Alcoholism – Not So Harmless

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

It is easy to forget in the society we live in that alcohol is a byproduct of fermentation, with negative effects on most wildlife, but it is mild enough for people that it is considered a pleasant experience. It is a chemical with addictive properties and impairs judgement and motor functions. However, the global marketplace bottles it up, puts colorful labels on it, and markets it to adults on a national and international scale. While this is not an indictment on the merits of alcohol itself, it is important to remember this: alcohol is an addictive substance and should be consumed carefully.


A Normalized Addiction

People who end up going to rehab for alcohol usually find themselves at rock bottom, the lowest experience in their lives. When society normalizes consumption and even over-consumption of alcohol, it gives permission to a person to let themselves enjoy themselves by having fun. But constantly chasing “fun” will often lead to a nasty end to the chase. On the flip side of all of the glamorous media footage of people enjoying alcohol and having a good time are the poor souls vomiting in public restrooms and poisoning their livers. And past even that is the person drinking recklessly and without supervision to tell them when they’ve had enough.


Digging a Deeper Hole

An often forgotten aspect of alcoholism is the monetary cost. Beer and liquor cost money, and after a fair bit of it. If a person begins to spiral down into addiction, then tragically, so too does their bank account. If you’re consuming a lot of alcohol you’re also spending a lot on alcohol as well, and this makes it harder to climb back up if you hit rock bottom. Being in the lowest place can be a lot harder if you don’t have the financial resources available to escape that hole.


Thankfully, there are many options available to those who require alcoholism detox in South Florida. To learn about those options or to schedule a meeting with an addiction specialist, contact us as soon as possible.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.