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Trauma can have a significant impact on the brain. It takes a toll on our well-being and can result in a long-term increase in stress hormones, which is why many survivors often have heightened anxiety and depression. Trauma can also negatively alter dopamine production, changing the way we experience pleasure and happiness. It’s no surprise, then, that many people turn to alcohol to mask their pain and alleviate these unpleasant feelings.

Whether it’s unresolved trauma or deep emotional wounds, drinking provides a temporary escape from our inner turmoil and dulls the ache within, giving us a fleeting sense of relief. However, using alcohol to soothe and cope with difficult feelings can lead to bigger problems such as dependency and addiction, further exacerbating the underlying issues.

At The Guest House, we understand that alcohol holds a powerful allure for many people, especially those with past trauma. Learning how to stop relying on alcohol as a crutch starts with exploring the deep-seated emotions that cause us to drink and developing healthier coping mechanisms. Our goal is to help individuals heal from trauma and harmful alcohol use with the support and guidance of our experienced clinical team, empowering them to overcome self-defeating behaviors and build healthier habits that support long-term sobriety.

The Importance of Medically-Supervised Detox

Many substances can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when use is suddenly decreased or stopped, and that includes alcohol. However, long-term and heavy alcohol use has a profound effect on the brain and body, which can make alcohol withdrawal dangerous to go through without the support of a medically-supervised detox.

Medical detox is often the first essential step for individuals on the path to recovery. Detox is the process of eliminating substances from the body in a safe manner while managing the withdrawal symptoms that occur as someone stops drinking or using drugs. When done properly in a professional setting, comfort medications can be used to minimize the most uncomfortable side effects and reduce the risk of dangerous complications. The goal is to end their physical dependency so they can start treatment healthy and clear-minded.

The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal range from mild to severe, and in some cases, they can be life-threatening. Mild withdrawal symptoms often consist of headaches, nausea, sweating and fatigue. More serious symptoms might include tremors, anxiety, fever, confusion, agitation and seizures. Alcohol withdrawal can also lead to complications like delirium tremens (DTs), a severe and potentially fatal form of withdrawal that requires immediate medical attention.

At The Guest House, our team of medical professionals is experienced in managing the withdrawal process and provides individuals with all of the necessary care they need to detox successfully. Our doctors and nurses are available 24/7 and will monitor each client’s condition closely, adjusting treatment plans as needed for optimal safety and comfort.

Treating Alcohol Addiction at The Guest House

The Guest House is an addiction and mental health treatment center in Ocala, Florida that focuses on providing holistic and long-term solutions for healing. Our approach is designed to help our clients achieve lasting recovery by exploring the underlying causes of their drinking, such as trauma, stress, loss or otherwise. We also treat co-occurring mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression that are often seen alongside alcohol use disorder. We use a variety of whole-person, evidence-based therapies and techniques to promote lifelong mental wellness and sobriety, such as:

We understand that people heal in different ways, so each individual’s treatment plan is tailored to meet their unique needs and preferences. Our goal is to provide a supportive, compassionate environment in which clients can find the tools, techniques and strategies that help them make positive changes in their lives and move toward lasting recovery. If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, contact us to learn more about our admissions process and treatment programs. Call our team at 855-984-0626 today.

Our Commitment to Confidentiality

At The Guest House Ocala, we understand that seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction can be a sensitive and private matter. That’s why we are committed to maintaining your confidentiality throughout your treatment. We adhere to strict privacy policies and take all necessary measures to protect your personal information and medical records.