When I decided to get help with my alcoholism, I was finally sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Some days I woke up with a splitting headache, and full of guilt. I could barely look at myself in the mirror.
I tried to piece together the night before, but there were too many gaps in my memory from blacking out.
I remember being full of fear, anxiety, and shame. Millions of questions immediately filled my head. Did I call or text someone? Did I say something embarrassing? Did I do something I will regret? Did someone I know see me drunk?
All of these things questions paralyzed me with fear before I even got out of bed. Then I had to face my family and lie about my drinking.
I came up with many excuses why I was feeling sick. I said I had the flu, a cold, didn’t get enough sleep, etc. The lies started piling up and weighing on my shoulders.
I was surrounded by people who had the same problems and stories as I did. They were honest about their drinking, which inspired me to be honest as well.
I learned many life-changing tools in rehab. These tools have saved my life and my marriage. Because I learned how to be honest in rehab, I was able to be honest with my husband. I shed all my lies, fears, and resentments.
My marriage is the happiest it has ever been. We are stronger because I don’t drink and keep secrets. My children are much happier, and I spend quality time with them everyday, not worrying about when I can slip away to drink.
If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center offers help. We teach you how to live a lifetime of sobriety and customize treatment plans for each client that checks into our facility.
Angela R Woodworth, a 45-year-old mother in Gainesville, Florida was charged with drug possession and felony child neglect after four children said they jumped out of her car because she was drunk.
Woodworth was arrested and charged with four felony counts of child neglect, resisting an officer without violence, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said four 11-year-old children, Woodworth’s son and three of his friends ran into a Steak N’Shake saying they jumped from her car because she was drunk.
A witness named Kenisha Drayton said, “it was like a little girl screaming for help. We really didn’t see what was going on, but all we heard was someone screaming.”
Josh Kramer was eating inside the Steak N’Shake when the children ran inside. He said, “one of the boys told me his mom, they just came from Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road. She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car. They came to a stop. When they came to a stop, the kids jumped out of the car and ran into the restaurant.”
Kramer said he called 911 and while he was talking to the dispatcher, Woodworth came to the restaurant and screamed at the children, ordering them to come with her.
“The kids took off running around the restaurant. She started following them around the restaurant” said Kramer. “I finally got them back up front and told them to stay on the sidewalk, police would be here in a second and they didn’t need to be scared. I was helping them out.”
Police officer Ben Tobias said, “they were not in a parking space, so we could only assume that her driving was so bad at that point that she couldn’t even make it into the parking space. We are very glad that the children were not hurt.”
According to police, the children told them that Woodworth drove them around to several places including a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley, where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer, and a Ruby Tuesday, where she consumed four drinks. Police found receipts confirming the purchases of alcohol.
When police searched Woodworth’s car, they found about 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.
Police notified the Department of Children and Families and Woodworth was arrested. Officers said Woodworth’s son is with relatives and his three friends were returned to their parents.
Alcohol can destroy peoples’ lives. It can take away everything we hold dear to us. It can tear families apart, and cause unimaginable pain and suffering. If you have a problem with alcohol, our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center can help. We have specialized programs designed to help you overcome addiction. It’s not too late to ask for help, and we can guide you back to health.
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Negative people in recovery can take a lot out of us. If a newly sober person spends too much time around negative people, it can be hazardous to his sobriety.
There are many characteristics of negative people, one of them is to constantly criticize other people as well as the world. They can be passive aggressive or openly aggressive. Sometimes negative people are also angry and blame others. They are distrustful, pessimistic, and create drama for no reason. They enjoy pulling apart the achievements of others and resent other peoples successes. Many negative people are also self-centered.
Negativity can increase the chances of relapse. If a person in recovery has a negative outlook on life, it will lead to “stinking thinking.” This is a dangerous mindset because it may prevent him from welcoming new information. It can also lead to a negative self fulfilling prophecy. When he predicts bad things will happen, it may actually lead to it coming true. Negativity sucks the joy out of sobriety, and he may become a dry drunk. This is when a person no longer drinks, but still acts like an alcoholic or addict. The same bad behaviors are still present.
It’s important to move away from negativity within yourself, but it’s equally important to move away from negative people in your life. Spending too much time with a negative person is draining. Negativity can also spread like a cancer, it’s particularly dangerous for a person in early sobriety because you are more vulnerable. Negative people can be overly critical, and they can lower the self-esteem of those around them. Many people in early recovery are already dealing with low self-esteem, so further criticism can be dangerous. Negative people are not capable of offering support, so they cannot be trusted with your recovery.
If you have to be around a negative person, don’t join them in their critical opinions of people or the world. Try to keep the conversation light, if they begin making negative comments, try to change the subject. Try making positive statements, this may impact your conversation for the better. Sometimes not listening to negativity can save you from being pulled down. Think about the saying, “in one ear, out the other.” Or let it roll off you “like water off a ducks back.” Don’t let negativity poison you, shield yourself from it.
Negative people are not bad people, they are just dealing with their own demons. They may have suffered from trauma, or depression. If you need to disengage from a negative person, it’s best to do so with compassion.
Entering our holistic drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is a great place to learn new coping strategies for dealing with life. There will always be negativity in life, and learning how to effectively deal with hard issues is what we teach here at our Florida based drug rehab facility. When you learn new coping strategies, protecting your sobriety is much easier.
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is when an unborn fetus is affected by alcohol, resulting in physical, and mental defects. The most common effects from FAS include stunted growth, low birth weight, and developmental issues. It can affect behavior, mental development, and physical development. The only cause of FAS is alcohol, therefore it’s 100% preventable.
Binge drinking, excessive drinking, and chronic alcoholism increases the severity of FAS. Even drinking a small amount of alcohol can harm an unborn child.
There is no cure for FAS, so babies who are affected by this syndrome will have to live with the consequences of their mother’s drinking while pregnant. Some people affected by FAS will be able to live normal lives through treatments and training skills, while others will find it extremely challenging to live a regular life.
Research shows that when a mother drinks while pregnant, alcohol passes through the placenta from the mother’s blood into the baby’s bloodstream, which means the fetus has the same blood alcohol level as the mother. This is extremely dangerous, and can cause damage to fetus’ nervous system, and can kill, or stunt developing brain cells. It also blocks essential vitamins and nutrients from being absorbed. Alcohol reduces the amount of oxygen to the baby, leading to low birth weight, birth defects, and brain damage.
FAS may not be obvious at birth, but as the child grows, they may have a delay in development, behavioral problems, and poor coordination skills. Some children are misdiagnosed with ADHD, and may show signs of anxiety, restlessness, and frustration. This is because of FAS’s effect of their brain development.
If you are struggling with alcohol, now is the time to get help. FAS is completely preventable. Here at Synergy Group Services, we offer help to those in need through a specialized alcohol addiction treatment program. There is no judgement, only support for those who take the first steps into an addiction-free life. Mothers, or expecting mothers may find it difficult to ask for help because of the shame they may feel. However, there is no shame in asking for help, it’s courageous. Our holistic rehabilitation center will welcome you with open arms.
Binge drinking is the “consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time” with the purpose of getting drunk. It has negative health effects and social consequences such as alcohol poisoning, suicide, sexual assaults, violence, and traffic accidents.
Many students, young people, military people, and adolescents engage in binge drinking. However, the list isn’t all encompassing, anyone can binge drink. Many inexperienced drinkers put themselves at risk of being in an accident, sexual assault, and other harmful circumstances.
The most common demographic partaking in binge drinking are people under 25. Younger people may binge drink due to peer pressure, or social anxiety. It’s considered a social health problem, and can lead to fatal consequences.
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Alcohol poisoning is a serious consequence of binge drinking. It can lead to hospitalization, vomiting, nausea, or even death. When a person is heavily intoxicated, they may be coerced into situations they normally wouldn’t do. Many rapes and sexual assaults happen when people are under the influence of alcohol. Drink spiking is known to happen at clubs, bars, and parties. Drink spiking is when a predator adds a drug, like a sedative to an unknowing victim’s drink with the purpose of executing a sexual assault.
Binge drinking can also lead to long term alcohol problems, such as liver disease, brain damage, or other organ damage. Research suggests those who regularly binge drink are at a higher risk for developing alcoholism.
If you binge drink regularly, or have a problem with drugs or alcohol, we offer help here at our Florida drug rehab center. Our alcohol addiction treatment program can guide you back to health and happiness. We also have a specialized chemical dependency treatment program that can help you regain balance in your life.