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self-medicating anxiety with alcohol

Risks of Self-medicating Anxiety With Alcohol

Many individuals in recovery have long personal histories of self-medicating anxiety with alcohol. Because of this relationship, it is imperative that alcohol addiction treatment programs include a comprehensive plan to diagnose any co-occurring disorders and include plans for ongoing mental health support. At Gulf Breeze Recovery, we believe that healing must begin within the individual…

alternatives to 12 step programs

Alternatives to 12-Step Programs

For many years, Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-Step Program was considered the gold standard for recovery. Nowadays, however, there are many alternatives to 12-Step Programs available for individuals who struggle with a dependency on drinking, and it is not the sole framework available to help clients heal. At Gulf Breeze Recovery, we believe in the power of…

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Staying Sober Over Thanksgiving

Successful alcohol addiction treatment requires a plan that will allow you to return to a normal, happy life, including enjoying holidays and other meaningful celebrations. However, those suffering from substance abuse disorders have often come to associate holidays with drugs or alcohol. Rather than deprive yourself of holiday festivities, it is important to make contingency…

addressing childhood trauma

Properly Addressing Childhood Trauma

Traumatic events from our past do not simply linger in our memories; they can make very real changes to your brain’s actual physiology, many of which make individuals more susceptible to developing substance use disorders. However, multifaceted approaches to recovery can successfully reverse these changes, allowing clients to finally confront both issues and permanently address…

co-occurring disorders

Addressing Co-Occuring Disorders

More than half of individuals struggling with their mental health simultaneously develop substance use disorders. In the past, these entailed distinct treatment protocols, meaning that patients often bounced back and forth between treatment programs, with minimal overall success. We now have a much better understanding of co-occurring disorders and the need for clients to address…