As shown by the World Health Organization, approximately 10% of the American children live in households where at least one of their parent is an alcoholic. And, seeing how over 60% of the domestic abusers have alcohol addiction, it is safe to say they live in an improper environment. We, the professionals at Meridian Treatment Solutions, are preoccupied with the impact of alcohol on our society not only because of how it affects alcoholics, but because of how it affects those around them as well.
In this sense, Fort Lauderdale alcohol rehab programs have been developed to deal with the problem as fast and as effective as possible. And, because addiction is more complex than most people tend to think, approaching it needs similarly complex strategies, ready to take on the problem on multiple levels. But, before reaching there, one of the most crucial problems that no rehabilitation institution seems to have real answers to is the fact that most cases of alcoholism go unreported.
And when they do, getting the patient to go through rehab is harder than it might seem. That’s because the addict will either not admit to having any problem in the first place, or, when the treatment is involuntary, the patient will relapse shortly after. Which brings us to the facts about relapse, which show that:
- Over 85% of the alcoholics completing the rehab program relapse within the first year
- Around 40% of them will relapse after the first two years
- As a general rule, close to 25% of alcoholics will fail to complete the rehab program
- In some rehab institutions, that percentage even goes more than 60%
The sad reality is that, however useful they may be, Fort Lauderdale alcohol rehab programs will not deliver a 100% success rate. That’s because relapse can occur years after the completion of the program. It all depends on the patient to change his life completely, leave all of his problems behind and start a new life. But that’s easier said than done when battling a condition that draws half of its roots from genetics.
The modern take on alcoholism
As the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has pointed out, genetic inheritance makes up for 50% of the risk of developing alcohol use disorder (AUD). Furthermore, the same institution has shown that certain drugs used in treating alcoholism function, like naltrexone, function differently when taking genetics into consideration.
And, although genetic predisposition is not enough to predict AUD or alcoholism on its own, it does, however, increases the risk of adopting the drinking behavior, when combined with the proper setting (alcohol problems in the family, entourages encouraging binge drinking and so on).
This is why modern Fort Lauderdale alcohol rehab programs take all these factors into consideration when developing their approach. Meridian Treatment Solutions uses medication, physical and psychological therapies, individual, group and family sessions, spiritual and educational guidance and other methods to help cure addiction and restore the individual’s life, self-esteem and positivism. And, if it ends up saving lives, it is a battle worth taking.
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