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Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month is celebrated each April since 1987. Created to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues 2018’s theme is: “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage.’ ” read more...
Category: Alcohol Addiction & Treatment on 22 February 2018
Alcohol directly influences excitation of myocytes (cardiac muscle cells), and therefore provokes arrhythmias and possibly, sudden cardiac death. So in short, alcohol can cause a heart attack when it is consumed in large amounts. In addition excessive long-term use of alcohol can increase the risk of developing an array of heart problems which may also lead to a heart attack. read more...
Category: Alcohol Addiction & Treatment on 20 February 2018
Alcohol poisoning occurs when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that areas of the brain controlling basic life-support functions—such as breathing, heart rate, and temperature control—begin to shut down. read more...
Category: Alcohol Addiction & Treatment on 15 February 2018
Based on available scientific evidence and different references provided by a variety of public health authorities, below are guidelines on amounts of drinking and what is considered a low-risk and heavy or at-risk drinking pattern. read more...
Category: Alcohol Addiction & Treatment on 13 February 2018
Opioids (including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any other year on record. Forty percent (40%) of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. While we are all still in the process of learning more about opioids in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones from opioid abuse, individuals who have become impaired by opioids, and their loved ones, are having a difficult time sorting out how and where to get treatment for this debilitating addiction. read more...
Category: Opioid Addiction on 8 February 2018
It can be difficult to tell if someone is experiencing a substance-induced high or an overdose. The following is some information on how you could tell the difference. If you’re having a hard time telling the difference, it is best to treat the situation like an overdose by calling 911– it could save someone’s life. read more...
Category: Opioid Addiction on 6 February 2018
“Coco Loko” is a snortable chocolate powder which was designed and marketed as an alternative to dangerous street drugs. The company which manufactured “Coco Loko”, Legal Lean, received a letter from the FDA this past December, as a warning against introduction of unapproved new drugs for sale, after parents, doctors and government health officials raised concerns about the product. read more...
Category: Alternative to Illicit Street Drugs on 1 February 2018
It’s very difficult for friends and family to watch their loved one suffer through an addiction. Especially if their loved one refuses to get help. The Florida Marchman Act allows friends and family to petition the court to obtain court-ordered assessment, short term and long term treatment. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 30 January 2018
The FDA has recently approved NSS-2 Bridge (NSS stands for “Neurostimulation System”.), an electric stimulation device that has initially been approved in 2014 to relief chronic and acute pain to be now utilized in the treatment of opioid addiction to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. With the opioid epidemic affecting millions of Americans each year, finding innovative ways to improve the outcome of therapeutic treatment is paramount. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 25 January 2018
We live in a world where words such as "addiction", "substance abuse" and "overdose" are quite familiar, even if they don't directly impact our lives. But how many people truly understand what they mean? It's almost impossible to fully understand relapse or recovery unless you've walked a mile in those shoes. In an age of myths and misunderstandings chemical dependency remains a mystery to many. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 23 January 2018
Have you ever wondered about the real benefits behind the music many of us so passionately listen to? Whether we jam to pop, country, rock n’ roll, jazz, Latin or even create our own music, we can’t deny that throughout history music has been a big part of society. We have come to learn that music is more than just entertainment and social connection; it improves mood and mental health and in the context of addiction and it can help individuals in their recovery process. read more...
Category: Recovery on 18 January 2018
Recovering from an addiction may be one of the hardest endeavors to take on. Some people go into rehab and stay sober for years on end and others may need to go into rehab several times and try different programs and methods before finally succeeding. The important thing to remember is that even if you’ve failed many times in rehab, there are many benefits to giving it another go. read more...
Category: Rehab on 16 January 2018
Recovering from an addiction is one of the hardest endeavors a person can endure. But for even if rehab is successfully completed returning to everyday life can be daunting. It’s difficult to go back to the life you had before rehab when so much has changed for you. Many people worry about relapsing and the fear of that can cause a lot of anxiety. If someone has experienced relapse they may think it’s the end of the world and lose confidence in continuing their journey to sobriety. Here are some reasons why relapse does not mean you’ve failed at a chance for a sober life. read more...
Category: Recovery on 11 January 2018
Nowadays, there is an array of prescription drugs to manage pain, treat sleeping disorders and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and ADD. Although for the most part these medications are needed and are used as prescribed, addiction has unfortunately developed in many instances. Needless to say that the majority of individuals who developed an addiction to the above mentioned prescription drugs were individuals who primarily used and/or abused opioid painkillers and depressants such as Xanax. As popular as these prescription drugs may be in treating a variety of health issues, how different are from each other are they and why are they so often abused? read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 9 January 2018
Whether you’re the CEO of a company or just a regular employee, watching a colleague suffer through an addiction can be particularly difficult to witness. While employers can fire an employee whose work is suffering due to the employee’s alcohol or drug issues, many want to help by means of a substance abuse treatment program. read more...
Category: Recovery on 4 January 2018
While substance abuse and addiction is detrimental to anyone’s health women struggles with alcohol and drugs are from the onset of the abuse and addiction to the treatment process, very different from her male counterpart. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 3 January 2018
Individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction have a tough time deciding to quit, but for many as the New Year approaches they start thinking about “what if”. WHAT IF I COMMIT TO MY RECOVERY? WHAT IF I DO MY BEST TO MAKE IT WORK? WILL I RECOVER? read more...
Category: Festive Celebrations and Recovery on 28 December 2017
It's no secret that we live in the golden age of social media. These days we're able to connect with each other on a whole other level compared to ten years ago. The different platforms we use to communicate with each other has allowed us to connect with others of similar likes, dislikes and even behaviors bringing forward different types of relationships. But what exactly does this mean for the individual struggling with addiction? read more...
Category: Recovery on 26 December 2017
The holidays may seem like a time of cheer and family gatherings full of laughter but it’s not a jolly old time for everyone, especially for people in the process of recovery from an alcohol or drug addiction. For recovering individuals, the holidays can be very stressful as it presents a new set of issues and worries, the most important being the fear of relapse. This is a valid concern and if a plan of action with a strong support system is not in place, recovering individuals can find themselves at loss and vulnerable to drug or alcohol seeking behaviors. read more...
Category: Festive Celebrations and Recovery on 20 December 2017
Happy Holidays to all reading this blog present, past and prospective clients. We all know that the holiday season is particularly tough for individuals in recovery, but applying the skills learned during treatment can help you in keeping your sobriety intact. Yes, you can make till January and beyond. Just prepare yourself by planning your sobriety strategies. Here are ten tips to help you stay sober during the holidays: read more...
Category: Festive Celebrations and Recovery on 18 December 2017
More people should know that drug and alcohol abuse is a disease and not just individuals who have no will power in controlling their drinking and drug use. While addiction can't be cured, there are ways to manage it. The road to recovery is full of twists and turns but having a plan can help avoid pitfalls and possible relapses. Here are some important factors to consider in order achieve a successful recovery: read more...
Category: Recovery on 14 December 2017
The road to recovery after drug addiction is hard and requires a lot of personal strength. There'll be good days and bad, ups and downs and even if you have plenty of emotional support there will be days you'll think of giving in. During addiction treatment you may have learned that breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety, which in turn can help you along your recovery process. read more...
Category: Recovery on 11 December 2017
The most obvious and surefire way to avoid overdosing on drugs and alcohol is to avoid using drugs and alcohol. But it's not that simple for a great number of people. Alcohol and drug addiction is a disease and since there is no known cure, it must be managed as best as possible. Part of managing this disease is to understand the effects of misuse, particularly overdosing. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 7 December 2017
The holidays are just around the corner and many people are busy preparing for the hustle and bustle of reunions and get-togethers. While enjoyable for the most part, for many people it's a time of stress and chaos which can bring about unhealthy behaviors. Drugs and alcohol play a big role in the recreational aspects of the holidays and it's easy to get into trouble if you don't have the facts. read more...
Category: Festive Celebrations and Recovery on 4 December 2017
There are many factors that contribute to addiction. A problem in one area of our lives such as health, work or school, can lead to problems in other areas and as a coping mechanism many people turn to drugs and alcohol. The shame that follows such behaviors can also be a factor in the increase of substance abuse. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 29 November 2017
It takes a lot of courage and resilience to recover from drug abuse. While in rehab, you will have the opportunity to connect with mental health professionals to help guide you through this journey. One of the most important steps in recovering from a drug addiction is the treatment plan where you have the opportunity to work with a professional to devise a set of strategies to get you started in your recovery path. But what happens after rehab and the time comes to re-enter the real world? read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 27 November 2017
We, at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR), wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with the special joys that you have rediscovered in your recovery. . Although Thanksgiving Day started as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest, it has evolved and has become a day to get together with family and friends and be mindful of the happiness that comes from sharing time through a meal and laughter with others in our life. So enjoy your get-together with friends and loved ones, while making memories and celebrating life and love. After all, life is all about love and happiness. read more...
Category: Festive Celebrations and Recovery on 21 November 2017
Getting sober is not easy and staying that way is where the real challenges lie. Learning to master your new life and enjoy it again will be a trial-and-error process that will take months of practice, lots of time and courage. The first 3 to 6 months are the hardest and until you find your rhythm sticking to the four S’s of RECOVERY will help you through this challenging time. read more...
Category: Recovery on 20 November 2017
Despite the fact that in this day and age a plethora of high quality treatment options exist for the treatment of substance abuse with a co-occurring mental illness right here in the United States, a high number of people still do not seek treatment. While there are people who have succumbed to their illness and do not pursue recovery, the majority of people who avoid it do so because of unfortunate barriers that stand in their way. The strongest of these barriers is the stigma attached to mental illness, as many people view mental illness as a plague on the society and avoid confronting the issue. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 16 November 2017
For most individuals leaving rehab can be a terrifying thought as establishing a routine can seem difficult, but by starting the recovery process with a positive mind can help in easing this process. Remember that, One Step at a Time it is. Routine and planning are your friends and can guide the way to a fulfilling life packed with adventures and excitement. Here are some tips on how to rediscover the adventure that life can offer after addiction. read more...
Category: Recovery on 13 November 2017
Many brave men and women have served and protected our country for a great number of years. They brave the frontlines and dream of life post-war away from the chaos and heartbreak. But many people who return to life after war have to deal with post-traumatic symptoms which leave them feeling isolated, anxious and scared leading to the use and abuse of different substances. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment on 9 November 2017
With the national crisis of opioids addiction in United States, there comes an unlikely institution to help addicts stop their dependency on drugs. read more...
Category: Opioid Addiction on 3 November 2017
Staying sober and staying disciplined can be a very difficult task as opportunities to use or drink are much higher during this time of the year. read more...
Category: Festive Celebrations and Recovery on 31 October 2017
Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. read more...
Category: Addiction & Mental Health News/Events on 23 October 2017
In today's society we are run by the concept of success and failure. Even as children we were taught to believe that no matter what we do we will either fail or succeed and failing means you're not good enough. These beliefs can cause fear of failure and fear is what prevents so many people from trying in the first place or giving up when they hear "no". As the great Albert Einstein famously said, "You don't fail until you stop trying." read more...
Category: Recovery on 19 October 2017
For successful visualization, it is said that the key is to visualize what it is you want and to feel as though you already have it. read more...
Category: Recovery on 11 October 2017
Take the Pledge: Learn About Mental Illness read more...
Category: Mental Health on 1 October 2017
50 quotes collected by Cathy Taughinbaugh to celebrate recovery! read more...
Category: Recovery on 28 September 2017
When the late George Bernard Shaw quoted, "We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future," perhaps he did not realize how important those words could be for someone recovering from a drug addiction. read more...
Category: Recovery on 22 September 2017
Many people assume that a lack of willpower is what prevents a person from achieving the thing they set out to achieve. It is often said that someone who struggles with being overweight most certainly lacks willpower in controlling their eating habits and people who suffer from any type of addiction must simply "will" themselves to stop pursuing their drug of choice if they want to recover. read more...
Category: Recovery on 14 September 2017
Being called selfish is not usually considered a compliment. As humans, we have acclimated to the idea that we need to understand and adapt to our surroundings to survive. Our ancient ancestors knew that in order to provide for and sustain the well-being of their families they needed to take care of themselves first. Nowadays, the idea of being selfish is frowned upon in most societies but when it comes to recovering from a debilitating addiction, it could be the difference between life or death. read more...
Category: Recovery on 7 September 2017
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. read more...
Category: Addiction & Mental Health News/Events on 1 September 2017
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. read more...
Category: Addiction & Mental Health News/Events on 31 August 2017
The steps involved in responding to an OPIOID overdose follow the SAVE ME acronym you see on the image above. read more...
Category: Addiction & Mental Health News/Events on 30 August 2017
Addiction recovery is characterized by extreme emotions and requires major lifestyle changes. Although recovery is filled with ups and downs, the bumps on the road can often feel overwhelming and spur a relapse. Even those individuals with the best intention of avoiding relapse at all costs can find themselves relapsing and becoming frustrated as their efforts to stay clean and sober fail. But no matter what, there is always hope. To increase your chances of a successful recovery here are 10 things you can do to help you stay on track. read more...
Category: Recovery on 23 August 2017
Celebrate the power of recovery and support those who are struggling. Join us this September for Recovery Month 2017! read more...
Category: Recovery on 23 August 2017
When you suspect your loved is addicted to heroin it can take time until you understand what is happening, and you may feel powerless as you watch him or her struggle. It’s important not to get discouraged and to know that you’re not alone. Knowing to recognize the signs and symptoms of heroin addiction and having appropriate information about treatment options can make a world of a difference in providing timely treatment interventions. read more...
Category: Heroin Addiction & Treatment on 15 August 2017
In the context of addiction treatment there is substantial interest in the benefits of mindfulness, as its practice has proven to be effective for managing stressors and coping with other psychological issues, which are often the major reasons why some people turn to using drugs and alcohol in the first place – that is, to relieve stress and cope with issues. Additionally, mindfulness is a practical skill for dealing with cravings as recovering individuals who practice mindfulness learn to observe the cravings without automatically reacting to them and following through with the urge to use. read more...
Category: Wellness & Recovery on 11 August 2017
Sometimes even the best therapeutic treatment and medicine is not enough for an individual to fully recover. For individuals in addiction recovery or dealing with a major life change, positive thinking exercises can make all the difference and speed up the recovery process. Below are 100 positive-thinking exercises to help channel negative or angry thoughts into a happier and more productive positive outlook. read more...
Category: Wellness & Recovery on 4 August 2017
FCR has worked to provide women with the most effective addiction treatment in a nurturing and safe environment helping them recover with respect and dignity. FCR women’s rehab program takes into account the gender-specific challenges that women often face, such as, eating disorders, body image issues, trauma, sexual assault, pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, and family caregiver. read more...
Category: on 28 July 2017
Florida Center for Recovery attended this week the 5th Annual Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience (CORE) Conference on Amelia Island, Florida. read more...
Category: Addiction & Mental Health News/Events on 21 July 2017
SMART Recovery is based on scientific knowledge, and is intended to evolve as scientific knowledge evolves. The program uses principles of motivational interviewing found in Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and techniques taken from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), particularly in the version called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), as well as scientifically validated research on treatment. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment Therapies on 14 July 2017
As we now understand more about opioids we realize that the opioid epidemic is not solely about illegal drugs, it is actually about legal prescription painkiller drugs like OxyContin, Percocet and Fentanyl. Now, an everywhere problem, affecting virtually anyone and every community, opioid overdoses are considered to be the leading cause of shortened life expectancy in the U.S. read more...
Category: Opioid Addiction on 7 July 2017
Florida Center for Recovery salutes all of you recovering individuals, and your friends and families who work hard to support you through the difficult and challenging journey of your sober life. read more...
Category: on 4 July 2017
Behavioral therapies can help individuals dealing with addiction engage in drug abuse treatment, provide incentives for them to remain abstinent, modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug abuse, and increase their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs and prompt another cycle of compulsive abuse. read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment Therapies on 30 June 2017
"Evidence-based medicine is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values." (Sackett D et al. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 2nd edition. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 2000, p.1) read more...
Category: Addiction Treatment Therapies on 23 June 2017
Rapid Resolution Therapy - Training Conference in New York read more...
Category: Addiction & Mental Health News/Events on 16 June 2017
Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT) is a type of treatment for healing from trauma. Developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, RRT is designed to help individuals permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma with a fast and relatively painless approach. The process – which often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions – helps individuals get their lives back on track practically effortlessly. read more...
Category: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on 9 June 2017
Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 455). In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness (S. Res. 481). read more...
Category: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on 2 June 2017
Many things happen during addiction treatment. “Feeling your feelings” might not be so comfortable at times, but being around other people that share the same experiences... read more...
Category: Wellness & Recovery on 26 May 2017
Information on the effects of prescription drug abuse... read more...
Category: Prescription Drug Use Disorders on 19 May 2017
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. read more...
Category: Mental Health on 12 May 2017
Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. read more...
Category: Mental Health on 5 May 2017
May is Mental Health Awareness month and Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country are educating people about mental illnesses, which is as real as other physical illnesses, and that they can be treated effectively. read more...
Category: Mental Health on 28 April 2017
Individuals with or in recovery from Substance Use Disorders (SUD)s continue to be viewed with stigma. By changing the language of addiction, it is possible to help remove barriers that continue to hold back too many people from the lifesaving treatment they need. read more...
Category: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) on 17 April 2017
Alcohol Use Explained read more...
Category: Alcoholism Information on 10 April 2017
NCADD sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. read more...
Category: Alcohol Addiction & Treatment on 3 April 2017
Steps an individual in recovery needs to take to ensure a successful recovery. Planning, taking action and structuring a future that includes a career path that express your passion. read more...
Category: Recovery on 14 March 2017
Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) is held every year during the month of March throughout the United States. read more...
Category: Gambling Addiction & Treatment on 1 March 2017
Guiding Principles of Recovery: Hope, Person-Driven, Many Pathways, Holistic, Peer Support, Relational, Culture, Trauma Addressed, Strengths/Responsibility, Respect. read more...
Category: Recovery on 8 February 2017
SAMHSA’s working definition of Recovery. read more...
Category: Recovery on 4 January 2017

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