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October 18, 2017
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Psychological Effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder

psychological-effects-of-the-seasons-on-your-recoverySeasonal affective disorder is a form of clinical depression, and the two seasons that affect people negatively the most is Fall and Winter. This makes sense even in terms of the environment, because in many parts of the world, the natural environment gets bleak, cold, grey and snowy. Bad weather can motivate a person to act moody, aggressive, or abnormal.

What kind of psychological effects can be caused by fall and winter weather? Well, the most common is boredom. When it’s snowy, too cold or raining, we often stay in and are limited in what we can do. This can lead to all kinds of negative thought patterns, which does not allow our thoughts to “breathe” and relax. Being locked in at home is a way of making our thoughts also feel cold, isolated and even irritable. Also, who can forget that cold weather inspires drinking to stay warm or pass the time – a pastime that many alcoholics may fall victim to unfortunately. And finally, the celebrations. Many people have multiple celebrations from October to January from all kinds of cultures, religions, and beliefs. However, these parties may include drinking, partying, and settings that may trigger a relapse.

Depression is often associated with drug use because sufferers will try anything to numb the pain of depression. As a result, Seasonal Affective Disorder can sometimes lead to addiction, the development of additional mental health disorders, and even suicide. If you or someone you know goes through depression during the winter-holiday season – please reach out and talk about it. You can make a difference this season – and save a life.

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

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October 17, 2017
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Specialized Recovery Services at Florida Center For Recovery

addiction-and-co-occurring-disorder-treatment At Florida Center for Recovery, we focus on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction. Since every client dealing with addiction is dealing with a specific set of personal circumstances, we ensure that a broad range of specialized services are available for each and every client based on their needs.

Here are some of the specialized services provided at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR):

Trauma Treatment – RRT helps clients to permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma by eliminating the ongoing psychological suffering that stems from disturbing or painful experiences. Clients report that the best aspects of Rapid Resolution Therapy® are that treatment is painless and does not involve the re-experiencing of the traumatizing event(s).

Co-occurring Disorders –  all clients receive a psychiatric evaluation at the time of admission. If a client’s recovery is compounded by mental health issues, an integrated substance addiction and mental health treatment plan is carefully individualized to address multiple conditions.

Pregnant Women – (FCR) provides a safe and empowering environment for expectant mothers to recover from substance abuse and addiction. Our Inpatient Women Rehab program is individualized to address each woman’s needs with the added focus on addressing the challenges of motherhood and substance abuse. In addition to our core addiction treatment therapies we provide recovery support groups for expectant mothers who wish to seek extra help from the community and/or from outreach programs.

* Our therapeutic women-centered interventions address unique personal challenges faced by women such as: domestic violence, verbal, physical and sexual abuse, relationship and family issues as well as parenting issues. Women in our treatment programs often react favorably to holistic treatment programs, which usually combines multiple practices applied by different specialists. Daily activities and treatments help build resistance to emotional dependency and feelings of helplessness rather than approaching addiction problems as something that is merely a matter of having a chemical addiction. In all cases our women addiction treatment therapies are directed by the clinical director and senior psychotherapy staff at My Florida Center for Recovery.

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

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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October 16, 2017
by Staff Writer
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Relapse Can Lead To Progress, Not Failure

When a person is in recovery for drug or alcohol addiction, the first relapse can be a powerful lesson. That lesson is that “You have not failed, You have only learned.” What does this mean?

It means a drug relapse does not equate to failure. It happens, and it’s pretty normal to relapse if you are recovering from addiction. Of course, the goal is to prevent relapse as much as possible, but do we learn to walk without falling? That would be rare. When a baby learns to walk, the baby must learn to crawl first, and then, it learns how to stand, and finally, after a few falls here and there, the baby takes the first step of a lifetime. That is also how recovery works. You must crawl, and fall a few times, to finally get it right.

However, people often view relapse as a failure because they focus too much on the “drug use” aspect. They might believe the individual doesn’t really want to recover. Or alternatively, the recovering individual might be too hard him or herself, and become bombarded by guilt, shame, embarrassment, humility or self-helplessness. These powerfully dark emotions often lead to depression, anxiety, stress – which perpetuates the vicious cycle of relapse and addiction all over again…relapse-not-failure

Every person is different, so it’s important to really understand what triggers that specific person to relapse. Just remember, it’s all trial and error. If you or someone you care about relapses, remember, take note of what may have caused the relapse. Were you in a certain negative setting? Were there a particular group of people around you who may have influenced you to relapse? Did something happen that triggered your relapse?

All of these questions and more can help you improve on your recovery. And next time you feel a relapse coming, you’ll be prepared to stop it dead in its tracks, and maintain your sobriety like you always knew you could. Best of luck!

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

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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October 13, 2017
by Staff Writer
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The Six Stages Of Change In Addiction Recovery

privatedrugrehabcenterWhen an individual embarks in addiction recovery, the essential goal is to “change,” to eliminate drug use from one’s life permanently, and become greater than the previous self. But recovery is more complex than just making a decision – the individual must have a genuine desire to change, which is often not the case for people trying to beat addiction. As a result, individuals go through complex stages during drug recovery. There are six stages of change in addiction recovery according to authors Prochaska and DiClemente in their book Changing for Good:

Pre-Contemplation: the individual struggling with drug abuse tries to justify their behavior with little desire for change; they might still be denying the existence of a disease that is hurting them

Contemplation: the person is aware of the impact drug abuse has had on his/her life. The person may be considering a positive change to make life better

Preparation: After finally outweighing the costs and benefits of using drugs and not getting treated for the addiction problem, the person will start to make plans to find resources and therapeutic intervention – this means making timelines or verbal/written agreements in private or with others

Taking action: This step is the actual “doing” of all the recovery stages. Going to therapy, talking to counselors, changing diets, making new friends, leaving home or making the appropriate changes in setting to recover, and taking part in healthy sober activities

Maintenance: sustaining healthy patterns that were learned through the treatment phase is important – this means staying consistent, not having any “cheat” days, staying away from triggering stimuli, and following-up with counselors and fellow recovery friends

Termination: This final stage is when recovering individuals no longer themselves as their previous selves. The “old self” is terminated, and is replaced by the newly recovered individual. The individual is ready to enjoy a new life, as a new better form of their past selves

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

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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October 12, 2017
by Staff Writer
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Opioid Overdose Survivors Need More Intervention

intervention-for-opioid-survivorsOver 64,000 people lost their lives to drug overdose in 2016 in the US – that is more American deaths than Americans who died in the entire Vietnam War. Painkiller addiction and abuse is more prevalent today than ever before. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999; from 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. But it’s important for families and struggling individuals to know that not every opioid overdose in with tragedy – sometimes an overdose can be so life-changing that it causes survivors to turn their life around and stop abusing drugs. If an opioid overdose cannot be prevented, and the individual survives it, then that’s the best time to intervene, speak up, and persuade the struggling drug user to stop their self-destructive ways.

A new study shows that hospitalized survivors of opioid overdoses are not being supported enough with interventions to help them find suitable treatment for the long term. In 2015, there were over 33,000 deadly overdoses linked to opioids according to the CDC, with 30 nonfatal overdoses for every fatal overdose, the researchers said.

However, little evidence was presented on “why” there was a shortage of drug and opioid use interventions in the medical health system. According to lead author of the study Julie Donohue, “…increased capacity so people treated for overdose in hospitals can begin addiction treatment while in the hospital, reduce the stigma associated with treatment and educate providers on how to engage patients with treatment.”

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

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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October 11, 2017
by Staff Writer
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Drugs That Are Harmful To Your Kidneys

drugs-harmful-to-kidneys30 million people, or 15 percent of adults in the US, have Chronic Kidney disease. Did you know that every drug you consume must pass through your kidneys? Use of certain drugs can lead to kidney damage due to common changes in the body such as a rise in body temperature, dehydration and muscle breakdown. This is why drug abuse and addiction often result in kidney injury, and if left untreated, long term health problems. Here are some of the drugs that can cause kidney problems:

Pain medications – even over the counter medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen. Pain medications should not be taken every day unless instructed by a doctor

Alcohol – heavy drinking hurts both the kidneys and liver at the same time, which is why alcoholics are at high risk of kidney/liver failure

Prescription laxatives – some of these medications that are used to clean the bowel for colonoscopy for example, can lead to kidney damage

Illegal drugs – street drugs like heroin (can result in liver and kidney disease), PCP, cocaine, ketamine, and MDMA or Molly can also lead to kidney damage. MDMA for example, can cause hypothermia, an acute adverse effect. Hypothermia can lead to electrolyte imbalance which leads to kidney failure

Antibiotics – drugs that aren’t mind-altering can also result in kidney damage, which is why people with kidney disease need to take less antibiotics than people without, as it can worsen the disease

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

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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October 10, 2017
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‘Psychoactive’ Drugs – What Are They?

Psychoactive drugs affect the chemical and physical functioning of the brain. Since psychoactive drugs cover a broad range of different kinds of drugs, the effects, methods of use, and appearance are all are diverse. They are often called “mind-altering” because they change the perceptions and the behavior of the user; the presence of any mental conditions can complicate the experience of the drug. There are seven main classifications of psychoactive drugs: stimulants, club drugs, depressants, narcotics, cannabis, hallucinogens and inhalants.

Stimulants are used primarily to relieve fatigue and increase alertness. The most widely used stimulants are nicotine, which is found in tobacco products, and caffeine, which is found in soft drinks, coffee and tea. Cocaine and amphetamines are more potent stimulants.

Club Drugs include Ecstasy, GHB andKetamine. These drugs have the effect of both stimulants and hallucinogens, and are popular at “raves” (all night dance parties). Ketamine use as an anesthetic in humans was discontinued due to the side effects but has limited use as a veterinary medicine. GHB initially gained popularity with body builders, but there is no evidence that it increased muscle mass.what-are-psychoactive-drugs

Depressants are often referred to as sedative-hypnotic drugs or downers because they depress the functioning of the central nervous system. Small amounts help relax muscles and produce calmness, while larger doses create difficulties with judgement, reflexes and speech.

Narcotics are drugs that dull the senses, induce sleep and become addictive with prolonged use. In medical use, the term narcotic refers to opium; narcotic analgesics are often referred to as opioids. The tern analgesic refers to the pain-relieving effect of narcotics. Opium, morphine, heroin and codeine are the most commonly used narcotics.

Cannabis is a plant that grows mainly in tropical and subtropical climates and has been used as a drug for centuries. The main forms of cannabis are marijuana and hashish. Marijuana is produced by drying the tops and leaves of the cannabis plant.

Hallucinogenic drugs are natural and synthetic drugs that distort the perception of reality and affect thought processes. The main forms of hallucinogenic drugs are phencyclidine (PCP), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and organic drugs, which include mescaline and psilocybin.

Inhalants are usually forms of aerosols or solvents that are inhaled and produce feelings of euphoria, excitation and light-headedness. The vapors from inhalants enter the bloodstream rapidly by way of the lungs and circulate throughout the body, often depressing body functions such as breathing and heart rate.

Source: Information is courtesy of Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resource Center

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October 9, 2017
by Staff Writer
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National Day Without Stigma – October 9th 2017

national-day-without-stigmaToday, the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders and addiction is one of main causes for people not reaching out or seeking support for their mental health disorder or addiction problems. As a result, more than half of those in the US with a mental health problem don’t seek help and thus, never receive proper treatment to live fuller happier lives.

That is why this Monday October 9th, 2017, is National Day Without Stigma – a day dedicated to eliminating the shame and discrimination that surrounds mental health illness including substance abuse disorders by promoting better education encouraging help-seeking for families and individuals in need of support across the country.

Below is a video of Active Minds, the leading nonprofit organization of National Day Without Stigma that empowers students nationwide to speak about mental health problems to better shape our culture and how we perceive those who struggle with mental health disorders.

“Stigma is shame. Shame causes silence. Silence hurts us all.” – activeminds.org

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October 6, 2017
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The Benefits of Peer-Support Recovery Programs in Addiction Treatment

alcohol-rehab-centerA study published in September 2016 by the community research and recovery program at the New York University School of Medicine supports the theory that peer recovery for drug addiction is effective and beneficial to one’s life long recovery. For one thing, participants of peer support programs often claim to develop a sense of “belonging” after just a few sessions, allowing the individual to boost confidence among their cohorts, and also, feeling accepted because they all had similar experiences to relate to. When these bonds occur, that’s when the magic happens, and it facilitates recovery inside-out.

Here are the key benefits of peer support recovery:

• Builds a sense of community among the recovering members, and often helps develop a recovery support network

• Boosts confidence, motivation and encouragement for participants as they empower one another, such as creating a network of vital peer review to give each other advice and guidance

• Paves the way for belonging and acceptance

• Peer support recovery helps individuals maintain sobriety for the long run, just like gym partners make sure they stay in shape.

• Individuals find meaning and purpose through peer recovery support; when an individual gains a sense of self-worth, this causes them to believe in themselves, gain hope, and harness a positive attitude for only themselves, but their peers

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

www.MyCenterForRecovery.com

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