What Is The Definition of an Alcoholic

Basically, an alcoholic is a person who has a problem with drinking alcohol. A “problem” can be defined many different ways, but there are a number of symptoms associated with this issue. A person who is an alcoholic typically has difficulty not drinking for any significant length of time. Most alcoholics drink heavily and on a regular basis. A person doesn’t necessarily have to drink every single day to be an alcoholic, but that is often the case. Functioning alcoholics, can often go a day, but no more. Alcoholism is a very serious condition that can lead to a number of major health problems over time, including cirrhosis of the liver or liver disease.

If you suspect that you may be an alcoholic, there is a good chance that you are. Usually people who are not alcoholics aren’t self-conscious about their drinking at all. A majority of people who have a drinking problem always know it deep down if nothing else. Alcoholics often have problems with holding down a steady job and maintaining stable relationships of all kinds. Drinking is always the first priority of an alcoholic—everything else comes second.

Nobody becomes an alcoholic overnight, but rather it’s a problem that develops over a period of time. One of the most dangerous things about alcoholism is that it can creep up on people slowly. Many people who are alcoholics are in denial about their alcoholism to an extent. While most everyone who is an alcoholic knows on some level that they have a problem, it is not uncommon for the person with the issue to deny it to themselves and others. A lot of alcoholics develop problems with holding down a job and maintaining healthy personal relationships. As a person’s alcoholism get worse, so do their problems in life.

There are a number of risk factors associated with alcoholism, including genetic factors, stress, peer pressure, depression, and low self-esteem. Those who have low self-esteem and are depressed are much more likely to develop a drinking problem. Some people have a genetic predisposition to addiction, which can in turn increase their chances of abusing alcohol and/or drugs. There are many different treatment options for those who have accepted that they have a problem, including 12-step programs and rehabilitation facilities with substance abuse counselors. Alcoholism is fairly common, especially in impoverished areas.

Alcoholism can harm the person who has the problem as well as those around them, which is why it needs to be addressed and taken care of as soon as possible. Many people die of alcoholism each year due to liver disease and other major health problems that come about from excessive long-term drinking.

Anyone can become an alcoholic, though it is true that some people are more likely to develop a drinking problem for a number of reasons. Those who have this problem have numerous treatment options, and it is important to stop drinking as soon as possible to minimize damage to the body. Alcoholism is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths all over the world each year due to lack of treatment.

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Meet The Team

Dr. Vikram Tarugu

Gastroenterologist and addiction medicine professional

Dr. Muhammad Syed

Internal medicine doctor

Andrea Beckwith

Admissions Director

Dr. Shilpa Tarugu

Medical Director/Internal Medicine Doctor

Christine Sherman

Nursing Director

Darlene Mayers

Clinical Director

Nancy Cruz

Director of Operations

Yolani Borroto

Office Manager

If you still have a few more questions, take a look at our FAQ’s below:

  • Research studies on addiction treatment have shown that some alcohol and substance addiction treatment and follow-up procedures are more successful than others. At Detox of South Florida, we emphasize on using the best approaches in alcohol or drug detox.

  • Our goal is to ensure that all our patients regain their physical and mental states of health. Our treatment is therefore tailored to address each patient’s unique conditions. The treatment involves a combination of detoxification procedures such as opiate detox, alcohol detox, and heroin detox, just to mention a few, with other intervention procedures such as group and individual therapy, relapse prevention education, after-care planning, and in-house completion programs aimed at ensuring long-term sobriety and prevention of relapses.

  • Every patient has his or her unique type and level of addiction which is why the treatment period will normally vary from one individual to another. While some patients go through a 30-day rehab program, others will require a 60-day or 90-day program to recover from alcohol or drug addiction. The time it takes to recover will depend on the assessment report provided by the assigned medical professional who evaluates your case.

  • As the best rehab in Florida, we believe a relapse should not be viewed as a failure but rather as a sign to help you get back on track by making necessary adjustments to your treatment.

  • Our rates generally depend on the services provided. The overall cost will be determined by factors such as professional treatment fees, facilities, food, and utilities.

  • Unlike other addiction treatment centers across the country, at Detox of South Florida, we take your treatment and recovery process very seriously. Your treatment against addiction is a comprehensive process that may be affected by unwarranted interruptions. All visitations must, therefore, be approved well in advance by the treating therapist. We do this to ensure that your safety, focus on recovery, and stability are maintained at all times. The only visitors allowed are significant members of your family and close friends.

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