How Alcohol Affects the Mind, Body & Spirit
While alcohol is mainly a central nervous depressant, it also has some stimulant effects when you’re initially intoxicated. Intoxication leads to feelings of euphoria, loss of inhibition, sleepiness, increased confidence and decreased anxiety.
Alcohol is a poisonous substance to the body, forcing the liver to work hard to clear a buildup of toxins from the body. This is the reason people experience hangovers and negative effects such as digestive discomfort or nausea when they drink. Addicted people often have a high tolerance for alcohol and very much enjoy the sensation of being out of control. Drinking in large quantities is one of the biggest risk factors for developing alcoholism.
What Happens During Alcohol Addiction Treatment?
At Calusa Recovery, we diagnose alcohol use disorder in your initial assessment and then create a customized treatment plan according to your specific needs. No two alcohol rehab programs look the same, but below is a general explanation of what to expect during alcohol rehab.
The first step is to complete our intake assessment, which includes a medical exam, questionnaires and an analysis of your medical history. Our team of addiction specialists uses the information gathered during this process to formulate a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
You’ll take part in a combination of individual therapy, group therapy and experiential therapy sessions while in alcohol rehab. Additional activities such as psychoeducation, yoga and meditation help you understand yourself and addiction better and cultivate a recovery mindset. Holistic therapies such as art and music therapy complete the positive and varied environment in which you’re free to express yourself and your feelings.
Some examples of evidence-based therapies you might engage in include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Trauma-informed therapy
- Motivational interviewing