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Trying to Calculate Drug Rehab Cost?

There is a lot to consider when trying to determine the cost of treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. At Florida Center for Recovery, we believe the real cost lies, first and foremost, in not getting treatment. The true value of receiving professional treatment for drug or alcohol addiction cannot be counted or fully understood by any but the recovered addict, in terms of the new life and opportunities in that life that becomes possible with sobriety. We invite you to take a closer look at our programs, treatment options, and services to determine whether we indeed provide the opportunity for you or someone you love to get back the life that they once had.

If there are insurance questions, let our knowledgeable staff take a look at your insurance benefits and assess your plan. We accept most insurance providers’ benefits as payment for treatment at our facility, including those from widely recognized companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, United Healthcare, and many more. Most insurance plans cover the bulk of the drug rehab cost at Florida Center for Recovery; even if the coverage is not 100%, we still make treatment possible for almost anyone looking for recovery. Additionally, we work with one of the most reputable financing services in the country to create a payment plan when there is no insurance available for treatment.

For questions about cost and treatment, our knowledgeable staff is available at a click of the Live Confidential Chat Button, present on our web page: ( They are answering questions and presenting options on a daily basis, to many struggling with addiction and/or their loved ones, making treatment possible for many who think otherwise.

If you or someone you care about is dealing with drug addiction, please don’t make cost a factor in determining treatment. It is our goal to make certain that nothing stands in the way you or your loved one get treatment and achieve sobriety.

Please call our rehab center in Florida at 800-851-3291 and get information regarding treatment and any other concerns you may have. If our treatment programs are not the best option for you, you will be guided with information for treatment alternatives that are most appropriate in your case, including state-funded treatment options.

We offer life-changing treatment options to our clients with affordable treatment programs that include on-site medically-assisted drug and alcohol detox, residential treatment programs geared toward long-term success, outpatient programs to further instill skills for the continuation of the healing process, and numerous other treatment services that are focused on effective treatment of addiction and co-occurring mental health issues that may be present.

How to Pay for Drug Rehab?

On average, fifty percent of the people who need addiction treatment don’t get the help they need thinking that it is beyond their financial means. The perceived cost of rehab keeps many from getting treatment, but there are options available that can make treatment possible.

The most obvious option is health insurance which many cover addiction treatment, even though at various degrees. Many insurance plans cover inpatient stays, which is the most costly plan. When setting up appointments to visit treatment centers, or when conducting phone interviews with their representative, discussing payment options and the type of insurance accepted should be on the top of the agenda. Questions about all other options including private financing should be included as well.

If no insurance available or private pay is not an option at the time, public assisted rehabs may be an option. These programs offer financial support needed to detox and begin the recovery process. The options range from government grants for care to state-funded rehabilitation centers catering to low-income individuals in need of treatment. Below are a few of these government-assisted programs that can be considered:

      • State-funded Addiction Treatment Programs

      • Locally Funded Addiction Treatment Programs

      • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association Grants

      • Medicaid

      • Medicare

      • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

      • The Affordable Care Act

For state-funded addiction treatment options contact Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator a service provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. You can also contact your state substance abuse agency—many states will help pay for substance abuse treatment.

If the person in need of treatment is a veteran or is covered by health benefits for veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help find VA services providing the required service. VA Substance Use Disorder Program Locator is a good first step to start the search.

The new Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act ensures that co-pays, deductibles, and visit limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits than they are for medical and surgical benefits. The Affordable Care Act builds on this law and requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services as one of the essential health benefits categories. Under the essential health benefits rule, individual and small group health plans are required to comply with these parity regulations.

When researching payment options for addiction treatment services, it is important to make sure whoever is helping is familiar with the new rules, as old websites and pamphlets are not necessarily updated.

To learn more about treatment cost and available options, call Florida Center for Recovery at 800-851-3291

What is Addiction Treatment Like?

Addiction treatment is experienced differently by different individuals as everyone’s substance use disorder is unique. Yet it is safe to say that most people seeking rehab will start their treatment with a detoxification process. This process generally lasts three to five days (longer depending on the substance of use and the length of use) and is followed by therapeutic services which include behavioral treatment. Also known as talk-therapy, this therapeutic treatment approach is designed to engage recovering individuals in the treatment process, alter destructive attitudes and behaviors related to the use of substances and promote healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to behavioral therapy, comprehensive addiction treatment programs offer specialized therapies for individuals who are also diagnosed with related co-occurring mental health issues such as psychological trauma, depression, and anxiety. Other complementary holistic therapies may also be part of an inpatient rehab program. This includes but is not limited to yoga, meditation, and recreational sports activities.

Treatment for substance use disorders can be delivered in many different settings, including:

  • Inpatient/ Residential

  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

An Inpatient/ Residential Program is designed to support the treatment needs of recovering individuals who have been abusing substances for a long period of time and require not only behavioral therapy but also medical attention for detox. An inpatient stay generally lasts 28 to 90 days with some programs offering extended treatment services after that. In this type of treatment, clients live at the treatment facility for the duration of the treatment period, attending therapy throughout the day which is offered in both individual and group sessions. Meals are provided and recreational activities are made available in a residential rehab program.

Structure is key to recovery, so a weekly schedule in a residential inpatient rehab center focuses on providing a holistic approach that is organized through blocks of activities. Inpatient rehab programs often follow a scheduled routine, with activities provided in hour-based blocks following breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Although an individual’s daily schedule will vary based on the focus of treatment being provided, the following outline depicts a typical day’s activities:

  • Individual and group therapy sessions, such as cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, proper nutrition advice, anxiety and trauma coping methods, relapse prevention skills, and living skills.
  • Individual appointments with specialists, as needed.
  • Fitness and recreational activities
  • Spiritual enrichment
  • Personal time for meditation, reflection, or individual treatment assignments

In a Partial Hospitalization Program, clients are not living at the treatment facility, but attend therapy sessions on a regular basis. This arrangement allows clients to live a normal life and have a job while getting treatment. Though programs vary, clients can receive 4 to 6 hours a day of therapy, 5 days a week. Often this treatment is an option for clients who have already attended a residential rehab.

In an Intensive Outpatient Program, clients attend therapy sessions which generally last 3 hours a day, 3 days per week. IOP can involve one on one counseling and group therapy where relapse prevention skills as well as techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy or dialectical behavior therapy is the focus of continuing treatment. The length of IOP programs differs from person to person as they start to manage a successful recovery from addiction.

No matter how an addiction treatment program may be like, “recovery” is not a hard-and-fast term; it is fluid. Addiction treatment can be individualized to attend each client’s particular needs, but it is the individual’s journey and focus on achieving one step at a time that will help him or her build a new sober life after treatment. And it is worth mentioning that, addiction is a disease that affects the most basic ways the brain works, and relapse is part of the definition of the disease. Relapse is part of managing drug addiction, not a failure to manage it. That’s is the reason a good portion of addiction treatment should, and generally does, focus on relapse prevention.

Looking for an addiction treatment center? Florida Center for Recovery offers specialized drug and alcohol rehab programs in Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie County.

For more information call us at: 800-851-3291 You may also chat with us through our website page, or fill out the contact form for quick answers to your questions. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.

Reach out to us. Florida Center for Recovery has been providing onsite detox, comprehensive addiction treatment, and aftercare programming since 2002.


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Stopping Substance Use Immediately After Admissions

Stopping drug or alcohol use immediately after getting into a treatment center is generally what happens to anyone entering rehab. It is not so much forcing individuals to stop using their substance of addiction, but it is well understood that once a person commits to undergo treatment, stopping the drug or alcohol use is the first step he or she must undertake. After all, this is the very reason anyone struggling with addiction goes to rehab in the first place. Detox from substances has to to take place before the start of behavioral therapy as most substances impair the patient’s mental and physical abilities to respond to therapeutic treatment.

Fear of change and fear of not using drugs or alcohol by those who have not known life without their substance of abuse is understandable – especially when they recall the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. The pain and discomfort are real and many times this fact alone can prevent struggling individuals to seek help. Whether it is the individual’s first time in treatment or not, knowing that receiving detox at a licensed rehab facility where 24/7 supervision is provided to manage the physical and emotional discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, can many times be the difference between deciding to seek treatment or not.

It is well known and well publicized that anyone seeking addiction treatment must be ready and willing to receive the treatment, as like most things in life, treatment forced can end up as the treatment failed. This is true especially with addiction treatment as relapse while in recovery is a fact of many lives.

The point is that for addiction treatment to be lasting and successful, the individual must have the desire to change by considering treatment. The desire to seek help can be reinforced by knowing that relapse can happen but with a treatment plan that involves relapse prevention action tools and support from family and friends, the addiction can and will stop. It is a matter of time. And time is truly of the essence here.

Need addiction treatment for you or a loved one? Reach out to Florida Center for Recovery in Fort Pierce. We offer an individualized approach to treat addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. Our multidisciplinary team has decades of experience in seeing clients through to recovery. After detox, clients engage in individual and group therapy, and work on relapse prevention. Each client is discharged from our program with a thorough aftercare plan, to help address any ongoing medical and/or psychiatric needs and to ensure continued support for a lasting positive outcome.

For more information call us at: 800-851-3291 You may also chat with us through our website page, or fill out the contact form for quick answers to your questions. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.

What Came First: The Addiction or the Mental Health Problem?

Many who develop substance use disorders are also diagnosed with one or more mental disorders such as depression. On the other hand, there are those with some type of mental disorders such as PTSD that suffer from addiction. It is often hard to say which one came first—the mental health issue or the addiction. That is a question in urgent need of answer which is frequently asked by addiction treatment patients diagnosed with common mental health issues such as depression: “Did my drinking or drugging cause the depression?” Although diagnosing which disease came first is complex, a well-trained psychotherapist can often determine which condition occurred first by utilizing psychosocial evaluation along with family, friends, employers, court and police reports and records.

Encountering this “co-morbidity,” “co-occurrence,” or “dual diagnosis” is very common with addiction, which of-course impacts the complexity of the treatment. It is understandable that a care provider needs to know when a mental health condition, like depression, first occurred. As you can guess, the reason is the influence of existing conditions on the types and the length of the treatment. Someone who had depression before they began to abuse drugs or alcohol will most likely need prolonged and comprehensive treatment including medical intervention, compared to a patient whose depression was caused by the cycle of addiction. A patient whose depression was caused by drugs or alcohol generally will not go through the same intense psychological assessment and treatment as a patient whose depression preceded his or her addiction to substances. For that reason, it is very important to carefully choose a comprehensive addiction treatment program that offers specialized clinical and psychiatric care to correctly diagnose and treat both conditions.

Looking for an addiction treatment center? Florida Center for Recovery offers specialized inpatient addiction treatment programs in Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie County.

For more information call us at: 800-851-3291 You may also chat with us through our website page, or fill out the contact form for quick answers to your questions. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.

Reach out to us. Florida Center for Recovery has been providing onsite detox, comprehensive addiction treatment, and aftercare programming since 2002.


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How Can I Help Someone Struggling with Addiction?

There is no question that it takes a lot of courage to seek help for a drug or alcohol problem. The fear of stigma is a valid reason for many not to ask for help. While there is far less stigma associated with addiction these days than there ever has been, there are still individuals who are struggling with substance addictions and are very much worried about what family and friends think of them if they found out about their addiction problem. Yes, it is understandable to worry about employer, coworkers, or classmate’s judgment and reaction regarding our most personal problem. But does it really matter when it becomes a matter of life or death? When the struggle is so intense that living becomes void of any enjoyment, should we care how we are going to be judged by others when they find out about our disease? There are always those who don’t understand the chronic disease of addiction and have preconceived ideas about it which makes them quick to generalize and judge. Those people are easier to ignore than we might think. Their impact on our lives is minimum when you come to think of it. The ones that are important are the ones who care and are suffering with us going through the struggles of addiction. The important people who we cannot and should not ignore are the ones who are making the effort to let us know there is hope and there is a way to get out of our situation. They are the ones that bring up the subject of treatment at every chance they get, despite the backlash they get every time they bring it up.

One way to acknowledge your loved ones’ support is to take them up on their offer of help and find out about treatment. Generally, consultations are free, conversations are private and confidential.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please take action by letting them know it is OK to trust again. Let them know, asking for information is not publicizing the private problem. There are laws and rules related to people’s medical conditions which include addiction to drugs and alcohol. It is possible to find out about treatment and recovery options and stay anonymous.

For more information on how private medical information is protected by law, read the HHS information on Health Information Privacy (HIPAA).

Hopefully, a call for information will end up as an opening for the start of the recovery process. A life can be saved by simply learning about available treatment options.

Looking for an addiction treatment center? Florida Center for Recovery offers specialized drug and alcohol rehab programs in Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie County.

For more information call us at: 800-851-3291 You may also chat with us through our website page, or fill out the contact form for quick answers to your questions. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.

Reach out to us. Florida Center for Recovery has been providing onsite detox, comprehensive addiction treatment, and aftercare programming since 2002.


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What Are Prescription Opioids?

Prescription opioids are painkillers prescribed by a health care provider to patients who have been injured, had surgery or in some cases, even routine dental work. In some cases prescription opioids have also been prescribed for the treatment of even acute cough or diarrhea.

Below is a list of common prescription opioids and some of their common brand names:

  • Buprenorphine (Belbuca®, Buprenex®, Butrans®, Probuphine®)
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (Actiq®, Duragesic®, Sublimaze®)
  • Hydrocodone (Lorcet®, Lortab®, Norco®, Vicodin®)
  • Hydromophone (Dalaudid®, Exalgo®)
  • Meperidine (Demerol®)
  • Methadone (Dolophine®, Methadose®)
  • Morphine (Astramorph®, Avinza®, Duramorph®, Roxanol®)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana®)
  • Tramadol (ConZip®, Ryzolt®, Ultram®)

There are many other brands of prescription opioids, but it is safe to say that what all have in common is the fact that they come with serious risk of addiction and overdose.

Addition to prescription opioids generally occurs due to the diminishing effects of the drug in prolong use. The original reaction of the body to the opioids is described as intense calm and happiness, also called euphoria. As the brain gradually adjusts to the flood of dopamine, the brain chemical responsible for the “good feeling”, more and more dosage of opioids is desired to produce the same effect. The effect and the wide availability, at-least until recently, of opioid drugs have been the reasons that opioids make the top drug of choice for a vast majority of addicts. Among other opiod drugs that produce that intense “good feel” is the synthetic drug, Fentanyl, which according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), it is 50-100 times more potent than morphine.  A great amount of Fentanyl is produced overseas, illegally brought to US, mixed with other drugs such as heroin or cocaine and sold on the street. Mixing Fentanyl with other drugs enhances the potency of those drugs many folds to the point that can easily prove fatal for many unaware that their drug of choice is laced with Fentanyl. This is the number one reason for many fatal overdoses reported daily on the news, all over the United States.

With the recent focus on the addictive characteristics of opioids and the damage that addiction to this family of drugs can cause to individuals and to the society in general, many avenues of help and support have opened up. Addiction treatment facilities at the private levels have also stepped up to the challenge by providing specific treatment tailored to individual needs of those struggling with drug abuse and addiction.

If you have someone that needs help recover from addiction, please check around, ask the right questions and find a reputable facility that can be the one to save a life. It is no more the question, if addiction kills. The question is when.

Do you or someone you know need opioid rehab? Florida Center for Recovery offers specialized opioid addiction treatment programs in Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie County.

For more information call our treatment center at: 800-851-3291 You may also chat with us through our website page, or fill out the contact form for quick answers to your questions. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.

Reach out to us. Florida Center for Recovery has been providing onsite detox, comprehensive addiction treatment, and aftercare programming since 2002.

Drug Schedules

Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential. The abuse rate is a determinate factor in the scheduling of the drug; for example, Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence. As the drug schedule changes– Schedule II, Schedule III, etc., so does the abuse potential– Schedule V drugs represents the least potential for abuse. A Listing of drugs and their schedule are located at Controlled Substance Act (CSA) Scheduling or CSA Scheduling by Alphabetical Order. These lists describes the basic or parent chemical and do not necessarily describe the salts, isomers and salts of isomers, esters, ethers and derivatives which may also be classified as controlled substances. These lists are intended as general references and are not comprehensive listings of all controlled substances.

Please note that a substance need not be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a Schedule I substance for criminal prosecution. A controlled substance analogue is a substance which is intended for human consumption and is structurally or pharmacologically substantially similar to or is represented as being similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II substance and is not an approved medication in the United States. (See 21 U.S.C. §802(32)(A) for the definition of a controlled substance analogue and 21 U.S.C. §813 for the schedule.)

Schedule I

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote

Schedule II

Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:

Combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin), cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin

Schedule III

Schedule III drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are:

Products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone

Schedule IV

Schedule IV drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are:

Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin, Ambien, Tramadol

Schedule V

Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes. Some examples of Schedule V drugs are:

Cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine or per 100 milliliters (Robitussin AC), Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, Parepectolin

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Independence Day and Sobriety

Come 4th of July, recovering individuals have a better reason to stay sober. Celebrating our country’s freedom and, with it, celebrating freedom from addiction. Yet, it is vital to realize that holidays and celebrations are common triggers for relapse.

Experts suggest getting your plan together now for a “sober fun 4th of July”. Make sure you will be safe by not being in an environment that provides opportunities to use. If you have attended our addiction treatment program you have been well versed in understanding your triggers and have learned how to avoid and handle those situations. Spend some time revisiting these coping skills that are your first line of defense when it comes to resisting urges and cravings for drug and alcohol use.

What to Do If You Relapse

Unfortunately, relapse can happen, but the good news is that many people who do relapse go back to living healthy, sober lives again. If you are committed to your recovery and/or you have surrounded yourself with a good support system you can reclaim your sober state. Getting back on track may be helped by attending outpatient treatment or joining a support group, but some circumstances might warrant additional comprehensive inpatient recovery treatment. A new assessment by an addiction treatment specialist may help identify what type of treatment, if any, may be needed.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse writes that “for the addicted individual, lapses to drug abuse do not indicate failure—rather, they signify that treatment needs to be reinstated or adjusted, or that alternate treatment is needed.”

We at Florida Center for Recovery wish all recovering individuals a happy and safe 4th of July.

MAKE YOUR OWN HISTORY by staying true to your commitment to sobriety while celebrating the day with your family and friends who support your recovery.