Suncoast Rehab Center Highlights Successful Program Graduate—Helps Client Overcome Long-Term Alcoholism

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When the loss of his family, job and home could not save him, one client turned to Suncoast Rehab Center (SRC) for help with his decades-old addiction.

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I learned how to be happy, and to me, sobriety is a by-product of that happiness, not the other way around.

On the verge of losing everything, Andrew decided it was time to face the fact that his life was spiraling out of control. At the age of 38, Andrew was battling 25 years of alcohol addiction, and drank to excess every day. When his family’s attempts to keep him alcohol-free failed, Andrew turned to Suncoast Rehab Center(SRC), a drug rehab facility with a 76% success rate of those who complete the program, for a chance at living a sober life.

Andrew was not alone in his struggle with alcohol addiction. Alcoholism accounts for approximately 80,000 deaths per year in the United States (1). In July, 2010, Andrew was homeless after being evicted, a consequence of his alcoholism. Life continued to get worse for Andrew as he subsequently lost his driver’s license due to his habitual D.U.I. convictions. Dealing with the loss of his family’s respect and the loneliness that comes with the life of being an addict, Andrew sank deeper into his alcoholism.

The daily struggle of staying drunk became overwhelming, and Andrew made the choice to save his own life before it was too late. Andrew entered SRC’s Florida rehab facility. Andrews’s time at SRC lasted 4-1/2 months. In addition to the sauna detoxification process—which removed drug residues and toxins that cause cravings and relapse—Andrew learned life skills through cognitive therapy. The therapy helps get to the bottom of the addiction, discovering what caused the substance abuse in the first place.

“All of the life skills I learned in treatment have helped make sobriety so much easier than I ever imagined,” says Andrew. “I learned how to be happy, and to me, sobriety is a by-product of that happiness, not the other way around.”

SRC’s medical team designed his treatment program to physically address his addiction, and the SRC counseling team tailored his therapy to help provide insight into the past and life tools for him to apply to return to life as a sober individual. Now with almost three years of sobriety under his belt, Andrew applies his newfound self-respect in his everyday life and remains drug and alcohol-free to this day. Andrew spends every extra moment he can giving back to his community, helping others to be drug and alcohol-free, and living his life to the fullest.

Andrew’s story is one of many that depict the purpose of Suncoast Rehab Center—to relieve people of their addictions in a healthy, natural way and put them back in the driver’s seat with the tools to remain substance–free and succeed.

“At SRC, our goal is to return every person who walks through our doors to the person they were before their addictions,” says Tammy Strickling, Executive Director of SRC.

Andrew is one of many successful graduates from SRC. In addition to their result-driven programs, SRC was recently awarded a 100% performance rating by the Florida Department of Children & Families for the third year in a row.

About Suncoast Rehab Center:

Located in Spring Hill, Florida, with a 76% success rate, Suncoast Rehab Center provides long-term residential treatment, intensive sauna detoxification, life skills and cognitive therapy and counseling. Suncoast is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and was recently awarded a 100% inspection score for the third year in a row. Suncoast has a mission to educate youth and adults about drugs and the dangers of drugs, with the aim of preventing future drug use and abuse. Suncoast handles the physical deficiencies, weakness and problems created through drug use, without the use of additional drugs. Clients are helped to uncover the issues that led to their drug use through counseling, therapy and life skills that put the person back in control of his or her life and future. Suncoast’s purpose in drug rehabilitation is to heal the whole person and provide the tools and education to remain drug–free. For more information, visit

(1)“Alcohol Use and Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 01 Oct. 2012. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.

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