History of Alcohol Rehab in the United States

Although alcohol has been around for centuries, it wasn't until AA was formed in 1935 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob that the consumption of alcohol began to be recognized as a serious problem instead of a matter of will power or moral weakness. It's estimated that alcoholism was initially classified as a disease in 1784 by Benjamin Rush, M.D., but it wasn't until 1957 that the American Medical Association adopted this theory, stating that alcoholism met the criteria for a disease in that it was progressive, debilitating, chronic, fatal if left untreated and treatable.

Today the disease theory of alcoholism and addiction is taught in most alcohol rehabs in the United States as well as the 12-step model of recovery founded by Bill W. and Dr. Bob. As research has developed in search for a cure for alcoholism, to date abstinence remains the only proven method for arresting alcoholism and drug addiction.

SouthCoast Recovery is committed to staying current on the latest research in the field of alcohol and drug studies. Our staff members are certified by CAADE, the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators, a board created to uphold excellence in alcohol and drug education. At our alcohol rehab center, we deliver the latest educational findings as well as the latest discoveries in mind, body and spirit connection to our clients through innovative workshops.

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Progression towards Alcohol Rehabilitation

According to Psychology Today, a team of San Diego psychiatrists headed by Marc Schuckit, M.D., interviewed over 600 alcohol-dependent individuals admitted for inpatient alcoholic rehabilitation ranging in age from early 20s to late 40s. From their studies, they were able to create a time line that charted the progression or alcoholism with startling accuracy. Below are their findings:

Late 20s: Alcohol usage increases swiftly. There are more binges and morning drinking begins to set in. Alcohol-related problems including interference with work and relationships begin to set in.

Early to mid-30s: Alcohol problems skyrocket and begin to infiltrate many life areas. Drinking begins to replace eating, morning drinks to ease anxiety and the shakes, blackouts and more severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms set in. Run ins with the law involving drunk driving or public intoxication set in.

Mid-30s: At this stage, most alcohol-dependent individuals begin to perceive they cannot control their drinking. There is increased damage to relationships and career opportunities. Divorce and lost employment results. Medical problems related to alcohol begin to appear. There may be deteriorating physical appearance or sleep interruptions caused by night sweats and terrors. Severe withdrawal reactions such as convulsions, auditory or visual hallucinations develop.

Late 30s to early 40s: Serious consequences occur. Lost job, lost relationships and lost material items such as home and car result in living at friends, relatives or on the street. Long-term medical consequences of alcohol abuse occur and liver damage, hepatitis or pancreatitis develop. Hospitalization is likely.

It's at this point that alcohol rehabilitation is the only answer for surviving the devastating effects of alcoholism. Many who have reached this stage of hopelessness have turned their lives around in alcohol rehabilitation and now lead happy lives as productive members of society.

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The Need for Alcohol Rehabilitation

While the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous has been instrumental in emphasizing the disease model of alcoholism, it was supportive work done by Elvin Jellinek, M.D., of the Yale Center of Alcohol Studies who described alcoholics as individuals who experienced tolerance, loss of control, cravings and withdrawal symptoms that made it necessary to continue drinking well beyond what was considered normal.

There have been many different models to explain the nature of alcoholism and addiction including the biological theory that genetics are the main influence contributing to alcoholism. Other theories for the reason why people drink stem from environmental influence, lack of knowledge on the risks of addiction to addictive substances and conditioning through continued exposure that reinforces use of alcohol or drugs.

Regardless of the theory adopted, in order to arrest alcoholism and addiction it's necessary to focus on the solution rather than the origin of the problem. What has been proven to work time and again is alcohol rehabilitation based on the disease theory of alcoholism and the 12-step model of AA.

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Alcohol Rehabilitation at SouthCoast Recovery

At SouthCoast Recovery, our alcohol rehabilitation incorporates a comprehensive social model, proven clinical techniques, medical care and advanced holistic processes within a 12-step methodology for your overall well-being. Our staff members are continually informed and educated on the latest research developments in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. We believe that only when the whole person is treated – not just the symptoms, but the underlying causes – can recovery truly begin.

We are committed to providing a safe, positive environment during alcohol rehabilitation where our clients can release emotional issues through holistic therapy and the guidance of qualified counselors, allowing the body's innate ability to heal itself naturally restore physical health. The exploration of core values and dreams through guided journaling promotes understanding of lifestyle choices, leading to compatible goal setting for a life rich in possibilities. Call us today and find out more about our alcohol rehabilitation program in Orange County. Professional assistance is available 24 hours a day.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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