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Types of Addiction: List of Addictions

Types of addiction range from everyday drugs like alcohol and cocaine to behaviors such as gambling. Some types of addiction are specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) while others are more controversial and have been identified by some addiction professionals.

The types of addiction seen with drug use are defined in the DSM-5, but it uses the terms substance abuse and substance dependency. Neither equates to addiction directly but rather, refers to the harmful use of substances. Addiction is both psychological and behavioral. Addictions are characterized by craving, compulsion, an inability to stop using the drug and lifestyle dysfunction due to drug use.

Behavioral addictions are those not involving a substance. This type of addiction can be an impulse control disorder as defined in the DSM-IV-TR or an addiction identified by an addiction professional. Behavioral addictions outside of the DSM-5 are controversial and many don’t feel they meet the requirement of being an official addiction.

List of Addictions to Substances

Substance use disorders in the 5 provide a list of addictions relating to the following substances:1

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Opioids (like heroin)
  • Prescription drugs (sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics like sleeping pills and tranquilizers)
  • Cocaine
  • Cannabis (marijuana)
  • Amphetamines (like methamphetamine, known as meth)
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants
  • Phencyclidine (known as PCP or Angeldust)

List of Impulse Control Disorders

The DSM-5 lists disorders where impulses cannot be resisted, which could be considered a type of addiction. The following is a list of the recognized impulse control disorders:2

  • Intermittent explosive disorder (compulsive aggressive and assaultive acts)
  • Kleptomania (compulsive stealing)
  • Pyromania (compulsive setting of fires)
  • Gambling

List of Addictions – Behavioral

It has been suggested one of the types of addictions is a behavioral addiction. The following is a list of behaviors that have been noted to be addictive:3

  • Food (eating)
  • Sex Pornography (attaining, viewing)
  • Using computers / the internet
  • Playing video games
  • Working Exercising
  • Spiritual obsession (as opposed to religious devotion)
  • Pain (seeking)
  • Cutting
  • Shopping

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and would like to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291 or visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our treatment facility.

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Article references:

1.Wikipedia, Addiction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addiction

2.Medscape Reference, Psychiatric Illnesses Associated with Criminality: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/294626

3.Wikipedia, Behavioral Addiction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_addiction

Types of Trauma That May Co-Occur with Addiction

Learn about the different kinds of traumatic events that can impact the behavioral health of individuals, families, and communities.

Traumatic events include physical or emotional abuse or assault. Examples of traumatic events are sexual abuse, verbal abuse, domestic violence, street violence, neglect, repeated bullying, community-based violence, growing up in an unstable home, natural disasters, terrorism, war or battling a life-threatening condition.

Physical Abuse or Assault

Physical abuse or assault is defined as the actual or attempted infliction of physical pain (with or without the use of an object or weapon), including the use of severe corporal punishment. Federal law defines child abuse as any act, or failure to act, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation of a child.

Sexual Abuse or Assault

Sexual abuse or assault includes unwanted or coercive sexual contact, exposure to age-inappropriate sexual material or environments, and sexual exploitation. The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women defines sexual assault as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.”

Emotional Abuse or Psychological Maltreatment

Emotional abuse and psychological maltreatment are considered acts of commission (other than physical or sexual abuse) against an individual. These kinds of acts, which include verbal abuse, emotional abuse, and excessive demands or expectations, may cause an individual to experience conduct, cognitive, affective, or other mental disturbances. These acts also include acts of omission against a minor such as emotional neglect or intentional social deprivation, which cause, or could cause, a child to experience conduct, cognitive, affective, or other mental disturbances.

Neglect

Neglect is the most common form of abuse reported to child welfare authorities. However, it does not occur only with children. It can also happen when a primary caregiver fails to give an adult the care they need, even though the caregiver can afford to, or has the help to do so. Neglect also includes the failure to provide an individual with basic needs such as food, clothing, or shelter. It can also mean not providing medical or mental health treatment or prescribed medicines. Neglect also includes exposing someone to dangerous environments, abandoning a person, or expelling them from home.

Victim or Witness to Domestic Violence

According to DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women, domestic violence is defined as: “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.” Domestic violence includes violence and abuse by current or former intimate partners, parents, children, siblings, and other relatives.

For information on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) work with domestic violence, visit the Administration for Children and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau.

Serious Accident, Illness, or Medical Procedure

Trauma can occur when a person experiences an unintentional injury or accident, a physical illness, or medical procedures that are extremely painful and/or life-threatening.

Military Trauma

Military trauma refers to both the impact of deployment and trauma-related stress on people who are deployed and their families. Significant numbers of returning servicemen and women experience mental and/or substance use disorders associated with military trauma and/or military sexual trauma.

Victim or Witness to Extreme Personal or Interpersonal Violence

This type of trauma includes extreme violence by or between individuals including exposure to homicide, suicide, and other extreme events.

Traumatic Grief or Separation

Traumatic grief and/or separation may include the death of a parent, primary caretaker, or sibling; abrupt and/or unexpected, accidental, or premature death or homicide of a close friend, family member, or other close relatives; abrupt, unexplained and/or indefinite separation from a parent, primary caretaker, or sibling due to uncontrollable circumstances.

School Violence

School violence is described as violence that occurs in a school setting and includes, but is not limited to, school shootings, bullying, interpersonal violence among classmates, and student suicide. Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on victims and their families, friends, and communities.

Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may experience serious, lasting problems. Trauma can be a consequence of bullying, which can lead to mental health issues, substance use, and suicide, particularly if there is a prior history of depression or delinquency.

Victim or Witness to Community Violence

Extreme violence in the community, including exposure to gang-related violence, interracial violence, police and citizen altercations, and other forms of destructive individual and group violence is a recognized form of trauma.

Historical Trauma

Historical trauma is a form of trauma that impacts entire communities. It refers to the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding, as a result of group traumatic experiences that is transmitted across generations within a community. Unresolved grief and anger often accompany this trauma and contribute to physical and behavioral health disorders. This type of trauma is often associated with racial and ethnic population groups in the United States who have suffered major intergenerational losses and assaults on their culture and well-being.

Natural or Manmade Disasters

Trauma can result from a major accident or disaster that is an unintentional result of a manmade or natural event. Disasters can occur naturally (such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, mudslides, or drought) or be human-caused (such as mass shootings, chemical spills, or terrorist attacks).

Forced Displacement

Forced displacement is a traumatic event that occurs when people face political persecution and are forced to relocate to a new home (as an immigrant or through political asylum) or become a refugee.

War, Terrorism, or Political Violence

Exposure to acts of war-, terrorism-, or political-related violence such as bombing, shooting, and looting can cause trauma in an individual.

System-Induced Trauma and Re-traumatization

Many systems that are designed to help individuals and families can actually cause trauma. For example, in child welfare systems, abrupt removal from the home, foster placement, sibling separation, or multiple placements in a short amount of time can re-traumatize children. In mental health systems, the use of seclusion and restraint on previously traumatized individuals can revive memories of trauma. In addition, invasive medical procedures on a trauma victim can re-induce traumatic reactions.

Information Provide Above is Courtesy of https://www.samhsa.gov/

Co-Occurring Addiction and Trauma Treatment

Florida Center for Recovery provides treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and trauma offering all-inclusive Inpatient Medical detox and rehab. Our program includes intensive family therapy, chronic relapse program, and trauma therapy through Rapid Resolution Therapy, for those who need it. In addition, we offer opioid addiction treatment for pregnant women.

If you or a loved one’s recovery is affected by psychological trauma and would like to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291 or visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight about or rehab programs.

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Offering Comprehensive, Reliable and Affordable Addiction Treatment Programs since 2002.

The Trauma and Addiction Connection

Researchers have been studying the connection between trauma and addiction in order to understand why so many drug and alcohol abusers have histories of traumatic experiences. Although there has been no definitive conclusion data from over 17,000 patients in the Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences study, there are studies that indicate a child who experiences four or more traumatic events is:

  • Five times more likely to become an alcoholic
  • Forty-six times more likely to become an injection-drug user than the general population

Additional studies by the Veterans Administration have led to estimates that between 35-75% of veterans with PTSD abuse drugs and alcohol.

The common co-occurrence of addiction and trauma is complex. While some people struggling to manage the effects of trauma may turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, some believe that there is a genetic component linking people prone toward PTSD and those with addictive tendencies. Another possible reason argued by some researches is that the substance abusers’ lifestyle predisposes them to being traumatized by crime, accidents, violence, and abuse.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorder Treatment

Considering the frequent link between trauma and addiction, anyone working on recovery from substance abuse and addiction will benefit from an assessment by a skilled addiction treatment therapist, to determine if there are underlying issues that should be addressed.

At Florida Center for Recovery (FCR), we know the importance of resolving trauma-related issues in any successful recovery, and for that reason, we have sought the expertise of one of the nation’s best trauma therapist, Dr. Jon Connelly, founder and developer of Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT).

RRT helps clients to permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma by eliminating the ongoing psychological suffering that stems from disturbing or painful past experiences. Treatment is painless, does not involve re-experiencing of the traumatizing event (s) and often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions.

Highly trusted Florida dual diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment center offers an all-inclusive inpatient detox that includes:

  • On-premises detox
  • Medical and Psychological Evaluation
  • Addiction Treatment Assessment
  • Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Group and Individual Psychotherapy
  • Gender-Specific Counseling
  • Grief / Loss Therapy
  • Rapid Resolution Therapy® (Trauma Therapy)
  • Intensive Family Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • 12 Steps & SMART Recovery®
  • Addiction Educational Series
  • Biofeedback Therapy
  • Pregnant Women Treatment Track
  • Recovery Educational Workshops
  • Life Skills Training
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Yoga
  • Mindful Meditation
  • Bodyweight Cardio
  • Art Therapy
  • Recreational Activities
  • Aftercare Programming
  • Discharge Planning

If you or a loved one’s recovery is affected by psychological trauma and would like to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291 or visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight about or rehab programs.

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10 AA Sayings That Actually Help

1. Easy Does It
This is probably one of the most important AA saying because it is a reminder of what most alcoholics need on a regular basis. It is so easy to get worked up about life and all of the tasks we have to perform on a daily basis. It is easy to think that you should be further along in your recovery than you are, and so remembering to just take it easy and let life unfold is essential to happiness and sobriety.

 2. First Things First
Another simple saying, First Things First, reminds us not to put the cart before the horse, but rather to take a look at whatever it is that we are facing, and then take the first step and go from there.

3. We Are Only as Sick as Our Secrets
A person who does not divulge that which is ailing them cannot find help in AA, and so it is important that you share whatever that secret is with someone that you trust.

4. Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously
This saying is a great reminder for all of us who tend to think that our lives and our actions are so deadly serious. It is a good reminder that while we are important, we are not the be-all-end-all of life and nothing is permanent.

5. Think, Think, Think.
This saying is great because of the visual component to it. It is usually on display in most AA meetings— written upside down to remind individuals in recovery that they have to turn endless overthinking on its head if they are to recover.

6. 90 Meetings in 90 Days
There seems to be a dispute over this saying sometimes. People argue that the book doesn’t say 90 Meetings in 90 Days anywhere and so it’s not really a suggestion, but regardless of that, individuals seeking recovery should go to as many meetings as they can in the beginning. Not only will this help to get them acclimated to the program, but also it will help them stay focused during this early phase of recovery.

7. Sobriety Is a Journey… Not a Destination
It is so easy to get wrapped up in the idea that we should be somewhere at a certain time period and this saying cuts away at that myth. It reminds us that there is no destination in life, beyond the final one. What happens along life’s journey is what is important. Recovery does not move in a linear fashion towards a finishing line, but rather it takes us on winding roads of self-discovery.

8. Stick with the Winners
While this may sound like a judgment against people, and it is to a certain degree, it is important to remember that many individuals new to AA will not stick around for long. This is not because AA doesn’t work, but rather because many are not ready to give sobriety a go. If you hang out with this crowd, it will make it more difficult to get involved in the program. So stick with the winners and avoid falling out of the wagon.

9. Willingness Is Key
Willingness and a desire to stop drinking are really the only two things you need to be successful in AA. If you have the willingness to listen to others and try something new, then more than likely you are going to be okay.

10. This Too Shall Pass
When we are in the midst of a problem it is oftentimes hard to remember that one day it will pass. It is hard to remember that life has ups and downs and that both are transient by nature. Whenever you are going through tough times, it is sometimes helpful to say to yourself this too shall pass, as a reminder that one-day things will get better.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance addiction and would like to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291 or visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our treatment facility.

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HOW DOES AN OPIOID OVERDOSE OCCUR?

A variety of effects can occur after a person takes opioids, ranging from pleasure to nausea and vomiting, severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), and overdose, in which breathing and heartbeat slow or even stop. Opioid overdose can be due to many factors. For example, overdose can occur when a patient deliberately misuses a prescription, uses an illicit opioid (such as heroin), or uses an opioid contaminated with other even more potent opioids (such as fentanyl). Overdose can also occur when a patient takes an opioid as directed but the prescriber miscalculated the opioid dose, when an error was made by the dispensing pharmacist, or when the patient misunderstood the directions for use. It can also occur when opioids are taken with other medications—for example, prescribed medications such as benzodiazepines or other psychotropic medications that are used in the treatment of mental disorders—or with illicit drugs or alcohol that may have adverse interactions with opioids. At particular risk are individuals who use opioids and combine them with benzodiazepines, other sedative-hypnotic agents, or alcohol, all of which cause respiratory depression.1

Who Is at Risk for Opioid Overdose?

Anyone who uses opioids for long-term management of chronic pain is at risk for opioid overdose, as are individuals who use heroin or misuse prescription pain relievers.2 Others at risk include those who:

    Are receiving rotating opioid medication regimens (and thus are at risk for incomplete cross-tolerance).
  • Have been discharged from emergency medical care following an opioid overdose.
  • Need opioid pain relievers, coupled with a suspected or confirmed substance use disorder or history of non-medical use of prescription opioids or use of illicit opioids.
  • Have completed opioid detoxification or are abstinent for a period of time (and presumably have reduced opioid tolerance and high risk of a return to opioid use).
  • Have been recently released from incarceration and have a history of opioid use disorder or opioid misuse (and presumably have reduced opioid tolerance and high risk of a return to opioid use).

Tolerance develops when someone uses an opioid drug regularly so that his or her body becomes accustomed to the drug and needs a larger or more frequent dose to continue to experience the same effect. Loss of tolerance occurs when someone stops taking an opioid after long term use. When someone loses tolerance and then takes the opioid drug again, he or she can experience serious adverse effects, including overdose, even if the amount taken had not caused problems in the past.


References:

1 Boyer EW. Management of opioid analgesic overdose. N Engl J Med. 2012;367(2):146-155.

2 Webster LR, Cochella S, Dasgupta N, Fakata KL, Fine PG, Fishman SM, Grey T, Johnson EM, Lee LK, Passik SD, Peppin J. An analysis of the root causes for opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States. Pain Medicine. 2011 Jun 1;12(suppl_2): S26-35.

The information above is courtesy of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Opioid Addiction Treatment in Florida

Florida Center for Recovery provides Opioid Addiction Treatment offering all-inclusive Inpatient Medical detox and rehab. Our program includes intensive family therapy, chronic relapse program, and trauma therapy through Rapid Resolution Therapy, for those who need it. In addition, we offer opioid addiction treatment for pregnant women.

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction and would like to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291 or visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight about or rehab programs.

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Offering Comprehensive, Reliable and Affordable Addiction Treatment Programs since 2002.

Working at the DOT – What should I do if I believe I or my co-worker has an alcohol or substance abuse problem?

Workers at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) performing safety-sensitive functions are responsible for providing a safe working environment for themselves, their co-workers and the traveling public. Creating a safe work environment not only means following established work rules and regulations but also following the DOT’s rules on drug use and alcohol misuse.

In case you or your co-worker need assistance with substance abuse, mental health and other problems that affect job performance, reaching out to a workplace program can help. While the programs in place may vary by industry, below is an overview of the Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) that may be available and helpful to you:

To better understand the DOT’s drug and alcohol regulations and find helpful resources in the event you or your co-worker need help with drug or alcohol abuse problem, please visit: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/employee.

In addition, you may seek the help of a private addiction treatment facility which often provides thorough and comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment program. Often providing long term addiction treatment services (residential rehab programs); these programs are better equipped to treat not only the disease of addiction but also any underlying mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, etc…

Our rehab center, Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) has helped thousands of men and women on their recovery journey since 2002 providing not only addiction treatment but also a treatment for co-occurring mental health issues. Offering on-premises medical detox and inpatient addiction treatment programs with individualized therapeutic services, FCR is the only drug and alcohol rehab program to offer trauma therapy with Dr. Jon Connelly, the founder, and developer of Rapid Resolution Therapy. FCR also provides programs for chronic relapsers and an addiction treatment program for pregnant women.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance addiction and would like to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291 or visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight about or rehab programs.

You can also visit our reviews’ page.

Source: Some of the information provided above is courtesy of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT): https://www.transportation.gov

MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT DRUG & ALCOHOL ADDICTION

Some myths about drug and alcohol addiction are not just false, they are downright destructive. Knowing the facts can help you or someone you love save a life.

We have listed below some of the most prevalent myths that have unfortunately been perpetuated for years due to fear or lack of information. We hope demystifying these myths encourages individuals struggling with addiction, their friends or families, to reach out for drug and alcohol addiction treatment without any stigma and misconception.

MYTH #1: ANYONE CAN OVERCOME ADDICTION — IT’S SIMPLY A MATTER OF WILLPOWER.

FACT: Overcoming addiction is not only a matter of willpower as many believe. The physical withdrawal symptoms and emotional cravings and compulsions that individual experience when trying to quit requires specialized care. Very few people stop using drugs or alcohol on their own. In fact, getting off alcohol and other addictive drugs without supervised medical detox can be dangerous to one’s life.


Florida Center for Recovery can help you detox from drugs or alcohol, as well as providing you with specialized addiction treatment programs.


MYTH #2: ADDICTION IS A BRAIN DISEASE THAT CAN’T BE TREATED.

FACT: Although until now there has been no scientifically proven evidence that addiction is curable, there are addiction treatment programs that work and addicted individuals can achieve sobriety. Modern addiction treatment experts agree that medical drug and alcohol detox, followed by an effective addiction treatment program can bring about lifelong sobriety. Countless millions of former individuals who were struggling with addiction can attest to this indisputable fact from all around the world.

MYTH #3: ADDICTION IS A MORAL FAILING

FACT: Addiction is a health issue and it has nothing to do with the person’s moral character and no science suggests otherwise. Addictive substances create chemical dependency which can be physical, psychological or both. Addiction can happen to anyone and individuals struggling with addiction are not problem people. They are many reasons and circumstances that lead to addiction. Every situation is different, but in the majority of cases, problems or perceived problems has provided a fertile environment for the use and abuse. Many try to “solve” or more accurately forget their problems by drinking or drug abuse. This kind of self-medication leads to more and more doses of the drug as time passes. There are also those who are addicted to legal and doctor-prescribed medications. These people were prescribed medications that with use lead to addiction. The fact is that all who are struggling with addiction need specialized and compassionate care to address all physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of their addiction to gain back their sobriety.

MYTH #4: ADDICTS SHOULD BE JAILED BECAUSE THEY NEED TO LEARN A LESSON.

FACT: Suffering from addiction is not a crime. Addiction is still the only disease a person is punished for relapsing. It is important to understand that the disease of addiction is having a strong need for a substance to “remedy” some physical, mental or emotional disorder’s impact. This need to use has been characterized by experts as an illness. There is no lesson to be learned by being in jail for suffering from an illness.  The behavior is caused by the individual’s mental state that is struggling for survival. A person struggling for survival may be excused for short term thinking and not contemplating the consequences of his or her actions for the moment of struggle to save his life. Addiction impacts the mental and emotional health of the abuser to the point that their judgment of normal and abnormal behavior becomes cloudy and skewed. This is precisely the reason that many argue that sending individuals with substance abuse problems to jail for minor drug crimes, without access to treatment, has no benefit to either the society or to the person being jailed.

The innovative use “drug courts”, recently implemented in some states, are offering addicts reduced or forgiven sentences in exchange for successfully completing addiction treatment programs. This initiative is changing the system by providing timely detox and therapeutic treatment that reduces drug-related crimes and saves millions in legal, health care and lost productivity costs.


Every life is valuable and everyone deserves a second chance.


MYTH #5: ADDICTS NEED TO HIT ROCK BOTTOM IN ORDER TO CONSIDER TREATMENT

FACT: Countless individuals struggling with drugs and alcohol have been helped more effectively by entering alcohol & drug detox programs long before they “hit rock bottom”. Addiction tends to worsen with time, so the longer friends or family members wait to get help, the more difficult it can be. If your loved one is the one suffering from addiction, do not put off getting the help he or she needs. Individuals who are guided by family and friends to attend substance abuse treatment get the same chance for sobriety as those who choose rehab on their own.

Taking the first step for sobriety is crucial. Once the detox process is completed and cravings and compulsions are under control, many recovering individuals find themselves in a better place to evaluate their lives and perhaps attend a long-term rehab for a substance-free life.

CHOOSING A MEDICAL DETOX AND REHAB CENTER

Not all addiction treatment facilities or addiction treatment approaches are the same. We encourage you to seek the facility that offers programs that best align with your particular needs, especially a drug and alcohol rehab center that offers specialized care to address co-occurring mental health conditions. In addition, for those who have previously gone through an addiction treatment program, drug and alcohol rehab facilities that offer special addiction treatment programs for chronic relapsers are highly recommended.

Florida Center for Recovery provides Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs offering all-inclusive Inpatient Treatment with on-premises Medical Detox. Our programs include specialized trauma treatment through RRT, substance abuse treatment services for pregnant women, chronic relapser program, and intensive family therapy. To learn more about the Florida Center for Recovery’s Addiction Treatment Programs, call us at: (800) 851-3291

Florida Center for Recovery has been offering Comprehensive, Reliable and Affordable Addiction Treatment Programs since 2002.

Relapse? Take Charge. It Is Your Life!

The thought that “Relapse is part of recovery” echoes off the walls in most addiction treatment programs, recovery rooms and group meetings. Although this thought holds some truth for many recovering individuals, knowing what to do if it happens will prevent the problem from spiraling out of control.

Whichever the substance of abuse is, whether alcohol or drugs, when your recovery has been compromised getting back on the path can be very challenging. But being in control and putting your “after relapse plan” into action will help getting back on track a reality.

We understand that accepting the fact that you’ve relapsed is hard. It is not easy to accept that all your hard work did not “pay-off”. It brings back feelings of failure. The main challenge here is to avoid negative thinking altogether. Stop feeling sorry, thinking you are messed up or doomed as many chronic relapsers call themselves. Here is where the saying “relapse is part of recovery” comes into play. The fact is you’ve made a mistake and it’s OK. Nobody is infallible. There is a silver lining in every mistake and that is you know now what does not work and you now have better information on how to avoid it in the future. You, like many others will get through it as well if do not quit and JUST KEEP ON WORKING AT IT.

Resuming your path to recovery starts with accepting responsibility. Yes, outside pressures may have triggered your relapse but the fact is you are the one who calls the shots regarding with your recovery. TAKE CHARGE NOW. Take immediate action.

  • Start Strong. Stay Strong (this is worth repeating)
  • Reach Out to Your sponsor
  • Reach Out for Family support and to Addiction Support Groups
  • Explore Additional Treatment Options

If you have a sponsor, he or she will be able to help you make an immediate plan of action. A supportive family member or friend that is prepared to be a positive force can also offer the guidance needed for you to get back on track. Depending on the severity of your relapse, it may be advisable to return to a residential rehab program or an outpatient addiction treatment program. BE POSITIVE. Although going back to treatment might feel like you are starting all over again this couldn’t be further from the truth. You have achieved many mile stones and acquired tools that just might need reinforcement or adjustment. Addiction isn’t an on/off switch. For most individuals it takes constant self-awareness and mental discipline to fight the bad thoughts and behaviors associated with addiction.

“You have to be completely honest with yourself and trust the process. The right program is essential and AA and NA may not work for everyone — it’s up to you to decide what you need to get and stay sober. Stay connected and stay humble. Once you get cocky, you are at risk of relapsing but if you do relapse, don’t give up, just get back on track and believe in what you are doing.”- Heidi D., in recovery

If you have relapsed Florida Center for Recovery is here to offer drug addiction or alcohol addiction help with a specialized program for chronic relapsers and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues. If you or someone you love could benefit from addiction treatment whether due to a relapse or not, please contact Florida Center for Recovery at (800) 851-3291 and speak with an intake counselor. We can provide information about the alcohol and drug treatment programs at our addiction rehab facility and answer questions you might have about addiction and recovery.

Take Charge. It is Your Life.

SURVIVING MENTAL RELAPSE: THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOWING AN AFTERCARE PLAN

During recovery, it’s common for recovering individuals to have temptations of using again. This mental relapse is normal but if not addressed can lead to physical relapse.

Twenty-three and a half million Americans are at risk of a relapse in their recovery, which sometimes leads to fatal overdoses. The good thing is that once a mental relapse comes into sight you or your loved one in recovery can prevent a physical relapse by utilizing coping skills acquired during addiction treatment and rehabilitation. If the thought of using becomes too great, individuals in recovery must seek help. Contacting a sponsor or trusted person who is aware of the recovering individuals’ journey can be a great help through the period of vulnerability. This is what sponsors, support groups and loved ones are there for – to support recovering individuals during their downtimes.

Our experience is that if after trying these strategies (sponsors, support groups and family) the temptations are not under control then there is the need to get help from professionals in the field who have experience with exactly what you are going through and know how to help.

The tips provided above are often part of an aftercare plan which is developed by a well-structured rehab program. The main purpose of aftercare plan is to aid in the prevention of relapse after the detox and treatment have been completed.  Aftercare is considered one of the most critical components of rehab for substance abuse and is essential for a successful transition back into the new sober lifestyle. Florida Center for Recovery aftercare plans include:

  • Relapse Prevention Therapy
  • Support Groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
  • Therapy or Counseling Recommendations
  • Outpatient Recovery Services Recommendations
  • Sober Living Recommendations

The ultimate purpose of aftercare is to offer support for recovering individuals to help them stay fully engaged and focused on their recovery.

Florida Center for Recovery provides Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment programs offering all-inclusive Inpatient Treatment with medical detox. Our programs include treatment for pregnant women, chronic relapse programs and intensive family therapy. To learn about  Florida Center for Recovery ‘s  Addiction Treatment, call us at: 800-851-3291

Florida Center For Recovery has been offering Comprehensive, Reliable and Affordable Addiction Treatment Programs since 2002.

SOBER AFTER-WORK ACTIVITIES

A big part of a new sober life is learning to be successful at work while keeping a focus on recovery. Living a sober and fulfilled life requires some planning. Happy hour is not so happy for those of us in recovery and a life of nothingness can easily cause someone to relapse, as William Shakespeare once said: “Nothing will come of nothing.”

To those of you starting treatment, whether it is the first time, second, even third or more, your desire to “go clean” is admirable and we have faith in your eventual success as long as sobriety is the goal and you don’t quit. We know that you still are keeping the dream of a sober life alive. If you accept, surrender and follow the steps provided in the program, RECOVERY WILL BE PART OF YOUR LIFE, and your dreams will turn into reality. Our 17 years of experience in addiction treatment have presented us with many success stories. Our recovering individuals have moved on to have spouses, children, and have successful professions such as being leaders of ministries, work as recovering couches, open their own businesses, and many other professional activities that they find fulfilling. Whatever dreams they were committed to, in time, they all came to realization. We strongly believe that those struggling with addiction who receive the appropriate tools will heal, understand and most of all trust themselves, and will achieve recovery.

None of our recovering clients claim that in achieving long term recovery the need to keep the social sober life was easy. Fortunately, many successfully stay committed to that social sober life and still find fun and stress-relieving activities in their life. There are many sober activities that recovering individuals can implement in their daily lives that are healthy and safe. The ideas below can help you get started:

Join a gym. Many gyms have classes you can join in case you are not a fan of just lifting weights. Classes can go from simple cardio like light bodywork to fun Zumba or relaxing yoga classes. Try to choose a gym close to work. That will help in two ways:

1) Many gyms allow guest passes and co-workers can be invited to join in the workout. 2) When your gym is close to work you will find more time and be more likely to attend the gym on a regular basis.

If you are into sports sign up for an adult sports league. Whichever sport you once enjoyed or always want to try can be a good candidate. This is a good time to start.

No matter where your spiritual journey leads attending services or activities related to your beliefs can help you find encouragement and often lifetime friends.

Look for activities, clubs or classes that interest you. Community colleges offer an array of classes you can take at night. Learn a new language, take ceramics or computer classes. There are so many options and you can find new friends and develop new interests in such classes. Why not learn a new language and make plans to visit a country where you can put it into practice.

Join or begin a book club. Reading is a great recovery activity, so think about joining or starting a book club and sharing the health benefits with your co-workers. Try to meet up once a month so you can check 12 new books off your list each year. Just be mindful of what you’re reading and make sure the topics aren’t triggers for you.

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