lack thereof. Some of our methods include the following:

Call Balboa Horizons today to learn more about our treatment methods, what rehab is like, or just find answers to your questions about addiction: (866) 316-4012