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If you are ready to discuss treatment for yourself or a loved one, the Fairwinds admissions team is here to help.

Alcoholism Treatment

It’s not easy to admit that you or someone you love is fighting alcoholism. Addiction can leave you lonely and isolated, but it’s important to realize that you are not alone and that recovery is possible.

Alcoholism is, in some ways, harder to spot than other drug dependencies, because alcohol use and abuse is so common in American society. Many people who have drinking problems rationalize their behavior, especially in its early stages, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous. In fact, if untreated, alcoholism can be deadly.

Chances are you are here because you know something is wrong. You know that your drinking habits, or those of a dear friend or family member, extend beyond what is healthy and appropriate. Acknowledging this, even just to yourself, requires enormous courage. As difficult as it may be to picture now, with the right treatment, you or your loved one can achieve a lasting recovery and go on to lead a full and happy life, free of the chains of addiction. We at Fairwinds Treatment Center are here to help you through this challenging process and put you on the road to comprehensive wellness.

What Lies Behind Alcoholism

Many factors have likely caused or contributed to your addiction or the addiction of your loved one. Genetic predisposition, environmental factors and exposure to alcohol can all influence the likelihood of abuse. Many alcoholics have also experienced past trauma or have underlying mental, emotional and/or psychological issues like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and/or bipolar disorder. That’s why here at Fairwinds, we use our unique dual diagnosis methodology, employing clinical treatment and therapeutic counseling to promote healing inside and out.

The Reality of Relapse

Most alcoholics have tried at one point or another to give up their habit, often after an extreme event has shattered their illusion of control. However, relapse is relatively common, perhaps partly because of the social stigma surrounding the disease. Far too often, addiction sufferers see themselves as “lost causes” or can’t bear to face the shameful reality of their past actions. However, we firmly believe that it is time to end the stigmatization of alcoholism. Our specialists at Fairwinds Treatment Center have seen firsthand that anyone from any background can fall prey to addiction. That’s why we emphasize the importance of a communal effort, with a family-based approach that ensures every patient has a support network extending beyond our intimate treatment center in Clearwater, Florida. By addressing a patient’s underlying issues while also helping their family to find healing and peace, we can minimize the risk of relapse.



If you are ready to discuss treatment for yourself or a loved one, the Fairwinds admissions team is here to help.

At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we provide a unique and effective treatment approach that combines psychological and emotional support with nutritional guidance. Our medical professionals know that every patient is fighting their own intensely personal battle. With that in mind, our Eating Disorder programs are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family. We operate a small, comfortable residential treatment center where you or your loved one can take the time necessary to truly heal.

Why Choose Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center is one of the top eating disorder treatment centers in the world. Our specialists, Dr. Khal El-Yousef and Dr. Pauline Powers, understand the complexities of these ailments and the underlying psychological conditions that cause them, and implement clinically backed methods to help adult men and women and adolescent boys and girls uncover and overcome the root causes of their disorders, even while assisting in their physical recovery.

Dr. Pauline Powers is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading researcher, educator and trainer in the continually evolving field of eating disorder treatment, and has 40 years of experience fighting this fight. She currently sits on the Scientific Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program and the Editorial Board of the Eating Disorders Review and has also served as the founding President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, there is no time to waste. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today by phone or via our online form to start the journey toward treatment and recovery.

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The History of Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center was founded by Dr. Khal El-Yousef in 1989, and we offer a treatment model that combines the benefits of therapy with a more clinical approach to eating disorders, addiction and the underlying psychological conditions that can spur these self-destructive behaviors. We believe that addressing all of the factors that contribute to an eating disorder is the only way to facilitate a full recovery. As such, we are one of the only dually licensed psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities in the nation to earn accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which empowers us to address any chemical dependencies or behavioral issues that may contribute to an eating disorder.


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