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Holistic Rehab Programs

Holistic drug and alcohol rehab programs approach addiction treatment by treating the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of their clients. A good comprehensive rehab program utilizes both: the traditional model of addiction treatment which focuses on psychotherapy, 12-step programs, and support groups, and the holistic model, which focuses on improving and maintaining all three areas of health working on the mind-body-spirit connection.

The philosophy behind treating all three areas of health is that they are all connected; meaning that disease in one area will affect the other two. A holistic treatment approach will work to heal each of these three areas so that the recovering individual can sustain sobriety after the main issues influencing substance use are resolved.

One major aspect of the holistic drug and alcohol rehab that might differ from traditional rehab is the detox process. As an example, detox at a holistic addiction treatment center may not include medications to ease uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. However, not providing any medication to ease discomfort is not a detox protocol found in the majority of rehabs that offer both traditional and holistic treatment approaches.

If you are interested in this type of treatment, you should evaluate the program carefully to make sure the program you are considering is the right one for you.

Other aspects of holistic addiction treatment programs that are different from traditional treatment are the alternative types of psychotherapy offered, such as art, music, or animal-assisted therapy.

Holistic rehab programs may include:

  • Meditation sessions, yoga, tai-chi & prayer sessions
  • Complementary therapy, such as massage or acupuncture
  • Organic, all-natural meal plans provided to improve physical health and focus on nutritional deficiencies due to addiction
  • Physical activities such as exercise, biking, hiking, etc.

As most comprehensive addiction treatment programs are tailored to the individual’s needs, they are flexible when it comes to holistic alternative activities. Some programs allow you to opt-out of meditation or other activities if you are not comfortable practicing them.

Nevertheless, no matter what the treatment type, the treatment must be evidence-based and shown to be effective.

For more information on finding a quality holistic addiction rehab program, call our helpline today at  800-851-3291

Addiction treatment support specialists can answer your questions to help you identify your needs and guide you in choosing a rehab program that is best for you.

The Mind-body-spirit connection in addiction treatment can be a life-changing way to begin the path to recovery.

How Long Does Addiction Treatment Take?

You can expect an effective inpatient addiction treatment program to last up to 90 days. However, individuals actively working on their recovery continue, on average, another 6 to 12 months in outpatient treatment. Short-term inpatient rehabilitation usually lasts 28 to 30 days, several of those first days dedicated to detox. Addiction recovery facilities have different programs and it is helpful to understand their treatment approaches and programs so the treatment program that best suits one’s needs can be selected.

It is understandable that most individuals seeking recovery feel they can’t afford time away from work and family obligations, but taking the time to attend a well-structured comprehensive addiction treatment program is crucial to succeed in reshaping behaviors and establishing a new healthy, sober lifestyle. Many who need to attend long term 90-day inpatient treatment, find it easier to attend a 28-30 day rehab program and then scale it down to an outpatient program closer to home for another 30 to 60 days.

There are no two long-term rehab experiences that are exactly alike because every person enters rehabilitation with different underlying causes, including trauma and other common co-occurring mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Good drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs utilize proven therapeutic strategies that have helped many individuals achieve results that last.

So, while one person might find success in addiction treatment in 30 days, another person may require a year or longer to utilize different programs, approaches, and steps to soundly transition into a healthy lifestyle.

Therapeutic rehabilitation through addiction treatment programs provides individuals in recovery the support and time needed to examine their lives thus providing the recovering individuals the tools to cope with life’s struggles, repair broken relationships and re-integrate the individual into society.


Call Florida Center for Recovery to start your journey into recovery today. Join the hundreds of individuals you see on our Facebook page who have succeeded, by calling 800-851-3291 to talk with a caring advisor who understands what you’re going through.


Addiction Recovery – The Fear of the Unknown

It’s normal to fear addiction treatment. In fact fear is the number one emotion that comes up when the idea of addiction treatment is presented to someone struggling with addiction. Just imagining the countless changes that are coming and the effort needed to recover, are enough to fill one’s mind full of doubt and fear.

This doubt and fear can ruin any chance of recovery or hope for a new beginning and a new life free of drugs or alcohol. Most people find it difficult to get rid of this fear, but ironically one of the goals of an effective recovery program is to help the recovering individuals manage their fear and get ready for their new life.  By getting through the fear recovering individuals learn effective ways of managing their lives long after they leave treatment.

Many blame their fear as the most effective impediment in getting treatment. We at Florida Center for Recovery understand that feeling and our goal is to help  anyone willing to quit addiction beat his or her fear and succeed in achieving recovery and the life he or she deserves. 

No more creating “worst case scenarios” and believing they are realities.

We invite you to call us and discuss your fears with someone who understands. Below are a few of the fears we helped others overcome:

  • Fear that detox will hurt or be painful

  • Fear that life won’t be as enjoyable when sober

  • Fear that treatment won’t work

  • Fear that staying sober will be too difficult

  • Fear that the challenges of life will be too much to bare without drugs or alcohol

  • Fear of changes

  • Fear that treatment will cost too much

  • Fear that recovery will create too many boundaries

  • Fear that relationships will suffer in recovery (especially if only one partner in the relationship chooses recovery)

These concerns and many others you may have are simply the worst case scenarios you believe as reality. Yes it is human nature to come up with negative thoughts and worst case scenarios. But the fact is they are not the reality. However, they are the obstacles that prevent you from getting sober and ending your addiction.

If you feel like fear is preventing you from getting well, call our helpline at 800-851-3291 to talk with a caring advisor who understands what you’re going through.

Do I need Detox for Opioid?

Many individuals addicted to prescription opioids and heroin wonder if they need medical supervision when going through detox for substances such as Codeine, Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Methadone, Meperidine (Demerol), Fentanyl, Morphine, Oxycodone (Percocet or Oxycontin) and Heroin.

Although there are individuals who may have succeeded in the detox process without entering a rehab facility, it is worth mentioning that detoxing from opioids with no medical oversight is not easy or safe. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable and even life-threatening. There is a consensus among addiction treatment professionals that in order to safely and effectively detox from opioid drugs, detox must be performed under medical and clinical supervision at a licensed treatment facility experienced in this type of treatment. In a specialized detox center, individuals are properly evaluated, monitored to make sure they are physically and psychologically are stabilized and ready for the process. In addition, when opioid detox is performed in an inpatient addiction treatment setting, recovering individuals are highly encouraged to attend inpatient treatment where psychological counseling and complementary therapeutic services are offered to structure and support a long-lasting recovery.

Medical detox is relatively short and it provides the stepping stones for recovery, but relapse is common for individuals who do not follow a continuum of treatment for their opioid dependence. Since opioid addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease, with both physical and emotional side effects and symptoms, individuals seeking inpatient rehab should look for programs that offer comprehensive treatment for their addiction. Addiction treatment facilities offering comprehensive treatment programs not only provide medical detox but also individual and group counseling, educational addiction lectures, co-occurring mental health disorders treatment, family and individual therapy, support groups, and detailed discharge planning at the end of an inpatient treatment stay.

Research shows that receiving treatment from addiction treatment centers that provide comprehensive treatment services that aim to heal the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction increase the chances of long term sustainable recovery and greatly reduces relapse.

If you or someone you know needs medical opioid detox, we at Florida Center for Recovery are ready to help with proactive intervention and compassionate care in a healing environment. For more information call us at: 800-851-3291. You may also chat with us now, or fill out our contact form and we’ll get in touch with you. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.

Principles of Addiction Treatment

More than three decades of scientific research show that addiction treatment can help individuals struggling with addiction stop substance use, avoid relapse, and successfully recover. Based on this research, 13 fundamental principles that characterize effective addiction treatment have been developed. These principles are detailed in NIDA’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.

  1. Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Drugs alter the brain’s structure and how it functions, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This may help explain why abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence.
  2. No single treatment is appropriate for everyone. Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success.
  3. Treatment needs to be readily available. Because drug-addicted individuals may be uncertain about entering treatment, taking advantage of available services the moment people are ready for treatment is critical. Potential patients can be lost if treatment is not immediately available or readily accessible.
  4. Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse. To be effective, treatment must address the individual’s drug abuse and any associated medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal problems.
  5. Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical. The appropriate duration for an individual depends on the type and degree of his or her problems and needs. Research indicates that most addicted individuals need at least 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use and that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment.
  6. Counseling—individual and/or group—and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of drug abuse treatment. Behavioral therapies vary in their focus and may involve addressing a patient’s motivations to change, building skills to resist drug use, replacing drug-using activities with constructive and rewarding activities, improving problem-solving skills, and facilitating better interpersonal relationships.
  7. Medications are an important element of treatment for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies. For example, methadone and buprenorphine are effective in helping individuals addicted to heroin or other opioids stabilize their lives and reduce their illicit drug use. Also, for persons addicted to nicotine, a nicotine replacement product (nicotine patches or gum) or an oral medication (bupropion or varenicline), can be an effective component of treatment when part of a comprehensive behavioral treatment program.
  8. An individual’s treatment and services plan must be assessed continually and modified as necessary to ensure it meets his or her changing needs. A patient may require varying combinations of services and treatment components during the course of treatment and recovery. In addition to counseling or psychotherapy, a patient may require medication, medical services, family therapy, parenting instruction, vocational rehabilitation, and/or social and legal services. For many patients, a continuing care approach provides the best results, with treatment intensity varying according to a person’s changing needs.
  9. Many drug-addicted individuals also have other mental disorders. Because drug abuse and addiction—both of which are mental disorders—often co-occur with other mental illnesses, patients presenting with one condition should be assessed for the other(s). And when these problems co-occur, treatment should address both (or all), including the use of medications as appropriate.
  10. Medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug abuse. Although medically assisted detoxification can safely manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal, detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help addicted individuals achieve long-term abstinence. Thus, patients should be encouraged to continue drug treatment following detoxification.
  11. Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective. Sanctions or enticements from family, employment settings, and/or the criminal justice system can significantly increase treatment entry, retention rates, and the ultimate success of drug treatment interventions.
  12. Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously, as lapses during treatment do occur. Knowing their drug use is being monitored can be a powerful incentive for patients and can help them withstand urges to use drugs. Monitoring also provides an early indication of a return to drug use, signaling a possible need to adjust an individual’s treatment plan to better meet his or her needs.
  13. Treatment programs should assess patients for the presence of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases, as well as provide targeted risk-reduction counseling to help patients modify or change behaviors that place them at risk of contracting or spreading infectious diseases. Targeted counseling specifically focused on reducing infectious disease risk can help patients further reduce or avoid substance-related and other high-risk behaviors. Treatment providers should encourage and support HIV screening and inform patients that highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has proven effective in combating HIV, including among drug-abusing populations.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

What Are the Most Common Misused Medications?

Misuse of prescription drugs is a serious public health problem in the United States with results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, showing an estimated 2.1 million Americans using prescription drugs nonmedically. The term nonmedical use of prescription drugs refers to:

    • taking prescription drugs in a manner or dosage other than prescribed
    • taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain
    • taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., to get high)

The most commonly misused medications are:

Opioids  — usually prescribed to treat pain 

Central Nervous System [CNS] Depressants (this category includes tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics) — used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders

Stimulants — most often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Individuals addicted to prescription drugs should not attempt to stop taking them on their own. Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs can be severe and—in the case of certain medications—potentially life-threatening.

If you or someone you know has become addicted to prescription drugs, Florida Center for Recovery is here to help. Our rehab facility offers specialized prescription drug rehab programs through our all-inclusive inpatient detox and rehabilitation services. For more information call our admissions department at:  800-851-3291

Mental Health Month – Help Cure Stigma

May is Mental Health Month and along with The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) you can help spread the word and#CureStigma.

This year NAMI has launched the campaign “Stigma Free”, in an effort to end stigma and create hope for those affected by mental illness. The campaign manifesto is: There’s a virus spreading across America. It harms 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking about? It’s stigma. Stigma against people with mental health conditions. But there’s good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. 

Join NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness in their campaign to #CureStigma.

Florida Center for Recovery invites you to share this information and help spread the word about the stigma related to substance use disorder (SUDs), as well. It is important to understand that mental health conditions and SUD’s are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding these conditions isn’t only knowing they exits and knowing about their symptoms, but being able to dispel on-going misunderstandings about those conditions.

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) an estimated 43.6 million (18.1%) Americans ages 18 and up experienced some form of mental illness. In the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4%) had a substance use disorder. Of these, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder, also known as co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Helping to change the way the world sees substance abuse and mental health disorders can help break down stigmas as barriers to care and get people the help they need and deserve. You can help to change the way the world sees substance abuse and mental health by:

  • Offering compassionate support

  • Displaying kindness to people in vulnerable situations

  • Listening while withholding judgment

  • Seeing a person for who they are, not what substance they use or what mental health condition they have

  • Educating yourself by learning about substance use disorder and mental health disorders

  • Treating struggling individuals dignity and respect

  • Avoiding hurtful labels

  • Replacing negative attitudes with evidence-based facts

  • Speaking up when you see someone being mistreated because of their condition

  • Take action to push for better legislation and policies to improve the lives of individuals struggling with addiction and mental health condition.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction and a co-occurring mental health condition we ask you to reach out to a trusted person for compassion, support and understanding before it is too late. There is  help available, if you ask for it. Know that the illness does not make the person.

For comprehensive addiction and mental health treatment information call Florida Center for Recovery at: :  800-851-3291

Addiction Treatment

Time is a crucial component of any successful treatment and addiction treatment is no exception. In case of addiction treatment, the appropriate length of treatment for each individual varies, depending on the type of substance abused, the length of the abuse, presence of any co-occurring mental health disorder(s), such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, OCD, and the intensity of the patient’s addiction.

Research indicates that most individuals struggling with drugs or alcohol need between one to 3 months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use, and the best outcome occurs with longer duration of treatment. Depending on the severity of the addiction, the type of treatment may include residential treatment or partial hospitalization treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, 12 step, or smart recovery meetings. As with other chronic illnesses, relapses with drug or alcohol addiction are possible and require the repeat of the treatment. The possibility of relapse while in recovery is the reason that most comprehensive addiction treatment programs provide relapse prevention strategies along with therapeutic counseling. For many recovering individuals the continuing care approach with outpatient services such as aftercare plans, provide the additional support that increases the change of lasting sobriety.

Effective addiction treatment programs offer individualized treatment plans that are periodically assessed and modified as necessary, ensuring that they meet the changing needs of each client. In addition to counseling or psychotherapy, a patient may require medical care, family therapy, parenting instruction, vocational rehabilitation, and/or social and legal services.

Successful recovery depends on a person’s ability to stay in treatment long enough to realize the treatment’s full benefits and learn the necessary strategies for relapse prevention. Factors associated with the individuals staying for the full length of the treatment are related to the level of engagement, motivation and the commitment of each person. The level of support from family and friends and sometimes external pressure such as from the criminal justice system, child protection services, employers, or family play a big role in convincing the individual to complete the treatment.

To facilitate treatment, the medical and clinical team establishes a positive, energetic and therapeutic relationship with their recovering clients to ensure that the treatment plan has the support of the person under treatment and the plan is followed. When problems such as serious medical or mental illnesses are involved, intensive interventions are administered to bring or keep the individual in treatment. These intensive interventions are not permanent and gradually transitioned to less intensive continuing care that supports and monitors individuals in their ongoing recovery.

Drugs Alert for Indiana and Wisconsin

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s has issued an Alert on Synthetic Cannabinoid Products for Indiana and Wisconsin after individuals have reported experiencing severe bleeding after using these products.

Synthetic Cannabinoid Products often called fake weed, K2, spice, OMG, Scooby Snacks, AK-47 and other names are usually found at convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online.

In addition to NIDA’s warning, Indiana State Department of Health and Wisconsin Department of Health Services have also issued a warning about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids in their respective states. The symptoms experienced by these individuals are similar to those reported in Illinois where two deaths have been reported.

Indiana State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box said: “Synthetic cannabinoids contain hundreds of chemicals, and it is difficult to know what’s in them or how people will react to the ingredients. These substances can cause severe, even life-threatening, bleeding. We have seen cases increase dramatically overnight in Illinois and know at least one person in Indiana has reported severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids.”

Synthetic cannabinoids are not available as one drug. Hundreds of different synthetic cannabinoid chemicals are manufactured and sprayed on dried plant material or sold as liquids to be inhaled in addictive tobacco products like e-cigarettes or other vaping devices. New ones with unknown health risks are available almost every month. Synthetic cannabinoid products are unsafe, and the health effects from using them can be unpredictable, harmful, and even life-threatening.

Please talk to your family members, especially the younger ones, about the dangers of using synthetic cannabinoids or any other unknown substances.

If you or someone you know has a serious reaction to synthetic cannabinoids, call 911 or go to the emergency department immediately. Individuals who experience bleeding symptoms should not take themselves to the emergency department but should instead call 911 or have someone drive them.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Indiana Statement Department of Health
National Institute of Drug Abuse

May is Mental Health Month

Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. We at Florida Center for Recovery take part in this month’s observance by sharing information related to mental health and its association with substance abuse and addiction.

This year’s 69th Mental Health Month theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body and the focus is on what we as individuals can do to be fit for our own futures – no matter where we happen to be on our own personal journeys to health and wellness.

Key messages of 2018’s Mental Health Awareness Month whether or not there is a mental health concern

  • Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
  • So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. Paying attention to both your physical health and your mental health can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.
  • A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Taking good care of your body is part of a Before Stage Four approach to mental health.
  • Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.
  • Getting the appropriate amount of exercise benefits nearly all aspects of a person’s health. Not only does exercise help control weight, but it also improves mental health, and chances of living longer and healthier.
  • Recent research is connecting your gut health with your mental health. So, when it comes to diet and nutrition, it’s all about finding the right balance of nutrients to benefit both the mind and body.
  • Sleep plays a role in all aspects of our life and overall health. Getting a good night’s sleep is important to having enough physical and mental energy to take on daily responsibilities.
  • Stress has a huge impact on our lives and can make even day-to-day life difficult. Research shows that stress is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. It also shows that people who feel depressed or chronically stressed may have a greater risk of physical illnesses.
  • Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.
  • By looking at your overall health every day – both physically and mentally – you can go a long way in ensuring that you focus on your Fitness #4Mind4Body.