Alcoholism is Not a Choice; it’s a Disease. A Treatable Disease

Alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a chronic disease or state that is characterized by the uncontrolled consumption and oftentimes intense preoccupation with alcohol. Both genetic and environmental factors are believed to play significant roles in the development of the condition. It is therefore not surprising that some people are more susceptible to misusing alcohol than others.

Long-term alcohol consumption or binge drinking may lead to other very serious health conditions which can have negative effects on almost any organ, especially the human brain. Not surprisingly alcohol abuse and the many complex factors associated can affect one’s whole family, friends, career, and generally, lead to comprises in quality of life. Alcoholism treatment at Bridge Rehab uses this definition to help guide our program.

We know that alcoholism, however, is a treatable condition especially with the active participation of the alcoholic. At Bridge Rehab, you or a family member can finally break free from the grasps of Alcohol at our rehab center.

Alcohol works in the brain by binding to GABA receptors, the parts of your brain that are involved in making you calm or sleepy. If alcohol consumption is stopped suddenly, this can result in serious and even life-threatening medical conditions.

There is a real and not uncommon risk of seizure during alcohol withdrawal. A seizure is when the human nervous system becomes uncontrollably excited and is characterized by uncontrollable shaking. A Delirium Tremens (DT) is a more severe form of alcohol withdrawal and seizures and is less common and less known to the general public.

Other Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal:

-agitation or irritability


-chest pain

-delirium (a disturbed mind state)


-excessive sweating



-increased heart rate or breathing rate


-extreme sensitivity to light, touch, or sound

Bridge’s approach to treating alcoholism is an effective and integrated approach combining expert medical intervention with individualized therapeutic modalities and holistic strategies.

Bridge provides both medication-assisted therapy (MAT) or a non-medical detox for Alcoholism and specific medications during detox. Bridge also when appropriate works with expert medical providers or corresponding facilities to provide tested and evidence-based medical interventions to make residents comfortable during alcohol detox. We always make sure our residents experience the least amount of withdrawal symptoms during alcohol detox at Bridge Rehab.

Residents have a variety of unique and highly effective treatment options in regards to their individual needs. In a residential treatment model, our residents and clients participate in peaceful 24/7 supervised on-site rehab programs. This includes individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and other peer support groups.

Bridge helps to promote a long and lasting recovery. We help residents and clients find strategies so they can integrate back into their lives, families, friends, and careers. Bridge Rehab provides Follow Ups to get the support you need to prevent relapse after you’ve left. Additionally, innovations by the physicians that we work within the medications prescribed have demonstrated to be very useful in our alcoholism treatment program.