While more and more attention and addiction resources have been devoted to the opioid epidemic and addiction issues both in Florida and around the country, it is still an issue on a daily basis. Substances such as alcohol, opiates, cocaine, Xanax, and various other pain medications are commonly used and abused throughout the area. In 2017 alone, 5,235 people died of an overdose in the state of Florida. That’s roughly 25 people out of every 100,000 people in the state.
Addiction doesn’t have to result in death though, throughout the state of Florida there is a wide variety of treatment programs and rehab facilities that offer addiction treatment. In fact, while 5,325 people died in 2017 as a result of a drug overdose, another 13,039 people sought out treatment at one of the many treatment facilities in the state including here at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR).
The First Step in the Addiction Recovery Process
The addiction recovery process is a long one and in reality, something that never truly ends. Someone who is in recovery for substance abuse is in recovery for the rest of his or her life. That being said, there are certain steps that a person should take in order to make the entire recovery process successful, especially in the beginning.
The first step in the addiction recovery process is detoxing. Having the body detox and rid itself of any and all harmful substances is a crucial first step in recovery because without the body doing so, it cannot truly begin to heal and recover from addiction.
Due to the nature of detoxing and the side effects that are often associated with it, the detox process must be done under the care and supervision of trained medical professionals. This can be done at either a local medical facility, a dedicated detox center, or a treatment center that also offers detox services.
One should never try to self-detox from substances. This is because attempting to self-detox can not only be dangerous, but also life-threatening. Additionally, individuals might be more tempted to start using substances again when self-detoxing as a way to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
Luckily, Florida Center for Recovery is a renowned rehab facility that offers a wide variety of affordable addiction resources, including detox services. Thus, there is know need for individuals attending rehab at Florida Center for Recovery to self-detox.
What Happens After Detox Has Been Completed?
Once someone has successfully completed detox, the next step is to enter into an addiction treatment program. Based on your needs and the recommendation of your doctor and any addiction treatment specialists that you’ve consulted, your addiction treatment programs can come in an inpatient or outpatient format.
Different treatment facilities offer different treatment programs, so it is important to find a rehab facility that offers the programs that are best for you and your needs. Here at Florida Center for Recovery, we focus mostly on inpatient addiction treatment. During inpatient treatment, the person in rehab lives at a rehab facility for the duration of his or her treatment plan. That person will attend a variety of therapy sessions during the day including individual and group therapy.
In addition, we here at FCR offer a variety of other addiction therapies including:
What Are Some of the Most Commonly Abused Substances in Florida?
When it comes to substance abuse in Florida, our state tends to follow many of the same trends as the rest of the country. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the following are some of the more common drugs of abuse in Florida:
- Opioids – The opioid crisis is not one that’s exclusive to Florida. In fact, it is rampant throughout the other 49 states as well. Opioid pain medications, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, account for the overwhelming majority of opioid abuse due in large part to the ease with which people can obtain them. In many cases, people find themselves becoming dependent or addicted to prescription opioids through no fault of their own. This is because of how strong and powerful opioids are.
- Stimulants – Stimulants, such as cocaine are other common substances of abuse in Florida. Stimulants are usually relatively easy to obtain either on the street or somewhere else. Just like opioids, many stimulants, such as ADD or ADHD medication can even be obtained legally with a doctor’s prescription.
- Heroin – While heroin is not legal to obtain in any state in the US, it is still possible. This is because heroin mimics the effects of an opioid and can be purchased for a fraction of the cost. It is widely believed that as a result of more and more opioid medications being prescribed though, the number of people who ultimately abuse heroin has also increased. Not only that, but due to the location of Florida, heroin can be easily brought in from Mexico.
What Are Some Common Signs of Addiction?
While many people who are suffering from addiction get the help that they need on their own, even more people either convince themselves that they don’t have a problem, ignore the signs, or even understand that they have a problem but for whatever reason can’t stop using substances.
Unfortunately, in these cases, addiction recovery often falls on the friends and/or family of those suffering to figure out a way to get them the help that they need and get them to go to treatment. That’s why it’s so important to know some of the signs and symptoms to look for when trying to identify if a family member or loved one is suffering from addiction.
So, what are some of the common signs of addiction? Here are a few to keep an eye out for.
Physical Signs of Addiction
While there are many behavioral and psychological signs of addiction, the physical ones might be the easiest to spot. Some of the common physical signs and symptoms of addiction include:
- Drastic weight loss or gain
- Personal hygiene problems
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils
- Bloodshot eyes
- Looking disheveled or unkempt
- Poor coordination
Behavioral Signs of Addiction
In addition to some of these physical indicators, you might also notice that the person who you suspect of suffering from addiction is acting weird or strange. This can also be an indication that he or she has a problem.
Some of these behavioral signs of addiction include:
- Obsessing over the substance
- Hiding drugs or substances
- Denying that they are using
- Wanting to stop but not being able to
- Changes in priorities
- Losing interest in hobbies or activities
- Struggling at work or school
- Ignoring any side effects or ailments as a result of substance abuse
- Severe mood swings
- Ignoring or neglecting family members and friends
- Ignoring or neglecting personal hygiene
- Lying or stealing
- Unexplained financial issues
If you have a family member or loved one who you fear is struggling with addiction, it’s important to try and get him or her the help that he or she needs. Many who suffer from addiction won’t go to treatment on their own. Thus, they oftentimes need the help and support of those around them to get them to go. While this can be a difficult thing to do, it’s important to know that you don’t have to do it alone.
Here at Florida Center for Recovery, it is our goal to get everyone the treatment that they need. To achieve this goal, we will talk with you through the entire rehab process and provide you with help where you need it so that you can get on the road to recovery.
Is Treatment Expensive?
The cost of addiction treatment varies depending on the type of treatment program that you’re entering. While many insurance providers now cover the cost of treatment at least partially, depending on your insurance provider, what they cover, and if they are considered “in-network” or not at the rehab facility that you’re receiving care at, you still might incur some out-of-pocket expenses.
Here at Florida Center for Recovery, we have trained personnel with the knowledge of insurance regulations and rules regarding detox and therapeutic drug and alcohol treatment services. We will work with both clients and their insurance providers to make sure that they pay as little as possible out of pocket.
We want the focus to be on getting the help needed and not on how much rehab is going to cost. For more information about insurance as it pertains to addiction treatment as well as a list of our “in-network” providers, click here.
Want To Know More About Addiction Treatment?
While many people have taken advantage of the addiction resources that we offer here at FCR and have achieved the first step in the recovery process and begun treatment, there are still many people out there who haven’t. They might not think that they have a problem or they might be too afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. If you or someone you know could benefit from addiction resources, contact us today. We want to help you down the path to a sober, happy, and healthy life.