Alcoholism Specialist

Pacifica Care of Suncoast

Psychiatrists located in Punta Gorda, FL

If you’re one of the 18 million American adults living with alcoholism, it’s time to take steps to recover from your addiction and get your life back. Led by Dr. Laura Tait, the team at Pacifica Care of Suncoast in Punta Gorda, Florida, offers alcoholism recovery programs that include group meetings, one-on-one counseling sessions, and medications to control your cravings. If you’re ready to escape the grasp of alcoholism, call or make an appointment online today.

Alcoholism Q & A

Pacifica Care of Suncoast

What is alcoholism?

Alcoholism, which is often referred to as alcohol dependency, is a disease where you have intense cravings for alcohol and a physical dependence on it. You may experience a loss of control when you drink and have a high tolerance, which means you need more alcohol to feel the same effects.

It’s possible to abuse alcohol without having a physical dependency, which is still dangerous for your overall health and well-being. You don’t need a physical dependence on alcohol for it to cause problems with your relationships, work, or education.

What are the symptoms of alcoholism?

Alcoholism is challenging to diagnose, but if you experience any of the following symptoms, you probably misuse alcohol and may want to reduce your use or talk to a member of the team at Pacifica Care of Suncoast to for support:

  • Having frequent intense or uncontrollable cravings for alcohol
  • Declining social activities so you can drink instead
  • Wanting to stop drinking but not being able to
  • Using alcohol in dangerous situations, like when you’re driving
  • Having problems at work or at home because of alcohol
  • Having withdrawal symptoms like sweating and shaking
  • Drinking to reduce withdrawal symptoms

How is alcoholism treated?

The team at Pacifica Care of Suncoast offers comprehensive and customizable alcoholism recovery programs that combine weekly meetings, one-to-one counseling, and medication. You’ll have routine urine drug screenings throughout your program.

If you’re unable to control your cravings, medications are available to help you recover from your addition. While the medications themselves can’t stop your drinking, they can help you stay on the road to recovery by inhibiting the way your body uses alcohol and reducing the drug’s pleasurable effects.

During your group meetings, you’ll develop a community of people who have similar experiences. You can share your challenges and support each other in sobriety. Your one-on-one counseling sessions will help you learn to address the emotional and mental issues that may have contributed to your alcohol abuse and dependency.

If you’re concerned about alcoholism for yourself or a loved one, call or make an appointment online today.