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Top three concerns clients report having prior to checking into addiction treatment

Individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction often share the same concerns when contemplating getting treatment. Following is a list from Florida Center for Recovery indicating the most common concerns reported by clients. Learning about how others felt when they were in the same shoes as you are or your loved one is now, can help ease apprehension and provide the extra support needed for you to get treatment.

The three concerns clients report to have prior to checking into addiction treatment are:

1) Fear of Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms

While drug and alcohol detox bring unpleasant and often uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, no two experiences are alike. Each person goes through his or her own detox journey and one should not assume the experience of others or even their own past experiences is what to expect when going through detox. Doing so can undermine the very decision of seeking treatment.

What to Do: As unpleasant this experience may be, it is something that has proven to be an effective first step for many who have successfully recovered from addiction. Keep in mind the end result— setting a path to achieve a healthy, happy and purposeful life.

Florida Center Recovery (FCR) provides a safe, medically supervised drug and alcohol detox with comprehensive medical support. Our medical detox is performed onsite by physicians and nurses who monitor the client’s progress around the clock. We recognize the importance of our client’s well being and we provide constant compassionate support so clients can rest and focus on healing.

2) Fear of Relapse. Thinking that They Are Wasting Time

Fear of relapse is the fear of treatment failure. Although the fear of failing is experienced almost across the board and in many areas of life, it is important to remember that it is the same fear that keeps many from achieving what they want in their lives. This is true for those seeking addiction treatment as well. It is equally important to know that addiction treatment relapse incidents measure around 40-60%, which is high but similar to the relapse rates of other medical conditions with physiological and behavioral components, such as asthma and hypertension. Both of these diseases have a 50-70% chance of relapse. So, yes the idea of going through the process of getting sober only to relapse back into drugs and alcohol is common and perhaps frightening, but it is also common to deal with it and win.

What to Do: GIVE RECOVERY A CHANCE. Going to rehab is often just the push one needs to get clean. If a relapse happens, it’s important to take the time to discover what caused the relapse, and then find ways to avoid the same situation again. TRY AGAIN. Relapse doesn’t mean the individual has failed or the treatment has failed — it simply means that treatment needs to be adjusted.

At Florida Center for Recovery, we are confident that we will meet your individual treatment needs. It’s not just about recovering from the addiction. It’s about discovering a new sense of self and health. We treat the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction through an all-inclusive residential rehab program. Clients who have struggled to maintain recovery despite their previous attempts in treatment are admitted into our Chronic Relapse Program.This specialized program follows treatment protocols to address the client’s particular needs with predictive analytics and peer-supported curriculum that are designed to prevent relapse.

3) Fear of Dealing with Emotional Trauma

For many individuals who struggle with emotional trauma contemplating entering a treatment facility for help with addiction means facing emotional trauma all over again.

What to Do: Find a treatment program that offers specialized therapy services for individuals with a co-occurring trauma diagnosis. Addiction treatment programs which include specialized trauma treatment are better equipped to provide the therapeutic services that help individuals heal from both the disease of addiction and the underlying trauma.

In providing the best treatment available for individuals struggling with addiction and trauma, Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) has incorporated Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT) into its therapeutic services. Clients admitted to FCR whose recovery is compromised by trauma will receive specialized trauma therapy delivered exclusively by Dr. Jon Connelly, the founder, and developer of RRT. This therapeutic treatment approach often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions and is utilized to treat all types of trauma – whether it was a single incident or something that occurred on an ongoing basis.

RRT helps clients to permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma by eliminating the ongoing psychological suffering that stems from disturbing or painful experiences. Clients report that the best aspects of Rapid Resolution Therapy® are the fact that treatment is painless and does not involve the re-experiencing of the traumatizing event(s).

Need Help? Here Is How to Contact Florida Center for Recovery

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, Florida Center for Recovery can guide you in the right direction. We can help you overcome the fear of rehab so you can get started on your own journey to recovery.

To explore addiction treatment options, please call (800) 851-3291. All calls are private and confidential.

Learning About Addiction Treatment

It is not a secret that many families complain about the facility they have trusted to provide addiction treatment to their loved ones, to have poorly qualified individuals on their staff. The complaints are about those providers without any professional training in human psychology or medicine but who are hired right after completing their addiction counseling training and the fact they have suffered from addiction themselves and are in recovery.

Learning about addiction treatment before choosing a facility can make a great impact on someone’s recovery. The more one knows about addiction, addiction treatment, and the available treatment options, the better the chances to find a reliable treatment facility.  The knowledge acquired helps not only to ask the right questions about the staff credentials but also to ask about the facility program’s philosophy and their treatment approach. Addiction is a physical, mental and spiritual disease, and as such, successful treatment should be client-centered, holistic and integrated with all aspects of a client’s life (including family, spirituality, work, etc.)

A comprehensive addiction treatment starts with a thorough medical exam and nursing assessment, followed by detox and complete psychiatric evaluation. Through Screening and Brief Interview by an addiction treatment professional, a personalized treatment program needs to be created that addresses the individual’s particular needs including the treatment of the underlying mental health conditions (trauma, depression, anxiety, etc.) Therefore, knowing if the facility offers screening for the diagnosis and offers specialized therapies to treat the underlying mental health conditions is vital in creating the opportunity for the struggling individual to achieve lifelong recovery.

Finally, a good indication that the addiction treatment facility is able to provide quality care is the certifications it has earned. For example, The Joint Commission presents treatment facilities with the highest standards in healthcare with certification and the Gold Seal of approval. This certification is earned by only 10% of addiction treatment providers and requires the treatment center to comply with a set of standards, rules and regulations.

When all of the above criteria are checked, if possible, one should also visit the facility to see first hand if the facility is indeed a trusted institution that it claims to be.

Need addiction treatment for you or a loved one?

Florida Center for Recovery in Saint Lucie County offers medical detox and comprehensive inpatient therapeutic programs to treat addiction and its underlying related mental health conditions. We offer innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the disease of addiction while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment.

To explore addiction treatment options, please call (800) 851-3291. All calls are private and confidential.

Tolerance. Dependence, Addiction. What’s the difference?

Many people think drug addiction, dependence, and tolerance are pretty much the same thing. But in fact, each term means something very different about how drugs affect a person’s body and brain. Learning the difference is important.


Tolerance happens when a person no longer responds to a drug in the way they did at first. So it takes a higher dose of the drug to achieve the same effect as when the person first used it. This is why people with substance use disorders use more and more of a drug to get the “high” they seek.


Dependence means that when a person stops using a drug, their body goes through “withdrawal”: a group of physical and mental symptoms that can range from mild (if the drug is caffeine) to life-threatening (such as alcohol or opioids, including heroin and prescription pain relievers). Many people who take prescription medicine every day over a long period of time can become dependent; when they go off the drug, they need to do it gradually, to avoid withdrawal discomfort. But people who are dependent on a drug or medicine aren’t necessarily addicted.


Unlike tolerance and dependence, addiction is a disease; but like tolerance and dependence, addiction can result from taking drugs or alcohol repeatedly. If a person keeps using a drug and can’t stop, despite negative consequences from using the drug, they have an addiction (also called a severe substance use disorder). But again, a person can be dependent on a drug, or have a high tolerance to it, without being addicted to it.


Need addiction treatment for you or a loved one? 
Florida Center for Recovery in Port Saint Lucie County offers medical detox and comprehensive inpatient therapeutic programs to treat addiction and its underlying related mental health conditions. We offer innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the disease of addiction while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment.

To explore addiction treatment options, please call (800) 851-3291. All calls are private and confidential.

Meth Use is Surging in Parts of US

Across the country, overdose deaths involving meth more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2017. Admissions to treatment facilities for meth are up 17%. Hospitalizations related to meth jumped by about 245% from 2008 to 2015, and throughout the West and Midwest, 70% of local law enforcement agencies say meth is their biggest drug threat.

With public health officials focusing on the opioid epidemic in recent years and directing the bulk of funding and attention to opioids, methamphetamine use is surging in many parts of the U.S., particularly the West, leaving first responders and addiction treatment providers struggling to handle a rising need.

Dr. Daniel Ciccarone, a professor of medicine and substance use researcher at the University of California-San Francisco, says that the trend in rising stimulant use is nationwide, with cocaine being predominant on the East Coast and meth on the West Coast.

Although meth is not as lethal as opioids (47,600 people died of opioid-related overdoses in 2017 compared with 10,333 deaths involving meth), data is showing an increase in meth-related deaths. The hypotheses to explain the growth in meth-related overdoses are:

  • There is an increase in deaths by brain hemorrhage or heart attack in aging meth users 
  • Today’s supply of meth is much more potent than years ago
  • Current Street meth supply is often found mixed with fentanyl

Last year, three young people in San Francisco died together after smoking meth which prompted the Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Project to publish an alert for Meth/Speed users.

The alert informs drug users to use caution as the drug supply is inconsistent and unpredictable showing consistent positive results for Fentanyl in crystal/meth (speed), black heroin, powdered heroin, and crack cocaine. The alert goes on to explain that if one should witness someone experiencing symptoms of an opioid overdose, to immediately call for help. These symptoms include:

  • respiratory distress/not breathing
  • unresponsiveness
  • snoring/gurgling sound
  • skin turning blue or gray
  • rigid chest and limbs/limb-locking

If you or someone you love is struggling with meth addiction and would like to receive information about private inpatient meth rehab and our specialized chronic relapse program, please contact our admissions department at 800-851-3291. All calls are private and confidential.

Reference: Kaiser Health News

Tips for Selecting Addiction Treatment

First and foremost when seeking professional addiction treatment help, it is important you feel respected and understood and that you have a feeling of trust that this person, group, or organization can help you. Remember, though, that relationships with doctors, therapists, and other health professionals can take time to develop.

Overall, gather as much information as you can about the program or provider before making a decision on which addiction treatment facility to choose. If you know someone who has first-hand knowledge of the program, it may help to ask about his or her personal experience.

Here are some questions you can ask that may help guide your choice:

  • What kind of treatment does the program or provider offer? 
    It is important to gauge if the facility provides all the currently available methods or relies on one approach. You may want to learn if the program or provider offers screening and treatment for mental health issues within a specialized co-occurring addiction treatment program
  • Is treatment tailored to the individual? 
    Matching the right therapy to the individual is important to its success. No single treatment will benefit everyone. It may also be helpful to determine whether treatment will be adapted to meet changing needs as they arise.
  • What is expected of the patient? 
    You will want to understand what will be asked of you in order to decide what treatment best suits your needs.
  • How does the program or provider handle relapse
    Relapse is common and you will want to know how it is addressed
  • Treatment Setting
    In addition to choosing the type of treatment that’s best for you, you’ll also have to decide on a location and consider inpatient long term program which often provides the best chance to a successful recovery.

For more information about selecting an Addiction Treatment please visit the following pages:

Rehab Centers – What Do I Need to Know?

Choosing a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program

An Alternative to 12 Step Programs: SMART Recovery

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

Inpatient Rehab Program

Family Intensive Therapy

Chronic Relapse Program

Specialized Trauma Therapy – Rapid Resolution Therapy

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.

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month which provides us the opportunity to talk about mental health conditions and addiction. The rate of co-occurring mental conditions is higher among individuals who suffer from drug addiction than those who suffer from alcoholism at an estimated 72 percent and 45 percent, respectively.

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that makes it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Research is starting to uncover the complicated causes of these diseases which can include genetics, brain chemistry, brain structure, experiencing trauma and/or having another medical condition, like heart disease.

The two most common mental health conditions are:

Anxiety Disorders – More than 18% of adults each year struggle with some type of anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder (panic attacks), generalized anxiety disorder and specific phobias.

Mood Disorders – Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar depression, affect nearly 10% of adults each year and are characterized by difficulties in regulating one’s mood.

The Relationship Between Addiction and Mental Illness?

Mental health conditions are a common occurrence among those with a substance use disorder, but the data is sparse and variable. In individuals who suffer from alcoholism, up to 67 percent are also diagnosed with a mental health condition while up to 75 percent of those who are opioid-dependent receive a similar diagnosis. According to reports from addiction treatment providers, between 20 and 45 percent of those in recovery for addiction are diagnosed with co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), giving further belief to the theory that traumatic experiences significantly increase one’s likelihood of abusing alcohol or drugs.

With such high rates of co-occurring mental health conditions among individuals struggling with substance addiction, researchers have come up with three theories as to how addiction and mental health conditions might be related.

  1. It’s suggested that the development of substance addiction may trigger symptoms of mental health conditions, which is showed by the increased risk for psychosis among users of certain drugs.
  2. Mental health conditions may trigger substance abuse and develop into an addiction, which is demonstrated by the tendency of individuals suffering from depression, anxiety and psychological trauma to turn to substance abuse as a means of coping.
  3. Substance addiction and mental health conditions have shared or overlapping risk factors, which can include genetic or biological abnormalities, environmental triggers (stress or trauma), or some other factors such as brain development.

Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

Recognizing the importance of diagnosing and treating substance addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions, Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) offers individualized and specialized addiction treatment therapies to address both conditions to increase the chances of a successful recovery.

We offer innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the disease of addiction while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. As a trusted leader in addiction and mental health treatment, we pride ourselves in offering treatment programs that few other treatment centers provide including: Rapid Resolution Therapy, Chronic Relapse Program, Pregnant Women Program and Military/ First Responders Program.

For more information about our drug and alcohol 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.

Resources: National Institute of Mental Health Mental Health America

Alcohol Use and Misuse: A Worldwide Problem

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol-related deaths is a worldwide problem. A study published in 2018 by WHO reports that more than 3 million people died in 2016 from alcohol use and misuse – with men comprising ¾ of these deaths.

Regardless of race or how financially secure one is, alcohol abuse and addiction problem do not discriminate. Often times, an alcohol addiction innocently starts with just a few drinks hanging out with friends. Most individuals in recovery report that they remember how gradually use became abuse and then total dependence. No matter how it starts, recovery often requires therapeutic services which many times involve supervised medical detox.

How Do I Know When Alcohol Is a Problem?

There are some common behaviors that can indicate alcoholism at an early stage. If you notice that when a person is encountered with difficulties he or she always reaches for alcohol, this could be a warning sign. As the disease of alcoholism progresses, so do the more obvious signs of problem drinking.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states the following is normal or low risk drinking. Anything more would indicate that there is a degree of problem drinking when someone consistently exceeds these numbers:

  • For women, more than seven drinks per week is considered a problem.
  • For men, it’s 14 drinks per week.

The definition of binge drinking:

  • For women drink up to 4 drinks in a 2-hour sitting
  • For men, it’s 5

Heavy alcohol use is when binge drinking occurs 5 or more times in a 30-day period.

While some people have yet to reach alcoholism, that doesn’t mean that the signs someone is drinking regularly should be ignored. Their behaviors are considered to be high-risk drinking and they are likely well on their way to becoming addicted to alcohol. Anyone who consistently binge drinks, at least once a week are considered high-risk drinkers and they are much more likely to develop alcoholism than others. They’re also more likely to turn to alcohol should they encounter difficulties in life.

If you or someone you love is facing difficulties due to alcohol use, or displays symptoms such as the ones listed below, inpatient rehab is recommended.

  • Strong Intoxication
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Withdrawal Symptoms

Individuals, and their family and friends, who are looking for options to address alcohol problems, can get help at Florida Center for Recovery. For information about our inpatient alcohol addiction treatment program call us at: (800) 851-3291. You may also visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.


See Also:

Ten Things You Should Know About Alcohol and Alcoholism

Signs You May Have a Drinking Problem

Alcohol Detox in Florida

Alcohol Rehab in Florida

How Long Alcohol Withdrawal Last?

Alcohol Use In Pregnancy

What is Drunk Syndrome?

Drinking Too Much? Trying to Stop?