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Aftercare Programming in Addiction Treatment

One of the most important aspects of rehabilitation is what happens after treatment is completed. For this reason, the Florida Center for Recovery customizes all of our Aftercare Programs to address each client’s personal concerns and needs. Our Aftercare Programs are flexible and our clients can choose to complete their follow up recovery assignments in their home town, or in a supported environment at our facility. In both cases, our Addiction Treatment Aftercare Programs are specifically designed to instill in our clients the skills and confidence they need to continue advancing in their recovery. Not only we provide extended care, but we also make sure our clients are well equipped with the tools necessary to adapt to a new way of living, where they can make the positive turnaround they have anticipated. Our aim is to empower our clients to achieve positive, fulfilling, and independent lifestyles free from addiction. We are committed to being a part of each client’s recovery process while providing as much support and assistance as required.

Continuum Support for Addiction Treatment in Florida

Upon completion of our addiction treatment programs, we provide clients with continued support by:

  • Providing referrals to practitioners in clients’ local area
  • Organizing regular conference calls with our therapists to monitor client recovery, to share insights and celebrate accomplishments; and
  • Linking clients to recovery coaches who will provide ongoing support and assistance in clarifying and achieving goals

Florida Center for Recovery offers medical detox and residential drug and alcohol rehab programs utilizing the 12-Step and the Smart Recovery treatment approaches. For more information on our addiction treatment,
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Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive disorder. Symptoms of this disorder are characterized by periods of hurried or manic activity, followed by bouts of depression and sadness. Bipolar disorder sufferers will usually experience some form of substance abuse during their lifetime, and research is underway to better understand this “co-occurring” – the term used when a person experiences a combination of addiction and a mental disorder.

Individuals with bipolar disorder may turn to depressants – such as alcohol or pain pills – in an attempt to manage their mania, or turn to stimulants – such as cocaine or methamphetamines – to cope with depression. In both cases, the usual result is that substance abuse drives the bipolar disorder into the opposite state – depression or mania – rather than fixing anything. Although no cure exists for bipolar disorder, the disease can be managed through medication and psychotherapy. Left untreated, the disease can be devastating, and when bipolar is combined with alcoholism or drug addiction, this devastation is compounded.

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

The most effective treatments for bipolar disorder often combine medication with some form of psychological therapy. Most people with bipolar disorder, even those with severe or intense forms, can use both (medication and therapy), to effectively control their mood swings and live full and satisfying lives.

Psychological Therapies for Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Studies have shown that medication in combination with psychosocial treatments can lead to much better outcomes for bipolar individuals, rather than just medication alone.

A combination of therapies is effective for bipolar disorder treatment, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psycho-Education
  • Family Therapy
  • Interpersonal / Social Rhythm Therapy

With the insights that therapy can bring, individuals with bipolar disorder have a greater chance of:

  • Recognizing the Onset of Any New Episode
  • Dealing with it Appropriately and in Time
  • Keeping up their Regular Medication to Prevent Symptoms from Reoccurring
  • Developing a More Robust Self-Image to Generally Better Cope with the Impact of Living with Bipolar Disorder

Addiction and Bipolar Disorder at Florida Center for Recovery

Florida Center for Recovery’s  Addiction and Mental Health evaluations assist our professionals in diagnosing and planning individualized treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder.

We offer a combination of medical, psychological, social, and family interventions to help individuals find a healthy balance and prevent future crises. Our philosophy of treatment for bipolar disorder is different in three important respects:

  • We recognize that bipolar disorder often isn’t the only issue. Often people with bipolar disorder are also battling co-occurring conditions such as alcohol addiction and drug dependency. Tackling each issue requires a wider strategy designed to treat bipolar as well as substance use disorder.
  • We treat the whole person, not just an isolated symptom. Because we are all complex products of our history, we need to dig deep to get to the roots of our problems. Florida Center for Recovery works to identify contributing factors – home life, work, relationships, personal medical history and past traumatic experiences – to establish the big picture that therapy needs to address.
  • Families have an important role to play. Our addiction treatment programs have a place for families to participate, educating them about both disorders — better equipping them for their role as supporters.

Any co-occurring mental health condition must be addressed at the same time as the substance abuse through integrated treatment. At Florida Center for Recovery (FCR), clients admitted for addiction treatment that are also diagnosed with a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, attend specialized therapies to appropriately address both conditions. Clients in our inpatient addiction treatment program also participate in a wide range of holistic and specialty addiction treatment therapies. In addition, when necessary, the medical team may make the use of medications to help clients with the different aspects of their recovery process and related mental health conditions.

No single treatment is right for every individual. Therefore, each client’s addiction treatment plan is individualized and it is continually assessed to ensure that it meets the client’s changing and emerging needs.

Need more information regarding addiction and bipolar disorder treatment?

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Treating Addiction, Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Depression and Anxiety

Individuals suffering from depression and anxiety often self-medicate with drugs and or alcohol to relieve the pain and anguish they feel. Physicians believe that a chemical imbalance within the brain, which prevents serotonin receivers from functioning properly, causes feelings of anxiety and depression.

Co-occurring disorder (COD) is a term used in cases when a person suffers from both substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental health condition, such as depression and anxiety. The good news is that many mental health conditions are highly treatable with the correct medications and ongoing therapy.

Addiction, Depression and Anxiety Treatment at Florida Center for Recovery

Any co-occurring mental health condition must be addressed at the same time as the substance abuse through integrated treatment. At Florida Center for Recovery (FCR), clients admitted for addiction treatment that are also diagnosed with a mental health condition such as anxiety and depression, attend specialized therapies to appropriately address both conditions. Clients in our inpatient addiction treatment program also participate in a wide range of holistic and specialty addiction treatment therapies. In addition, when necessary, the medical team may make the use of medications to help clients with the different aspects of their recovery process and related mental health conditions (anxiety and depression).

No single treatment is right for every individual. Therefore, each client’s addiction treatment plan is individualized and it is continually assessed to ensure that it meets the client’s changing and emerging needs.

Need more information regarding addiction treatment and related mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety?

Please contact us at (800) 851-3291

For an informational brochure about our addiction treatment center and the programs click here:  online brochure

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Addiction and PTSD

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is one of the most crippling mental disorders. PTSD refers to the mental condition in which an individual experiences a tremendous amount of stress or anxiety after witnessing or being engaged in a traumatic event. A person develops PTSD because he or she was unable to psychologically handle the event. PTSD develops differently from person to person and while the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they begin to appear.

Symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, mental breakdowns, angry outbursts, severe anxiety, fear, memory loss, irritability, poor concentration, and avoidance of anything related to the event. These symptoms can strike the person at any time, especially when they are reminded of the event. Events that can lead to PTSD may include; sexual assault, death of a loved one, military combat, violent assault, natural disasters, etc.

PTSD and Substance Abuse

Medical experts suggest that PTSD is a chemical disorder in the brain and body. When a person experiences a traumatic event, their brain creates a large amount of endorphin as a way of coping with the stress of the situation. When the event is over, the person’s body goes through an “endorphin withdrawal.” This withdrawal is similar to the same symptoms of a drug or alcohol withdrawal. The feelings that are brought on from the endorphin withdrawal can cause a person to use drugs or alcohol as a way of replacing their feelings with numbness. By self-medicating using alcohol, prescription medications, or other drugs, the person may feel calm, happy, and may be able to sleep once again, but as soon as the abused substance wears off, the PTSD symptoms return, sometimes even worse than before.

PTSD and Substance Abuse Treatment at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR)

At FCR if a client’s substance abuse recovery is affected by PTSD we offer specialized trauma treatment through the delivery of a revolutionary healing method called Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT). Exclusively delivered by Dr. Connelly, the founder, and developer of RRT, this therapeutic approach is known to erase troubling memories helping clients restore their lives, often in one single session. To learn more about PTSD treatment through Rapid Resolution Therapy, with Dr. Connelly, contact one of our admissions coordinators.

Need more information regarding addiction and PTSD treatment?

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Is Addiction Treatment Covered by Insurance?

Insurance companies cover, by far, the major part of the cost of addiction treatment. Even though it is hard to find one that pays 100% of the cost, no treatment center wants to reject a patient who is in need of treatment, simply because he or she cannot afford the out of pocket. Generally, the treatment centers will do whatever they can to allow the patient to afford the treatment. Here are some general guidelines about insurance coverage.

In-Network or Out?

Policies that provide services based on a network model usually limit reimbursement for out of network services, particularly in the case of drug rehab. This doesn’t mean your HMO won’t pay for your out of network treatment, it may pay for less than the actual cost to you. That is why a person knowledgeable with insurance policies has to get involved and provide specific information regarding the case to the insurance company. The provided information is based on the diagnosis assessment regarding the type, severity, and duration of the addiction. We, at Florida Center for Recovery, have trained dedicated personnel that using the assessment from our doctors and licensed therapists try to figure out your insurance benefits and the percentage of the overall cost you (or your family) have to pay. They will argue on your behalf for the maximum possible coverage you need when talking to your insurance agent.

It is very important that our utilization review department (fancy word for the department that its job is to figure out what part of your insurance policy applies to your current medical needs) to get involved at the earliest possible. Having said that, it is also possible to have your insurance company tell you everything there is to know about your policy and how it applies to your benefits regarding your current condition, but it is crucial to know the right questions to ask and to provide the right information when you contact the company’s agent directly.

Type of Addiction

Insurance companies generally base their reimbursement policies on the assessed diagnosis. Addiction treatment generally falls under mental health care and then under different types of addictions. That means an accepted diagnosis, like depression or alcohol abuse syndrome, is more likely to be covered than, say, shopping addiction. It is important to know whether your particular addiction falls within the Diagnostic Services Manual used by the psychiatric profession. It is also important to have the diagnosis done by a licensed professional recognized by the insurer. Some addictions are treated with an established course of therapy that is approved and is result based. For example, someone receiving methadone for heroin addiction will be enrolled in an addiction treatment program where the physician provides the input and a standardized treatment plan. This treatment for heroin addiction is more widely accepted by insurance companies than a marijuana addiction treatment which may or may not follow a set course of treatment.

Length of Addiction Treatment Covered by Insurance

Although addiction treatment specialists know that, in many cases, 90 days or more of rehab are needed to give the clients a good chance at recovery, insurance companies often set the limits. Usually, policies have a dollar maximum set or a time limit set, or both. This is why a reputable rehab center such as the Florida Center for Recovery works with the clients to accommodate them for their treatment beyond the limit set by the insurance company when needed.

IS DETOX COVERED BY INSURANCE?

For the most part, an insurance policy that covers addiction will pay for the drug and alcohol detox, especially for inpatient treatment. Also, it often pays for the care that requires drugs to fight the cravings or treat other related mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. But once the detoxification process is completed, most insurance companies have a set dollar amount assigned for the rest of the treatment. In our treatment center, through different types of financial arrangements such as partial payment plans or even scholarships, we offer long term rehab to those who qualify and their insurance plan does not cover the full term of their rehab.

How to Find Out About Your Policy

We recommend you start with getting help from professionals that are doing this on a daily basis. Our drug and alcohol rehab center, Florida Center for Recovery, have professionals on staff who are trained to get you the treatment benefits you are entitled to, according to your plan coverage, and your particular medical needs.

Our facility, like many qualified drug and alcohol rehab centers, is able to provide you reliable information about your insurance benefit when you call, and like many other facilities will take care of the insurance paperwork for you.

Let’s mention that it doesn’t mean that you cannot call your insurer’s agent directly and ask him or her for the exact section in your policy which talks about addiction treatment and the coverage that it provides. If you feel that the agent helping you is not exactly answering your questions or is not knowledgeable enough, ask for a manager. Just keep in mind that the rehab centers often have an upper hand in helping you get the most out of your insurance benefits.

Need more information regarding insurance coverage for addiction treatment?

You may contact us at (800) 851-3291

For an informational brochure about our addiction treatment center and the programs click here:  online brochure

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What are the 12 steps in the big book?

The 12 Steps was initiated in the 1930s as a way to overcome the onslaught of alcohol addiction. Although the 12 Steps are based on spiritual principles, many non-religious people have found the program immensely helpful. The language emphasizes the presence of God as each participant understands him, allowing for different interpretations and religious beliefs. Because recovery is a lifelong process, there’s no wrong way to approach the 12 Steps as the participant tries to figure out what works best for their individual needs. In fact, most participants find that as they grow in their recovery they will need to revisit some steps or even tackle more than one step at a time. Steps 1, 2, and 3 are considered the foundation of a 12-Step program and are recommended to practice daily.

This version of the 12 Step program below is an adaptation from the original 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and is intended for general use for those coping with addictive or dysfunctional behavior.

The 12 Steps

Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable
Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood God
Step 4 – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
Step 5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
Step 7 – Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Step 8 – Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
Step 9 – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it
Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out
Step 12 – Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs

Florida Center for Recovery incorporates a number of leading addiction treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), Motivational Interviewing, The GORSKI-CENAPS® Model of Relapse Prevention Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy and Intensive Family Therapy to a client’s recovery plan. It is the integration of these modalities along with the 12-steps that have helped many of our clients and alumni find long-term, successful recovery. Our drug and alcohol rehab programs are personal and caring. It is this personalized approach that provides each of our clients with specific solutions for the various problems developed during one’s addiction.

Addiction treatment and the 12-steps lay the foundation for many individuals in recovery. It is working the steps that have helped many in building the strong structure needed for a successful recovery. The individual’s commitment to the program, and to the steps, determine how strong one’s recovery structure will be. It is often said that “Willingness is when the pain of life is greater than the fear of change.” The Steps are a program of living; a program for life. When applied properly, the program stays with its participants long after each one leaves the protected environment of the Florida Center for Recovery. Alcohol and drug treatment is about discovery, the steps are about Recovery!

The 12-Steps can be one’s guiding light to recovery, encouraging one’s untapped inner strength to overcome once and for all the addictive behavior that has taken control of the individual’s life.

If you would like to get an informational brochure about our addiction 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

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What Did It Take for Some People in Recovery to Seek Help?

According to a survey by the partnership at drugfree.org and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 1 out of 10 adults in the U.S. have considered themselves in recovery at some point. The question asked in the survey was simple enough: “Did you once have a problem with drugs or alcohol, but no longer do?”

Of the 2526 people queried, 12% of men said they were currently in recovery for drugs or alcohol and 7% of the women said they were in recovery. Not surprisingly, more people aged 35-44 reported being in recovery than those 18-34; but shockingly, those 55 and up also fell below those in the 35-44 age brackets.

What did it take for those people in recovery to seek help? In a series of interviews with recovering individuals, one of the overwhelming responses presented was: “I knew I was ready when I wanted to help someone else get sober.” The other overwhelming response was that they felt ready when they were abandoned by someone who meant everything to them. Sometimes it was a significant other; other times a parent or sibling. The relationship was ripped out from under their feet as their loved one could no longer bear to watch the devastating effects of the disease of addiction. Spouses, children, and parents who witness a family member struggling with addiction, experience emotional damage, as well as financial, legal, medical, and other consequences which eventually forces them to take action.

The majority of family members attending Families Anonymous (a support group for families of individuals struggling with addiction and mental health disorders) admit that the healing start when finally they decided to stop “helping” their loved one and “cut the cord”. For most individuals who are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, when they see the road ending, and the relationship being over, they make the decision to get help and start seriously thinking about making changes, often getting rehab through addiction treatment programs. While the wake-up call that spurs the decision to get help and enroll in an addiction treatment program isn’t the same for everyone, generally losing something that can’t be replaced, like the relationship with a loved one, can be the trigger to seek help. The loss can be strong enough to provide the long term motivation to follow through and fight for recovery.

Recovery is taking one step forward, then another, and another…, while adding to the successful steps along the way. Unless something changes, nothing changes. It takes a transformation of thinking, a willingness to accept powerlessness over alcohol and drugs and accept the help of others. If one falters and falls while on the road to recovery, standing back up and making the next decision better is the only option. With motivation, determination, a strong support group and a treatment plan based on the individual’s particular needs, we believe “the warrior” will have, with him or her, the fighting arsenal to fight it through. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE.

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