Drug and alcohol addictions are common. Some people use alcohol or other substances and can stop when they want. For others, the need for the substance becomes compulsive and can result in dangerous behaviors.
Many people abuse more than one substance and have what is commonly referred to as polysubstance or polydrug abuse. Sometimes people abuse different substances to intentionally create different reactions. Certain substances make them feel better or give them a “high”, while other substances cause sedation and help them relax or sleep.
Steve started drinking when he was 14 years old. In college he was drinking five, six, seven days a week and it never stopped and continued to progress as life went on.
For those with long-term alcohol use, quitting cold turkey can lead to severe physical symptoms or even death as the body adjusts to the absence of the depressive substance.
Jacqui gave us a great new tagline: “I like to call it Gulf Breeze Rediscovery because that’s what happens. That’s what happened to me, I rediscovered who I really am and that is so much more than my drinking problem
Julie speaks of her son with a touch of wonder in her voice, “I still can’t believe how great Jack is doing!” Her son completed the program at Gulf Breeze Recovery almost three years ago. All his adult life, and most of his adolescence had been a struggle both for him and his parents.
I’m not the kind of person to get too spiritual, says Reggie, a guest at Gulf Breeze Recovery’s non-12 step holistic drug rehab, but going to Gulf Breeze Recovery is the best thing to ever happen to me.
I attended Gulf Breeze Recovery in 2016 after over a decade of failed attempts to get clean at 12-step drug treatment centers. I was an IV drug user, and I thought that if anyone truly understood how powerful my cravings were, then surely they would see why it was impossible for me to stay sober. That’s why one of the most valuable insights I gained during my time in Gulf Breeze was my relationship to cravings.
It was after one of those parties, in fact, where Ben hit what he calls his rock bottom. He apparently “made an ass of himself”, although he doesn’t remember it. After the party, he went home and fell down the stairs. He was pretty beat up, bloody, sore, bruised and lucky to have survived the fall.
Although for many years, AA was believed to be the gold standard for substance abuse treatment, the reality is that AA does not work for everyone. What should you do …
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