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April 26, 2017
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Prescription Drug Abuse Facts and Stats You Should Know

recovery-placesPrescription drug abuse is the act of taking and using a prescription medication (whether prescribed to you or not) and using it in a way that differs from the doctor’s instructions. Doing so poses serious dangerous to the body and mind of the user, such as short and long term physical and psychological effects including addiction, organ and brain impairment, and higher risk of developing a mental health disorder.

Here are some important Facts and Stats about prescription drug abuse you may not have known:

  1. An estimated 16 million people in the US abuse prescription drugs
  2. About 1.4 million emergency room visits can be attributed to prescription drug abuse each year.
  3. Men generally abuse prescription medications more than women
  4. Opioid misuse/abuse is responsible for about 75% of overdose-related deaths. That’s more than any other prescription or illegal drug.
  5. Rate of prescription drug abuse are increasing among baby boomers (people in their 50’s) though teens are also at high risk; People between the ages of 45 and 49 have the highest death rates from drug overdoses.
  6. Abuse or misuse of prescription medications can lead to tolerance, which is when the body adapts to the long-term use of a substance and eventually the user no longer feels the desired effect
  7. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to life threatening
  8. Over 50% of all prescription medications for nonmedical use are obtained from a friend or relative.
  9. Pain killers, tranquilizers, and stimulants are the most commonly abused prescription drugs
  10. When people abuse prescription medications (depending on the type), they swallow, inject, smoke, snort, or chew them
  11. Tranquilizer abuse can lead to lethargy, uncoordinated movement, nausea, confusion, and more. When combined with alcohol, tranquilizers can depress breathing and lead to death
  12. Anabolic steroid abuse may be associated with irritability, aggression, acne, baldness, infertility, heart attacks, cholesterol changes, high blood pressure, liver damage, and cancer. Men who abuse steroids may suffer testicle shrinkage and breast growth. Women who abuse steroids may develop male characteristics
  13. Prescription drug abuse is responsible for 60% of overdose-related deaths

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Florida Center for Recovery is committed to assisting patients in restoring their lives by embracing a way of life based upon the 12-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and by applying a variety of recovery therapies.

Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Recovery 

April 25, 2017
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How Does SMART Recovery Work?

addiction-treatment-facilitySMART is Self-Management and Recovery Training, a support program for individuals struggling with addiction and behavioral disorders. It teaches recovering individuals how to better control their behavior by being aware of their thoughts, emotions, and feelings. By getting “in tune” with oneself, Smart Recovery participants can gain the skills needed to manage their cravings during sobriety.

A unique feature about Smart Recovery is that it’s ever changing and evolving based on scientific progress and research, wherein strategies are updated and improved to strengthen client progress and understanding. Smart Recovery is recognized by organizations such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

To be clear, Smart Recovery is a self-empowering program (not a powerlessness program like the 12 Steps, where members admit they are powerless over drugs). Self reliance is important in this program, allowing problem users to control their addictive behavior by holding themselves accountable and responsible for their actions. Therapies embedded within the Smart Recovery system include cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement therapy.

These skills are learned through what is called a “4 point program.” A) Building motivation and sustaining it. B) Managing urges. C) Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors. D) Leading a balanced life.

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Florida Center for Recovery is committed to assisting patients in restoring their lives by embracing a way of life based upon the 12-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and by applying a variety of recovery therapies.

Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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April 24, 2017
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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

drug-addiction-treatmentDialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that is used to treat a variety of disorders such as substance abuse disorder, depression, PTSD and eating disorders. There are four components to DBT: skills training, individual treatment, DBT phone coaching, and therapist consultation team – each with their own unique aim during treatment.

The four behavioral skills learned in DBT are mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation.

“Treatment targets” – or the patients in therapy, are prioritized in the following way (in order in which problems should be addressed first):

  • Life threatening behaviors
  • Therapy interfering behaviors
  • Quality of life behaviors
  • Skills acquisition

Background information

Dialectical means “synthesis” or “integration of opposites” due to the nature of “acceptance and change” in the treatment process. For example, the therapist accepts the patient for who the person is, but also encourages change and transformation in order to achieve his or her goals. The core principles of DBT revolve around acceptance and change.

Effectiveness

Studies show that DBT is effective in reducing substance abuse, suicidal behavior, self-injury, treatment dropouts, anger, depression, and also helps to improve social functioning.

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Florida Center for Recovery is committed to assisting patients in restoring their lives by embracing a way of life based upon the 12-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and by applying a variety of recovery therapies.

Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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April 21, 2017
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Having a Drinking Problem Does Not Mean You Are Addicted To Alcohol

alcohol-drug-detoxContrary to popular belief, drinking excessively or binge drinking does not equate to addiction. They can be two separate things, though in both circumstances, the individual is often labeled as a “problem drinker.” In other words, an alcoholic necessarily has a drinking problem (by definition), but in contrast, someone who has a “drinking problem” doesn’t necessarily have an addiction/dependency problem. It’s important to understand the distinction in the terminology to properly identify the nature of a drug abuse problem, as well as determining the severity of the problem.

In many respects, problem drinkers are not considered alcoholics, but certainly, they are thought to be alcoholics-in-the making. This means the individual just hasn’t reached the level of addiction, but may be soon approaching it. And since addiction does not happen overnight, it’s important for loved ones to intervene in the person’s life and discuss the individual’s drinking problem before matters get worse.

Are you or a loved one almost an alcoholic? Are you or a loved one developing signs of alcohol abuse but still have some control over your drinking habits? If so, then you still have a chance at halting the development of a serious substance abuse disorder. After all, the key to beating addiction is prevention.

But what are the signs that you may be soon approaching a state of alcoholism? Here are some signs to look out for: blacking out, being unable to stop drinking while binging, being arrested for alcohol-related reasons, and becoming violent on one or more occasion while under the influence. If you can stop these drinking patterns before the addiction sets in, you’ll have a much greater chance at preventing addiction altogether.

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Please call today to save a life from the vicious cycle of drug/alcohol addiction, as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex addiction.

Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

April 20, 2017
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What is Experiential Therapy?

outpatient-alcohol-rehab-in-floridaA form of addiction therapy called “Experiential Therapy” is described as a “hands on” approach to recovery, where individuals participate in engaging activities to help them cope with a traumatizing past.

This nontraditional approach to addiction treatment is designed to help addicts work through repressed feelings and emotions, perhaps fitting well as an alternative to a traditional psychotherapeutic approach with a licensed counselor. Many recovering individuals who are well experienced with psychotherapy and counseling sessions may find this alternative approach to be both refreshing and unique. This explains why many individuals are often willing to give Experiential Therapy a chance.

Experiential therapy are usually set in environments that allow participants to be active and engaged with activities such as sculpting, camping in the wilderness, rock climbing, playing/listening to music, rope courses, and adventurous hikes. Engaging in these activities help recovering addicts build a stronger sense of self and the courage to face their traumatizing memories. Activities that cause adrenaline to activate in the body help people deal with real-world stress – by “shaking” the courage out of them – and becoming more confidence and stable in their battle against trauma.

As a result, experiential therapy teaches clients how to deal with daily stressors and triggers that often lead to intense drug cravings and relapse. Co-occurring disorders can also be treated using this approach, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and PTSD.

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Please call today to save a life from the vicious cycle of drug/alcohol addiction, as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex addiction.

Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

April 19, 2017
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Choosing The Right Recovery Program – What To Look For?

meth-addiction-treatmentWhat qualities are important to look for when finding a rehab center?

Knowing what to look for in a rehab center is crucial to achieving the desired outcome: a life of permanent sobriety. Here are some important qualities to look for in a rehab when doing your research:

• Is the addiction treatment provider honest about the quality of treatment? Look out for signs of providers “overselling” success stories for purely marketing or enrollment purposes

• What types of medications are used by the treatment center? While some medications are effective for opiate (Naltrexone) and alcohol addiction (Acamprosate) , there are other medications that can be safely replaced by holistic treatment. If you seek alternatives to medication therapy, ask if holistic therapies are offered to complement or take place of traditional approaches to addiction treatment

• Ask what therapies counselors and therapists are trained for at the rehab center. Are they licensed for both individual and group therapy? The more therapies available, including 12 Steps and cognitive behavioral therapy, the more opportunities the individual has to finding a treatment track that suits his or her specific needs

• Does the treatment center offer family therapy? This is a very important therapy to have for post-treatment function of the individual and his/her loved ones, allowing wounds to heal between the problem user and his/her family

• What drug tests are offered and how often? Drug tests are often standard protocol for effective monitoring of every client visiting or living on campus to ensuring their safety while undergoing treatment

• Check that the rehab center offers a variety of different therapy approaches in their programs that are tailored to meet the needs of the individual, and does not follow a “one size fits all” philosophy to addiction treatment. Examples of various therapies include medication, group therapy, holistic approaches (acupuncture and meditation), and the 12 Steps of AA

• Is aftercare or continuing care treatment offered at the rehab? How long is continuing care and what form of therapies are provided there?

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 Please call today to save a life from the vicious cycle of drug/alcohol addiction, as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex addiction.

Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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April 18, 2017
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Biofeedback Therapy and Addiction Treatment

Drug-Addiction-Treatment-Facility-in-FloridaBiofeedback therapy is a non-drug form of therapy that aims to help patients gain better control of their thoughts and body during treatment. Involuntary actions such as muscle tension, blood pressure and heart rate are studied closely in order to practice soothing techniques (such as relaxation exercises) when a stressful situation arises. This practice involves placing electronic sensors on the patient’s skin, which is then wired to a device that gives the operator information about the patients “bio” signs.

As a result, patients can better understand involuntary bodily functions through this unique therapy; this allows the therapist/counselor to design an appropriate treatment plan for the recovering patient.

But why is it important to understand our involuntary movements? According to experts, bodily functions occur without us having to think about doing them, such as when we feel nervous, tense or an intense amount of stress. But the problem is, these involuntary functions make us even more stressed out about the situation – it just piles on to the problem.

Biofeedback therapy studies involuntary functions such as blood pressure, breathing rate, heart rate, skin temperature, sweating and muscle contractions – which are common withdrawal symptoms. Biofeedback can help treat withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, muscle pain and trouble sleeping.

Biofeedback therapy exercises include: mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery

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Please call today to save a life from the vicious cycle of drug/alcohol addiction, as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex addiction.

Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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April 17, 2017
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Common Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

pain-medication-rehabThe common signs and symptoms are important when trying to determine whether or not someone needs professional help – like government funded treatment, or private counseling and recovery services in a rehab secluded rehab center. The important thing is not only identifying the addiction, but also, knowing how severe or life threatening the substance abuse problem is.

Simply knowing about some of the signs and symptoms of an addiction can help loved ones and friends detect addiction early on and find treatment sooner than later. Common signs of substance abuse disorder (addiction) include:

  • Chronic health disorders related to drug use – like breathing complications, liver damage, heart problems and mental health disorders (mood disorder)
  • Drastic changes in sleep patterns
  • Unpredictable Mood swings
  • Increased physical illness such as the common cold or flu – as well as periods of fatigue
  • Drastic change in eating patterns (eating more or less than usual, or fasting)
  • Not spending time with family or friends
  • Lower work quality in place of employment, tardiness, quitting school, not handling responsibilities, and getting into trouble with the law

Common Drugs of Abuse Include:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription opiates (e.g., oxycodone and hydrocodone)
  • Prescription benzodiazepines (e.g., lorazepam and diazepam)
  • Prescription stimulants (e.g., amphetamine/dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate)
  • Synthetic cannabinoids (e.g., synthetic marijuana and Spice)
  • Synthetic cathinones (e.g., bath salts)
  • Steroids and performance-enhancing drugs
  • Inhalants (e.g., cleaners, aerosols, and sprays)
  • Over-the-counter medications (e.g., certain cold medications and weight loss supplements)
  • Club drugs (e.g., ecstasy and Molly)
  • Hallucinogens (e.g., LSD, peyote, and mushrooms)
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal meth
  • PCP

 

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Please call today to save a life from the vicious cycle of drug/alcohol addiction, as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex addiction.

Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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