According to a 2017–2019 SAMHSA study, alcohol abuse and addiction are serious problems for 4.2% of Floridians. Fortunately, there are local assessment and treatment options at Orlando Recovery Center. The experienced professionals at ORC provide evidence-based treatment based on individuals’ specific needs, and this bodes well for long-term success.

Alcohol Rehab at the Orlando Recovery Center

Orlando Recovery Center offers evidence-based treatment modalities in a comfortable, supportive environment. The 93-bed facility offers yoga, a swimming area, volleyball, exercise facility and many other wellness-oriented activities. Alcohol addiction treatment includes individual and group work, as well as family and couples therapy. Detoxification support, life skills, case management services and even nutritional and dietary counseling are available. Orlando Recovery Center offers a comprehensive program of support for recovery and healing. If you or a loved one live in Florida and would benefit from the support of a licensed treatment facility, reach out today to find out how we can help.

The Alcohol Addiction Treatment Process

Treatment options usually begin with a professional medical detox. During a medical detox, clients are monitored to ensure they are safe and comfortable. This is especially important with alcohol addiction because of the life-threatening withdrawal effects that detoxing from alcohol can cause. Once someone completes a full alcohol detox, they can begin receiving treatment at an accredited Orlando drug rehab facility. Treatment options include inpatient alcohol rehab and outpatient alcohol rehab.

The Components of an Effective Treatment Program:

  • 24/7 Support
  • Evidence-based treatment modalities 
  • Individual, group and family treatment options
  • Psychoeducation about addiction
  • Instruction and practice for healthy coping strategies
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) when applicable
  • Supportive transition and aftercare plan following treatment

Knowing When It’s Time to Seek Help

Signs of alcohol addiction can include:

  • Being secretive about drinking
  • Being unable to limit drinking, even when you intend to
  • Having a high tolerance for alcohol and needing more of it to feel the same effects
  • Missing commitments because of drinking or the effects of drinking (like having a hangover)
  • Making excuses for drinking
  • Continuing to drink even when there are negative consequences that develop
  • Withdrawal symptoms upon stopping alcohol use

As someone’s alcohol abuse becomes more problematic, physical symptoms may start to occur. These can include intense alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms when they’re not drinking. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include shaking, nausea and vomiting. Other physical signs of an alcohol problem include tremors the morning after drinking and blacking out during drinking.

Sometimes people question if they are misusing alcohol. There are certain questions you can ask yourself. For example, do you feel guilty about your drinking? Do you feel that you need to drink more to get the effects you desire from alcohol? Other questions to consider include whether it would benefit you to cut back on drinking and whether you experience changes in mood or behavior when you’re drinking.

Benefits of Our Treatment Programs

Orlando Recovery Center offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility that combines effective treatment modalities with modern amenities to help residents experience success. Our residential setting, dual diagnosis treatments for co-occurring disorders and personalized treatment approach ensure that clients’ needs are met while maintaining comfort and dignity. ORC’s high success rates are a testament to our caring, supportive staff and focus on patient wellness. 

What Our Patients Have to Say

00:55 22 Nov 22
Great therapists and staff !!! Went out of their way to help out.
Mike P.
17:44 12 Nov 22
Really good program, friendly staff.
E F.
20:01 04 Nov 22
My experience with ORC was positive. The staff is wonderful and friendly. I really enjoy the groups. Would ecommend this facility for anyone that needs medical detox.
Teddy H.
20:56 02 Nov 22
Man obviously I was not happy to be there. But a year later I'm still clean and sober. Heart condition is no longer an issue. I exercise regularly and so glad I choose to go to the Orlando recovery center. It really saved my life. Edited im three years clean now. Thanks again.
Zachary Q.
18:02 06 Oct 22
Great experience!!! Staff very friendly and welcoming.
14:10 05 Oct 22
This place is amazing. The staff are wonderful. Great place to begin a new life.

Alcohol Abuse Facts and Statistics in Florida

  • According to the 2019 Florida Department of Health’s annual study of behavioral risk factors, 18% of Floridian adults engage in binge drinking or heavy alcohol use. 
  • According to the CDC, there were more than 8,476 deaths attributed to excessive alcohol use in Florida from 2003 to 2012.
  • The 2012 death rates for drunk driving accidents in Florida among people aged 21 to 34 exceeded the national average.
  • One survey also found that the percentage of adults who reported driving after drinking too much in the 30 days prior to the survey was 2.1, which was higher than the national average. 

What Makes Alcohol So Addictive?

When someone first drinks alcohol, it can create pleasurable feelings or a sense of relaxation. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, so it slows many of the body’s main functions.

When someone regularly abuses alcohol, it can change the chemistry of their brain. Alcohol affects specific neurotransmitters in the brain, like GABA. Over time, with repeated exposures, these become ongoing changes, even outside of alcohol use. Eventually, the longer someone drinks, the less pleasurable feelings they get from alcohol. However, they will continue to drink because their body and brain are dependent on it.

There are certain risk factors that can raise the likelihood of becoming addicted to alcohol: 

  • Heavy alcohol use: having more than 14 drinks a week or four per day as a male, or more than seven drinks a week or three per day as a female
  • Binge drinking: drinking five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women in two hours
  • Drinking before the age of 15
  • Having a parent with an alcohol use disorder
  • Having a mental health problem like anxiety or depression 
  • Having a history of trauma

Knowing when to seek help for alcohol abuse or addiction is not easy, but your first steps toward recovery are only a phone call away. Orlando Recovery Center takes a multidisciplinary approach, offering comprehensive, evidence-based treatment to support each client as a whole, not just their addiction. 

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The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.