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5 Reasons Why You Should Get Back to Work ASAP, After Rehab

Getting back to work after rehab can provide individuals in early recovery the structure and accountability needed to build self-esteem and maintain sobriety. For those in early recovery, just knowing that there’s a place to go to every day can help support personal stability, which is a critical component of recovery. In addition, there are at least 5 good reasons to why getting back to work can help recovering individuals stay on the sober path:

Income/Self-sufficiency: Just like everyone else, recovering individuals need to be able to stand on their own feet, and by having a job to look forward to, they have the ability to assert their intentions to re-establish self-sufficiency.

Normalcy: Having and keeping a job help individuals in recovery feel that their lives are getting back to normal. In addition to getting into the community, the daily normalcy of productive life and the engagement with a new circle of friends and co-workers can also help support these individuals on their effort to maintain their sobriety.

Responsibility: Getting a job can promote trust, as individuals in recovery commit to certain responsibilities at work which they are bound to perform. Performing their daily expected duties show that they are capable of honoring their responsibilities. This is very important as it helps recovering individuals regain their own sense of responsibility.

Constructive use of time: One of the earliest mishaps of substance abuse, addiction and addictive behavior is the loss of self-esteem. In early recovery, recovering individuals are still vulnerable and getting a job makes it easier to restore self-esteem by accepting new challenges and taking on new assignments.

Restore self-esteem: One of the earliest mishaps of substance abuse, addiction and addictive behavior is a loss of self-esteem. In early recovery, recovering individuals are still vulnerable and getting a job makes it easier to restore self-esteem by accepting new challenges and taking on tougher assignments.

While there’s no denying that having a job can be a powerful tool in helping recovering individuals to live a happy, healthy and sober life, it’s important to note that there are some job-related behaviors which can pose risks to long-term recovery. Perhaps the most dangerous behavior is the burn-out which can create a situation in which someone in early recovery could slip into relapse. Individuals in early recovery are advised to pace themselves and perform their duties to the best of their abilities while asking for help when needed.

In closing, let us remind those on the path to recovery that taking care of self is the number one task that comes before any other. Never be hungry, angry, lonely, or tired (the H.A.L.T. acronym of Alcoholics Anonymous).

We at Florida Center for Recovery wish all recovering individuals a lasting sober life and the happiness they deserve and work so hard for.

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.

What you should know about Ritalin

Ritalin is the brand name for the drug methylphenidate, a stimulant drug that is a Schedule II Substance. This means that how much is produced yearly is federally mandated because it has a high potential for abuse and may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Over three million children in the United States take controlled substances for problems with hyperactivity and focusing. In the past thirty years, the use of Ritalin has skyrocketed.

It has been medically proven that Ritalin works for individuals diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. It has also been proven that attention-deficit drugs increase concentration in the short-term, but when taken over long periods of time, Ritalin is highly addictive and dangerous. What is important is to be informed about the pros and cons of any medication, especially if we are giving it to our children.

Here are some of the common side effects of Ritalin:

  • Nervousness, anxiety, and irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Slowing of growth in children
  • Changes in eyesight
  • Seizures
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Restriction of creative thinking

Because Ritalin is similar to cocaine, it has been and continues to be highly abused. Street names for Ritalin are: rits, rids, west coast, jif, mph, diet coke, kiddie coke, kiddie cocaine, vitamin R, poor man’s cocaine, skippy, skittles, smarties, and the smart drug. The dosage for children varies, and the dosage for adults should not exceed 60 mg. When methylphenidate is abused intranasally or intravenously, the effects are similar to the intranasal and intravenous effects of amphetamines and crack cocaine. Long term effects of Ritalin are drastic, even if taken as prescribed.

Some of the symptoms of long term use and abuse of Ritalin include:

  • Aggression
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Psychosis
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney damage
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic
  • Delusions
  • Swelling of the extremities

Ritalin is a serious drug. For instance, one 17-year-old boy snorted crushed Ritalin pills and stayed awake for days. He went psychotic, killed his parents, and severely injured his siblings with a hatchet. A 14-year-old boy, on Ritalin since he was 7, beat another young boy to death with a baseball bat. Another boy, Matthew, was a teenager who had been on Ritalin for seven years. He died suddenly in March 2000. He had no prior history of heart problems, yet the autopsy revealed clear signs of small vessel damage. Matthew’s heart weighed 402 grams. A full-grown man’s heart weighs about 350 grams. His death certificate reads, “Death caused by long-term use of methylphenidate (Ritalin).”

Any prescribed medication has its positives and negatives and by getting as much information as you can about Ritalin and get second and third opinions from different doctors can help you make an informed decision about the use of this prescription medication.

If you think that you or someone you love may have an addiction to Ritalin, Florida Center for Recovery can help. To get an informational brochure about our treatment center and the programs we offer, please contact us at 800-851-3291. You may also visit our program pageonline brochure and see our Facebook reviews at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/floridadrugrehabcenter/reviews/?ref=page_internal

References:
http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/ritalin/the-vicious-effects-of-prescription-stimulants.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/opinion/sunday/childrens-add-drugs-dont-work-long-term.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC181133/
https://www.fda.gov/media/72937/download
https://www.ritalinsideeffects.net/

 

Intentional or Accidental an Overdose Can Happen to Loved Ones Struggling with Addiction

When someone struggles with a drug or an alcohol addiction, the biggest concern and fear regarding that substance abuse habit is that if the individual will die from an overdose. Intentional or accidental people often wonder what is the difference once overdosing from drugs or alcohol simply means to take too much of the substance.

There are basically two types of overdoses that occur:

  • An accidental overdoseThis is the most common of them all by far. This type of overdose is such that a person is abusing drugs or alcohol, and they take more than their body is able to handle. In this situation, the addict did not mean to take more than they were supposed to take but did it accidentally.
  • An intentional overdoseThis is an actual attempt at suicide, whether the person actually dies from it or not. In this case, the person actually makes a resolute effort to end his or her own life with the last time of using a substance of choice. The person takes far more than they should, intentionally, and with a full understanding of what will happen.

Either Intentional or Accidental it is sad to hear about people who lose a loved one to an overdose. Unfortunately, the heartbreaking trend of opioid addiction has placed many people in dangerous situations where the constant possibility of an overdose is present.

Rehabilitation as a Solution

Though addiction is a struggle, rehab centers like Florida Center for Recovery can help. 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.

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) provides multiple addiction treatment program tracks that are tailored for each individual with specialized therapies. Treating clients 18 and older through our private inpatient rehab services, FCR, a medical detox and rehabilitation facility, offers comprehensive therapeutic programs to treat addiction and its underlying related mental health conditions. Our rehab programs offer variable lengths of stay, which allows each client to anchor recovery behaviors needed for lasting change.

For more information about our rehab programs, you may also browse our online booklet Florida-Center-for-Recovery-Booklet for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.

 

Can prescription CNS depressant use lead to addiction and substance use disorder?

Yes, use or misuse of prescription CNS depressants can lead to problem use, known as a substance use disorder (SUD), which takes the form of addiction in severe cases. Long-term use of prescription CNS depressants, even as prescribed by a doctor, can cause some people to develop a tolerance, which means that they need higher and/or more frequent doses of the drug to get the desired effects. A SUD develops when continued use of the drug leads to negative consequences such as health problems or failure to meet responsibilities at work, school, or home, but despite all that the drug use continues.

Those who have become addicted to a prescription CNS depressant and stop using the drug abruptly may experience withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms-which can begin as early as a few hours after the drug was last taken—include:

  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • insomnia
  • overactive reflexes
  • increased heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature with sweating
  • hallucinations
  • severe cravings

People addicted to prescription CNS depressants should not attempt to stop taking them on their own. Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs can be severe and—in the case of certain medications-potentially life-threatening.

How can people get treatment for prescription CNS depressant addiction?

Individuals addicted to CNS depressants should undergo medically supervised detoxification because the dosage they take should be tapered gradually. In addition counseling through a rehab program should follow detox. One type of counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, focuses on modifying the person’s thinking, expectations, and behaviors while improving ways to cope with life’s stresses. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has helped people successfully adapt to stop using benzodiazepines.

Often prescription CNS depressant misuse occurs along with the use of other drugs, such as alcohol or opioids. In those cases, the person should seek treatment that addresses the multiple addictions.

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. Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) offers 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.

For more information about our rehab programs, you may also visit our online booklet Florida-Center-for-Recovery-Booklet for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.

Florida Center for Recovery
Helping Individuals Struggling with Substance Addiction Recover Since 2002.

Massage Therapy as a Component of Addiction Treatment

A treatment focused on stimulating healing, massage therapy provides individuals struggling with addiction a way to relieve stress. Massage therapy can be useful throughout the recovery process, beginning with detox—to relieve pain, reduce cravings, boost dopamine levels and enhance immune function. Even after inpatient addiction treatment ends, regular massage can aid in stress management and relapse prevention.

Supporting Healthy Hormone Balance

Individuals in detox and the early stages of drug addiction treatment typically experience a significant reduction in dopamine, which is an important hormone that controls mood. Massage therapy works to increase the body’s natural production of dopamine and serotonin. This can help minimize the physical and mental discomfort that occurs during early addiction treatment.

A study published by the National Institutes of Health has confirmed massage therapy can be beneficial in numerous treatments for medical conditions and stress reduction.

Massage therapy also reduces the body’s reaction to stressors which can trigger the release of cortisol (the hormone that moves through the body to stimulate the body organs’ response to stress). By reducing the production of cortisol, massage therapy helps minimize the anxiety and restlessness that recovering individuals may feel during early treatment.

Improving Sleep Quality, Reducing Pain, Discomfort and Stimulating Relaxation

Withdrawal symptoms during the detox process often cause insomnia in many recovering individuals. Faced with overwhelming emotions and physical changes during the early stages of the recovery process, recovering individuals can use massage therapy to help ease the mind and promote better sleep. Yes, massage therapy helps individuals to sleep better.

When the body is no longer exposed to the abuse of drugs and alcohol, aches and pains that were numbed by these drugs come to surface. In addition, the physical changes in brain chemistry cause the brain to demand access to those substances causing the central nervous system to respond with pain and stress signals.

Massage therapy can ease these recovery-related disorders by stimulating blood flow to tissues and muscles. That blood flow helps minimize the presence of cortisol – the stress hormone – and works to encourage healing on a cellular level. Feeling less physical pain, the recovering individual can better concentrate on his or her therapy during the initial recovery process.

Massage therapy can also stimulate pressure receptors in the brain. As a result, it can help improve the function of the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is a primary nerve present in the brain which when stimulated, can help reduce blood pressure and slow the heart rate, in turn, reduces stress hormones in the body and creates a sense of relaxation.

It is a fact by now, that for those who previously turned to drugs or alcohol for relief from stress and pain, a simple massage allows their body’s natural system to relax.

As a form of holistic care, it can also be one of the best ways for individuals to see significant improvement in their quality of life during recovery.

In conclusion, you can count on massage therapy’s benefits at any stage of addiction recovery and beyond.

Ecotherapy in Addiction Recovery

Being involved in providing addiction recovery since 2002, we at Florida Center For Recovery know it is important to incorporate holistic and recreational activities into a discharge planning to keep those on the path to recovery motivated. Although for many people, this thought conjures up concerns regarding cost, convenience, and effectiveness of such activities, holistic and recreational activities do not necessarily mean acupuncture sessions, art or yoga classes. Yes, acupuncture, art classes, picking up yoga all are activities that if one is into them are very helpful, but there are other activities that are perhaps more in line with many of our normal daily activities that are equally helpful. For example, taking advantage of nature and going on a nature walk as therapy can be an excellent daily activity that is cost-effective, convenient and scientifically proven to be effective. This activity has even been given a name by psychologists and it’s called Ecotherapy. Ecotherapy is the treatment that uses contact with nature to self-soothe and process emotions. If you’ve ever taken a stroll along a moonlit beach or hiked through quiet woods, you probably already understand the calming effect that the natural world can have.

Researchers at the University of Essex sought to quantify this – they found that, in a group of people with depression, 90% felt a higher level of self-esteem after walking through a park. Upon conducting additional studies, they found that 94% of those with mental illness reported that contact with nature improved their mood.

A Stanford study helmed by Dr. Gregory Bratman split volunteers into two separate groups. Half of them walked along a busy road, while the others took a scenic stroll with beautiful mountain views. The nature walk decreased anxiety, negative feelings, and rumination, and even boosted performance on cognitive tests. After conducting MRIs and blood flow measurements to various brain areas, the results revealed that the nature walkers had reduced activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain is primarily associated with rumination – the process of continuously thinking about the same thoughts, which tend to be sad or dark – an issue common to those with anxiety and depression.

Why Does Nature Improve Your Mood?

One of the primary effects of ecotherapy, whether walking through a neighborhood park or taking a vacation close to nature, is the calming sensation. Studies show that exposure to nature, no matter how brief, can help to improve cognitive function and protect the brain against stress. So naturally staying away from stressors and taking the time to unplug can be incredibly beneficial to everyone especially those in recovery.

There is a wide body of research suggesting that all different forms of natural stimuli can have a positive impact on one’s mental health. Sweeping views, the sounds of water running down a creek, chirping birds, the smell of fresh flowers and vegetation, all have proven to lower stress levels and promote wellness. Something as simple as sitting by the window or looking at photographs of nature can improve mood and life satisfaction. 

It is important to mention that ecotherapy should be used on a complimentary basis – it should not replace core aspects of an addiction treatment plan, such as attending AA and NA meetings or participating in aftercare rehab programs.

Florida Ecotherapy: Nature Therapy Options

For those residing in Florida, the options for eco-focused excursions are nearly endless. From our natural springs to state parks and beaches to the east and the west – Florida is surrounded by natural beauty. There are 175 state parks in Florida and 9 state trails that encompass more than 800,000 acres, providing endless recreational opportunities.

Thrive in Sobriety

With almost two decades in providing addiction and mental health treatment, Florida Center for Recovery is one of the largest addiction treatment providers in Central Florida offering all-inclusive inpatient medical detox. Our proven, individualized approach ensures that each person who walks through our doors is on the right path for lasting recovery.

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. Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) offers addiction treatment with specialized therapies for individuals 18 and older through private inpatient rehab services. Our addiction treatment programs offer variable lengths of stay, which allows each client to anchor recovery behaviors needed for lasting change.

For more information about our rehab programs, you may also take a look at our online booklet for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.

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Helping Individuals Struggling with Substance Addiction Recover Since 2002.

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