Monthly Archives: August 2019

Choosing a Residential Addiction Treatment Center

Selecting a residential addiction treatment center is a personal and important decision which is often based on the level of care needed.

The recommended approach is to start with a list of a few addiction treatment centers that are thought to be the best match for a person’s needs. This list can be based on recommendations from primary physicians, mental health and addiction specialists, other families who have had a good experience with residential treatment centers, advocacy organizations, and online research.

The next step is to focus on the staff to patient ratio, programs offered and the type of treatment that each of the facilities on the list provide. For example, while numerous inpatient facilities treat all types of addiction problems and related mental health conditions, some may specialize solely in treating drug abuse or alcohol addiction.

Likewise, residential treatment centers may cater to a specific age (i.e., youth, teenagers, or adults), or gender group.

Location can be another consideration in choosing a center. Being close to home might have advantages such as less time to travel for family visits and easier to drop off, if needed, items. On the other hand, out-of-state addiction treatment can be an excellent option for those looking to get away from a challenging environment and focus 100% on treatment.

Another point of considerations is whether the facility offers dual diagnosis treatment. Numerous studies done on different addiction treatment approaches show that structured rehab programs provided by residential treatment centers are effective for individuals who are also diagnosed with mental health issues, and individuals with a long history of addictive behavior.

Comparing each one of the facilities on the list with the desired care and the level of care needed for the individual in question can help narrow down the list to the point that one can be chosen. Once the decision on which facility is made, the next step is to take a tour of the facility or at-least have a tel conversation with the medical director of the facility to get answers to questions that are specific to that facility.

While research supports the effectiveness of residential addiction treatment programs, each individual is different and treatment outcomes are likely to vary based on the individual’s specific circumstances and level of support.

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.

Some of those questions can be from the list below:

  • How long the facility has been in business
  • Does the facility have at-least a doctor and nurses on the staff
  • Does the facility provide detox
  • Is detox provided by the facility on-premises
  • Is around the clock medical supervision offered during detox
  • Is any holistic treatment offered as part of the treatment
  • Does the facility use the service of a dietician in providing daily meals
  • Is there any gender-specific treatment offered
  • Is there any discharge planning available to patients
  • What is the aftercare program for those who are discharged
  • Is the facility in a shopping center, strip mall or the facility is a campus-like treatment facility

There is no doubt that the effectiveness of the treatment facility is very important in addiction recovery, but the fact is that each individual is different and treatment outcome is likely to vary based on the individual’s specific circumstances and level of support.

We at Florida Center for Recovery sincerely wish all who are in search of treatment for self or a loved one to find the right path that leads to lasting recovery. We invite you to include our facility that has been offering comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment since 2002 in your list of qualified facilities. Furthermore, we ask you to give us a call and allow us to explain how we can help you or your loved one to find lasting sobriety.

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

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August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held every year to raise awareness of overdoses, and reduce the stigma associated with addiction, overdoses, and overdose fatalities.

International Overdose Awareness Day originated in Melbourne, Australia in 2001 and has grown over the last two decades into a global campaign, spreading the important message worldwide that the tragedy of overdose deaths due to drugs and alcohol is preventable. It is well-known that addiction doesn’t discriminate and that people from all walks of life are impacted by addiction, alcoholism, substance use disorder and mental health issues. Each year, thousands of people all over the world are lost to fatal overdoses, while many more suffer non-fatal ones. International Overdose Awareness Day attempts to bring awareness to this growing issue, helping communities recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose and the need to take precautions by having access to overdose-reversing medications like Naloxone and Narcan. In addition, on this day, more attention is brought to breaking the stigma of addiction by educating individuals about the disease and looking at addiction as a chronic health issue rather than a moral failing or character flaw.

Last year around the world over 500 events were held recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day. The national site to gather more information is

In Florida alone, many events were held throughout the state last year, and different Florida counties are planning activities for International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2019. Events include candlelight vigils, evenings of observance, stories of hope, live music and activities, and recovery celebrations. To find more information in your local area, visit

Please contact Florida Center For Recovery, a 12-acre licensed addiction rehab facility, to find out about events scheduled at our facility that are geared to arsing awareness in our community.

If you or someone you know needs help with addiction or co-occurring mental health issues, please give us a call. Florida Center for Recovery offers one of the most comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment in the Southeastern area. Please give us a call at 800-851-3291 or email our team. For more information on all of our drug addiction, alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorder services and recovery resources, please visit our web site.

What is the Difference Between Marchman & Baker Acts?

Florida citizens who might harm themselves or others may be held involuntarily for assessment up to 72 hours. The statute for mental illness is called the Baker Act. For substance abuse, it is called the Marchman Act.

Criteria to Commit Someone Under Baker Act Are:

A person refuses examination, or is unable to determine if he/she needs examination, AND
There is a substantial likelihood of personal harm through self-neglect or refusal to care for oneself, which cannot be avoided with the help of family, friends, or other services; OR
There is a substantial likelihood the person will cause harm to self or others in the near future

Criteria to Commit Someone Under Marchman Act Are:

A person is at risk of harm to self or others and
Is not able to make a rational decision about the need for services due to substance use


The Baker Act law empowers physicians, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists to initiate an involuntary Baker or Marchman act placement. These professionals must decide if the person meets the legal criteria based on their examination of the person within the last 48 hours.

Under the Marchman Act, only licensed physicians or law enforcement officers can initiate an emergency, non-court-ordered admission. Physicians must base Marchman admission on examination and assessment within the last five days. The laws permit law enforcement to initiate Baker and Marchman Act commitments. Law officers are not required to directly observe behavior or hear intent to harm themselves or others. Officers may act based on observations of other credible people. Officers file report on the circumstances in which people are taken into custody and transport them to the nearest hospital or behavioral health crisis unit.

If you are not a law officer or health professional, giving officers a signed, written statement detailing your observations may be helpful— especially if the person changes his or her statements when the police arrive.

Americans Conflicted Views of Opioid Prescription Drug Addiction

Few Americans see prescription opioid addiction as a disease that requires medical attention, but most would not welcome individuals who are struggling with it, into their homes or neighborhoods. With more than 1 in 10 Americans saying they know a relative or friend that have died from an opioid overdose, experts say overcoming the stigma of addiction is an essential part of expanding treatment to those in need. More often than not, stigma is part of the reason why many individuals struggling with addiction do not seek treatment. Many of those polled see drug misuse as a moral failing and favor stiff penalties. Forty-four percent of those surveyed say opioid addiction indicates a lack of willpower or discipline, and a third say it is a character flaw. Fifty-five percent favor a “crackdown” on those who misuse drugs.

In addition to America’s conflicted views of opioid prescription drug addiction, which reflects our society’s lack of understanding about addiction in general, lies the much bigger problem—the lack of reliable and affordable addiction treatment services. From medical detox to inpatient rehab and outpatient therapeutic services, individuals struggling with opioid addiction and their families are having a hard time getting the treatment they need in a timely manner. In addition to social stigma, the hurdles to addiction treatment include gaps in health care coverage.

According to the latest federal figures, about 2.1 million Americans are addicted to opioids but only about 1 in 5 received specialized treatment. As the federal government is set to spend $4.6 billion on the opioid recovery effort which was signed by the president in March 2018, critics contend the sum isn’t nearly enough to fund the kind of national response needed. Many argue that more must be done to educate our society about addiction and to provide services that are designed to address and support the issue at a community level.

As Americans’ life expectancy has been dragged down with the opioid crisis, the majority of those surveyed by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs, don’t think their local community is doing enough to address the problem. Two-thirds said decision-makers should make addiction treatment programs more affordable and accessible.

As this opioid crisis is far from over, at Florida Center for Recovery, we want to make sure that we can help as many people as possible to achieve recovery and regain control of their lives! We offer private pay options to those who qualify making recovery possible for a wider group of people. Please call us to discuss your financial situation and what could be available to help you get the treatment you need.

Additionally, based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines there are assistance programs provided to qualifying low-income clients that are uninsured or underinsured.

If you would like 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:

Nutrition During Recovery from Addiction

Florida Center for Recovery’s holistic approach to addiction treatment and recovery feed not only the mind and spirit but also the body. That been said taking care of the recovering body’s physical needs, more specifically, the dietary needs are what this article will cover.

All too often, most of us are told of all of the good foods that we should eat. But what are the foods a recovering individual should try to avoid,  and the ones they should include in their diets?  Numerous studies have shown that most recovering individuals suffer from malnutrition and biochemical disorders developing common ailments as those listed below:

The following are common ailments among those that have abused drugs and/or alcohol.

  • Digestive problems such as Leaky Gut Syndrome or “intestinal permeability,” a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products, and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the bloodstream.
  • Hypoglycemia – a condition caused by a very low level of blood sugar which may cause a variety of symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.
  • Nutritional deficiencies of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

These common ailments experienced by many in early recovery can be reversed by eating the proper foods and avoiding foods that can make matters worse. We all know that natural foods such as fruits vegetables, legumes, and nuts are good for us. But what are the foods to be avoided?

Individuals in early recovery who have just given up an important source of pleasure (drugs/alcohol) may not be ready to make drastic lifestyle changes. So, it is more important that the person avoid returning to substance use than sticking with a strict diet unless of course there are other health issues that require them to do so. Yet, because a balanced nutrition helps improve mood and health, it is important to follow a healthy diet when recovering from alcohol and other drug problems.

Below is a simple guideline:

Stick to regular mealtimes: Drug and alcohol addiction causes a person to forget what it is like to be hungry, and instead think of this feeling as a drug/alcohol craving. This is why regular meals are important.

Drink lots of water: During recovery from substance use, dehydration is common. It is important to get enough fluids during and in between meals.  

Eat whole grains and other complex carbohydrates as they contribute to the release of serotonin while also adding fiber to the diet. The body digests them slowly, and as a result, they keep insulin and blood sugar levels from spiking and moods from crashing.

Eat vegetables and beans and other high-fiber foods recommended by the U.S. National Library of Medicine for recovery from opiate addiction for their fiber and protein which helps alleviate the gastrointestinal difficulties experienced during withdrawal

Eat foods that are low in fat

Get more protein

Vitamin and mineral supplements may be helpful during recovery (this may include B-complex, zinc, and vitamins A and C)

Reduce caffeine: Walk into any NA or AA meeting, and you will see plenty of people with a cup of coffee. If you cannot quit caffeinated beverages totally, consume in moderation. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands and can lead to exhaustion, depress the immune system, lower blood pressure, and cause dizziness and lightheadedness.

Avoid foods with high sugar concentrations. Low blood sugar levels are common among former substance users and rehab patients often turn to simple sugar as another easy fix – like drugs.

Avoid red meat and processed foods. Red meat has been linked to clogged arteries and shorter lifespans. Processed foods are often stripped of the nutrients that are so valuable to a malnourished recovering body, and they often contain high amounts of sugar and sodium.

Recovering from a drug and alcohol addiction require a strong body and mind. In order for both to work together, a healthy well-planned diet is needed to nourish and repair the damage incurred by substances. Beyond a well-balanced diet, former drug users should exercise, get plenty of sleep, schedule time to relax, and rebuild strong social support.  

For those looking into an addiction treatment program, our clinicians at Florida Center for Recovery in Fort Pierce are ready to assist, discuss and plan a recovery program to address your particular needs, which includes a complete discharge planning.