Alcohol Addiction Recovery at Banyan Pompano

Alcohol addiction, also commonly known as alcoholism, affects almost 18 million people in the United States alone.1 Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to a physical dependence on alcohol. It is a chronic disease that is characterized by repetitive alcohol consumption despite health or legal issues that stem from drinking. These individuals may struggle with cutting down on their drinking because of their physical dependence. Luckily, Banyan’s Pompano Beach rehab offers Florida alcohol addiction treatment that can help patients recover and get their lives back on track.

Why Is Alcohol Addictive?

Alcohol is addictive because it has the ability to produce a sense of pleasure and euphoria in the brain. When consumed, alcohol triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This dopamine release creates a reinforcing effect in the brain, encouraging individuals who have consumed alcohol to seek out the pleasurable experience of drinking alcohol again. Over time, the brain becomes accustomed to the presence of alcohol, leading to increased tolerance and a need for greater amounts to achieve the same pleasurable effect. This can ultimately lead to physical dependence and addiction.

What Are the Warning Signs of Alcoholism?

There are warning signs and symptoms that can indicate the presence of alcoholism. It is crucial to be aware of these signs in order to seek help and support for yourself or a loved one who may be struggling with this disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse:

  • Having a strong craving or urge to consume alcohol.
  • Lack of the ability to fulfill work, school, or home obligations due to continued alcohol use.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not drinking, such as sweating, shaking, or nausea.
  • Spending a significant amount of time drinking, finding, or recovering from alcohol.
  • Unable to control the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • Continuing the consumption of alcohol after it is threatening health, relationships, work, or social life.
  • Advice from friends or family to cut down on the drinking or quit altogether.
  • Drinking by oneself, especially on a regular basis.
  • The amount of drinking is significantly more than most people you know.
  • Making plans that revolve around drinking or drinking is the main focus of your day.

Alcohol is one of the only substances that has negative effects on every single organ in the human body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body.

Not only is alcohol damaging to every part of your body, but it is also one of the only substances that can cause death from withdrawal. Proper, medically supervised detox and individualized treatment are crucial in recovery for those who struggle with alcohol addiction, regardless of if they are high functioning or not.

What Is a Functioning Alcoholic?

A functioning alcoholic is a person who is dependent on alcohol but can still maintain a normal or successful life despite their addiction. This individual may have a high tolerance for alcohol and may drink regularly without showing any significant outward signs of intoxication. They might be able to hold down a job, maintain relationships, and fulfill daily responsibilities without any apparent difficulty. However, behind the scenes, their drinking habits may be negatively impacting their physical and mental health, as well as their relationships.

Despite being able to function in various areas of their life, functioning alcoholics are still struggling with addiction and may experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop drinking. They may also have a distorted perception of their own alcohol use and downplay the severity of their addiction. This can make it challenging for them to recognize and seek help for their problem, and it can also make it difficult for their loved ones to intervene and encourage them to seek treatment at our Pompano Beach drug rehab.

Banyan’s Florida Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program

A person undergoing treatment for alcoholism at our Pompano Beach rehab center will have access to intense addiction therapy sessions, including individual and group settings, education on the disease of addiction, family support groups, relapse prevention, rehab aftercare programs, and so much more.

Banyan Pompano’s goals are to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth. We feel that the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against addiction.

If you or someone you know is looking for one of the best rehabs for alcoholism in South Florida, help is just a phone call away. Contact the specialists at Banyan Treatment Centers Pompano today.


  1. Medline Plus – Alcohol Use Disorder AUD

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