Monthly Archives: November 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

Holidays, COVID-19, and Addiction Recovery: Now What?

First and foremost, we at Florida Center for Recovery would like to wish you and your loved ones a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Though the spirit of sharing and togetherness is an integral part of Thanksgiving, this year our holiday might need to look quite different, and that’s OK. Planning for small gatherings, simply gathering with family from the same household, and avoiding traveling are just a few actions that we can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For those in early recovery choosing sobriety is a daily decision. One that requires personal awareness, thoughtful preparation, and a strong support system. With the current restrictions in place surrounding COVID-19, recovering individuals are finding themselves feeling alone as connections with their support system have diminished or stopped altogether. Getting creative and becoming extra vigilant about prioritizing recovery can help those struggling to maintain sobriety through these difficult times.

If you are celebrating alone and would like to connect with family and friends during this Thanksgiving Holiday, Zoom is lifting its 40-minute limit for all meetings globally from midnight ET on Nov. 26 through 6 a.m. ET on Nov. 27. In addition, take advantage of online recovery resources. Many 12-step and other recovery groups are offering free virtual meetings that you can access from your smartphone or home computer. including:

The Token Shop Online AA Meetings

In The Rooms Global Recovery Community

Secular AA Online Meetings

Virtual NA


For those struggling with addiction, concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus shouldn’t prevent you from seeking help for an addiction to drugs or alcohol. At Florida Center for Recovery, we’ve taken aggressive precautions to ensure our campus remains free of infection and continues to offer the highest standard of care. For details about our detox and inpatient addiction treatment programs, please reach out to us at 800-643-4005, visit our treatment program’s page at or click on the link below to send us an email.

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

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Stimulant Fatal Overdoses are on the Rise: Get Treatment Before It’s Too Late

It is critical that we don’t forget about the nation’s addiction crisis in our response to COVID-19. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, an alarming increase in deaths involving stimulant drugs methamphetamine and cocaine are on the rise. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated stresses have only exacerbated this situation. 

A complex and ever-evolving addiction and overdose crisis characterized by shifting use and availability of different substances and the use of multiple drug classes have together contributed to the rise in fatal overdoses. This is likely due to people using stimulant drugs in combination with opioids like heroin or fentanyl. This could also likely be due to using products that have been laced with fentanyl without their knowledge. With the rise in addictions and deaths to stimulants, it’s imperative that rehab facilities offer stimulant addiction treatment

What Are Stimulants?

You may be wondering, what are stimulants and why should I be concerned about people developing addictions to them. Well, stimulants are substances that speed up processes in the brain and body. Thus, stimulants cause the messages that are sent between the brain and body to speed up. This, in turn, causes people that consume stimulants to feel more alert, awake, and energized.

Because stimulant use can help people feel more alert, awake, energized, and ultimately, happy, many people abuse this substance. For example, some people may abuse the central nervous system prescription drug stimulant known as Adderall to help them stay alert or stay up late to accomplish more for school or work. 

Many other people choose to abuse stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines to help them feel a sense of euphoria to cope with mental illness or addiction triggers. Unfortunately, when people abuse stimulants, they can over-stimulate their systems and cause themselves to experience anxiety, panic, seizures, headaches, stomach cramps, aggression, paranoia, and more. To overcome stimulant addiction, individuals should attend stimulant addiction treatment. 

What is a Stimulant Drug? 

There are both legal and illegal types of stimulants. People commonly abuse both types of stimulants. Two of the illicit stimulants that people commonly abuse include cocaine and methamphetamine, hence the alarming increase in cocaine and methamphetamine stimulant abuse during the pandemic. 


Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant from the coca plant in South America. It usually comes in a white powder form. Crack cocaine comes in a crystallized form. Most people snort powder cocaine and smoke crack cocaine. Most people use cocaine for its euphoric effects.

Signs of cocaine use include:

  • Excitability
  • Dilated pupils
  • Runny nose
  • Weight loss
  • Nosebleeds

Prolonged cocaine use can also cause a loss of appetite and sleep deprivation. Like with most substances, using an extensive amount of cocaine can cause one to not only develop a cocaine addiction, but also to overdose

Many people overdose on cocaine because they like to mix it with other substances such as opioids, alcohol, heroin, or fentanyl to heighten its effects. To make matters worse, sometimes the side effects of one of the substances mixed in a cocaine solution mask the effects of the other substance, making it harder to detect an overdose when one occurs. 

Individuals that suffer from cocaine addiction should attend stimulant addiction treatment as soon as possible, especially if they want to avoid getting to the point of overdosing. Individuals that overdose on cocaine or cocaine drug mixtures should receive emergency medical help as soon as possible, followed by stimulant addiction treatment.


Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and dangerous stimulant. This substance usually comes in  a powder or crystal form. There are many ways that people can use methamphetamine. For example, some people smoke meth while others inject it into their skin. 

Effects of methamphetamine use include:

  • Extremely high blood pressure 
  • Severe itching
  • Broken teeth and dry mouth
  • Cognitive issues

People that abuse meth most often do it for the euphoric rush that it gives them. Once that euphoric rush ends though, people that use meth experience a crash that causes them to become angry, fearful, and overall negative. 

Because of how powerful methamphetamine is, many people that use it quickly develop full-fledged meth addictions. Because it’s so easy to develop an addiction to meth, many people also overdose from the substance. 

Individuals that abuse meth and develop meth addictions should attend stimulant addiction treatment. Individuals that experience meth overdose should immediately receive emergency medical help and then attend stimulant addiction treatment. 

Prescription Stimulants

Not all stimulants are illegal. In fact, there are many legal stimulants that come in the form of prescription drugs. Because stimulants help people stay alert, awake, and energized, many doctors prescribe people with ADHD stimulants to help them focus and control their impulses. Doctors will even prescribe some people stimulants to help them treat their narcolepsy or depression. 

Common prescription stimulants include:

  • Ritalin
  • Adderall
  • Concerta
  • Dexedrine
  • Vyvanse

While prescription stimulants can be very useful in helping people focus, many people abuse prescription stimulants. In fact, many of the people that abuse prescription stimulants don’t even have stimulant prescriptions. Instead, many individuals that don’t have issues paying attention, focusing, or controlling their impulses choose to abuse prescription stimulants to selfishly help themselves get ahead in school or work. Many people that aren’t prescribed stimulants will even abuse the drugs to help them stay awake for extremely long periods of time just to get more work done. 

Long-term effects of prescription stimulant abuse include:

  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Stunted growth in children and teens
  • Anxiety
  • Hypertension
  • Aggressiveness
  • Mania 

Unfortunately, because Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall are all habit-forming drugs, many people that abuse these substances develop stimulant addictions. Individuals that develop prescription stimulant addictions should attend stimulant addiction treatment as soon as possible. 

Dangers Caused by Stimulant Addiction

Over time, people that abuse stimulants may cause themselves to increase their tolerance of the drugs. As a result, long-term stimulant abuse can cause people to experience effects that are opposite of normal. For example, people that abuse stimulants long-term may start to feel depressed and down when taking the drugs. This is due to the people’s increased tolerance to the stimulants and their need to consume more powerful stimulants just to function. 

Consuming more and more powerful stimulants due to long-term stimulant use can be dangerous though. This is mainly because continuing to consume more and more stimulants that are more and more powerful can cause a person to overdose, and potentially die.  

While many people may think that overdosing is the only danger that can occur while abusing stimulants, it isn’t. Persistent stimulant use can also lead to cognitive problems as well as many other health issues (such as cardiac and pulmonary diseases). Also, injecting cocaine or methamphetamine using shared equipment can transmit infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis B and C to people. 

Why You Should Receive Addiction Treatment At Florida Center for Recovery During the Pandemic

Although the greatest challenges during this pandemic crisis are changes in drug and alcohol testing and reduced or modified delivery of addiction treatment services such as stimulant addiction treatment, there are rehab facilities that are still providing face-to-face therapeutic treatment.

We here at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) remain committed to safely and effectively serving those suffering from substance use disorders at our Fort Pierce, Florida rehab facility. With changes to the delivery and setup of our addiction treatment therapies, we are able to continue delivering life-saving treatment, including stimulant addiction treatment. The fact that we also follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and infection control precautions also contributes to our ability to continue delivering life-saving addiction treatment. 

One of the advantages that our rehab facility here at Florida Center for Recovery provides over many other treatment centers is our great outdoor environment. Stretching over 12 acres of land, our secluded rehab center offers plenty of outdoor space where social distancing can be practiced. Thus, our rehab patients can experience our private and peaceful grounds throughout the day while taking breaks from therapeutic treatments. By getting exposed to our natural surroundings, our patients get a chance to unwind when stressed. They also get a chance to feel recharged and connected to nature and other rehab patients who are also enjoying our great outdoor setting.

Receive Stimulant Addiction Treatment At Florida Center for Recovery

Here at FCR, we are continuing to look for new and creative ways to enhance our patients’ recovery experience. This includes altering procedures so that our patients can safely receive addiction treatment during this pandemic. Thus, if you or someone you know is struggling with a stimulant addiction or an addiction to some other substance and needs stimulant addiction treatment or some other form of substance addiction treatment during the pandemic, Florida Center for Recovery is the place to receive it. Here at Florida Center for Recovery, you can also receive dual diagnosis treatment for any co-occurring substance addictions and mental illnesses that you may be suffering from. 

To learn more about our rehab facility and the various addiction treatment programs, therapies, and services that we offer, contact us today. We will gladly help you receive the information and treatment services that you need.  You can also contact us for up-to-date addiction treatment information as COVID-19 is an evolving situation.  Together we will get through this, and together we can recover!

Stay safe and healthy.

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Beyond Addiction Treatment: Rebuilding Your Life Requires a Holistic Approach

Fighting addiction is much more than going through detox and beating the symptoms of withdrawal. However, your understanding of your level of addiction and its physical consequences can help you navigate across treatment options and prepare you for the challenges ahead. Whether it is your first time in treatment or not, you should know that simply going through detox and getting the substance out of your system isn’t enough to maintain long-term sobriety. Truly beating addiction and rebuilding your life after addiction requires more than a 12 Step Program. It needs a full-body reset where holistic therapy is utilized.

What is Holistic Therapy?

Holistic therapy refers to the process of healing the mind, body, and spirit through non-medicinal treatment methods. It’s important to note that medicinal treatment methods and holistic treatment methods are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the most effective addiction treatment programs utilize both holistic and medicinal methods. That’s why we here at Florida Center for Recovery incorporate both holistic and evidence-based medicinal methods of addiction treatment in our rehab programs. 

The word holistic means “the whole person.” Thus, holistic rehab aims to develop a strong foundation of addiction treatment for the “whole” individual. Holistic therapy not only treats the physical symptoms of addiction, but it also caters to the psychological and mental needs of the recovering individual.

Whether a person suffers from alcohol addiction or drug addiction, holistic therapy focuses on the complete healing of the individual. It does this by detoxing people’s bodies, minds, and souls of anything toxic.

Types of Holistic Therapy

There are various different types of holistic treatment. For example, holistic therapy can be physical, mental, or spiritual. Some of the different types of holistic therapy are described below.

Physical Forms of Holistic Therapy 

Healing the body of addiction treatment is vital for rebuilding your life after addiction. To holistically heal the body of addiction treatment, it’s best to use certain physical movements and practices. This is because physical movements and practices are most effective when it comes to healing the physical body of toxins. Examples of physical forms of holistic therapy that a person can use during substance use or co-occurring disorder treatment include the following:

Cardio Exercise

Regular forms of cardio exercise can help individuals progress in their addiction treatment for a number of reasons. For one, cardio exercise helps the body release toxins and remain in good health. By making the body release past toxins and become physically healthier, cardio exercise will help make it easier for individuals in rehab to achieve recovery. 

Cardio exercise is also an effective holistic form of addiction treatment because the human body releases endorphins during cardio exercise. Thus, individuals that used to feel the need to abuse substances to feel euphoria can get the euphoric rush that they need through exercising. 


Yoga is a form of physical exercise that focuses on stretching and breathing. It is a great physical form of holistic therapy because it helps people learn how to focus and use their breathing to cope, rather than using toxic coping mechanisms such as substance use. 

Yoga also helps people become more in-tune with their bodies. This helps people become more self-aware of when they are developing a physical reaction to their addiction triggers. 

Yoga is also a great stress reliever. This only adds on to the reasons why it can act as a positive way for individuals to cope with their addiction triggers. The fact that yoga is also a great form of light exercise and stretching that is physically healthy for the body also adds on to the fact that yoga can help people physically start rebuilding life after addiction.


The physical practice of receiving a massage is a great stress reliever, thus making it a great coping mechanism for addiction triggers. Receiving massages is also great for one’s physical health in that it can help break down toxins in the body, whether from past substance abuse or life in general. Massage therapy can also improve one’s health by reducing one’s cortisol levels, heart rate, and blood pressure. Furthermore, massage therapy can relieve the body of any anxiety or tension. All of these things will only make it easier to maintain good health while in addiction recovery. 


Acupuncture is the physical practice of inserting needles into the pressure points within a person’s body to relieve that person of stress and tension. Many people find acupuncture stress relieving. Thus, acupuncture can be a great coping mechanism when it comes to dealing with addiction triggers while in recovery. 

Art and Music Therapy

Art and music therapy is the practice of using art and music to help people cope with addiction triggers. When using art or music therapy, a person can create art or music, write about art or music, or even listen to art or music. Regardless, art and music can be used to help people release stress and cope with addiction triggers. 

Art and music therapy can even be used to rebuild a person’s confidence after addiction treatment. This can make it easier to start rebuilding your life after addiction. 

Mental Forms of Holistic Therapy

Mental forms of holistic therapy are therapeutic practices that help one retain a healthy state of mental health. While many addiction treatment centers don’t take the time to incorporate mental forms of holistic therapy into their addiction treatment programs, doing so could greatly improve the chances that a person will be able to sustain long-term sobriety. This is especially true since poor mental health is often the trigger that causes people to want to start abusing substances. 

Common forms of holistic therapy that help treat one’s mental health include: 


Meditation is the practice of using mindfulness, breathing exercises, and focus to calm one’s mind down and release any anxiety and tension. Mediation is a mental form of holistic therapy because it does not require one to move his or her body much. Meditation is all about sitting still and using mindfulness to help improve one’s mental and emotional state. 

Oftentimes, people combine yoga with meditation. When people do this they are practicing a physical form of holistic therapy and a mental form of holistic therapy at the same time. 

Through meditation, people in recovery from addiction can learn to slow down and better manage their negative thoughts and impulses so that they don’t allow themselves to exhibit the negative behavior of abusing substances when encountering addiction triggers. 

Spending Time in Nature

Spending time in nature is a mental form of holistic therapy because it allows people to get away from life’s distractions and get in tune with their own thoughts. Thus, spending some time alone in nature can act as another coping mechanism when faced with addiction triggers. 

Spiritual Forms of Holistic Therapy 

One unique aspect of holistic therapy is that it spends time treating the soul. One way to both get in touch with and treat one’s soul is to practice spiritual forms of holistic therapy. One does not have to be religious to partake in spiritual forms of holistic therapy. 

Spirituality as it pertains to both holistic treatment and addiction treatment is about getting in touch with one’s inner voice and consciousness. That way one can feel healthy from the inside out. That’s also why spirituality is such a big part of the 12 step program. A common spiritual form of holistic therapy is described below.


Regardless of the higher power that one believes in, praying could greatly help a person feel more in-tune with his or her own soul. This is because prayer is a private matter between a person and his or her high power. 

Praying, even when not religious, can also help a person get in touch with his or her own desires. Prayer even helps people in holistic treatment and recovery for substance abuse cope with addiction triggers. This is because prayer provides people with a sense of hope. Thus, prayer and spirituality could be the key to rebuilding life after addiction. 

Holistic Therapy for Addiction Treatment 

Full-service addiction treatment centers such as Florida Center for Recovery amalgamate evidence-based treatment methods as well as holistic healing therapies. They do this for the effective treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring related mental health conditions. 

The stages of both substance addiction treatment and co-occurring disorders treatment include identifying the reason for addiction, developing resistance through various treatment lines, boosting self-confidence, providing emotional support, and ultimately, making an individual’s alcohol and drug rehab journey a success!

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains that holistic recovery programs can help patients:

  • Identify trigger
  • Understand the step-by-step events that led to drug use
  • Cope with triggers through visualization, thought disruption, and relaxation
  • Find and establish healthy alternatives to drug abuse
  • Develop a long-term recovery plan

Holistic Therapy for Addiction Treatment At Florida Center for Recovery

The holistic therapy offered at Florida Center for Recovery includes yoga, meditation, and a variety of exercise options. All of these forms of holistic therapy are delivered in a spiritually nourishing environment that helps individuals reconnect with a higher power and find meaning and purpose in life.

Through our holistic therapy programs, our clients emerge from rehab stronger, healthier, and mentally more ready to embrace sobriety, accountability, and all the enjoyments that life has to offer. Thus, holistic therapy helps people start rebuilding life after addiction. 

Utilize Holistic Therapy At Florida Center for Recovery 

Florida Center for Recovery is 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. Thus, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands when receiving addiction treatment at our rehab facility. In fact, Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) is a nationally renowned addiction treatment center. This is because we contain the most comprehensive models of alcohol and drug rehab programs in the country for substance addiction treatment and co-occurring disorders treatment. 

Part of what makes our alcohol and drug rehab program models so comprehensive is the fact that we incorporate both science-based and holistic treatment methods. By incorporating both science-based and holistic therapy methods, our patients here at FCR get the best form of physical, mental, and spiritual treatment for their addictions. This, in turn, makes Florida Center for Recovery patients well-equipped to maintain long-term sobriety after rehab is over. 

For more information on Florida Center for Recovery and our science and holistic-based treatment programs therapies, and services, contact us anytime.