Alcohol Treatment: I’m Now 4 Years Sober Thanks To Rehab
Drug and Alcohol treatment
Andrew* is typical of a growing trend of Americans who are flying to Florida to get alcohol treatment.
The breaking point came in February 2014, when the 38-year-old lost his job of 12 years due to an alcohol-related incident.
But then during his recuperation from that, he finally did hit rock bottom when he had a withdrawal seizure, on his own, in his bathroom, and decided to use the bathtub as a place to repeatedly smash his head.
He wound up in the hospital that night and finally confessed to his family that he had been drinking pretty much every day for two years.
“The next day, I took a look at my life and had what I call a moment of clarity.
If I hadn’t have agreed to go in the back of the ambulance, I know I would not be alive today,” he said.
Both Andrew and his family snatched the “moment of clarity” and contacted a number of alcohol treatment centers in Florida.
“I wanted to get out of New York,” Andrew said. “There was so much shame and guilt with the stuff I’d done. I just wanted to leave.”
His parents sacrificed $20,000 in inheritance money and got him on a plane within a week to join a center attended by people addicted to drugs & alcohol from across the world.
He decided to go to the Amethyst Recovery Center because of the positive reviews.
“I first thought ‘This is all horse shit, there’s no science in this’, but I had no way out so I gave it a shot and it changed my life. I fell in love with the joint,” he said.
Andrew, now 42, has been sober for 4 years.
Inpatient Alcohol treatment
When asked what advice he’d give to people addicted to alcohol, Andrew adds: “Because of the high prices, only a small percentage of individuals with addiction pursue treatment but the cost of rehab is minuscule compared to the potential health and social costs of avoiding treatment”.
He says that short-term or out-patient rehab programs may work for some, but chances are they’ll be a waste of time and money.
Andrew recommends an inpatient, long-term alcoholism treatment program.
“The reason that patients should opt for long-term inpatient treatment is that these programs offer the most comprehensive form of treatment. Rather than having to focus on outside distractions, inpatient treatment allows for the complete focus on recovery.”
Alcoholism treatment success rates
Recovery experts and research statistics also point out the fact that longer programs (meaning 60 days or more) are considerably more successful in helping a patient maintain long-term sobriety.
Studies show that outpatient alcohol treatment has a 35 percent success rate while inpatient treatment centers have a 65 percent success rate.
So when it comes to rehab, the longer the better.
Andrew now enjoys what he calls the “gifts of recovery”:
“I got married while clean and I’m now a father. I’ve traveled out of the U.S., went swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean, and I have my sanity,” he said. “I have faith in a higher power and I’ve learned to love myself. I have my self-respect and dignity. Four years ago I had none of that.”
“No more shame or guilt,” he said with a big smile on his face. “I’m a happy person now, I am exactly who I was meant to be all along.”
Alcohol treatment Florida
Andrew spent 60 days at the Amethyst Recovery Center. It’s a luxury addiction rehabilitation center located on the scenic Treasure Coast of Florida, in Port St. Lucie.
It offers individualized care and has various treatment tracks specific to each and every client.
Reviews for Amethyst Recovery are overwhelmingly positive.
The facility received nearly perfect five-star ratings across the board from the nine alumni polled by Rehabs.com during the time of this writing.
All wrote heartfelt, gratitude-filled comments about the rehab, praising the facility for its compassionate staff, individualized care, and solid treatment program.
If alcohol is harming you, or someone you know, it may be time to seek advice from a professional.
You can call the Amethyst Recovery Center on +1 888-241-7124 for more information.
*Andrew is not his real name.