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The 911 Good Samaritan Law – The Law that Empowers You to Save a Person’s Life

Overdose Good Samaritan laws are policies that provide legal protections for individuals who call for emergency assistance (such as 9-1-1) in the event of a drug overdose. This may include protection from arrest and/or prosecution for crimes related to drug possession, drug paraphernalia possession, and other crimes. These laws are designed to encourage people to summon emergency assistance if they experience or witness a drug overdose.

As of July 2017, 40 states and the District of Columbia have instituted Good Samaritan laws. Yet, lack of awareness and understanding of the protections these laws provide, as well as concerns about their limitations, may be limiting their effectiveness in encouraging overdose bystanders to call for help. These barriers may also prevent the criminal justice system from fully observing them.

Prevention practitioners can play an important role in maximizing awareness of these laws—which vary considerably across states—and educating relevant stakeholders on their strengths and limitations. This tool supports these efforts by providing an overview of this overdose prevention strategy, including the aims of Good Samaritan laws and types of protections they can offer. We also present some of the obstacles that prevent overdose bystanders and the criminal justice system from applying their state’s Good Samaritan laws, and steps prevention practitioners can take to raise awareness of these laws among various target populations.


In an opioid-related emergency, bystanders should—but often don’t—call for emergency assistance, which is recommended even when the opioid antidote naloxone is on hand.1-2 Fear of arrest or prosecution keep many from involving law enforcement or medical teams at the time of an overdose. This is particularly true for individuals who use opioids themselves, who may fear the unwanted attention, stigma, and negative consequences that might accompany a call, or who have had previous negative experiences with law enforcement officers or emergency medical personnel.1 Overdose Good Samaritan laws are designed to address these fears by protecting overdose victims and those who call for help from some of these potential consequences.


Depending on the state, individuals who seek care for themselves or others in the event of an overdose are eligible for a variety of legal protections.3 The table below describes the different types of legal protections that states offer in their Good Samaritan laws.


Even if a state has a Good Samaritan law, various obstacles can prevent the law from being fully utilized by the public or criminal justice professionals (e.g., law enforcement, prosecutors). Lack of awareness Individuals who engage in the non-medical use of prescription drugs —particularly young people— may be less likely to be aware of Good Samaritan laws (compared with intravenous drug users).4-5

  • Studies suggest that young adults, age 18 to 32, who engage in non-medical prescription drug use, but who do not have a history of heroin use, are less likely to be aware of their state’s Good Samaritan law. 4 Furthermore, they tend to see themselves as distinct from individuals who inject heroin, and are thus unlikely to interact with traditional harm reduction services that provide education on overdose prevention and Good Samaritan laws.5

Law enforcement officers may not be fully aware of their state’s Good Samaritan law or understand the extent of the protections that the law offers.

  • In a survey of Seattle police officers one year after the passage of Washington State’s Good Samaritan law, only 16 percent had heard of the law, only 7 percent could correctly identify the law’s protections, and only 1 percent felt that they had received clear guidance on the law from the police department.6

Skepticism and lack of trust Even if they are aware of the Good Samaritan law, many individuals at risk for encountering an overdose often report a strong distrust of law enforcement and skepticism that the law will protect them. These are likely to be individuals with criminal histories, such as outstanding warrants or probation status.These individuals, particularly those who inject drugs, are more likely to delay or not call for help during an overdose.7

  • Media reports of individuals being arrested after experiencing or intervening in an overdose despite the presence of a Good Samaritan law may contribute to this lack of trust.8-12
  • Studies suggest these individuals may hesitate to call for help even if they know about Good Samaritan laws. They may fear arrest, withdrawal symptoms in jail, getting others in trouble, or hold the belief that they do not need professional help if they have naloxone on hand.1

As of July 15, 2014, 30 states and the District of Columbia enacted  legislation to decrease overdose deaths. The infographic provides an at-a-glance view of which states have passed and enacted these laws as of July 15:


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Below is a summary of salient points in the infographic, with the corresponding colors.

Red: Twenty states (AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, LA, MD, MA, MN, NJ, NM, NY, NC, RI, VT, WA, & WI) and the District of Columbia have statutes which prevent charge or prosecution for possession of a controlled substance and/or paraphernalia for persons who seek medical/emergency assistance for someone experiencing an opioid-induced overdose. Additionally, in UT and IN, evidence of providing assistance to someone experiencing an opioid overdose can be presented as a mitigating factor at sentencing to a conviction for possession of a controlled substance and/or paraphernalia. Utah allows evidence of providing assistance to someone experiencing an overdose to be used as an affirmative defense to an allegation of possession of a controlled substance and/or paraphernalia.

Purple: Twenty-one states (CA, CO, CT, GA, IL, KY, ME, MD, MA, MN, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, RI, TN, VT, VA, WA, & WI) and the District of Columbia have statutes which protect lay persons from criminal liability for administering naloxone to someone believed to be experiencing an opioid induced overdose. In Virginia, this protection applies to persons who are participating in the provisional pilot program. Two additional states (LA & MO) provide criminal liability protections to first responders.

Blue: Eighteen states (CA, CO, CT, GA, KY, MN, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OK, OR, RI, TN, UT, VT, VA, & WI) and the District of Columbia have statutes which protect lay persons from civil liability for administering naloxone to someone believed to be experiencing an opioid induced overdose. In Virginia, this protection applies only to persons participating in the provisional pilot program. Two additional states (IN & LA) provide civil liability protections to first responders.

Green: Fourteen states (CA, CO, CT, GA, MN, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, TN, UT, VT, & WI) have statutes which protect prescribers from criminal liability actions.

Orange: Thirteen states (CA, CO, CT, GA, MN, NJ, NM, NC, OH, TN, UT, VT, & WI) have statutes which protect prescribers from civil liability actions.

Yellow: Twenty-one states (CA, CO, DE, GA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, & WI) have statutes which allow for “third-party” prescriptions of naloxone (i.e., the prescription can be written to a friend, relative, or person in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose). Virginia allows third-party prescriptions only through a provisional pilot program. Three more states (IN, LA, & MO) allow prescriptions of naloxone to qualified first responders (e.g., law enforcement, EMTs, and firefighters).



1. Koester, S., Mueller, S. R., Raville, L., Langegger, S., & Binswanger, I. A. (2017). Why are some people who have received overdose education and naloxone reticent to call Emergency Medical Services in the event of overdose? International Journal of Drug Policy.

2. Harm Reduction Coalition. (2012). Guide to developing and managing overdose prevention and take-home naloxone projects. Harm Reduction Coalition: New York.

3. Davis, C., Chang, S., Carr, D., & Hernandez-Delgado, H. (2017). Legal interventions to reduce overdose mortality: Naloxone access and overdose Good Samaritan laws (pp. 1-13): The Network for Public Health Law

4. Evans, T. I., Hadland, S. E., Clark, M. A., Green, T. C., & Marshall, B. D. (2016). Factors associated with knowledge of a Good Samaritan Law among young adults who use prescription opioids non-medically. Harm Reduct J, 13(1), 24. doi: 10.1186/s12954-016-0113-2

5. Frank, D., Mateu-Gelabert, P., Guarino, H., Bennett, A., Wendel, T., Jessell, L., & Teper, A. (2015). High risk and little knowledge: overdose experiences and knowledge among young adult nonmedical prescription opioid users. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26(1), 84-91.

6. Banta-Green, C. J., Beletsky, L., Schoeppe, J. A., Coffin, P. O., & Kuszler, P. C. (2013). Police Officers’ and Paramedics’ Experiences with Overdose and Their Knowledge and Opinions of Washington State’s Drug OverdoseNaloxone–Good Samaritan Law. Journal of Urban Health, 90(6), 1102-1111. doi: 10.1007/s11524-013-9814-y

7. Mclure, W., & Kava, J. (2014). New York State trains law enforcement officers to combat overdoses from heroin, other opioids; provides overdose reversal medication at no cost [Press release]. Retrieved from 

8. Szalavitz, M. (2016, March 23). Calling the cops after your friend overdoses can still get you arrested, Vice. Retrieved from 9. Arditi, L. (2014, April

9). Despite the Good Samaritan Law, some addicts still punished for seeking help, Providence Journal. Retrieved from

10. Olson, D. (2017, February 20). After cases of 911 overdose calls lead to charges, ND Good Samaritan law may see changes, Grand Forks Herald. Retrieved from

11. Sledge, M. (2015, May 2). West Jefferson hospital heroin arrest reveals holes in ‘Good Samaritan’ law The New Orleans Advocate Retrieved from

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Can’t I just go to 12-step meetings instead of Rehab?

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other similar self-help support groups have certainly helped millions of people to change their lives around. And there are certainly people who start attending 12-step meetings and find that the support and information they find there is enough to help them start and stick with a clean or sober life. Having said that, for the majority of individuals struggling with addiction, they find it is very tough to quit without medical detox and a structured addiction treatment program. Going cold turkey is not recommended, especially if substances like alcohol or benzodiazepines are involved, as withdrawal symptoms from these substances can be life-threatening if not medically supervised. A rehab program often starts with the detoxification process where medical supervision is available 24/7 to provide a safe and comfortable detox.

So, to answer the question, “Can’t I just go to 12-step meetings?” It all depends on your substance abuse of choice and the level of addiction. If you are considering treatment, starting with a doctor’s recommendation or by calling a reputable rehab center that provides a thorough medical exam and psychiatric evaluation is a good start. Actually, once the decision is made to seek help, the willingness expressed to dedicate time and effort to do the work it is required will often pull you through the whole treatment process and beyond. Just believe it is possible, as many have achieved sobriety and have moved on with their lives.

As for the self-help support groups, most treatment programs will include some version of a 12-step program, in addition to individual, group and/or family counseling and specialized therapeutic services such as trauma treatment. This multifaceted treatment approach helps address every aspect of addiction, giving the recovering individual the best shot at living a healthy, happy life in recovery.

Rehabs offering multifaceted treatment provide psychotherapeutic services designed to address the root cause of addiction treating the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction. As no single treatment is appropriate for all individuals, make sure that the treatment you seek is individualized to your particular needs and will include treatment for any related mental health condition such as trauma, depression, anxiety, etc. — there are lots of options to suit your needs and situation.

We at Florida Center for Recovery believe that for treatment to work the individuals must feel ready to embark on the recovery journey. We also believe in delivering compassionate care with dignity and respect. If you would like to explore addiction treatment options, feel free to give us a call at: 800-851-3291. All calls are confidential.

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Drinking Too Much? Trying to Stop?

If you believe you are drinking excessively, or your family and friends have called you out on your drinking-related actions or if you have reasons to believe that your drinking is causing problems —then it is time to realistically start thinking about how you want to make some changes in your life and your lifestyle. You can imagine how your family and friends will be affected if you don’t make the necessary changes you need to make.

Changing the relationship you have with alcohol before things get out of control may be a difficult task. You, like many others who rely on alcohol for stress-relief, see drinking as part of normal daily life. Though it may seem unrealistic at this point that you will need to make this change, the important thing is to recognize if you have a drinking problem so that you can address it.

You can reach out on your own and look for treatment options or you can enlist the help of family and friends. Generally, those who have shown you they care will be more than glad to help. Going “cold turkey”, especially if you are a heavy drinker, should not be an option for you. In this case, medical detox is the first step in getting you sober. In addition, working with a trained therapist may be an option. Depending on your level of alcohol addiction, inpatient alcohol rehab programs would be the most recommended path as these programs offer an array of therapeutic services that will help you in finding better ways of coping with issues that may have caused you to resort to alcohol as your stress-reliever.

As one of those highly reputable and qualified inpatient addiction rehab facility, Florida Center for Recovery has helped thousands to take control of their drinking problem and get their life back. For chronic relapses, our 21 Day Relapse Treatment Program addresses the most common issues that cause relapse and prepares those who have gone through the program to face the challenges life throws at them and yet still stay on course for their recovery. Our treatment plans incorporate the latest research findings in evidence-based practices from medicine and psychology with historically proven methods such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), 12-Step integration, Motivational Interviewing, and positive peer culture. Based on a whole person assessment, a customized treatment plan for an effective recovery is produced which provides unified support using the assistance of family and other support systems a client may have.

We also utilize The GORSKI-CENAPS® Model of Relapse Prevention Therapy. This model heavily emphasizes affective therapy by focusing upon the identification, appropriate labeling, communication and resolution of feelings and emotions. The GORSKI-CENAPS® Model integrates a cognitive and affective therapy model for understanding emotions by teaching clients that emotions are generated by irrational thinking (cognitive theory) and are traumatically stored or repressed (affective theory). Emotional integration work involves both cognitive labeling, expression of feelings, and imagery-oriented therapies designed to surface repressed memories.

If you would like more information about our all-inclusive detox and inpatient addiction treatment program or have a question regarding insurance, private pay, financing and admissions process, CALL US AT: (800) 851-3291

Need Help Coping with Your Loved One’s Addiction?

When it comes to addiction and recovery, giving up is never an option. Although we all know it is easier said than done, you should remind yourself that dealing with your loved one’s addiction requires a different attitude that does not come naturally to most people. If you have been living with an addict it is common to feel you are at the end of your rope. You have lost your patience, lost your trust in him or her and feel all your offers of help and your attempts to change things have failed. Experts say that at this time, you need to seek help for yourself.

As you continue to pursue addiction treatment routes, unburdening yourself to people who understand first-hand what you are going through, is a must. For friends and families of addicts, joining support groups like Al-Anon, Nar-AnonFamilies Anonymous and Alateen (for teens) is often not only beneficial but crucial. This type of free self-help group can help with difficult times and provide you with helpful strategies to keep you going. The fact is you are not alone and you should not feel any stigma in acknowledging the fact that you care for an addicted loved one.

For those of us who have gone through this process we know the sadness and the desperation of seeing how addiction is derailing the hopes and dreams that our loved one once held, yet as difficult as it seems, it is incredibly important not to forget ourselves in the midst of all the turbulence at this time in our life. Only then we can continue our mission in encouraging and supporting our loved one to stop addiction and getting back their life.

If you have come across this article, you may be seeking addiction treatment for a loved one. We invite you to learn more about Florida Center for Recovery by browsing through our website. We are a private detox also offering comprehensive drug and alcohol inpatient addiction treatment. We are located in Fort Pierce and we hope we can be of assistance to you and your family member who is struggling with substance addiction. To find if we are the right fit for you please call us at (800) 851-3291.

As part of our inpatient rehab programs, family members are invited to our Psycho-educational Family Recovery Weekend. These Family Counseling Sessions provide participating members with a forum to learn positive communication skills and address chronic issues and concerns under the guidance of professional mediators. Additionally, our recovering graduates receive individualized discharge planning as a road map and guide to successful and lasting recovery.

We do not promise miracles, but we do have thousands of clients that have been helped and have stayed sober. You can read about some of them in our testimonials page:

We hope you and your loved one will seek the treatment you need and deserve. Don’t forget to seek out support groups for friends and families of addicts even if your loved one is still not ready to engage.

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Hurdles Facing Families of Individuals Struggling with Addiction

There are two different hurdles facing most families trying to help a loved one in need of addiction treatment. 

The very immediate hurdle is that the family has no legal influence over their loved one and it may be difficult to get him or her into treatment as denial plays a central role in addiction. Generally, in situations like this, a professional addiction interventionist may be the answer. An interventionist is trained to deescalate the situation and get the family together for an honest and sometimes difficult conversation that allows the struggling individual to see the reality of continuing the use of drugs or alcohol and it impacts the individual as well as the family. An interventionist can answer the questions of all parties involved and offer viable solutions for treatment.

The second hurdle, as often is the case for many things in life, is the money or better yet the lack of it, for treatment. When there is no insurance to cover the cost and the financial situation is so hard that private pay is not an option, the choices become much smaller but they are not all gone. There are government and state programs available with money set aside to cover the cost of treatment for those who qualify, as addiction and overdose has reached to the level of a national epidemic. There might be a waiting period involved and the treatment days may be limited, but help is available to those who need and seek it.

How Can I Find an Addiction Treatment Center?

We encourage individuals and families who need information regarding addiction treatment to contact a reputable rehab facility such as our center, Florida Center for Recovery for information and recommendations. In our case, we understand the pain and suffering of struggling individuals and their families go through and understand the importance of treatment before it is too late. We know we will not be the perfect choice for everyone who needs treatment, but we can be the part that plays a pivotal role in convincing someone to seek treatment and stop the abuse.

Whether by providing treatment at our facility through insurance, private pay, or through financial assistance provisions (available for qualified individuals) or by offering alternative options with relevant information for treatment, we offer hope to those who contact our facility.

Since opening its doors in 2002, Florida Center for Recovery has worked hard to provide the most effective treatment, in a nurturing environment to help those suffering from addiction and related mental health disorders recover with dignity.

In choosing an inpatient addiction treatment, proximity of the facility to home should never be a factor. You can broaden your search of inpatient treatment centers across the country, for a better chance of finding the facility that is most qualified to help you or your loved one. For families who are starting this search process for the first time, time is of the essence and we understand your concern. 

If you would like more information about our all-inclusive detox and inpatient addiction treatment program or have a question regarding insurance, private pay, financing, and admissions process, CALL US AT: (800) 851-3291

In case that for any reason you do not want to make the call and talk to us, below are a few articles that can help you in your search for quality addiction treatment facilities that could be the right match for your loved one.

Rehab Centers – What Do I Need to Know When Choosing One?

Health Insurance and Addiction Treatment

Choosing a Rehab – Part I

Choosing a Rehab – Part II

How to Pay for Drug Rehab?

Trying to Calculate Drug Rehab Costs?

An Alternative to 12 Steps Programs – SMART Recovery®

For those struggling with addiction who for one reason or another are not fan of the 12-step program, there is an alternative to the 12-step program. For these skeptics of the  12-step who need the formal rehab program to manage their recovery there is SMART Recovery®. SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This approach relies on building a community of support to help people manage their own recovery and the aim is to increase the addict’s self-reliance through education and support meetings. SMART Recovery®, is created by physician Joseph Gerstein in 1992, and it includes a four-point program:

  • Coping with Urges

  • Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

  • Living a Balanced Life

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

FCR’s SMART RECOVERY® meets every Friday from 4 pm to 5 pm (unless previously noted otherwise). Please contact our facility for more information in case you are not part of our inpatient rehab programs and would like more information about our addiction treatment programs.

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Psychotherapy in Addiction Treatment

Psychotherapy is a broad term that incorporates several aspects of analysis and counseling. Although psychotherapy is a key part of alcohol and drug addiction treatment, not all individuals struggling with addiction seek psychotherapy as treatment. Yet, often utilized alongside 12 step programs, psychotherapy is essential in helping patients find the root cause of their addiction.

What Is Psychotherapy?

The term psychotherapy refers to any type of interaction between a trained licensed psychology professional and a patient. Often delivered through timed sessions this interaction offers therapeutic support to address the patient’s psychological issues and concerns. The purpose of psychotherapy is to increase the awareness of the patient’s self and well-being and to help the patient resolve psychological issues and improve mental health.

The history of psychotherapy dates back to at least ancient Greece, but it was during the 1890s that Sigmund Freud created psychoanalysis therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association and discovered transference, establishing its central role in the analytic process. Today, there are many different categories of psychotherapy from behavior modification to group therapy, hypnotherapy and expressive therapy.

How Can Psychotherapy Help with Addiction?

Many addiction treatment programs and mental health professionals recognize addiction as a true disease of the brain. There is a genetic component that predisposes certain people to addictive behaviors and there is evidence that substance addiction actually changes the chemistry of the brain. Simply wanting to stop using drugs or drinking is not enough for someone to go from addiction to sobriety. Going cold turkey or only receiving medical detoxification are approaches that often fail because besides the severe and uncomfortable physical withdrawal symptoms caused by the absence of drugs or alcohol, there are also psychological issues that must be identified and treated. There is no short term solution to a long term problem with intrinsic issues. Addiction treatment should not be considered without psychotherapy within a program that treats the individual as a whole – body, mind and spirit. Through Psychotherapy the root cause of addiction surfaces, whether trauma or other mental health issues, by addressing those, the individual can begin to understand his or her behavior and choices and start making corrective changes.

Psychotherapy for addiction treatment at Florida Center for Recovery can take many different forms and is an important component of the comprehensive treatment offered. It includes one-on-one sessions, group sessions, support groups, and family therapy. Our Therapeutic sessions offer a safe place where recovering individuals feel comfortable to talk about issues important to them and hear the experiences of others. Our family sessions provide families with a forum to learn positive communication skills, address chronic issues and concerns, and help family members work towards repairing broken relationships.

While therapy may focus on a particular therapeutic strategy such as behavioral or cognitive therapy, the sessions may be broad and include a variety of techniques and methods. During these psychotherapy sessions, recovering individuals can learn how to be more introspective and to understand the decisions they have made regarding substance abuse. Individuals are encouraged to examine the problems in their lives and to come up with pragmatic solutions as safeguards against relapse. Our recovering clients are introduced to a variety of coping strategies as part of our relapse prevention program. The goal is while recovering individuals are going through the physical healing in our facility, to also prepare them mentally to face the challenges of addiction recovery and successfully progress to lifelong sobriety.

If you would like to explore addiction treatment options for you or a loved one, feel free to give us a call at 800-851-3291. All calls are confidential. If you’d rather contact us via our secure chat service you may do so by clicking on the link below:

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Signs You May Have a Drinking Problem

Sometimes it might be difficult to tell if you have a drinking problem. You might just see yourself as a social drinker who occasionally over-indulges. However, there are some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not you may have a drinking problem.  Short of an admission, the best way to know if there is a drinking problem is to identify the existence of a pattern of drinking-related issues. Patterns can be psychological (i.e. on-going cycle of quitting followed by drinking and remorse for failure) or physical (incidents of legal or family problems resulting from drinking).

Some of the signs of a drinking problem, as designated by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, include:

You want to quit drinking, but you can’t.

You find yourself consistently doing things you regret while intoxicated. You wish you could cut down on drinking or quit altogether, but you keep drinking anyway.

You’ve developed a tolerance to alcohol.

You can drink significantly more than you could when you first started drinking. You find that it takes more alcohol for you to feel drunk now. Additionally, you drink faster and with the intention of getting drunk rather than just enjoying the social experience.

You find yourself in dangerous or risky situations.

Excessive drinking has landed you in situations that could harm you or someone around you. Examples include: driving under the influence, getting into fights and having unprotected sex.

You have a different personality when drinking.

Your sober personality and your personality when you’ve had a lot to drink are dramatically different. This is often a sign of not only a drinking problem but also an underlying emotional or psychological issue that urges you to turn to drinking as the solution.

You have consistent memory lapses or “black-outs.”

Having frequent gaps in your memory can be attributed to problem drinking. Blacking out doesn’t always mean passing out, as problem drinkers can be conscious for periods without memory of what happened.

Get Help for an Alcohol Problem

If you think you may be struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction, and you want someone to talk to about it, we can help. Our certified addiction specialists can talk to you about your problem and help you find healthy ways to overcome it.

A Glimpse Into Florida Center for Recovery’s Specialized Addiction Treatment Service

Since opening our doors in 2002, Florida Center for Recovery has worked hard to provide the most effective addiction treatment to help those suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders achieve lasting recovery. Our treatment programs focus on healing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction. At Florida Center for Recovery, the treatment programs cover a broad range of specialized treatment therapies and services that are planned to address each client’s personal circumstances that lead to their addiction or had contributed to it. Our specialized treatment plans provide individuals struggling with addiction the most appropriate treatment options that ensure the best treatment outcome possible.

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

Co-occurring Disorders – Substance use disorders and addiction often occur alongside other mental illnesses. Making a precise diagnosis to develop a cohesive treatment plan requires the performance of an integrated screening before starting any addiction treatment program. At FCR clients receive a complete medical and psychiatric evaluation at the time of admission which focuses on detecting mental health issues that are co-occurring with substance addiction. If it is determined that the client’s recovery is compounded by mental health issues, an individualized treatment plan is developed specifically to address both substance addiction and the mental health condition.

Trauma Treatment – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance addiction often co-occur in response to serious trauma. We understand that in the cases that concern PTSD, like other mental health issues, not addressing the root cause of the problem will put the client at a higher risk of relapse after leaving the structured environment of the treatment facility. In order to reduce relapse, all clients diagnosed with PTSD receive specialized trauma therapy called Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT). 

This therapeutic service works by permanently removing the negative effects of trauma by eliminating the ongoing psychological suffering that stems from disturbing or painful experiences. RRT is delivered exclusively at FCR by Dr. John Connelly, the founder, and developer of this revolutionary trauma therapy. Clients report that the best aspects of Rapid Resolution Therapy® are the facts that the treatment is painless and does not involve the re-experiencing of the traumatizing event(s).

Pregnant Women Rehab Program – Pregnant women have a much harder time detoxing safely from drugs and alcohol due to hormonal changes and cravings, as well as concern for the safety of their unborn child. At Florida Center for Recovery, we provide a safe and empowering environment for expectant mothers to recover from substance abuse and addiction. Our inpatient Pregnant Woman Addiction Treatment Program offers individual and group women’s therapy plus pre-natal and post-partum services which include transportation to and from the clinic or the hospital where these special services are provided. In addition, FCR’s pregnant women drug and alcohol rehab program offers specialized services that address the specific needs of women who may also be involved with The Department of Children and Families. Recovery support groups for all pregnant clients who wish to seek extra help from the community and the outreach programs, either directly or by referral program, are also available.

In summary, the goal of the Inpatient Women Rehab Programs is addressing each woman’s needs with the added focus on addressing the challenges of motherhood and substance abuse.

Another added service provided to women is the therapeutic women-centered interventions which address unique personal challenges faced by women such as: domestic violence, verbal, physical and sexual abuse, relationship and family issues as well as parenting issues. Additionally, we offer holistic treatment programs as part of our Pregnant Women Rehab plans which generally combine multiple practices applied by different specialists. The daily activities and treatments offered at FCR help build resistance to emotional dependency and feelings of helplessness and allow approaching addiction problems as mere dependency on chemical substances.

Chronic Relapse Program – Florida Center for Recovery has developed a Relapse Prevention track specifically geared for individuals who have struggled to maintain recovery despite their previous attempts in treatment. Designed to assess each client’s high-risk situations, our Chronic Relapse Program offers individualized treatment plans that focus on the importance of growth and self-efficacy. This track of treatment incorporates the latest research findings and evidence-based practices, relying on modern medicine and psychology, with historically proven methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), 12-Step integration, Motivational Interviewing, and positive peer culture. The tract provides the whole person assessment, a customized treatment plan, and unified support with the assistance of family and any support system the patient may have. We also utilize The GORSKI-CENAPS® Model of Relapse Prevention Therapy which heavily emphasizes affective therapy by focusing upon the identification, appropriate labeling, communication and resolution of feelings and emotions. The GORSKI-CENAPS® Model integrates a cognitive and affective therapy model for understanding emotions by teaching clients that emotions are generated by irrational thinking (cognitive theory) and are traumatically stored or repressed (affective theory). Emotional integration work involves both cognitive labeling, expression of feelings, and imagery-oriented therapies designed to surface repressed memories. 

If you would like to explore addiction treatment options for you or a loved one, feel free to call us a call at 
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