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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?

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How Does Counseling Help Treat Drug Addiction?

How Does Counseling Help Treat Drug Addiction?

By: Rhea Rosier, Palm Partners Recovery Center

January 31st. 2012

 

Counseling helps treat drug addiction in multiple ways. Counseling is usually the core of every program that helps treat drug addiction.  Counseling helps treat drug addiction during a drug addiction program through the therapeutic approach of just “talking it out”. The trained counselors that are in charge of counseling to help treat drug addiction know that the use of drugs and alcohol were merely a symptom of the problem.

 

Counseling helps treat drug addiction by not only addressing the drug addiction or drinking but by also addressing the mental or behavioral disorders. These disorders can range from depression to eating disorders. A lot of times these mental health issues can cause an addict or alcoholic, struggling with drug addiction, to end up relapsing. A relapse is when an addict or alcoholic has been clean a certain amount of time and begins using again. Counseling helps treat drug addiction in this way and it is actually more than paramount in a person’s recovery.  Counseling helps treat drug addiction because a lot of the time the person struggling to stay clean is very unaware of themselves, what has caused them to use, and why they continue to use despite negative consequences. The counseling allows these same people to get an outside perspective in order to work on issues that may hold them back from achieving lifetime sobriety. Knowing everything you can about yourself and about your disease can really help in the journey that is recovery.

 

I’m going to be frank now and share some of my own experience. While self-knowledge can be given through counseling and this counseling can help treat drug addiction; self knowledge usually avails the true alcoholic or addict absolutely nothing.

 

Drug addicts and alcoholics suffer from a spiritual malady that even counseling can not help treat when it comes to their drug addiction. This spiritual malady, as I know from personal experience, can only be treated through 12-steps and then helping others. It is never a bad thing though to utilize counseling to help treat a drug addiction. Counseling is beneficial for anyone and we as alcoholics and addicts should take advantage of all the positive things that are handed to us through drug addiction programs. Counseling in order to help treat drug addiction has to consist of a lot of honesty on the alcoholic or addicts end, along with the willingness to change. Good counselors know that counseling to help treat drug addiction cant fix the problem for good, that the solution for these types of drinkers and users must have depth and weight.

 

For those of you who have worked a 12-step program you are hearing me use a lot of program talk right now. That is because I know what worked for me and while counseling made me a better person and that helped to treat my drug addiction; counseling infact did not keep me clean and sober every day for the past year. A spiritual solution for my spiritual malady is what has allowed me to stay sober. Counseling can help treat drug addiction in the sense of awareness though and by giving addicts and alcoholics tools on how to live life again once they stop using and drinking. It wont keep them from relapsing for good though. The only  thing I have found that will work in that respect is a 12-step program. That’s just my experience though. Take it as you will.

 

If you or someone you know wants and needs counseling to help treat their drug addiction please don’t hesitate to call 877-711-HOPE(4673) or go to www.palmpartners.com

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Save Your Job, Save Your Family: Go to Drug Treatment in Florida

Save Your Job, Save Your Family: Go to Drug Treatment in Florida

By Jenny Hunt, Palm Partners Recovery Center

January 30, 2012

Often the disease of addiction can have devastating consequences. It can affect our families, our jobs, and our lives. It is common for a drug addict to be unable to quit on their own. This is why going to drug treatment in Florida is so important for recovery from addiction.

Drug treatment in Florida can help a recovering drug addict repair the relationships he or she has destroyed by abusing drugs. Drug treatment in Florida can help get a career back on track and provide opportunity to continue education.

The “Florida Model” refers to the system of treatment used in most drug treatment centers in Florida. It involves an initial stage of detox, a stay in a residential treatment center, and then a period of time in a sober or halfway house. Drug treatment in Florida utilizes this gradual step down of supervision in order to improve the success of an addict or alcoholic trying to recover.

The initial phase of drug treatment in Florida – detox – usually lasts three to ten days. This part of drug treatment eliminates the physical addiction to drugs or alcohol in a safe, comfortable environment. Often the biggest obstacle to convincing a drug addict or alcoholic to get help is fear of the withdrawal from the drug or the drink. Withdrawal can be very painful, and the highest rate of relapse is observed during this phase. Drug treatment in Florida can offer a painless detox. Patients are administered medications to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal in a comfortable environment. Medical staff carefully monitors the patient to ensure that the process is very safe.

The next phase in drug treatment in Florida is a residential treatment center. This is an environment where an individual can undergo therapy for drug addiction. Drug treatment in Florida employs group and individual therapy so that the addict or alcoholic can work through the issues that caused them to drink or drug in the first place, repair relationships that have been affected by their addiction, and learn tools that will help them live a sober and drug-free life. Often, drug treatment centers in Florida offer programs for family and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics. These programs help the addict and their loved ones to heal. Drug treatment in Florida also offers programs to deal with any legal or career issues at this stage. Drug treatment centers in Florida will correspond with law enforcement officials and report on the progress of an addict in treatment. Additionally, some drug treatment centers in Florida offer educational and job placement opportunities.

Finally, drug treatment in Florida encourages addicts and alcoholics to enter a sober living facility after they leave the residential treatment center. Sober living environments provide a safe and supportive place for people in recovery to live. Residents are required to attend 12-step meetings, take drug tests, and demonstrate that they are taking steps toward long-term sobriety.  Sober living houses are an interim step between residential drug treatment and living independently.

Drug treatment in Florida uses this gradual step-down of structure to give an addict or alcoholic the best chance to recover. If you or someone you know needs drug or alcohol treatment call us at (877) 711-HOPE (4673) or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.

The Benefits of Attending Alcohol Rehab in Florida

The Benefits of Attending Alcohol Rehab in Florida

By Jenny Hunt, Palm Partners Treatment Center

January 27, 2012

Alcohol and drug addiction is a serious illness that can impact your whole life. It is characterized by a compulsive need to drink and use drugs even in the face of serious consequences. An addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is very serious and life threatening. Often, an alcoholic or addict needs the help of a skilled alcohol rehab in order to recover.

Firstly, alcohol rehab will provide a safe and comfortable program for detoxing an alcoholic. Alcohol detox involves the cessation of alcohol intake along with the administration of various medications that will prevent withdrawal. The detox process for an alcoholic should always take place in the presence of a health care professional, preferably at a reputable alcohol rehab. Alcohol detox is very dangerous and can be fatal without the proper medications. Alcohol withdrawal can include anxiety, insomnia, shaking, seizures, and delirium tremens (DT’s). Delirium tremens, or alcohol withdrawal delirium, is characterized by clouding of consciousness and has up to a 5% mortality rate. The right alcohol rehab facility will monitor an alcoholic while they are detoxing to make sure they are safe. An alcohol rehab will administer medications to make the alcoholic comfortable during the process.

Alcoholics begin drinking for a variety of reasons, and every alcoholic’s story is unique. In alcohol rehab, an alcoholic will be able to examine the reasons that they drink in a safe environment. They will learn the skills to handle life without alcohol and also to live a drug and alcohol free life. Alcohol rehab is essential to the recovery of many alcoholics.

Going to alcohol rehab in Florida can be beneficial because Florida has some of the biggest recovery communities in the country. Delray Beach, in particular, has been called the epicenter of the country’s most vibrant recovery community, with 5,000 people attending 12-step meetings a week. Alcohol rehab in Florida can help a person make connections with other people in recovery in Florida. This camaraderie can be crucial to a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. It requires a complete lifestyle change, which may be easier in a new environment. Many people report feeling very safe in an environment where they are surrounded by other alcoholics and addicts that have been through what they have been through.

Known as the Florida Model, alcohol rehab in Florida promotes a phasing program. Alcoholics and drug addicts are encouraged to go through a detox program, a residential alcohol rehab program, and then into a halfway house. This type of long-term treatment program can improve patient outcomes significantly. With each phase of the program, relapse rates decrease significantly.

After alcohol rehab in Florida, moving into a halfway house can be of great benefit to the alcoholic or drug addict. The halfway house can provide structure for a person coming out of alcohol rehab in the form of curfews, random drug screening, and a chore schedule. A person getting out of alcohol rehab is usually required to go to 12-step meetings, get a sponsor, and get involved in the program.  Halfway houses also put you in a clean, sober environment, surrounded by other people in recovery.

If you or someone you know needs drug or alcohol treatment call us at (877) 711-HOPE (4673) or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.

Why Should I Go To Drug Rehab in Florida After Detox?

Why Should I Go To Drug Rehab in Florida After Detox?

By: Rhea Rosier, Palm Partners Recovery Center

January 26th, 2012

Going to drug rehab in Florida after detox is so paramount to a person’s recovery you may even go so far as to say that the process of getting sober hasn’t even begun until after the detoxification process. The are so many reason to go to drug rehab in Florida after detox that range from being able to stay sober for a lifetime, to giving yourself a better chance with more time in a safe environment.

These are the top 3 reasons to go to drug rehab in Florida after detox.

Reason #1: You have a family that is relying on you or cares about you. In order to achieve lifetime sobriety addicts and alcoholics must come to the realization that their disease is more than physical. If their disease is more than physical then it makes sense that going to drug rehab in Florida after detox would be absolutely essential to long term recovery. The disease of alcoholism and addiction is describe as being mental, physical, and spiritual. In order to get well for a family that may be waiting on them, need them or worried literally sick about them an addict and alcoholic must treat all three parts of their disease. This means that detox which initially is just the physical separation of toxins from a person’s body will not be enough. Going to drug rehab in Florida after detox though, it may be enough. Going to drug rehab in Florida after detox allows someone to get well for good that way their family can once again become functional and the addict or alcoholic can reliable for them

 

Reason #2: Drugs and alcohol are extremely dangerous and there is a heightened risk of overdose after detox. Once an addict and alcoholic has gone through detox they are physically clean from the drugs and alcohol. Without going to drug rehab in Florida after detox there is a very high risk of relapse in the addict or alcoholic. This is because the disease of alcoholism is chronic, progressive and fatal. It always gets worse never better, until we find the solution that is. So the fact of the matter is; in order to have a higher chance of finding the solution it is better to go to drug rehab in Florida after detox rather than try to go it alone. As newly recovering addicts and alcoholics we would much rather learn how to live happy, joyous and free than not live at all. Death can happen in an instant and it can happen much easier when addicts and alcoholics have been clean for a little while and then go back to using. Accidental overdose is common in that time so it is definitely best to go to drug rehab in Florida after detox.

 

Reason #3:You’re building strength to stay sober for the rest of your life. As said through out this entire blog detox is merely the physical aspect of a physical addiction to drugs and alcohol. Going to drug rehab in Florida after detox gives you a better fighting chance again the disease that is known as “cunning, baffling, and powerful.” At drug rehab you learn tools to stay sober, tools to live life, and you learn about the disease. Through this you have more things to utilize once your time at a drug rehab is over to help you stay sober in comparison to just going to detox, physically cleansing your body and then going back into your environment and daily life. Relapse is real and its best if you get all the knowledge, all the tools, and all the info on how to stay sober that you can and the way to do this is to go to drug rehab in Florida after detox.

 

If you or someone you know needs to go to drug rehab in Florida after detox please call: 877-711-HOPE(4673) or go to www.palmpartners.com

 

Kick Heroin in 24 Hours?

Kick Heroin in 24 Hours?

By Jenny Hunt, Palm Partners Treatment Center

January 26, 2012

The newest sensation in treating opiate dependency is known as “rapid opiate detox.” Rapid opiate detox is a procedure by which a patient is sedated and given medications to quickly clear the system of opiates. The procedure takes place in the intensive care unit of a hospital because patients must be closely monitored. Without the proper care and observation, this process can be deadly because it is such a shock to the system.

While there is no evidence that rapid opiate detox works any better than regular detox, rapid opiate detox is being touted in the media as a “cure” for heroin dependency. Dr. Craig Bernstein, one of the foremost practitioners of rapid opiate detox claims a 65% percent success rate after one year. Far superior, he claims, than the success rate of inpatient treatment centers or 12-step programs. What Dr. Bernstein doesn’t mention is that this success rate is not confirmed by any outside source, but rather by follow-up phone calls to former patients. Several patients of Dr. Bernstein have come out in interviews to say they were never contacted. Further, the success rate only takes into consideration abstinence from heroin, not from any other mind or mood altering substance.

While more studies need to be done, initial reports by representatives of the American Medical Association indicate that rapid opiate detox is neither safe nor effective. A major limit to this treatment is that, like other detox-only programs, only represents the first stages of treatment. Rapid opiate detox does not offer solutions to keep an opiate addict off illicit drugs for the long term.  Dr. Bernstein’s program involves administering oral naltrexone, an opiate blocker, for a year after the treatment. However, naltrexone has been shown to have poor adherence and poor patient outcomes.

Why is this dangerous? Dr. Bernstein and other physicians like him are promoting this very costly treatment as a quick and easy cure to heroin and opiate addiction. Desperate addicts and families of addicts are likely to jump at the chance to quickly and easily treat their addiction. Dr. Bernstein, who on the side runs a pain management clinic, actively discourages patients from attending 12-step meetings, calling it “out-dated” and “ineffective.” He tells desperate and sick people that addiction is not a spiritual disease, but a physical one.

If Dr. Bernstein was right, all any of us would need would be detox, whether rapid detox or traditional, and our addiction would be cured. Anyone who has relapsed after some clean time can tell you this isn’t true. If drugs and alcohol were our problem, rapid opiate detox would work for us. Unfortunately, for the true addict and alcoholic, drugs and alcohol were our solution. We don’t get better when you take away the drugs and alcohol; we get worse, because we have no idea how to manage our own lives without them.

Further, doctors like Bernstein have no true knowledge of the AA or NA program. Quoting “success statistics” from AA or NA are always going to be false, because no true statistics exist. Also, studies done on 12-step programs do not take into consideration the distinction between people truly adhering to the program, and those who just say they are. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states “rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.” Well, that’s good enough for me.

If you or someone you know needs drug or alcohol treatment call us at (877) 711-HOPE (4673) or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.

 

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