Monthly Archives: November 2017

How Shame can Fuel a Drug Problem

There are many factors that contribute to addiction. A problem in one area of our lives such as health, work, or school, can lead to problems in other areas, and as a coping mechanism, many people turn to drugs and alcohol. The shame that follows such behaviors can also be a factor in the increase in substance abuse. 

Shame is more than just feeling guilty. When someone feels shame, they feel guilty and embarrassed too. It hurts and can leave people feeling very vulnerable and even many develop feelings of hopelessness. Feeling ashamed can also make a drug or alcohol problem worse, especially if that person is too embarrassed to get help. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a strong support system and many people go through the traumatic ordeal of facing addiction alone. Sometimes the guilt and shame is so strong that a person breaks ties with loved ones and falls into a life of fear and isolation, so as not to disappoint the people around them. Shame can make a person hate themselves and even develop self-destructive behaviors. It is important to let loved ones know about a drug or alcohol problem and allow them to find ways to help. Fear, shame and guilt are breeding grounds for worsening a substance abuse problem.

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease; there is nothing to be ashamed of. There are a lot of people struggling with the disease of addiction not seeking treatment because of the shame they feel and the stigma that is still in this day and age out there. Shame and guilt can cause addicts to keep secrets and when suffering from addiction, one of the worse things a person can do is let the fear of judgment cause them to stay quiet, and not reach out for help. If you or someone you know is seeking addiction treatment call Florida Center for Recovery. Our Fort Pierce, FL location has provided drug and alcohol detox for over 15 years also offering all-inclusive residential detox on our 12-acre private facility.

Addiction: Treatment and Discharge

It takes a lot of courage and resilience to recover from drug abuse. While in rehab, you will have the opportunity to connect with mental health professionals to help guide you through this journey. One of the most important steps in recovering from drug addiction is the treatment plan where you have the opportunity to work with a professional to devise a set of strategies to get you started in your recovery path. But what happens after rehab and the time comes to re-enter the real world.

When it’s time to leave rehab, having a proper discharge is key for a successful recovery. You and your counselor will devise the proper plan to help you stay on track as you adapt to a sober life. There are several key factors to consider when developing the best discharge plan, here are a few: 

1) 12 Step Programs and Support Groups: Whether it’s within your community or online, connecting with resources that you find supportive is crucial to your wellbeing. It allows you to connect to people and share ideas and experiences that could be very helpful as well as give guidance and support when you need it the most. Some of the most popular 12 step meetings and support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, Al-Anon family groups, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.”

2) Transitional Housing: When clients are slowly moving back into the routine of work, social responsibilities, and play, it can be very helpful to live in a place where recovery support can be provided. Transitional housing offers residents the opportunity to participate in 12 step self-help programs and often provided emotional support and essential life skills education to help recovering individuals along their path. 

3) Outpatient Addiction Treatment: For clients who can afford outpatient treatment this continuum method of therapeutic care offers an excellent way for recovering individuals to stay on track and keep in touch with an addiction treatment professional. Most outpatient treatment centers offer two core treatment programs, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. These programs offer various counseling options and allow the client to commute to the center during their recovery while keeping a job. 

4) Managing Medication: When leaving a treatment center, many clients might still require medication. It’s important that facility staff ensure that the clients know the risks, benefits, and usage of their medication and provide support when needed so that misuse of medication doesn’t occur and cause harm. 

5) Sponsors and Recovery Coaches: Many individuals who they themselves are in recovery become sponsors and recovery coaches to provide support to those who need it. These coaches not only provide support but also hold clients accountable and provide encouragement during the recovery period and even many years down the line. 


Happy Thanksgiving!

We, at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR), wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with the special joys that you have rediscovered in your recovery. We hope you stay strong in your commitment to your recovery and never forget that self-care is all year round.

Take advantage of the tools you learned to resist temptations common during the holiday season and let us emphasize the fact that we are always here for you.

This year has been a special one for us at FCR as we have celebrated our 15th anniversary. We are especially grateful to all members of our team, past, and present who have worked so hard in caring for our growing community of recovering clients.

We also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our recovering clients who have sent us their love through Facebook, phone calls, and e-mails. We LOVE to hear from you as your feedback always helps us learn to do our job better.

Cheers to all of you in every step of your way,

Florida Center for Recovery
Clinical Excellence and Compassionate Care Since 2002

The Four S’s to A Successful Recovery

Getting sober is not easy and staying that way is where the real challenges lie. Learning to master your new life and enjoy it again will be a trial-and-error process that will take months of practice, lots of time and courage. The first 3 to 6 months are the hardest and until you find your rhythm sticking to the four S’s of RECOVERY will help you through this challenging time.


During addiction treatment, you kept a daily schedule. Although you may at times have felt that the structure was overly rigid, the purpose of having the structure was to orient you to the idea that structure has value. The regular pattern you followed at our addiction treatment center: yoga, group therapy, individual therapy, exercising, reflecting, socializing, more meetings, eating at a scheduled time and sleeping is at the core of a healthy, independent lifestyle. Structure and routine enable your body to “re-learn” how to follow its natural rhythm. Maintaining a schedule, planning your day and building more routines into your day are some basic things you can do to maintain structure in your life.


Support isn’t just having the love and support of family and friends. It’s important to understand that “support” requires an active effort on your part. Support involves engaging in and receiving assistance from all individuals and organizations that are able to help you. Active involvement in a recovery group, talking to your doctor about your recovery, seeing an individual and family therapist and drawing strength from your faith or other inspirational figures are ways in which you can support your recovery.


“Giving back” to your community, your church or another recovering addict instills a sense of compassion, confidence and commitment to living a healthy, independent life. No matter how far you’ve come or how far you’ll go, giving your time freely to those in need pays big bonuses to you in the realm of self-esteem, personal growth and gives your brain the positive feedback it needs to counter the destructive, self-centered habits you formed when you were actively using.


Addiction is a disease in which the sense of spirit and meaning in life is profoundly affected. Over time, drugs and alcohol rob you of your personal depth and spiritual center. By using drugs and alcohol over and over again, the addict trades brief experiences of relief or “highs” for real personal and spiritual growth. Developing or reawakening your “center,” a deepening appreciation of the profound mystery of life and understanding that there is more to life than the narrow world of this disease is a way to counter the negative effects of the struggles of everyday life and grow as a healthy person in long-term recovery.

Stigma and the Lack of Treatment for Substance Abuse with a Co-occurring Mental Illness

Despite the fact that in this day and age a plethora of high-quality treatment options exist for the treatment of substance abuse with a co-occurring mental illness right here in the United States, a high number of people still do not seek treatment. While there are people who have succumbed to their illness and do not pursue recovery, the majority of people who avoid it do so because of unfortunate barriers that stand in their way. The strongest of these barriers is the stigma attached to mental illness, as many people view mental illness as a plague on society and avoid confronting the issue.

Stigma takes away confidence that mental disorders are valid treatable conditions. It makes people not want to socialize or work with others who are diagnosed with mental illness even when they can be treated. Stigma may also prevent the public from wanting to pay for treatment, therefore, preventing them from accessing treatment that could change their lives for the better. 

These barriers reinforce negative thought patterns and often reinforce low self-esteem, isolation, and even hopelessness in these individuals who want to heal but may be worried about the loss of friends and jobs as a result. Most people tend to interact overcautiously with those diagnosed with mental disorders and often fear them, causing relationships to crumble. 

Stigma deprives people of their dignity and prevents them from being their best possible selves and it is one of the most important things we will need to overcome in order to create a healthier and more welcoming society. 

There are various treatment options for mental disorders nowadays. The increase of effective treatments promises to be the best answer to overcoming stigma. Effective interventions help people see that mental disorders are not flaws and shortcomings in people’s personalities and characters but actual illnesses that can be healed with the right treatment, just like how other health conditions respond to medical treatment. But support plays an important part in healing mental disorders which is even more reason to overcome stigma as a society. Whether you feel like an outcast because you suffer from a mental illness or you treat others differently because they have a mental illness, this is the time to engage in research and better education in this matter so that we as a society slowly move towards becoming part of the solution and no longer the problem. Remember, it’s a disorder, not a decision. 

We at Florida Center for Recovery provide comprehensive addiction treatment assessment to place our clients within the most appropriate treatment program which will address all of his or her issues. Our drug and alcohol rehab programs offer an individualized treatment plan to treat not only the addiction but also any related co-occurring disorder our client may have. For more information about our treatment center please contact us at: 



Recovery: The Adventure Begins

For most individuals leaving rehab can be a terrifying thought as establishing a routine can seem difficult, but starting the recovery process with a positive mind can help in easing this process. Remember that, One Step at a Time it is. Routine and planning are your friends and can guide the way to a fulfilling life packed with adventures and excitement. Here are some tips on how to rediscover the adventure that life can offer after addiction.

Keep Follow-Up Appointments

While rehab may be over, your responsibility to your wellbeing is just beginning. Keeping up with appointments and assignments is crucial to creating and maintaining a life of sobriety. It could be especially helpful to maintain a relationship with your counselor who can support you if you start to feel overwhelmed or recognize signs of relapse.

Evaluate the Neighborhood You Live In

Recovering from an addiction is often a time where one reflects and reevaluates the past lifestyle choices. Our homes are meant to be a safe haven where we can relax and unwind. If you lived in a neighborhood you feel was unsafe or were surrounded by people you no longer wish to be around, perhaps it’s a good time to start thinking about relocating to a new home where you are more comfortable with your environment.

Engaging in Inspiring Activities

While in rehab, many people will find the time to think about activities they wish they could take on. After recovery, it is often a good time to start looking into how to make those dreams into reality. Perhaps it’s a sport or just a hobby you’ve wished you could engage in, something that speaks to you and encourages you to start writing your new identity. 

Finding the Right Social Scene 

Many people who are recovering from addiction come from destructive social scenes with little or no friends after a successful recovery. Others have strong support systems that have gotten them through some very tough times. Regardless of the past, connecting with like-minded people is essential to the recovery process. Support groups or evening classes are good ways to connect with others. You can even attend networking events around your city which can connect you to different people and even job opportunities. It’s also a chance for you to share your story and allow others to connect with you. 

Helping Others 

For those who have suffered through addiction, it’s easier to develop empathy for others. Research suggests that while recovering from an addiction, helping others is vital to the healing process. Down the line, recovering individuals will often reflect in their past and may have a lot to offer people who are just starting their recovery journey. In any case, taking some time to be there for someone else may just be the positive distraction you need. You can help sponsor someone else who is on the road to recovery or even look into volunteering in your community. Being there for others as they struggle is not just helpful for them but for you as well as it allows you to take a break from the self-focus and meet somebody else’s needs. 


The world can be even more beautiful through the eyes of a recovering addict. You get to see it all through the eyes of someone who overcome a great deal of trauma. Seeing different places and getting new experiences can help you rewrite your life story. There are many options to travel on a low budget too so it’s important to do some research and plan the best trip for you. You can travel alone or with a group if you prefer either way it’s a great way to get outdoor, take in new sights, meet new people, and rewrite your future. 

Recovering from addiction is hard work and takes a toll on your mind, body, and soul. It’s okay to have concerns about life after rehab provided that these concerns don’t escalate to the point where you can’t function in your life. One of your best allies is your counselor who will support you and help you feel confident in starting life again. Life takes on a different meaning after rehab and you see the world in a different way. Take advantage of the good days and reach out for support on the days you need it. Recovery is an ongoing process and with determination, support, and the right tools you will be successful.

Addiction Among Veterans: The Battle Continues

Many brave men and women have served and protected our country for a great number of years. They brave the frontlines and dream of life post-war away from the chaos and heartbreak. But many people who return to life after the war have to deal with post-traumatic symptoms which leave them feeling isolated, anxious, and scared leading to the use and abuse of different substances.
While today there is more understanding around post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is still one of the main reasons veterans turn to drugs and addiction as a coping method to deal with traumatic memories, depression, and anxiety.  It’s important that our veterans have the support and care they deserve. Addiction doesn’t just happen overnight. It could start off as one or two drinks to relieve stress and relax, escaping from the horrors in one’s mind. But if the underlying issues are not addressed, this behavior can escalate to addiction. If not treated properly or at all, anxiety and depression paired with addiction could even lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. 
Research shows that while substance abuse isn’t known to be directly caused by PTSD, it can be linked. This means that we have more research to do in order to better understand this existing relationship. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “18.5% of service members returning from deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression”. Despite the staggering numbers, only half of the veterans who require mental health treatment seek it and only half of those who receive treatment receive adequate care. 
The number of veterans who die by suicide is too high. We live in a day and age where we have the resources to ensure that the people who risk their lives protecting us can get adequate mental health treatment they deserve. Untreated PTSD and other mental health issues are major contributors to the addiction epidemic among veterans. Much of this could be prevented by early detection and providing the right treatment and support. When our fellow patriots return after the war, they shouldn’t have to battle addiction and mental health issues as a result.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and related mental health issues such as PTSD, Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) a private drug and alcohol rehab center can help. Our specialized trauma therapy (Rapid Resolution Therapy) is utilized to help individuals erase traumatic experiences without having to relive the experience.  Clients admitted to FCR whose recovery is compromised by trauma will receive specialized trauma therapy delivered exclusively by Dr. Jon Connelly, the founder, and developer of RRT. This therapeutic treatment approach often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions and is utilized to treat all types of trauma – whether it was a single incident or something that occurred on an ongoing basis.
For more information contact our admission office at: 800-851-3291

Court System Helping Opioid Addicts

With the national crisis of opioids addiction in the United States, there comes an unlikely institution to help addicts stop their dependency on drugs.

Chris Simkins from Voice of America*, reported last week how a Miami drug court judge is helping those interested in getting their lives back and becoming a productive member of the society to just do that.

Judge Jeri Beth Cohen sees the possibilities in the lives of those struggling with addiction and shares her optimism with them by offering a chance to have their drug-related non-violent criminal records erased provided they follow the rules she set as the conditions for the erasure of the record.

Judge Cohen says the reason behind this act of understanding is the fact that she believes opioid addiction is a terminal illness and the affected person is either going to jail or end up dead. There are, according to her, an increasing number of young men and women generally between the ages of 21-30 and Caucasian for the most part that could be helped to beat their addiction. One of those who took the opportunity to stay out of the criminal system is Paul R. Coles, an Iraqi war veteran in Miami, FL, and a former heroin user. His drug abuse was due to a surgery he had after his unit hit an IED in Iraq. He completed the year-long program and had his felony drug charge expunged from the record. He, like 75 percent of Drug Court graduates has remained arrest-free at-least two years after leaving the system.

Mimi-Dade County has changed its approach to dealing with drug-related arrests from its original approach when it first launched its drug court, years ago facing the crack cocaine epidemic. The focus during that crisis was mostly on jailing people for criminal conduct. It didn’t do a lot in reducing crime at that time, as people were arrested would take a plea or go to jail then get out and get arrested again. The goal this time around is, not to repeat that cycle again and by providing treatment, help addicts get the help they need. Judge Cohen says that there are many variables involved in every case. Variables such as trauma, untreated mental illness, and severity of the drug usage and the impact on their families. A treatment plan based on an individual’s risk and needs is what eventually proves successful to get people off of addiction.