South of Miami, in between Everglades and Biscayne Bay National Parks, Homestead was at one time one of the most under-developed parts of South Florida. Unfortunately, the housing boom of the past decade has had horriffic consequences in Homestead; where thousands of acres of natural spaces have now become empty houses and unfinished developments. Without this development, much of Homestead is dependent on Miami for sources of employment. Therefore empty buildings, unemployment, and poverty are high in Homestead and drug abuse is on the rise.
There is no sure answer for suffering communities such as Homestead. In many places around America, it is unlikely that the level of prosperity that fueled population booms will ever come back to support them. Many of these places will be dealing with drug trafficking and drug abuse as a result, as people seek to replace incomes and shattered lives with criminal occupations and distracting highs. Once a community is steeped in drug crime it is often impossible to root it out with law enforcement and prohibition.
However, communities can fight this scourge one step at a time by encouraging people with substance abuse problems to get real help. Too few people with substance abuse problems are able to acknowledge they need help, and often do not know who to turn to. Our drug and alcohol rehab facility offers an answer far more reliable than fighting addiction on one's own or dealing with it through the criminal justice system. Our drug and alcohol treatment center safely and effectively detoxify chronic drug addictions, and then follow up with specialized addiction treatment programs that mix traditional and alternative therapies to ensure the best chances of a full recovery and a relapse-free future.
While the most common form of treatment are usually variations of the Twelve Step program, featuring group counseling and spiritual guidance, it does not end there. Yoga, physical therapy, and one-on-one psychotherapy sessions are also commonly used to heal physical and psychological wounds that must be confronted in order to instill a strong will for sobriety in our patients. The greatest pitfall in any addiction recovery are the temptations that are faced after the decision to quit has been made. Even months and years after withdrawing from a drug addiction, friends, family, social outings, and television advertisements all have the ability to influence someone to go back to using again, and the most important part of counseling and mental health therapy in rehab in convincing patients to never, ever, give into that craving again. It is therefore quite common for rehabilitated addicts to attend Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meetings for months, years, or even the entire rest of their life where they will continue to receive positive reinforcement, fraternity and support offered in these groups.
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