Monthly Archives: February 2020

Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD)

Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is a global event held annually on March 1st. Its purpose is to remove the stigma attached to self-injury and to encourage parents, family members, educators, and healthcare professionals to recognize the signs of self-harm.

Self-harm is a term used to describe the actions someone takes to intentionally and repeatedly injure themselves. Every year in the United States there are two million cases of self-harm reported, 60% of them are females. About 8.7% of people who engage in self-harm also abuse substances.

Self-harm is also commonly referred to as self-mutilation, self-abuse, self-injury, and engaging in self-injurious behavior (SIB). The medical term for self-harm is non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Though NSSI is self-destructive, people who engage in these behaviors do so to numb their emotional pain and ease their negative emotions.

Understanding Self-Harm

Self-harm is considered to be a form of addiction where people seek an outlet to relieve stress, anxiety, frustration, anger, depression and feelings of self-hatred through self-injurious behaviors such as cutting, burning, headbanging, or hair-pulling.

Although most individuals who self-harm may transition to substance abuse, alternately, some who begin using substances in an attempt to self-medicate may decide to self-harm instead of or in addition to using drugs or alcohol.

The combination of these two addictions has the potential for severe harm. For instance, aside from the physical limitations that alcohol and substance abuse present, these drugs also tend to intensify negative feelings like hopelessness, depression, and anxiety. These amplified emotions can lead a person to delve into more extreme self-harming behaviors, possibly even leading to suicide. Someone who cuts while under the influence of alcohol is more apt to accidentally make incisions that are too deep. This may cause excessive bleeding that can be fatal. 

Those who struggle with addiction, as well as self-harming behaviors, need specialized treatment that simultaneously addresses both conditions. Addiction treatment facilities offering treatment for addiction and related mental health conditions are often equipped to provide treatment for individuals who are struggling with both afflictions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may be an effective tool along with group, family and individual therapies. If someone suffering from self-harming behaviors has a traumatic event or trigger in their past or current life, Rapid Resolution Therapy (trauma therapy) can work to uncover the issues and help patients to cope in a healthier way.

To explore addiction treatment for a co-occurring NSSI and substance abuse problem at Florida Center for Recovery, please contact us at (800) 851-3291. We are accredited and certified by the Joint Commission, which sets the standard for delivery of safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for our clients.

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What is Detox in Addiction Recovery?

Detoxification or detox in addiction recovery refers to the process of removing toxins from the body and is separated into two types:

Medically assisted (or medically supervised) detox – This type of detox is performed under the care of a medical team that consists of physicians, psychiatrists and nursing professionals. Medically supervised detox ensures the safety and comfort of the individual who is undergoing detoxification and provides the support necessary in case any medical complications arise. Often times, medications can be administered to ease the withdrawal symptoms and reduce the strong cravings for the substances that typically are experienced during this treatment process.

Clinically managed (“social”) detox – This type of non-medical detox method utilizes social detox settings where only a room is provided for detox in which non-medical people like friends and family members provide hands-on treatment approaches that include peer encouragement and professional support throughout the detox duration.

The best option for detox will depend on the substance being abused, the current level of physical dependence and the desire/need of the individual to use or not use medically assisted methods.

The majority of health care professionals, public health officials and addiction experts support the medical model of detoxification. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s principles of effective detox were built on the medical model, which incorporates a combination of care, that includes nursing staff, medication and physician supervision during the process. That being said, not all drugs require medically-assisted detox. This treatment process is most appropriate for people with substance dependencies involving:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids (such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and heroin)
  • Benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax, Halcion and Ativan)
  • Stimulants (such as cocaine and crystal meth)
  • Prescription stimulants (such as Adderall and Ritalin)
  • Synthetic drugs (such as Spice, K2 and bath salts)
  • Drugs that contain THC (such as marijuana or hashish)

Although not all substances require medically-supervised detox, suddenly ceasing the use of substances, or stopping the use cold-turkey, as it’s called,  can lead to adverse effects that range from significantly uncomfortable to fatal. For this reason, it is highly recommended that individuals struggling with substance abuse consult with an addiction treatment specialist or a primary doctor to get the best recommendation for their specific situation. Whether consulting with a primary care provider or a medical team at a rehab center, all details regarding medical history should be provided in order to develop a treatment regimen that offers the best level of care for the patient. For example, if a client is a polysubstance abuser –and addicted to more than one drug simultaneously – the addiction treatment provider must be made aware of these details as omitting them can result in serious health complications.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, a complete medical and clinical assessment is the best way to get the appropriate detox and supportive addiction treatment therapies. Seeking professional help is always recommended because even substances associated with less dangerous withdrawal syndrome, that do not necessarily require medically-assisted detox, can develop complications if the individual has a serious or perhaps an undiagnosed medical condition.

On the road to recovery, the detox treatment is only the beginning. If you would like information about Florida Center for Recovery detox program, we invite you to browse through our website and learn about our innovative therapies which are tailored to treat not only addiction but also it’s underlying related mental health conditions.

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.

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Addiction Recovery and Exercise

Generally, most people see regular exercise as the means to lose weight, but in fact, science has shown that having a regular exercise routine can help reduce stress, anxiety, ward off feelings of depression and boost self-esteem. The reason is every time we exercise our bodies release chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in our brain that reduce our perception of pain. Other endorphin driven benefits of exercise include:

  • Improved Sleep
  • A rise in overall energy
  • Lowered blood pressure

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) educates clients about the importance of maintaining a regular exercise regimen and we provide opportunities for exercise, within our 12-acres facility, at our fully equipped gym and our outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. In addition, brisk walks can be taken around the property when clients are not attending treatment sessions.

For those recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, regular exercise should become an essential part of their new lifestyle and we highly encourage our clients to keep up with exercising, especially after their discharge from our inpatient rehab when the treatment is completed. Many suggest joining a gym is not a necessity. A brisk walk, jogging, biking, hiking, and swimming can all generate endorphins in the body and do the job.

The reality is, that for many of us finding an activity and creating an exercise routine is not what is stopping us to become active. The real challenges often reported by clients are: getting out of their comfort zone and fighting the belief that there is no time left in the day for exercise. Our suggestion to face this challenge is to find an activity which is enjoyable for you to do. Another suggestion is to partner up with a friend or loved one in your exercise routine. Making exercise a social event can make it feel less like a chore. Whatever activity is chosen we must remember to start at our own pace, avoid injuries, and make changes as we go forward. If after some time the activity becomes a bore, try something different or alternate back and forth within your favorite ones. What is important is that you don’t give up and stay active. Letting go of fear, anxiety, and regret is important for all of us, but these are the most important steps to take for those in addiction recovery. Shedding negative thought patterns can go a long way towards not only staying sober but living a happier, more energetic lifestyle that allows you to be better equipped to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

To explore addiction treatment for you or a loved one at Florida Center for Recovery, please contact us at (800) 643-4005. We are accredited and certified by the Joint Commission, which sets the standard for delivery of safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for our clients.

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What is Alcoholic Neuropathy?

One of the most common and un-diagnosed conditions associated with excessive long-term use of alcohol is alcoholic neuropathy. This condition damages peripheral nerves that send signals between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body. The mechanism behind alcoholic neuropathy is not well understood, but it is known that alcoholic neuropathy progressively erodes the coating that protects the nerves and damages the microscopic projections, known as axons, which transmit signals from one nerve to another. The result of having this condition is a spectrum of uncomfortable and even debilitating symptoms such as burning pain, hyperalgesia and allodynia which can seriously diminish a person’s quality of life.

What Causes Alcoholic Neuropathy?

Research suggests that nutritional deficiency (especially thiamine deficiency) and/or the body’s decreased ability to flush toxins, or both, have been implicated in alcohol-induced neuropathic pain.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Alcoholic Neuropathy?

The symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy can cause pain and hypersensitivity or a decrease in sensation that may lead to further injury and lead to degenerative mobility issues. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking treatment early can reduce the risk of permanent disability. Some of these most common symptoms of alcohol nerve damage may include any of the following:

  • Numbness, tingling or burning in the arms and legs
  • Muscle atrophy, weakness and spasms in the arms and legs
  • An overall loss of muscle function in the limbs
  • Decreased sensation in the hands and feet that may result in physical injuries that may go unnoticed and usually untreated
  • The lack of pain may also lead to a great risk for infection as a result of unnoticed wounds
  • Incontinence, constipation or diarrhea, as well as difficulty urinating
  • Sexual dysfunction and impotence
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Hypersensitivity and pain most commonly in the fingers and toes, as well as the hands and feet

How is Alcoholic Neuropathy Treated?

To this date, there is no single test to identify alcoholic neuropathy and diagnoses are reached through blood and nerve tests, along with a comprehensive medical history which includes screening to identify patients who are hazardous drinkers or have active alcohol use disorders. After diagnosis and examination, physicians generally prescribe various medications in an effort to manage or treat the symptoms. Physical therapy and exercise are also utilized to treat weak and atrophied muscles. In addition, when necessary, orthopedic gear, such as leg braces, are also used to help stabilize the limbs that have been compromised.

The alcoholic Neuropathy treatment goal is to halt further damage to the peripheral nerves restoring functioning through alcohol abstinence and a nutritionally balanced diet supplemented by all B vitamins. If the individual is struggling with alcohol dependence or alcoholism the first step is to address and treat the condition. For some individuals, alcohol detox and inpatient treatment program may be required. While there might be some improvement in symptoms once the individual is living an alcohol-free lifestyle, the nerve damage caused by the neuropathy is usually permanent, but in some cases when treated in time improvement has been made. If you have come across our blog post, chances are that you or someone you love is in need of alcohol treatment.

Since 2002 Florida Center for Recovery has offered a wide array of comprehensive treatment programs aiming to treat the whole person and not just the isolated disease of addiction. Offering a unique blend of traditional and holistic methods, we provide our patients with the opportunity to develop life skills, relapse prevention techniques, and a better understanding of alcohol abuse and its harmful effects. We believe that families play a vital role in the recovery process, and our recovery programs offer the educational sessions to help and equip families with the necessary tools to be the support that their loved one needs.

To explore addiction treatment for an alcohol problem at Florida Center for Recovery, please contact us at (800) 851-3291. We are accredited and certified by the Joint Commission, which sets the standard for delivery of safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for our clients.

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Self-Love in Addiction Recovery

Valentine’s Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. For individuals suffering from addiction and those in recovery, especially early recovery, this time of the year can be challenging. However, V-day can present an opportunity for reflection and understanding in which a new dialogue can open up ways to communicate with your family, friends, and most importantly yourself. Actually, developing self-love is an essential and vital component of addiction recovery. Self-love is about total acceptance and learning to let go of all the hate, disappointment and regret that is often associated with using substances.

If you are suffering from addiction, are currently in treatment or recovery, seize this Valentine’s Day to begin new practices. For those still struggling, really consider getting the help needed to get well. Any individual in recovery will tell you that finding the path to loving yourself is a worthwhile effort. For those in treatment and recovery, allow yourself to be proud of how far you have come in the process—focusing on your health, happiness, and all-around well being.

This Valentine’s Day give yourself the gift of love, compassion and respect. Whether you have a sweetheart to share it with, or you are spending it solo, do something that will lift your spirits up. You don’t need someone else to show you love. Your happiness depends on you and you alone. Make February 14 a day for you. Celebrate you in recovery or on your decision to seek professional help.

This February 14th, start a new tradition – the tradition of self-love. Healing starts with you. You have the power to change. You are deserving of all that is good. You come first. You are worthy. You are strong. You are love.

From all of us at Florida Center for Recovery,

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Taking a Second Look at Alcohol Consumption in US

Drinking has long been a major part of American culture playing an important part in many people’s everyday life. One could say it is impossible to attend a sports game, wedding, or any other major event without encountering alcoholic beverages and individuals who are engaged in drinking. Opportunities to drink actually face us in almost every corner, from liquor stores to establishments that offer a local happy hour with specials on alcoholic drinks, discounted menu items, and enticing events. Happy hours especially, attracting mostly corporate employees have been known to be the culprit for many individual’s frequent drinking sessions and even driving under the influence. It’s worth mentioning that frequent drinking sessions are the number one common behavior of those who engage in alcohol abuse and those struggling with addiction.

Statistics indicate that the incidences related to drinking issues are on the rise in the US. The research community says that the damage is far understated and they believe that individuals who have as few as two or three drinks a day have reported some occasional problems such as drinking more than they intended to, inability to cut down, or spend less of their time thinking about drinking.

According to the CDC, deaths from alcohol hit a 35-year high in 2014 at 30,700, and that was not counting deaths from accidents and homicides. We are talking about more than the number of deaths from heroin and prescription opioid painkillers combined.

The top 10 percent of Americans who drink—some 24 million people—consume an average of 61 drinks a week. The next 10 percent have an average of 22 drinks a week.

The Biological Causes of Alcoholism: Where Alcohol Problem Starts

While drugs like heroin and marijuana influence dedicated systems of the brain, alcohol acts as both a stimulant and a depressant, with effects that spread over several brain sectors. Like Valium and Xanax, it binds to the receptors of a neurotransmitter called GABA which makes the individual relaxed. But through a biochemical reaction, it also jacks up the release of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure center giving people a feeling of euphoria. Over time, a drinker’s brain adapts to the chemical assault by desensitizing itself. So, to maintain the feel-good effects the individual needs to drink more. In research conducted by Yale and Columbia University, the brain scan of male drinkers revealed significantly greater dopamine release than those of women. It turns out that men are twice as likely as women to have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). With the advancement in research, a better understanding of the biological causes of alcoholism and its neurobiological differences, the treatment professionals are better equipped to develop and implement treatment practices.

In addition, the advancements in the science of addiction are bringing changes in society’s perceptions replacing stigma and shame with a new understanding that addiction is a treatable disease much like any other medical disease and one which demands a broad but focused, intense and sustained public health solution.

Are you uncomfortable with your drinking habits or a loved one’s pattern of drinking? If so, then treatment can help. Thinking about a drinking problem usually precedes doing something about it; the bottom line is that action is what creates the desired change.

To explore addiction treatment for an alcohol problem at Florida Center for Recovery, please contact us at (800) 851-3291. We are accredited and certified by the Joint Commission, which sets the standard for delivery of safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for our clients.

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Clinical Excellence & Compassionate Care in a Healing Environment
Providing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Since 2002

Tips to Help you Stop Worrying

It’s normal to worry about various things and events from time to time as it is a natural response to life’s many unknowns and challenges. But chronic and all-consuming worry can be troublesome and interfere with our ability to function freely and calmly in our daily lives. More importantly, being worried all the time can make recovery more difficult. Here are some helpful tips to reduce your worrisome and negative thoughts:

  1. Remind yourself that worrying doesn’t stop things happening. Things will happen – or not happen –anyway.

  2. Recognize that “What ifs” don’t usually help with problem-solving. It’s better to use logic and brainstorm for solutions. Take control of your emotions by using rational thinking.

  3. Motivate yourself by something other than worrying. Take a break and do something fun, and then go back to your work again. That positive approach will reap more benefits.

  4. Face your fears. The thought is often much worse than the actual thing you fear. President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Training your brain to accept that there’s no threat will help you to switch off the fear response. You’ll soon realize that it’s the fear of fear that you fear, nothing else. And that will eventually become easy to manage.

  5. Ask yourself “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Then, “What are the chances that it will happen?” Then “Will you survive it if it happens, in the end?” Usually, that helps to move us from an extreme and irrational way of thinking to a more realistic, and reasonable way of thinking.

  6. Teach yourself a range of relaxation strategies – and then concentrate on them instead of on your different fears. Or, adopt a mindful approach – and keep your focus on “right now”. Mindfulness is one of the best-kept secrets to help people deal with anxiety. You can practice it by intentionally putting the focus on your emotions, and accepting in a nonjudgmental way whatever thoughts and sensations you’re experiencing at the moment. Matt Tenney, the author of The Mindfulness Edge, summarizes it like this:

“We train our awareness so that we become less distracted by our own thinking, which allows us to enjoy our lives more, to be more present with people, and to see our world, both inner and outer, with greater clarity.”


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5 Most Common Mental Health Conditions that Are Associated with Addictions

Addiction is often associated with a mental health condition making the recovery process challenging as the individual is faced with multiple internal battles. Whether its depression, bipolar disorder, or PTSD combined with addiction, these co-existing mental health conditions must be treated under a unified addiction treatment program to provide the recovering individual the best chance of successful and lasting recovery.

Below are the most common mental health conditions often associated with addictions. 

Alcoholism and anti-social personality disorder – according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, antisocial personality disorder has a close link with alcoholism. Alcoholism often makes this underlying mental illness even worse as time progresses.

Marijuana and Schizophrenia – about half of people with schizophrenia also abuse substances, though out of all drugs, marijuana seems to be the most prevalent with people suffering from this mental illness. Scientists and mental health experts are still unsure why this is so.

Cocaine addiction and anxiety disorder – when cocaine abuse results in symptoms found in anxiety disorder, such as paranoia, hallucinations, suspicion and insomnia, many find that cocaine addiction and anxiety disorders are usually associated together in some form.

Opioid addiction and PTSD – when an individual struggles with body pain that resulted from a traumatic experience (going to war or surviving a natural disaster); prescription painkiller medication is often the culprit for the person’s substance abuse disorder. Combined with the mental trauma of horrifying memories, prescription drug addiction for those struggling with PTSD can often lead to overdose and serious health problems later on in life.

Heroin addiction and depression – long term heroin abuse often leads to feelings of isolation, helplessness, fatigue and lack of motivation. As a result of burning out the brain’s reward system due to high levels of pleasure, depression can develop and lead to further drug use, thoughts of suicide, and a lack of motivation for seeking treatment.

If you or a loved one is exploring addiction treatment options, we invite you to take the time now to learn more about the Florida Center for Recovery’s inpatient rehab programs. As a leading addiction treatment center in central Florida, we provide supervised medical detox and rehab programs to treat alcoholism, drug addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders such as PTSD, depression and anxiety. We are a 72-bed rehab facility accredited and certified by The Joint Commission, which sets the standard for delivery of safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for our clients. As a licensed detox and addiction rehab facility, we provide treatment for those struggling with the disease of addiction throughout the nation. Our Drug and Alcohol Rehab offers specialized therapeutic and treatment programs which include: trauma therapy (Rapid Resolution Therapy®), Pregnant Women,  Military/First Responders and Chronic Relapse Program.

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For more information about admissions and treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and related mental health conditions, contact us at (800) 851-3291 

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