Monthly Archives: April 2019

Addiction Treatment: Decide, Commit, Focus, and Succeed

The greatest difficulty faced by individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction – without mentioning the efforts put forth by the individual – is to go through the first days of recovery outside the safe environment that a rehab center has to offer. Regardless of the length of the treatment, whether long or short term inpatient treatment, the challenges of life after treatment remain the same. The individual is now on his or her own and must start putting “the lessons” learned during the time spent in treatment into practice. Getting back into having a normal relationship with the body, mind, and spirit that was for so long neglected, require a lot of focus, patience, and self-love.

Understanding the obstacles of entering normal life after treatment and the importance of “relapse prevention training” in achieving lasting recovery, Florida Center for Recovery has developed comprehensive therapeutic programs that offer the expertise, structure, and the support needed to overcome this disease and provide a sustainable recovery. Addiction is not curable but many of our recovering clients are the proof that successful recovery is possible and a fuller, happier and healthier life can be restored or built.

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) recognizes that the decision to seek rehab is not necessarily the sole choice of the individual struggling with alcohol or drugs. Family members and loved ones are generally the essential support who start the recovery process and put the struggling individual on the path to his or her new sober life. Seeking addiction treatment and getting the help needed can be the difference between life and death. Don’t wait for the substance addiction to end a life, Florida Center for Recovery can help you or your loved one fight and win this battle. You can count on our support and professionalism to make the admission process a smooth and successful one. We offer affordable private pay rates & accept most PPO and HMO insurances.

Decide, Commit, Focus, and Succeed. Fully committing to addiction recovery is hard work, but worth it. Take pride in each day of sobriety, overcoming the odds and with the change build a new life.

Florida Center for Recovery – Private Inpatient Addiction Treatment Programs
Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Recovery

To learn more about Florida Center for Recovery and our therapeutic programs please visit the following pages:

Inpatient Rehab Program

Family Intensive Therapy

21 Day Chronic Relapser Treatment Program

Specialized Trauma Therapy – Rapid Resolution Therapy

Alcohol and Ecstasy Learn the Facts of this Dangerous Mix

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information research paper, Ecstasy, also known as molly or MDMA, is believed to be the third most commonly used illicit drug, following marijuana and amphetamines. Ahead of cocaine, Ecstasy has an estimated consumption of over 28 million tablets yearly.

Popular and dangerous among club and party goers this illicit drug has contributed to a hazardous but increasingly reported practice where alcohol and ecstasy are mixed. Whether the individual makes this decision consciously or not, the two drugs mixed together can be the last choice one ever makes, as the effect on the body can be deadly.

The interaction of ecstasy and alcohol on the brain can create a false sense of alertness and well being which is the negative impact of the drug combination on decision-making and physical response times. This false sense of alertness also makes it difficult for others to assess how intoxicated someone is. These factors can lead to further consumption of drugs and alcohol and a delay in getting medical help, which can increase susceptibility to alcohol poisoning or overdose.

Mixing Alcohol and Ecstasy Causes Serious Dehydration

Ecstasy has a variety of side effects, but one of the most serious is the rise in body temperature. This causes dehydration in users, and in extreme cases can contribute to heat stroke.

Alcohol, however, is a diuretic, causing drinkers to urinate more frequently, which further dehydrates the body. In some cases of combined alcohol and ecstasy, neural compartment dehydration occurs, which is the body’s attempts to hydrate the dehydrated nerves by using fluid from the brain cells. This significantly impairs the brain’s ability to function, which can lead to heart and respiratory failure, or coma.

Ecstasy can also cause urinary retention, which when paired with the diuretic effect of alcohol can send serious mixed messages to the body. Essentially, the body overproduces urine, which in turn it hampers its process of elimination of urine. This can lead to urea poisoning, which can result in significant ill effects on the kidneys and bladder.

In addition, the combined effects of Ecstasy and alcohol on the nervous system can lead to an irregular heartbeat, called arrhythmia, which can disrupt blood circulation and cause significant organ damage.



Substance Use & Mental Health Problems – Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders

It is important to determine if an individual struggling with substance addiction has more than one diagnosis. The reason is short and simple – without having multiple diagnoses recognized and treated, the individual will likely go through the whole process of rehab with the underlying condition which has contributed to the disease of addiction still in place. This substantially increases the possibility of relapse.

Dual Diagnoses or co-occurring disorders (COD) are two different terms used in cases when a person suffers from both substance use disorder (SUD) and mental illness. In addiction recovery, the most common dual diagnoses are: PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar and personality disorders.

According to the 2006 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 5.6 million people in the United States have co-occurring SUD and mental health disorders. Co-occurring disorders can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, as symptoms of substance abuse or addiction can mask symptoms of mental illness, and symptoms of mental illness can be confused with symptoms of addiction.

In order to effectively treat SUD, individuals seeking treatment should look for addiction treatment programs that offer comprehensive addiction treatment assessment (Medical and Psychological Evaluations) and offer an integrated approach to treating co-occurring disorders.

Integrated Substance Use and Mental Health Services

At Florida Center for Recovery, both substance use and mental health services are provided by the same team which makes it possible for a client to have one treatment plan, one set of goals, and one relapse plan, thus substantially increase the efficiency of the recovery process.

Our co-occurring disorder programs offer an array of services which include, among others:

Specialized Programs

  • Chronic Relapse
  • Rapid Resolution Therapy (Trauma Therapy)
  • Military and First Responders
  • Pregnant Women

Other Treatment Highlights

  • On-Campus Residential Accommodations
  • Family Psychoeducation
  • Social Skills Training
  • Life Skills Training
  • Illness Management
  • Pharmacological Treatment
  • Case Management
  • Aftercare/Discharge Planning
  • Past Discharge Follow Up Care

For more information about our dual diagnosis rehab program and to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291. You may also visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.

For reviews, visit our Testimonial Page.

To learn more about Florida Center for Recovery and our therapeutic programs please visit the following pages:

Inpatient Rehab Program

Family Intensive Therapy

21 Day Chronic Relapser Treatment Program

Specialized Trauma Therapy – Rapid Resolution Therapy

Making Self-care a Part of Recovery

Developing a self-care routine is an essential part of addiction recovery because by tending to basic physical, mental and emotional needs individuals in recovery become better equipped to manage relapsing triggers and stress.

Part of the recovery journey is rediscovering and determining what keeps one satisfied, content and motivated. Considering personal preferences, likes and dislikes when planning a self-care routine is a key part in the development of a sound addiction recovery strategy. To start, it’s important to identify a time slot each day, where self-care activities can be incorporated, even if they are brief ones and last for a short period of time. While self-care activities can range in from breathing exercises to watching a favorite TV show, there are many that are fun and enhance one’s overall physical well-being as well. Examples include: preparing healthy meals, attending gym classes, getting involved in activities that help others, listening to nature’s sound, connecting with a daily affirmation or positive phrase, fishing, hiking, canoeing and other sports. All these activities have the purpose of making the recovering individual enjoy his or her daily life and feel happy.

When practicing self-care, it’s often necessary to stop and ask: “How Am I doing today? What do I need to make today better? What would make me happier today? –and then tend to those needs with a big dose of kindness and love. It is in this process of practicing self-care that recovering individuals can learn to enjoy life’s simple pleasures again and heal the wounds that were caused by drugs and alcohol addiction. These self-care acts not only enhance the person’s overall quality of life such as sleep, mood, and general health, but they play an important role in preventing future relapses as well.

If you’re struggling with substance addiction, and looking for professional, compassionate care to move forward and reconnect with your physical, mental and emotional self, contact us at (800) 851-3291.

Recover at Florida Center for Recovery. Our campus-like facility is the perfect place to relax and recover from the disease of addiction.

Find the balance and calm to recharge body, mind, and spirit and start on the path of sustainable recovery.

For reviews, visit our Testimonial Page.

To learn more about Florida Center for Recovery and our therapeutic programs please visit the following pages:

Inpatient Rehab Program

Family Intensive Therapy

21 Day Chronic Relapser Treatment Program

Specialized Trauma Therapy – Rapid Resolution Therapy

Military and First Responders Specialized Addiction Treatment Program

First responders (which include active duty and retired members of the armed forces, firefighters, EMT’s, paramedics, law enforcement, correction officers, dispatchers, nurses, medical professionals, and teachers) are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of our society. The stresses that are unique to members of these groups account for the difference between substance use by first responders and civilians.

For instance, first responders are exposed to traumatic events on a daily basis which places them at risk for developing anxiety, depressive and post-traumatic stress disorder. Also, these individuals have often sustained service-related injuries and are at risk for addiction to prescription opioid pain medicines. Whether addiction has developed under the circumstances of self-medicating with alcohol or drugs or prescription pain medication, receiving specialized treatment is crucial for a successful recovery.

Understanding the needs and obstacles encountered by this segment of service providers, Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) has created a curriculum specifically designed to address their unique challenges.

As part of our specialized inpatient addiction treatment program for first responders and members of the armed forces below are the highlights of our program.

  • Addiction Treatment Assessment  
  • Integrated Treatment for Mental Health
  • All-Inclusive Inpatient Medical Detox
  • 12 Steps & SMART Recovery®
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Gender-Specific Counseling
  • Intensive Family Therapy
  • Rapid Resolution Therapy® (Trauma Therapy)
  • Grief / Loss Therapy
  • Biofeedback Therapy (Treatment for Generalized Anxiety)
  • Chronic Relapse Program
  • Addiction Cycle Educational Lectures
  • Yoga/Guided Meditation
  • Art Therapy
  • Recreational Activities
  • Aftercare & Discharge Planning

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Florida Center for Recovery may be the right fit for you. 

Getting help marks the beginning of returning to mission and family readiness and the launching point to a more productive and meaningful life.

Talk to someone who can help you now, by contacting us at (800) 851-3291. All calls are private and confidential. 

For more information about our page, Addiction Treatment for the Military and First Responders.

Factors that Influence a Successful Recovery

Success in addiction recovery does depend on the quality of a treatment program, and often the length of the time one stays in treatment. Yes, the right treatment for individuals struggling with addiction can increase their chances of recovery, but one very important factor in that success is one’s willingness to get better and the commitment to get well by letting go of substance use and abuse.

Once there is the commitment to letting go of substances, choosing the right specialty treatment that focuses on the specific needs of the struggling individual, becomes the next important step on the path to recovery. As an example, veterans suffering from PTSD who also are dealing with opioid addiction will probably do have a higher success rate when they choose a facility that specializes in treating dual diagnosis with moderate drug addiction.

In addition to specialized treatment that best suits the client’s needs, the following factors are also instrumental in helping individuals in their journey to recovery.

  • Evidence-based programs
  • Focus on underlying issues with integrated treatment for mental health
  • Comprehensive 1-on-1 therapies
  • Family focus
  • Accredited, experienced and dedicated staff
  • Strong on-going support with 12 Step and SMART Recovery options with past discharge follow up care
  • Exercise and Recreational Activities
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Treatment offered in a peaceful and conducive environment

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers that promise a cure and guarantee successful recovery should be scrutinized more, as addiction is a chronic and complex disease that is treatable and manageable but has no cure. Reputable addiction treatment centers can only maximize the chances of long life recovery. It is crucial to understand that even the best available programs and the best facilities can not guaranty the outcome of any treatment. These are simply factors that combined with one’s hard work during and after the treatment, with continuous commitment to stop using, increase the chance of success for life long recovery.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Florida Center for Recovery may be the right fit for you. We are confident that our addiction treatment programs are well structured to support individuals seeking treatment and that our counselors and therapists have the ability to help our clients see a new meaning in life full of possibilities and hope.

Talk to someone who can help you now, by contacting us at (800) 851-3291. All calls are private and confidential. 

Prescription Opioids: What You Need to Know

Prescription opioids can be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following a surgery or injury, or for certain health conditions. These medications can be an important part of treatment but also come with serious risks. It is important to work with your health care provider to make sure you are getting the safest, most effective care.

Prescription opioids carry serious risks of addiction and overdose, especially with prolonged use. An opioid overdose, often marked by slowed breathing, can cause sudden death. The use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects as well, even when taken as directed:

  • Tolerance—meaning you might need to take more of a medication for the same pain relief
  • Physical dependence—meaning you have symptoms of withdrawal when a medication is stopped
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea, vomiting, and dry mouth
  • Sleepiness and dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Low levels of testosterone can result in lower sex drive, energy, and strength
  • Itching and sweating

Risks Are Greater With

  • History of drug misuse, substance use disorder, or overdose
  • Mental health conditions (such as depression or anxiety)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Older age (65 years or older)
  • Pregnancy

Avoid alcohol while taking prescription opioids. Also, unless specifically advised by your health care provider, medications to avoid include:

  • Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax or Valium)
  • Muscle relaxants (such as Soma or Flexeril)
  • Hypnotics (such as Ambien or Lunesta)
  • Other prescription opioids

Know Your Options

Talk to your health care provider about ways to manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids. Some of these options may actually work better and have fewer risks and side effects. Options may include:

  • Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen
  • Some medications that are also used for depression or seizures
  • Physical therapy and exercise
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, a psychological, goal-directed approach, in which patients learn how to modify physical, behavioral, and emotional triggers of pain and stress.

If You Are Prescribed Opioids for Pain:

  • Never take opioids in greater amounts or more often than prescribed.
  • Follow up with your primary health care provider within the time period the doctor has recommended.

– Work together to create a plan on how to manage your pain.
– Talk about ways to help manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids.
– Talk about any and all concerns and side effects.

  • Help prevent misuse and abuse.

– Never sell or share prescription opioids.
– Never use another person’s prescription opioids.

  • Store prescription opioids in a secure place and out of reach of others (this may include visitors, children, friends, and family).
  • Safely dispose of unused prescription opioids: Find your community drug take-back program or your pharmacy mail-back program, or flush them down the toilet, following guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (

Make sure you know the name of your medication, how much and how often to take it, and its potential risks & side effects.

Reference: Information above is courtesy of 

To learn more about prescription opioids visit the links below:

What Are Prescription Opioids?

List of Common Prescription Opioids

How Does An Opioid Overdose Occur?

Is It Safe To Use Prescription Drugs In Combination With Other Medications?

How to Recognize and Opioid Overdose?

If you believe you may be struggling with opioid addiction, get help.

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) offers opioid addiction treatment with specialized therapies for individuals 18 and older through private inpatient rehab services. Established in 2002, FCR is a medical detox and rehabilitation facility providing comprehensive therapeutic programs to treat addiction and its underlying related mental health conditions. Our addiction treatment programs offer variable lengths of stay, which allows each client to anchor recovery behaviors needed for lasting change.

We welcome your inquiries which can be sent by using the link below or by directly contacting us at (800) 851-3291. All calls are private and confidential. 

For reviews, visit our Testimonial Page.’

To learn more about Florida Center for Recovery and our therapeutic programs please visit the following pages:

Inpatient Rehab Program

Family Intensive Therapy

21 Day Chronic Relapser Treatment Program

Specialized Trauma Therapy – Rapid Resolution Therapy

List of Common Prescription Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant. Some prescription opioids are made from the plant directly, and others are made by scientists in labs using the same chemical structure. Opioids are often used as medicines because they contain chemicals that relax the body and can relieve pain. Prescription opioids are used mostly to treat moderate to severe pain, though some opioids can be used to treat coughing and diarrhea. Opioids can also make people feel very relaxed and “high” – which is why they are sometimes used for non-medical reasons. This can be dangerous because opioids can be highly addictive, and overdoses and death are common.  Below is a list of the most common prescription opioids with its generic and brand names.

  Hydrocodone        Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Zohydro
  Oxycodone     Percocet, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percodan
  Morphine     MSContin, Kadian, Embeda, Avinza
  Codeine   Tylenol with Codeine, TyCo, Tylenol #3
  Fentanyl     Duragesic
  Hydromorphone    Dilaudid
  Oxymorphone    Opana
  Meperidine    Demerol
  Methadone      Dolophine, Methadose
  Buprenorphine    Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv, Bunavail, Butrans


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.

You can also visit our reviews’ page.

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For more information on Prescription Opioids visit the links below:

What Are Prescription Opioids?

What Are Synthetic Opioids?

How Does an Opioid Overdose Occur?

How to Recognize an Opioid Overdose?

Do I need Detox for Opioid?

Looking for Opioid Addiction Treatment