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August 22, 2017
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Relaxation Techniques to Prepare for Rehab

stop-abusing-substancesWhen an individual is ready to quit drugs and recover from addiction, it’s important that they prepare for what’s about to come. Even if it’s the individual’s first attempt at beating addiction, it’s good to know beforehand, what can benefit him or her in the recovery journey. It won’t be easy to make a transition to a healthier lifestyle, which includes revamping your daily routine, creating a diet plan for yourself, staying away from people who will slow you down or deter your progress, and moving to a new location.

To prepare for your recovery, here are some helpful activities and techniques to get you started. And remember, these activities are meant to assist your addiction treatment therapies, though without a licensed therapist these activities are not considered treatment. Think of them as activities that help reduce the need for drugs and alcohol, that you can do on your own time, especially completing your rehab program. Activities include:

• Listening to Music
• Meditation
• Massage
• Acupuncture
• Mindfulness
• Exercise (especially cardio/running)
• Dieting
• Reading or journaling
• Going to the movies, park, or out for dinner
• Herbal tea
• Bath, Scented candles and peaceful music
• Yoga

If you’ll notice, all of these techniques have something in common. They are meant to be relaxing, reflective, and most importantly, they are natural stress-relievers. This is important in recovery, as stress is one of the leading causes of relapse. According to experts, relaxation techniques such as those listed above can reduce stress by promoting the following:

• Slowing breathing rate
• Lowering blood pressure
• Slowing heart rate
• Reduction of anger/irritability/mood swings
• Improving focus and energy
• Treats muscle and bone pain
• Boosts confidence
• Better blood flow through the body, heart and brain


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August 21, 2017
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The Importance of “Blackout Time” in Rehab

drug-rehab-centersWhen an individual begins rehab, there is something referred to as the “the blackout time” that is important to prepare for in the beginning stages of recovery. No, this isn’t the other kind of “black-out” associated to alcohol poisoning. This particular kind of blackout time is a good thing, and it happens on the first day of rehab when the recovering individual finally separates him or herself from the world, including being away from their family and friends, and personal obligations; recovery suddenly takes priority over everything else. This is why drug and alcohol rehab is so effective and powerful – it’s as if rehab center protects the recovering individual by a creating a safe personal bubble for themselves – allowing clients to focus on their addiction, what caused it, and address any other underlying mental health problem if need be.

This is why it’s referred to as “Blacking out to the rest of the world,” because when a rehab client gets admitted and begins detox, the outside world can no longer impact the person in recovery. Why is this so? -Because negative influences (friends or family who use drugs and encourage it), triggering-stimuli (bars and drug-dealing neighborhoods), and important stressful life-obligations. Hence, black-out time serves as a way of facilitating comfort for the recovering client, and also, to protect him/her by surrounding the client with compassionate top-quality clinical care.

The concept of black-out time stems from the idea that a person’s surroundings and environment is what influences their decision-making. Perhaps pressure from the outside world to use drugs can be eliminated in a rehab setting, or getting away from home can help the person reflect on their lives, their goals and how he/she wants to achieve them.

So if you or your loved one is about to enter rehab, be sure to embrace black out time, not resist it. If you’re not sure how to embrace it, take advice from your therapist or other recovered clients who are more experienced. Remember, once you enter rehab, you can forget about the outside world because it’s all about YOU. And that’s a good thing! Good luck on your journey to recovery!


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


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August 18, 2017
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Inspiring Quotes About “Doing What You Love”

alcohol-rehabEveryone has something they love to do – activities from exercise, reading, sports, spending quality time with family, traveling, and working on one’s career are examples of things people love to do. But especially in recovery, distractions and little motivation sometimes often deter us from doing what we love. Even something as simple as boredom can stop a person from following their dreams. This can happen to anyone – not just people who are in recovery. This is when some inspiring quotes come in handy. And the truth is, some quotes really resonate well with individuals, and can even change their mentality/attitude forever.

Here are some inspiring quotes about doing what you love that may inspire you to leap-off the couch and get started:

“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.” — Judy Collins

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” – Pearl S Buck

“The people who make it to the top — whether they’re musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos — are addicted to their calling … [they] are the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid.” — Quincy Jones

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.” — Johnny Carson

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” — Patanjali

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. – Steve Jobs

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. – Unknown

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing. – Pele


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


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August 17, 2017
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Re-acclimating Into Society After Rehab

drug-rehab-programRecovery is a progressive journey, not a single event that in a brief moment of time. It’s a journey that someone works for, that requires effort and even failure in order to get right. That is why completing rehab doesn’t mean recovery is complete. Addiction treatment therapy and rehabilitation is only the first part – the next part is getting home and living a permanent sober lifestyle. When an individual reaches the phase of “re-acclimating” into the community, and back into their careers, their family and romantic relationships, it’s time to rebuild his or her life around recovery.

It’s no walk in the park after completing rehab. There is still work to, and that’s re-acclimating. This means sticking with your new diet plan, being disciplined with spending money or staying away from old vices, focusing on important life obligations and so on. However, recovering individuals often find hardship in living a life based on their recovery. Sometimes sacrifices must be made, and things of the past must be let go in order to stay on the right path.

For example, eliminating negative influences, such as drug using friends and family – no matter how much you love them – is important. This includes places and things that remind you of previous drug use, as they can trigger you into a relapse. Anything whatsoever that poses a threat to your sobriety must be taken out of your life, by you only. Perhaps this isn’t a permanent change but, as you progress through recovery you may decide you are ready to bring things back into your life ONLY if you ready.

Putting yourself first is important when re-acclimating into the community. Follow your diet plans, meet sober friends and do sober activities, create new hobbies and happy memories. This is an exciting phase in recovery, and you’ll see that making sacrifices to put your recovery first was worth it in the end.


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


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August 16, 2017
by Staff Writer
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Drug Detox Diet-Guidelines

diet-and-addiction-recoveryDetox isn’t only about getting rid of toxins from the body – it’s also about adopting healthy eating habits and having a structured diet plan. This is important because everything we eat and drink affects the detox process, including our minds and bodies, so it’s important to get the nutrients that will supplement a successful detox.

Eating healthy has a greater impact than you might think, and the US National Library of Medicine reports that “a person with substance use is more likely to relapse when they have poor eating habits.” A good place to start is consumption of fiber, which comes from vegetables, fruits and whole grains. This improves digestion and regulates blood sugar. Speaking of sugar, all sugary foods should be reduced or taken out of your diet entirely, at least for a while. Sugar often becomes an addictive food during detox since it helps the recovering individual feel awake and alert. However, it’s best to not substitute any substance for another during your detox.

Different drugs call for different detoxing dieting plans.

For opiate detox, lot of fiber will help produce electrolytes, while alcohol recovery requires more protein due to vitamin b6 deficiency, and thiamine deficiency. Overall, the recovering alcoholic needs a balanced diet in order to make up for malnutrition caused by constant drinking. Finally, stimulant detox requires hydration and consumption of liquids.

Construct a simple meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner), do your own research, and if you have to, work with a dietitian to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients, supplements, and vitamins you’ll need in your recovery. Once in a while, you may want to treat yourself with some desserts or sugary foods – as long as it’s in moderation.


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


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August 15, 2017
by Staff Writer
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Subutex, Brand-Name Medication for Buprenorphine

opioid-treatment-centerSubutex is the brand-name medication for Buprenorphine, made to treat pain and also addiction to narcotic pain relievers. Buprenorphine is a controlled substance, known for addiction and dependency-related health problems, and death due to overdose, or when combined with alcohol. Subutex receives controversial attention, as it treats opiate addiction despite being highly addictive and abuse-prone itself. Patients report needing larger amounts as they progress through treatment and as tolerance builds. Addiction and abuse of Subutex can lead to both physical and psychological health deficiencies that may require professional addiction treatment to overcome.

Withdrawal symptoms of Subutex: sneezing, cravings, headaches, high blood pressure,  cold sweats, body aches, muscle pain, flu-like symptoms, depression, mood swings, agitation.

After going through evaluations such as physical and mental assessments by a medical health professional, treatment of Subutex addiction may include:

  • Inpatient addiction treatment in a secure environment where the patient can recover without negative judgment of others, and also receive group counseling services and medical detox
  • Outpatient addiction treatment follows a set program for the client (made by an addiction treatment professional) in a safe environment while allowing the recovering individual to continue focusing on personal life obligations outside of the rehab
  • Continuum care, Aftercare or Sober Living home – a secure home-like setting where other like-minded individuals support one another in recovery while the counselors help facilitate the transitional phase after the patient completes rehab
  • 12 Step Program: group support programs allow recovering patients to build a network of like-minded individuals, allowing them to encourage one another, prevent relapse, feel emotionally grounded, and teach valuable lessons from a multi-cultured source


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


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August 14, 2017
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It’s Not Selfish To Put Yourself First While in Recovery

drug-rehabBeing selfish is not the same as “putting yourself first.” This is important to know when beating addiction. Selfishness is defined as a person lacking consideration of others while focusing on their own personal gain or pleasure. Putting yourself first is a matter of prioritizing your needs and goals in order to be happy with your own life; when it comes to putting yourself first, it doesn’t mean there’s a lack of consideration of others, as you can still help others while caring about yourself.

Recovery is all about self-care. One needs to understand oneself completely, physically, mentally and spiritually, before achieving balance and harmony in recovery. Think of it this way – an individual in recovery should not be distracted or overly concerned by satisfying others while in recovery. It’s just not productive. Focusing on others should come after the storm, not during, such as in recovery counseling meetings when we talk about “giving back.” That’s the time for altruism. But not during recovery – that’s the time to focus on YOU.

Self-care in recovery means: putting your recovery first. Why is this important? Because putting your recovery first means you can better yourself as a whole, in all aspects, in order to become the individual you want to be, achieving your personal goals, and doing exactly what you want to do with your life. This allows you be a stronger person, and thus, a stronger person to help others. But you can’t help others if you don’t work on you first, that’s the catch.

Keep your sobriety first. If someone wants to steer you away from your sobriety or new “clean” lifestyle, then it’s up to you to be clear with that person about your recovery, or not be friends with that person at all. It’s that simple, and it’s not cruel or cold – it’s about life or death.

Remember, recovery represents life, happiness, and a second chance. Putting your sobriety first not only helps you, but every single person around you.


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


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August 11, 2017
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Staying Clean After Rehab

rehab-and-sobrietyStaying clean after rehab is the final and most crucial stage of drug recovery. It’s the stage when the individual can finally live life free from addiction, rebuild relationships with loved ones, practice daily techniques to maintain their sobriety, and build a life based on the principles he/she learned in rehab.

After completing counseling and therapy in an inpatient or outpatient rehab program, the individual is ready to start a new sober life. After-care and follow-up treatment help graduating clients in the transitional phase as they begin new jobs and careers, re-build relationships with family and friends, and take up new hobbies. As the individual finds balance and harmony in their newfound sobriety, he or she must practice new habits in order to stay clean and ensure that relapse never occurs again.

Some ways to help an individual stay sober is by having a nutrition plan, and exercise to promote physical health. Eating right and having a diet of balanced meals will increase energy levels, improve mood and concentration, and make you feel good mentally and physically. Physical exercise also helps reduce cravings, as the body produces its own dopamine through strenuous activity. If vitamin and mineral supplements are recommended by your physician, then that’s also worth consideration. And let’s not forget the rise in confidence and self-esteem that usually comes with healthy eating and exercise – so there is a psychological side to the coin.

Physical exercise also helps to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems that serve as stressors (often the cause of relapse).

Along with nutritious meals and exercise, meditation and yoga is also effective in stabilizing mood, giving the individual spiritual or emotional balance, and reducing depression as a result of positive “self-reflection.” In addition to eating right, exercising, and practicing meditation or yoga, recovered individuals can also continue to attend group or private counseling meetings, make a support group of relatives and friends, and create new hobbies in order to maintain a permanent sober lifestyle.


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


Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Recovery 

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