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The Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer became part of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1941 when a member of AA read it at the New York Herald Tribune obituary and presented it to the AA’s co-founder and his staff members. Connecting with the message, they modified it, printed and passed it around to their members. Little did they know at the time, this prayer would become one of the key spiritual tools used by virtually all 12-step recovery groups. Written by theologian Dr. Rheinhold Niebuhr, the modified version is quoted as follows:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”

The Serenity Prayer is known to provide simple wisdom for the complicated issues people face and to put the focus on acceptance and action. Some say AA should not talk about God as it can make recovering individuals feel uneasy about their beliefs. On the other hand, many attending AA accept recovery as a spiritual path where the Serenity Prayer is the reminder that they are not alone and that they can rely on a “higher power” for their journey to recovery.

The serenity prayer reminds us that acceptance is the key to happiness. There are many things we have no power over and trying to fight against or resist the way those things are is a waste of energy and time and can only lead to more suffering. Serenity comes with acceptance.

Change requires courage because it is taking a step into the unknown. The reason why so many people settle for suffering is fear. Courage is required to make the needed changes which will lead to a better life in sobriety.

The wisdom to know the difference in what is within our control. The wisdom may come from prayer and meditation or talking to others already on their path to sobriety. It’s empowering for recovering addicts to come to believe there are many things they will be able to control and change, and they should take action when those actions improve their life.

Also referred to as “the AA acceptance prayer,” the Serenity Prayer is usually recited at the beginning of almost all 12-step group meetings, and in some meetings at the end as well. The simple message of the Serenity Prayer has emerged as one of the wise sayings of our times and it has helped millions of people both in and out of the recovery community. It is believed that saying the prayer activates willingness and positivity by promoting positive thinking that everyone can find success in life.

The Complete Serenity Prayer

Here is the unabridged Serenity Prayer:

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)

Stress and Addiction Connection

It is not uncommon for individuals experiencing stress to turn to alcohol or drugs as a way of coping. Unfortunately, the rather common practice of resorting to medication or substances to deal with stress can have adverse health effects. As drugs and alcohol provide a false sense of relaxation helping ease stress by allowing people to perhaps forget their problems for short time, in many instances, they lead to bigger problems such as addiction and health issues. This is particularly common where alcohol is involved. It is not uncommon to see many individuals continue the behavior of masking their problem with drinking and become functioning alcoholics going through life with hidden alcohol dependency until their drinking starts causing serious life issues.

At Florida Center for Recovery, the great majority of clients seeking treatment for alcoholism report that they remember starting with a drink or two a week to relieve stress and “take the edge off” in their daily life. Eventually, their drinking slipped into their lifestyle almost unnoticed, and from a few “happy hour” drinks a week to a few drinks a day in a matter of months without them realizing. They report that it gradually became a pattern of wanting more and more drinks to maintain the feeling of relaxation they experienced when they started their drinking. The result is a dependency on alcohol to the point that their problem they started drinking for, their daily stress, became insignificant to the problem they ended up with at the end.

Nowadays there are books, seminars and material of the like that help create awareness about stress and the importance of learning how to manage it so we can maintain a healthy lifestyle in the meantime. Society is now realizing that as unique as we all are, there are many different ways for each of us to manage stress. What is considered commonplace stress (work, over-scheduled lifestyle) and is well managed by some, may overwhelm others. 

Learning managing skills to cope with stress and knowing about the connection shared between stress and the risk of substance addiction help us not only in saving our life but the life of a loved one who may be experiencing this disorder, categorized as a co-occurring condition for addiction (stress and addiction are common to be diagnosed as co-occurring). A high-functioning alcoholic or a high-functioning drug user may not display alarming behavior or obvious symptoms of addiction, however, he or she needs to deal with the stress disorder and addiction by using the service of professionals specialized in these types of treatment.

If you or someone you love is using drugs or alcohol as an escape from life’s troubles, specialized professional treatment is available, and RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE.

For more information regarding addiction treatment for individuals struggling with stress disorders or related mental health conditions, contact us at (800) 851-3291. You may also visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.

Is Kratom Safe?

If you visit vitamin shops or read health news, you probably have heard about kratom. An herbal supplement sold as an energy booster, mood enhancer, pain reliever, and in more recent years as an antidote to treat opioid addiction. However, Kratom has been reported to be an unsafe herbal supplement. The research recently conducted by a team of experts led by William Eggleston, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy at Binghamton University found that the truth about Kratom is more complicated, and the safety problems related to its use are concerning. His research revealed that out of 2,312 Kratom exposures reported, (935 had Kratom as the only substance involved) in addition to the common side effects which were: agitation (18.6%), tachycardia (16.9%), drowsiness (13.6%), vomiting (11.2%), and confusion (8.1%), there were more serious side effects such as seizure (6.1%), withdrawal (6.1%), hallucinations (4.8%), respiratory depression (2.8%), coma (2.3%), and cardiac or respiratory arrest (0.6%).

Eggleston’s research also shows that Kratom was listed as a cause or contributing factor in four deaths identified by the County Medical Examiner’s Office in New York state. His research findings suggest Kratom is not reasonably safe and poses a public health threat because it is readily available and is used as an herbal supplement which makes it easy to be misused. He says that “Although it is not as strong as some other prescription opioids, Kratom does still act as an opioid in the body.” This means that in larger doses it can cause slowed breathing and sedation, causing individuals using Kratom to develop the same toxicity they would, if using another opioid product. The research also revealed that this herbal supplement can cause seizures and liver toxicity.

Substances that are derived from Kratom may also be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. As of April 2018, more than 130 people in 38 states became ill with Salmonella after taking some form of Kratom. Salmonella poisoning can be fatal, and the FDA has linked more than 35 deaths to Salmonella-tainted Kratom during the same period.

Kratom may have a role in treating pain and opioid use disorder, but more research is needed to clearly understand the safety and efficacy of this herbal supplement. Eggleston’s research results suggest “Kratom should not be available as an herbal supplement.”

Kratom is not currently regulated in the United States and federal agencies are taking action to combat false claims about this herbal supplement.

For more information about Kratom visit our drug index page at

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse and addiction and would like to get information about our treatment, please contact us at 800-851-3291. You may also visit our program pageonline brochure and see our Facebook reviews at:

“Kratom Use and Toxicities in The United States” published in Pharmacotherapy

Alcohol Poisoning Tall Tale Tips: Do They Work?

When it comes to tips on helping someone with alcohol poisoning, there is some advice that is not helpful. Here are some actions NOT to do, that may cause harm to someone with alcohol poisoning:

  • Do not make them drink water: While drinking water will help with alcohol-induced dehydration, a person with alcohol poisoning could choke on the water if their gag reflex has been severely affected. It is better to keep their airway free and not give them anything to eat or drink.
  • Do not have them drink caffeine: Like alcohol, caffeine leads to dehydration, which can make the symptoms of alcohol poisoning worse. Severe dehydration can lead to brain damage.
  • Do not tell them to sleep it off: If a person with alcohol poisoning is left alone, there is a chance they could choke on their own vomit, stop breathing or go into cardiac arrest. It is important for someone to be there to monitor their health until help arrives.
  • Do not leave them with a backpack on: This idea has been used by college students who reasoned that laying a person on their side with a backpack on would prevent them from rolling onto their back and choking on their vomit. This idea does not work. A person with alcohol poisoning should never be left alone.
  • Do not have them walk it off: Walking may cause stumbling or falling, which can lead to injuries. It is best to stay in one place and keep them upright if possible.
  • Do not put them in a cold shower: Alcohol lowers body temperature and drinking too much alcohol can lead to hypothermia. It is not a good idea to put a person with alcohol poisoning in a cold shower, as it could make the hypothermia worse.

It is best to keep the person comfortable, upright and conscious until help arrives.

If you would like information about Florida Center for Recovery’s  all-inclusive detox and inpatient alcohol addiction treatment program or have a question regarding insurance, private pay, financing and admissions process, CALL US AT: (800) 851-3291

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Treatment Offered at a Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center

Residential treatment programs offer treatment in a controlled environment where a staff of doctors and nurses provide medical care without the need for patients to leave the premises for the care they need. The length of time is set based on the patient’s medical need. In drug and alcohol treatment facilities once the patient is stabilized and has been continuously sober for about a month, based on the recommendation of the staff doctor, that individual is discharged. unlike many other medical discharges from other inpatient facilities, the patient discharged from a drug rehab facility is not considered cured. Addiction is labeled a chronic disease that has to be managed for life. Simply put the desire to do drugs never goes away and thus remains the primary reason for relapse. Having said that, the treatment plays a major role in the recovery of those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Naturally, the type of treatment and where it is provided is a major factor in the success of the treatment. Where the treatment is delivered matters because the settings for residential addiction treatment facilities vary greatly. Some are campus-based in peaceful settings, others could be in a hospital-style facility and many resemble boarding schools, especially for teen rehab. There are some facilities that do not look like any of the above and are set up in a strip mall by a main road, which should generally be avoided. These facilities usually bus patients to different locations for different treatment. A detox may be in a hospital and therapy sessions may be in a different location and residential facilities could be in rental apartments housing the patients at the end of the day.

Since many struggling individuals need inpatient/residential addiction treatment, especially those who need intensive treatment or were unsuccessful with previous outpatient treatments finding a reputable center is of the most importance.

As a guide, below is a list of treatment options that reputable Residential addiction treatment centers offer and should be sought when looking for one.

  • Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations
  • A safe and secure live-in environment where individuals can focus entirely on their recovery
  • Detoxification services for drug and alcohol addiction
  • An on-site, multidisciplinary team offering highly individualized services and treatment programs
  • Treatment for co-occurring mental health issues
  • Evidence-based treatment focused on integrated and interdisciplinary care
  • A therapeutic community providing the emotional support needed to get well
  • The ability to build or rebuild life skills
  • Specialty treatment for Psychological Trauma including First Responders/Military Program
  • Women’s group with Pregnant Women Programs
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Behavioral management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to treat personality and behavioral disorders, depression and chronic suicide
  • Group therapy
  • Drug therapy to treat certain emotional or mental disorders
  • Movement, art, and music therapy for emotional disorders
  • Medication management
  • Peer-cultural groups and activities
  • Family education programs, provided evenings or weekends
  • Maintenance and wellness programs
  • Sports and Recreational Activities
  • After treatment support

We at Florida Center For Recovery (FCR) hope if you or your loved one are in need of residential addiction treatment, you consider our facility, located on 12 private acres in the central part of Florida, as an option. With 72 beds in two separate buildings to treat both man and women, ages 18 and older, a serene and therapeutic environment awaits those who want therapy away from their usual people and places for a lasting recovery. In our facility, each client has a semi-private room and bathroom with shower, access to playing and reading spaces, a restaurant-style dining room, a gym, basketball and volleyball court plus a number of outdoor green spaces.

After a diagnostic assessment by our medical and clinical team, an individualized treatment plan is developed to address the client’s particular needs. Inpatient treatment focuses on quickly resolving serious and life-threatening issues with the goal of releasing a patient to a step-down level of care. Our expert clinicians draw upon years of experience to treat addiction and related mental health issues effectively and in a timely manner.

Florida Center for Recovery’s commitment to excellence in client care is measured through positive outcomes from the history of patient improvement and satisfaction.

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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Recovery Month 2019 – Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help.

Now in its 30th year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

As part of the 30th anniversary, Recovery Month is introducing a new logo that signifies the true meaning and values of the Recovery Month observance. The new Recovery Month logo features an “r” symbol; representing r is for Recovery and the need to support the millions of individuals who are proudly living their lives in recovery, as well as their family members and loved ones.

Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding of the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

Recovery Month also highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

Each year, Recovery Month selects a new focus and theme to spread the message and share the successes of treatment and recovery. The 2019 Recovery Month observance will focus on community members, first responders, the healthcare community, and youth and emerging leaders highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society.

The 2019 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger,” emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country to support recovery. It reminds us that mental and substance use disorders affect us all, and that we are all part of the solution. The observance will highlight inspiring stories to help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and personal growth.