Safe, effective drug/alcohol treatment

All across this country in small towns, rural areas and cities, alcoholism and drug abuse are destroying the lives of men, women and their families. Where to turn for help? What to do when friends, dignity and perhaps employment are lost?

The answer is Palm Partners Recovery Center. It’s a proven path to getting sober and staying sober.

Palm Partners’ innovative and consistently successful treatment includes: a focus on holistic health, a multi-disciplinary approach, a 12-step recovery program and customized aftercare. Depend on us for help with:

Drug Rehab Centers Restore Health and Happiness

Drug Abuse Dilemma, Palm Partners Drug Rehab Provides a Way Out

Millions of people worldwide are abusing many kinds of illegal substances. These people are damaging their health and well being, jeopardizing their responsibility to carry a healthy and productive life. Then there are the thousands of millions of innocent victims of drug abuse: families, communities, employers and society.

The problems of drug abuse and drug trafficking are among the worst in the world today as it threatens future generations and, hence, the future of life. All illegal drugs are dangerous and cause the user physical and psychological changes. A prolonged drug use exacerbates these negative effects and may lead to drug addiction.

The negative consequences associated with drug abuse affect many different aspects of a person’s life. These consequences are very diverse, but can be divided into two groups: health problems and social issues.

First, let’s look at effects of drug addiction on a person’s health.  Drug abuse causes or is involved in the appearance of various diseases, damages, losses and organic and psychological problems. Hepatitis, cirrhosis, depression, psychosis, paranoia are some of the disorders that substance abuse occurs and can be fatal.

When drug addiction begins, the person is no longer able to maintain stable relationships and can destroy family relationships. Drug addiction can cause the person difficulties in participating in the real world.  Goals are abandoned and his or her life revolves around the getting and using the drug of their choice. Family and friends around the addict are severely affected as well.

There are now addiction treatments available to overcome drug addiction and alcoholism. There are various drug rehab centers, and many types of treatments for addiction.

Choosing the appropriate drug rehab center for yourself or a loved one is extremely important.  This decision will determine a drug addict or alcoholic’s recovery to a normal and healthy life full of hope and prosperity.

If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism.  There is hope.  A drug rehab center can restore health and happiness.  Call Palm Partners Recovery Center now for a confidential addiction assessment from a trained addiction professional.

Oxycodone Addiction: An Infectious Disease

A Close Look At Oxycodone

Oxycodone Addiction

When the central nervous system of person experiences pain due to ailments like arthritis, fractures, or even during labor, doctors prescribe certain prescription drugs to help minimize the pain. In many cases, prescription painkillers are also prescribed to those suffering from serious diseases like Cancer.

These prescription drugs are narcotic in nature: for example, drugs like Vicodin, Morphine, etc. Similarly, Oxycodone, which is a Schedule II drug, is prescribed in cases where patients suffer from severe pain disorders. Oxycodone depresses the central nervous system of a patient which helps lower his or her pain.

A prescription drug, which is actually used as a powerful painkiller, Oxycodone can alter moods in a person who uses the drug. Although it is a prescribed drug, possessing Oxycodone by illegal means is a criminal offence that leads to prosecution. However, in the last ten years its popularity among drug addicts has increased significantly and so has Oxycodone’s illegal use and subsequent abuse.

Apart from pain, Oxycodone also acts as a cough suppressant and helps arrest anxiety. Oxycodone leads to euphoria and assists in mental relaxation. Patients who have taken this drug for these purposes have reported suffering from constipation. Oxycodone is highly potent and people suffer from serious side effects, if addicted to it. Medically and legally every effort is made to monitor the prescription of this painkiller through qualified practitioners.

Patients who are prescribed Oxycodone are assessed continuously for side effects as well as relief from pain. Based on assessments and clinical judgment, necessary adjustments are made by the doctor regarding continuity with the drug. Being a prescribed and controlled drug, Oxycodone can only be legally obtained through a prescription. In our country most doctors frequently prescribe Oxycodone to patients who seek painkillers to get relief from severe pain.

There are several side effects associated with Oxycodone usage in its prescribed form. Many patients have reported side effects like sweating profusely, nausea and headache, dry mouth, etc. Some have even experienced other symptoms that are severe in nature like labored breathing, coma, feeling dizzy, and even seizures.

Oxycodone is available under different brand names like Oxycontin, which is the most common name, Percocet, Tylox, and Percodan. Today, because of its highly addictive properties many blatantly abuse Oxycodone. Repeated intake of Oxycodone leads to Oxycodone tolerances.  In such cases people who are addicted to this drug require higher doses. Drug addicts who take this drug more commonly refer to it as ‘Oxy’ and sometimes as ‘hillbilly heroin.’ These are the popular names of Oxycodone in alleys frequented by addicts.

Oxycodone Abuse

It is a matter of concern that in the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in Oxycodone addiction. Statistics state that within the US its usage has increased up to 300%. Equally alarming is the number of Oxycodone addicts seeking emergency treatment, which has shot up to 500%.

It has been observed that people who have been actually prescribed with it have abused Oxycodone. Normally they start with the prescribed dosage, but since this drug is highly addictive its usage goes out of control.

Oxycodone Abuse

It is a matter of concern that in the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in Oxycodone addiction. Statistics state that within the US its usage has increased up to 300%. Equally alarming is the number of Oxycodone addicts seeking emergency treatment, which has shot up to 500%.

It has been observed that people who have been actually prescribed with it have abused Oxycodone. Normally they start with the prescribed dosage, but since this drug is highly addictive its usage goes out of control.

Gradually, they become tolerant to the prescribed dosage and fail to get the same effects, and because of this they start taking higher doses. Taking higher doses not only gives pain relief but also enhances the feeling of euphoria and also helps prevent the withdrawal symptoms that they have been experiencing.

Using Oxycodone in a way that is different from its prescribed form leads to addiction. Once this Oxycodone is abused, it leads to dependence and the person continues to abuse Oxys despite knowing that the consequences would be fatal or irreversible. If at this stage usage is stopped the body experiences severe withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, diarrhea, nausea, restlessness, and cramping of the muscles in the legs.

Oxycodone abusers take the drug in the pill form or snort it after crushing the pill. Some abusers even melt this drug in water and then inject themselves. Oxycodone in its pill form acts as a slow time-released pain reliever. However, when higher doses are taken through snorting or injections, an equally large amount enters the system instantly providing an intense high. This also puts the abuser at a risk of an Oxycodone overdose.

Addicts find this drug attractive as well as convenient, since it can be taken in oral form also. Being a time-released drug, it is considered to be safer than other drugs. Once people become addicts they can go to any length to have it. Some even produce phony prescriptions while there are others who wouldn’t even hesitate to steal from medicine stores even at the risk of getting caught.

People from all age groups are getting afflicted with Oxycodone addiction. Till a few years back it was those white-collared professionals who were popping pills but today Oxycodone addiction

has touched people irrespective of age, gender, or profession. However, to our surprise it is mostly men in the age group of 10 to 40 years who are addicted to Oxycodone.

Oxycodone addiction leads to severe side effects and it is very difficult to recover from this addiction. This is because an Oxycodone addict becomes both mentally and physically addicted. Oxycodone acts as a central nervous system depressant, it stimulates the brain and the person experiences intense pleasure. It starts with an intense high and then goes on to provide relaxation and satisfaction which lasts for many hours. This affects the respiratory system and leads to labored breathing, forcing the person to slow down. This can turn out to be really fatal.

Oxycodone Treatment

Treatment for Oxycodone addiction usually focuses on its psychological aspect and the withdrawal symptoms. However, in most cases this form of treatment had not been that effective. As such nowadays the Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR) method is applied to help people recover from Oxycodone addiction. This is a new way of treating this addiction or rather an infectious disease, and medical techniques are used for the purpose. Oxycodone addicts who have been treated through this method have shown a marked improvement in their condition.

The Importance of Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

The importance of Oxycodone addiction treatment is understandable for a person who is an Oxycodone addict. However, it is his/her realization of the fact that he or she needs to get help at the earliest which is more important. Every type of addiction carries with it the risk of death or an irreversible disease, and Oxycodone addiction is no exception.

If your loved one is in need of Oxycodone Addiction Treatment, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

The Harrigan Foundation Presents, Recovery Coach Academy

June 28, 2011 Delray Beach, FL – The Harrigan Foundation offers an intensive training seminar this August covering the Connecticut Center for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) model for recovery coaching roles and responsibilities.  Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) candidates are those individuals who are currently working in the addiction field and possess a desire to explore a non-clinical method of service.

Through participating in this peer-based program, addiction professionals increase their knowledge and expertise by learning how to improve engagement and retention techniques for individuals seeking addiction treatment services.

The CCAR model was developed in 2007.  Since that time, almost 600 individuals around the country have received this type of training.  The Harrigan Foundation’s dedication to providing innovative addiction treatment research and training methodologies makes them the first provider for this particular model in the state of Florida.

A not for profit organization developed to create opportunities for those in financial need of addiction treatment and housing, The Harrigan Foundation relentlessly develops cutting edge substance abuse and mental health educational programs.

RCA is a one week training opportunity designed for anyone interested in serving as a coach.  RCA offers a comprehensive overview of the purpose and roles of coaching while providing participants with the tools and resources necessary for providing support services.

A Recovery Coach is…          

anyone interested in transmitting a life of sobriety by becoming a personal mentor for individuals seeking freedom from substance abuse, or those in early sobriety who may need assistance removing the barriers and obstacles they may encounter in the rehabilitation process.


Through the RCA, individuals will learn the roles associated with coaching: role model and mentor, motivator and cheerleader, ally and confident, problem solver, truth teller, advocate, community organizer, lifestyle consultant, friend, companion and equal.  Participants also learn the importance of what a Coach is not: a sponsor, counselor, doctor or priest.

RCA Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the roles and functions of a coach
  • List the components, core values and guiding principles of a life of sobriety
  • Build skills to enhance relationships
  • Describe stages of change and how to achieve them
  • Discuss co-occurring disorders and medicated assisted sobriety
  • Participate in wellness planning
  • Address ethical issues
  • Practice newly acquired skills

RC’s are not clinical service providers.  They do, however work with people experiencing challenging emotional and physical states.  Because of this, RCA provides students with a basic understanding of substance abuse and mental health disorders, crisis intervention and how to respond in crisis situations.  Motivational enhancement strategies, skills on effective communication, cultural competency, action planning, and ethics are also provided.

Training of Trainers (TOT)

For those interested in becoming trainers, RCA offers a concurrent Training-of-Trainers seminar.  This portion of the course will be offered in an additional two hours following each training day.  This program is designed to familiarize future RC Trainers with the full curriculum and to learn the most beneficial ways of delivering the RCA.  Those attending the TOT must be seasoned trainers and have extensive knowledge of addiction and sobriety.

RCA 5 Day Training

August 1, 2011 – August 5, 2011

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fees: $599

Materials and written training packet included.

Multiple attendees from the same agency may be eligible for a discount.

Trainer of Trainers

TOTs must also attend the RCA training.

August 1, 2011 – August 6, 2011

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday August 6, 2011

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Additional Trainer of Trainer Fee: $295

The Academy will be held at: The Hilton Suites Boca Raton

7920 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33434

Located right off the Florida Turnpike, which is ideal for commuters and those traveling from out of town.

Special room rate: $89.00 a night, including a complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast daily

RCA Five Day Schedule

Day 1: The focus is to create a safe learning environment where new knowledge transfer can occur and basic assumptions and values can be challenged.  Furthermore, on Day One participants will receive a firm foundation in terminology, role clarification and guiding principles.

Day 2: Examine the optimal ways of working with people.  Both knowledge acquisition and skill development in our role as coaches will be accomplished.

Day 3: Knowledge acquisition on sobriety models and change models as well as a strong focus on skill development in motivating others to change.

Day 4: Day four consists of two distinct components: knowledge and skill development on issues of spirituality, cultural competence and ethics; and an immersion into the resources in Connecticut and how to access them.

Day 5: This day is primarily concerned with the actualization of becoming a coach.  An emphasis will also be placed on future professional development needs and responsibilities and appropriately closing a week-long academy.

Harrigan Foundation RCA courses led by Jim Wuelfing, CPP-R, NRPP, the Director of Prevention for the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling.  Wuelfling is also the owner of the New England Center, a company dedicated to quality training and technical assistance services.  He is a national leader in the field of prevention of problem gambling.

RCA Registration

Space is limited.  To register for the Harrigan Foundation’s RCA, please contact Terry Macho at or call 561-819-3035.

Addiction Treatment and Positive Peer Support

The most influential advice that someone might listen to is that of one of their peers. Since childhood, people always tend to listen to their peers rather than their teachers or parents. The same works in addiction recovery. A peer support system that is developed through addiction treatment, Halfway House residency, or 12-Step meetings is the most important support that a recovering addict can have.

Peers vs. Therapists

Those recovering in an addiction treatment program have constant peer support. By living with different people experiencing the same thing, the peer support means even more. Someone recovering in an inpatient addiction treatment program that might be having trouble staying sober will usually take the advice of one of their peers rather than from a therapist. Additionally, the possibility that a peer could call out a resident on their bad behavior is motivation not to do the bad behavior. Again, since childhood, people do not want to be embarrassed in front of their peers so the peer support of being called out on bad behavior helps to motivate residents to stay sober. On the other hand, it is not just negative behavior that peer support has an influence on, but also to support positive behaviors as well.

Recovering addicts do listen to their therapists most of the time but the real talking and support comes from the peer support of their roommate or the peer support from those recovering in the same addiction treatment program. Recovering addicts tend to trust a peer who is closest to them. Those in recovery see their peers as people who honestly do know exactly what is going on. This relationship makes a recovering person’s peers their best choice when they need someone to talk to.

Positive Peer Support

Also, positive peer support is a big help in staying sober past living in a sober environment. Always having positive peer support is motivation to stay sober. While recovering in an addiction treatment program, the friends that recovering addicts make can create a positive peer support system that they will need when they are no longer living in the structured, sober environment of an addiction treatment program. Making friends who share the same goal of staying sober and staying away from the things that may cause a relapse is important to long-term sobriety. When a recovering addict leaves an addiction treatment program and goes back to the friends they had during their addiction, they will be tempted back into addiction and it will make staying sober harder. Surrounding the recovering addict with people, who want to do the right thing by staying sober, will help the recovering addict to do the right thing too.

Peer support is essential to staying sober. Peer support can provide the necessary push to keep someone sober and actively staying sober. Encouragement from a positive peer support system can help recovering addicts to the right thing for their sobriety for a long time.

Why are Life Skills so Crucial in Addiction Treatment?

Getting into an addiction treatment center for treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction is important. The treatment provided by drug and alcohol treatment centers provides all the necessary tools that a recovering addict needs to mentally beat the addiction through many therapy sessions and meditation hours.

One thing that is often overlooked in the initial drug and alcohol treatment process is the importance of learning the essential life skills that a recovering addict might have forgotten in their addiction.

Life Skill: Routines

The most basic of life skills is that of a simple schedule and routine. Recovering addicts residing in an inpatient addiction treatment program will stick to a daily schedule of meetings, meals, therapy and relaxation time to readjust to the life skill of having a routine. Residents will wake up at the same time every day and eat breakfast in the morning. These life skills are essential for forming healthy habits for their sober life. Life skills like routines also help keep recovering addicts in staying grounded when they are tempted to go back to their addiction.

Life Skill: Financial Stability

Financial stability is one of the life skills that those who have succumb to addiction seem to have forgotten because of the financial burden of their addiction. Financial success can relive a lot of stress that can bring hardship and a potential relapse. Life skills like learning how to retain employment and money management can jump – start a life in sobriety. Addiction treatment programs followed by a structured outpatient treatment and halfway house program help teach these important financial life skills.

Life Skill: Employment

Of the life skills that those recovering from addictions should learn is how to be gainfully employed. In an inpatient addiction treatment program residents are directed towards the right kind of employment prior to their stay in the facility.  An important thing to know about finding a job while first out of an addiction treatment program is that it should be simple. A good job for developing life skills would be one in a mall or retail; something that is very simple and essentially stress free. The importance is that while a recovering addict is working on their spiritual and mental selves there should be very little stress distraction from a job. The physical side of recovering will follow when the spiritual and mental selves are in a good place.

Life Skill: Nutrition and Hygiene

Additionally, life skills like nutrition and hygiene are also likely to be forgotten due to an addiction. Early recovery should include very light exercise with a healthy diet and as the recovering addict progresses with their mind and spirit, a more intense workout can slowly be added. Many inpatient drug rehab programs offer education classes on nutrition and through a Halfway House or intensive outpatient addiction treatment program, recovering persons will generally have access to these classes as well.

Life skills are important for everyone to know. Those who have suffered from an addiction may have lost their knowledge of basic life skills that are required to live a healthy, sober life. Moving to a Halfway House after the initial addiction treatment can help the recovering addict to develop those life skills that they have lost through the addiction.

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