Monthly Archives: July 2017

Addiction Treatment for Women

Women struggling with addiction often have a hard time finding a reliable drug and alcohol rehab center, especially pregnant mothers. For those who are not familiar with Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) and its specialized rehab programs, reading this article may help you decide if we are the right treatment center for you or your loved one.

Since opening its doors in 2002, FCR has worked to provide women with the most effective addiction treatment in a nurturing and safe environment, helping them recover with respect and dignity. FCR women’s rehab program takes into account the gender-specific challenges that women often face, such as, eating disorders, body image issues, trauma, sexual assault, pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, and being a family caregiver. In many cases, these issues are “buried,” so addressing them during addiction treatment is vital to the overall success of our women in recovery.

Admission to Treatment

Women admitted to our Florida drug and alcohol treatment center receive a thorough assessment on-premises with our experienced medical, nursing and clinical team. During this assessment, if it is determined that our client’s recovery is compounded by a co-occurring mental health disorder, a comprehensive addiction treatment plan will be developed to treat both conditions. In addition, women who are expecting receive specialized care services based on the stage of pregnancy and a variety of other factors.

Inpatient  Women Rehab Programs in Florida

FCR’s detox facility, as well as its treatment offices and residential housing, are all located within our 12-acre campus. Our women clients reside in semi-private rooms with modern bathrooms at a unit center that houses only women. Coed common areas include therapeutic offices, sports courts, recreational and resting areas, as well as a library, dining hall and laundry room.

Our residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment provide both long and short term 28-30 day women rehab programs in a gender-specific (as well as coed) format. Group and individual therapies are scheduled daily with family therapies often scheduled for the weekends.  Family involvement is an important part of our addiction treatment programs and it is designed to enhance the quality of our clients’ relationships with their families. Our women addiction treatment programs provide evidence-based therapies including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with the integration of biofeedback, which is utilized to control stress and other unfavorable symptoms often present during the withdrawal stages. Our traditional women alcohol and drug treatment therapies are also paired with a variety of alternative and holistic recovery therapies.

Recover with Us! Specialized drug and alcohol treatment for women:

  • All-Inclusive Detox
  • Medical and Psychological Evaluation
  • Addiction Treatment Assessment
  • Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Group and Individual Psychotherapy
  • Gender-Specific Counseling
  • Grief / Loss Therapy
  • Rapid Resolution Therapy®
  • Family Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • 12 Step & SMART Recovery®
  • Addiction Educational Series
  • Holistic and Alternative Therapies
  • Recreational Activities
  • Transportation Assistance (Prenatal Care and Legal Appointments)
  • Pregnancy and Addiction Education
  • Pregnancy, Infant Care and Parenting Education
  • Emotional Management Counseling
  • Aftercare Programming
  • Discharge Planning

Upon discharge from the program, each client receives a thorough aftercare plan to help address any ongoing medical and/or psychiatric needs and to ensure continued support for a lasting positive outcome. If the client is an expectant mother she will also receive recovery information to address her specific needs.

Will Florida Center for Recovery Take My Insurance?

We work closely with a variety of insurance companies and we can contact different companies individually, based on each person’s benefits. All insurance plans are different, so it is best you contact us so that our admissions experts can speak with your insurance company and look at your individual plan to verify your coverage. For clients with no insurance, FCR offers private pay options and financing is available to those who qualify.
We give women struggling with addiction the support and the care they need to change their lives.

Florida Center for Recovery at CORE Conference

Florida Center for Recovery attended the 5th Annual Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience (CORE) Conference, this week on Amelia Island, Florida.

CORE Conference is dedicated to promoting the design, provision, and monitoring of outcomes-based addiction services and providing platforms to integrate varied academic disciplines and professional activities within the fields of addiction and behavioral health.

With new understandings in the science of addiction recovery, the treatment practices in this field have evolved through the years. Even though there is more integration of drug replacement therapy in addiction recovery these days, the Twelve Steps has kept its significance in relapse prevention as the key means of facilitating the personal growth necessary for a sustainable and long term recovery.

This conference provides the opportunity for addiction professionals to advance their understanding of the principles behind abstinence-based recovery practices and the importance of better integrating them with the Twelve-Step principles to improve treatment outcomes.

Developed more than 75-years ago, the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have withstood the test of time and science to emerge as a primary foundation for recovery from both alcoholism and drug addiction.

The CORE conference highlights the critical importance of 12-Step processes and abstinence-based recovery and presents new options for productively integrating useful clinical tools into a larger recovery-oriented treatment culture.


What is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training) is an international non-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from substance addiction and addictive behaviors. The approach used is secular and scientifically based using non-confrontational motivational, behavioral, and cognitive methods. Meeting participants learn recovery methods derived from evidence-based addiction treatments. SMART Recovery can be used as a stand-alone primary recovery support program for those seeking help recovering from addictions but does not insist on being exclusive. The program does not use the twelve steps which make up the basis of the various “Anonymous” self-help groups (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), etc.) and is generally listed as an “Alternative to AA” or an “Alternative to the Twelve Steps.” SMART Recovery believes that each individual finds his/her own path to recovery. Though listed as an “alternative”, it is also suggested as a possible “supplement” to twelve-step programs in SMART Recovery’s main program publication, The SMART Recovery Handbook.

SMART Recovery® utilizes a four-point program, with tools for each of the four points:

  • building and maintaining motivation
  • coping with urges
  • managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • living a balanced life

Smart Recovery Approach
• Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
• Provides meetings that are educational, supportive, and include open discussions.
• Encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives.
• Teaches techniques for self-directed change.
• Supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.
• Works on substance abuse, alcohol abuse, addiction, and drug abuse as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.
• Evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.
• Differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-step programs.

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) is a registered SMART RECOVERY® facility offering the #1 alternative non-12-step addiction recovery program to residents and prospective residents.

FCR’s SMART RECOVERY® meets every Friday from 4 pm to 5 pm (unless previously noted otherwise). For more information contact us:

3451 W. Midway Road.
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Phone: 800-851-3291

Opioid/Opiates and the Addiction Epidemic at a Glance

What is an Opioid? 

Opioid is a broad term that refers to drugs derived from opium. At one time “opioids” referred to synthetic opiates only (drugs created to emulate opium, however different chemically). In recent years the term Opioid is used for the entire family of opiates including natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic. Consistent with the newest definition, this article uses “opioid” to refer to all opioids and opiates. An opioid is any agent that binds to opioid receptors (protein molecules located on the membranes of some nerve cells) found principally in the central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract and elicits a response.

There are four broad classes of opioids:

  • Endogenous opioid, naturally produced in the body, endorphins
  • Opium alkaloids, such as morphine and codeine
  • Semi-synthetic opioids such as Oxycodone, Buprenorphine, and Heroin
  • Fully synthetic opioids, such as Methadone (its structures are unrelated to the opium alkaloids)

Opioid drugs are sold under various brand names that include: OxyContin®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Percodan®, Fentanyl®, Tylox®, and Demerol®.

How Addictive Are Opioids/Opiates? 

Because some opiates produce over 100 times more endorphins (natural painkillers) than the body naturally does, one can say that the potential of abuse and addiction is relatively high. An easy way to understand how an individual can become addicted to opioids is by understanding that opiates produce artificial endorphins (natural painkillers) that create an extremely good feeling. Unfortunately, over time, opioids trick the brain into stopping the production of the natural endorphins and the only way the person can experience any positive feelings would be by continuing to take the opioid he or she depends on.  At any point that a person with a history of opioid abuse stops taking it, he or she will feel sick and depressed. For these individuals, taking opiates (prescription painkiller or heroin) no longer is about feeling good but it is rather about avoiding the negative feeling of sickness and depression, as there is no other way to compensate for the lost endorphins, except to take more and more. This is the start of a vicious cycle of opiate addiction and abuse.

The Opioid Epidemic in the US and Florida
As we now understand more about opioids we realize that the opioid epidemic is not solely about illegal drugs, it is actually about legal prescription painkiller drugs like OxyContin, Percocet, and Fentanyl. Now, an everywhere problem, affecting virtually anyone and every community, opioid overdoses are considered to be the leading cause of shortened life expectancy in the U.S. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids, which includes prescription opioids and heroin, killed more than 56,000 people in 2016. That is 24,000 more deaths than car accidents and it is projected that in 2017 that number will surpass the previous year. In Florida, opioids were the direct cause of death of 2,538 people and contributed to an additional 1,358 deaths in 2015 (the last year for which data is available). Now, four years into the opioid epidemic Florida Governor Rick Scott, officially declared a public health emergency last May. This gives the Governor the power to spend immediately without the Legislature approval and for public health to move quickly to respond to the crisis. It also allows the state of Florida to accept a federal grant for prevention, treatment, and recovery services totaling more than $54 million over the next two years.

Tackling the overdose epidemic will require more than federal grants for our state, it will require national efforts to curb doctors’ overprescribing practices, curb the manufacturing of addictive dangerous illicit drugs, lessening the stigma surrounding addiction, and beginning to treat addiction as a chronic illness. Seeing the afflicted individual as the one who each of us could be. Seeing them as the sons, the daughters, the fathers, the mothers, the sisters, and the brothers who are in urgent need of treatment. A treatment that is as available as the treatments for cancer, heart disease, and other debilitating illnesses.

How Does Opioid Addiction Treatment Work?
When it comes to opioid addiction, treatment varies for different people, depending on their stage of addiction. Most recovery process begins with detox to get the substance of abuse out of the individuals’ system. Detox is often followed by residential treatment (therapy and counseling), and in some cases, medications are utilized to reduce the patient’s cravings. Most addiction treatment programs, like the ones offered at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR), provide comprehensive treatment, addressing any co-existing mental health condition (s) which may be associated with the addiction, including PTSD, depression, and anxiety among others.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, reach out to family and friends, and seek treatment.

4th of July – Stay Focused on Your Recovery

Fourth of July like other days of festivities is a challenging day for recovering individuals, especially those in early recovery from alcohol addiction. It’s easy to see that the abundance of alcohol in most celebrations can easily bring about the dreaded relapse. If you find yourself vulnerable during this holiday, do not fret as here we suggest three things that can help you stay on track with your recovery.

1- Don’t attend activities where alcohol is being served, especially if you are in your early days of recovery. It is unrealistic to say, “You can battle it through.” Remember the lesson from Step One of the Twelve Steps: You don’t have the power.

2- If you are celebrating this day with your loved ones, most likely they already understand your challenges, but make sure you communicate your feelings clearly so that they will be mindful of your situation when planning the activities.

3- If you think you are going to be alone and that’s not what you want, contact your sponsor. If your sponsor is not available contact someone in your support list and let that person know you need his or her help. Be specific, let him know you are concerned about being on your own and what troubles you. There are also numerous AA-related events that take place in most cities during the fourth of July that you can find them to be fun and engaging. The benefit of attending such events is that you will be surrounded by like-minded people who are in various stages of the recovery process including some in long term recovery with valuable experience, if not great stories to tell.

One of the joys of recovery is to experience life, sober. It is a great feeling to know that you are participating in life again. Focus on that. You have achieved sobriety despite all the challenges you have faced so far. Follow your belief that you are on the path to success. Your success, based on your standards and what you have set out to achieve.
Remind yourself that little by little things are getting better. The sun in your skin feels warmer, the beach is more beautiful, the food tastes better, and the fireworks are now memorable. Isn’t the most exciting thing about being sober the fact that you remember the events you experience, and you remember them without any shame?

Remember the Serenity Prayer that regardless of your spiritual beliefs, it clearly exhibits the necessity of distinction between the things you can change and the things you can’t. You can’t change the fact that you were an alcoholic, but you can change the perception that you will have a life of an alcoholic. You can’t control what you did and who you associated with, but you can change who you will call “friend” and hang out with going forward.

So, on this Fourth of July, we at Florida Center for Recovery, salute all of you recovering individuals, and your friends and families who work hard to support you through the difficult and challenging journey of your sober life.

Have a Happy 4th from all of us at Florida Center for Recovery.