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Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a long-term (chronic) disease

Alcoholism

THE DISEASE

Alcohol abuse means having unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking every day or drinking too much at a time. Alcohol abuse can harm your relationships, cause you to miss work, and lead to legal problems such as driving while drunk (intoxicated). When you abuse alcohol, you continue to drink even though you know your drinking is causing problems.
If you continue to abuse alcohol, it can lead to alcohol dependence. Alcohol dependence is also called alcoholism. You are physically or mentally addicted to alcohol. You have a strong need, or craving, to drink. You feel like you must drink just to get by.
You might be dependent on alcohol if you have two or more of the following problems in a year:

  • You cannot quit drinking or control how much you drink.

  • You need to drink more to get the same effect. 

  • You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. These include feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety. 

  • You spend a lot of time drinking and recovering from drinking, or you have given up other activities so you can drink.

  • You have tried to quit drinking or to cut back the amount you drink but haven't been able to. 

  • You continue to drink even though it harms your relationships and causes physical problems. 

Alcoholism is a long-term (chronic) disease. It's not a weakness or a lack of willpower. Like many other diseases, it has a course that can be predicted, has known symptoms, and is influenced by your genes and your life situation.

 

The Treatment

This is a program for clients who need medical intervention to eliminate alcohol from his or her body. The medical detox is performed in a private suite. Medications and other interventions are provided by specially trained, licensed nurses under physician supervision to help clients manage the symptoms of withdrawal. After completion of this program, the client and family will have the opportunity to participate in one of our outpatient treatment programs. To participate in this program, clients must be medically stable with no history of uncontrolled seizures, not currently pregnant, do not have acute hepatitis, uncontrolled hypertension, or any other uncontrolled mental or physical illness. This also includes no history of violence towards self or others.

This program includes:

  • Executive Program Level of Confidentiality

  • Screening, Intake, Orientation to our services

  • Physical Assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner

  • Individualized Treatment Planning with an interdisciplinary staff

  • Pharmacotherapy

  • Nursing services at least twice a day

  • Screening Laboratory fees

  • Cost of detox medications

With our program, there is no need to be concerned about pain or discomfort during detox. Our physician-supervised staff of highly trained registered nurses closely monitor every patient during alcohol detox. Furthermore, as every individual has his or her own different needs, we provide a "client-specific" treatment plan, which means we will tailor our program for you or a loved one, and let you recover at your own pace.
At Assisted Recovery Center of Georgia, Inc. in Savannah, our detox program includes the revolutionary drug Naltrexone (Revia). Naltrexone blocks the euphoric feeling that alcohol and opiates cause in the brain. Therefore, the need to use them subsides. In fact, most of our programs' participants report a sense of calm within one hour of taking their first tablet. In only 9 to 12 months, most people are able to stop taking Naltrexone without any cravings. And, without any cravings, relapse is far less likely to happen. Naltrexone also helps repair neuroreceptors which have been damaged by substance abuse, enabling the client to feel happy in life once more. While most traditional treatment programs demonstrate a success rate of only 10-12%, this revolutionary new treatment proves to be 50-80% successful!

​More than just a traditional alcohol detox/opiate detox center, our beautiful Savannah, Georgia location serves the South East, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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