Author: Justin Mckibben
Addiction and substance abuse are very real issues facing Americans today, and as a matter of fact these issues impact the entire world in many aspects. We constantly hear more and more about synthetic drugs made from chemical compounds coming from overseas, the opiate epidemic hitting households in every corner of the country, and the failed War on Drugs that has included both victims and cartels from all over. Addiction is very real and very present in our world, so for those who want to find help, Palm Partners offers a solution, but some might ask- why detox in Delray Beach, Florida?
We want to take a detailed look at that question and explain as best we can why detox in Delray Beach, Florida is such a great way to get started on a path to lasting and successful sobriety.
What is Detox?
The safest and often most efficient way to get through the physical aspect of drug addiction is to attend a safe medical detox. Detox is the first level of care for a proper drug or alcohol treatment program, and with a detox in Delray Beach, Florida there is a serene and comfortable atmosphere created for this initial part of the process.
Many people who choose to get help arrive painfully addicted to alcohol and other drugs and cannot safely or successfully stop drinking or using on their own. Frequently the withdrawals from substance abuse are far too discomforting and after a while a lot of people give up the fight. This is where a detox in Delray Beach can help.
Detox in Delray Beach, Florida: Effective and Professional
When talking about detox in Delray Beach, Palm Partners consistently provides the highest level of professional patient care, and we take pride in how we treat people.
Upon arriving at detox in Delray Beach, Florida an individual is given an evaluation to assess the most effective and healthy treatment program for them. Using a drug screening the staff will see what drug(s) are in your body and how much, then a licensed physician will prescribe you certain medication in order to safely and comfortably taper you off. The purpose of these medications is to help you safely and effectively transition from active use to abstinence without suffering through the extent of their debilitating side effects.
The medical staff for Palm Partners will monitor your condition as well as be responsible for administering your medication, and during the evaluation you will meet with a staff of professionals who will take your social and medical history- asking you to tell them about your drug use and about any other physical or mental health conditions, if any, to be sure they are providing the best care pertaining to your needs.
Detox in Delray Beach, Florida: Mental Health
Not only with the doctor and medical staff help determine the details of your taper to wean off the drugs, but you will also meet with a psychiatrist to be evaluated and prescribed any psych meds that you may need.
Oftentimes, people who abuse drugs have what is called dual diagnosis, meaning they have another condition co-existing issue such as:
- Anxiety disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating Disorder
The Palm Partners program believes in a holistic approach that addresses dual diagnosis in all areas of treatment, and Palm Partners detox in Delray Beach, Florida believes this is all about staying healthy and comfortable while your body adjusts to not having the drugs or alcohol it has grown physically dependent on, without it being too much of a shock to the system. Having a strong and experienced medical staff is key to successfully helping the process of detox in Delray Beach, Florida be a relaxing and positive influence on the continued recovery process.
Detox in Delray Beach, Florida: Climate Change
To be completely real, the change in climate is definitely an easy way to inspire some. The beautiful atmosphere of sunny South Florida is sure to make an experience that might be viewed as frightening or difficult feel a lot more serene and supportive.
When trying to detox in more comfortable environment there’s nothing like warm weather, sunshine, and beaches to set the mood. But this isn’t the only climate change we’re talking about.
Delray Beach, Florida just happens to be home of an amazing recovery community, with support groups and fellowships all over and a wide variety of ages and personalities. So besides the fact that you can take a shot at changing your life in paradise, it is also pretty solid sobriety in the area with a lot of support groups and active advocates.
Drug and alcohol rehab programs are designed to put you in the best position to succeed with as many resources as possible, and it all starts with a healthy detox, so why not detox in Delray Beach, Florida? If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
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Author: Justin Mckibben
In a decision that will undoubtedly be debated at innovative or extremely controversial, emergency responders in Florida are going to be taking a pretty drastic measure in their movements to fight back against the growing issue of the infamous “$5 insanity” of Flakka… using doses of Ketamine to subdue violently aggressive patients.
When I came across this story I could not help but be baffled, yet curious as to how exactly this plan of action has been orchestrated and how it will be executed.
So I want to ask… is it a good idea that EMTs in Florida are going to be using Ketamine to fight Flakka?
First- What is Flakka?
For anyone who hasn’t heard, Flakka is one of the newest dangerous drugs to hit the streets that has gained a lot of attention in a short period of time for the dramatic, tragic and appalling stories it has inspired.
The synthetic drug Flakka, also known by other names such as Gravel, is a synthetic version of an exceedingly strong stimulant cathinone, officially dubbed alpha Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (Alpha-PVP). Commonly found in a crystal-like form, Flakka is known to be cheap, addictive, and deadly. When used this can be ingested in various ways, including:
Some of the effects include:
- Body overheating
- Heightened sense of euphoria
- Feeling superhuman strength
- Psychotic episodes
There have been stories of people running naked through the streets, reacting in rage to horrific hallucinations, and even one story of an elderly woman beaten to death by an individual trapped in a Flakka induced violently psychotic episode. These terrible and frightening stories have hit authorities hard, and apparently they are willing to go to great lengths to put a stop to the madness.
So then what is Ketamine?
Ketamine is another synthetic substance that has a history of strange side-effects and street credit for being abused and becoming addictive. It has been used before as an anesthetic and analgesic drug, but earned a bad name for its illicit use as a hallucinogen. It also has a reputation as a “date-rape” drug.
Ketamine is commonly seen as a powder or liquid and was initially used on animals. When used on the streets it is often ingested by:
- Consumed with drinks
Yet more recently we have begun to see more and more people pushing for one reason or another to drop the bad name assigned to Ketamine to promote positive uses for it, such as treating depression.
Synthetic VS Synthetic
Now in a very radical approach some Florida EMS departments are arming their paramedics with Ketamine as a new weapon to fight Flakka. The latest fire and rescue department in the state to start utilizing Ketamine is Indian River County Fire and EMS. Last week the announced that within the next two weeks their paramedics will be trained on how to administer Ketamine and equipped with the substance.
According to officials the thigh injection can sedate a patient within a minute. Battalion Chief Cory Richter in Indian River County told reporters,
“It will knock them out, but it won’t hurt them in any way, shape or form. It will allow us to treat them and get them to the hospital, and it keeps our guys safe.”
Richter went on to explain that patients who are high on Flakka pose a very real threat to paramedics because the drug gives them superhuman strength and also makes them resistant to pain. Indian River County has had several serious incidents involving Flakka in the past few months, so authorities are done taking their chances it seems.
Indian River County is not the first in Florida to use Ketamine for this purpose. The city of Plantation began placing vials of Ketamine on all of rescue trucks, but reported only needing to use them roughly once per month. The officials in these areas insist that Ketamine is more effective than other drugs because it doesn’t affect the patient’s respiratory system or heart rate, making it safer to use as well. Last July Lt. Daniel Tringali of the Plantation Fire Department told reporters,
“If a police officer’s Taser does not stop them, something needs to stop them,”
Again driving home the point that even though many question Ketamine as being a powerful sedative substance it is still a measure many have deemed necessary in contrast to allowing their EMTs, other emergency response teams or law enforcement to be at elevated risk of injury from an aggressive individual in a Flakka induced rage. To fight Flakka it might be necessary to give EMTs an advantage.
I find myself wondering how this would work out. Apparently officials in the areas already using Ketamine to fight Flakka think it is doing a decent enough job of keeping people safe in the most compromising circumstances. Considering last summer 27 people died of Flakka-related overdoses in an 8 month period in Broward County alone, I think maybe it is understandable why people are so desperate to find a new means to fight Flakka. Not sure if substituting Ketamine is the best solution there is, but right now it seems to be a strategy people are willing to try.
Synthetic drug abuse is so dangerous because of the fact the ingredients and the side-effects can be horrifically unpredictable. Chemical cocktails made from mystery compounds in underground labs with lethal potency are a nightmare being sold on the streets, and beyond such a radical idea as pitting one chemical against the other there is real recovery from drug abuse in the Palm Partners addiction treatment program. If you or someone you love is struggling please don’t wait, call 1-800-951-6135. We want to help, you are not alone.
Author: Justin Mckibben
Some people may remember back in June of 2015 the story broke ground with the announcement that Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott gave the final approval for bill HB-751, AKA the Emergency Treatment for Opioid Overdose Act which expanded naloxone access in a progressive response to the growing issue with heroin overdose and opiate addiction. This new piece of legislation gave first responders, caregivers, and patients in Florida the authority to prescribe and administer naloxone, a pure antidote to opioid overdose.
Well another exciting and innovative story is making some headway in the news this week as the actions and implication put into that legislation are having a rippling effect on communities all over Florida. The Delray Beach Police Department moved to announce this morning a plan for its officers to carry naloxone, making the Delray Beach Police Department the first in Palm Beach County, as well as second in the state, to have officers carry the heroin overdose antidote.
Drug Deaths in Delray Beach
In the stretch of time between January of 2014 and October of 2015 the Delray Beach Fire Rescue services alone administered naloxone in 341 cases! Now take that and consider that in just the first 10 months of 2015, the Delray Beach Police Department responded to a reported 145 overdoses, and 70% of those were from heroin!
But ladies and gentlemen, this problem is not just in Delray Beach, plenty of other areas in Palm Beach County are getting hit hard by the destruction and death brought by heroin. In West Palm Beach officials have also seen a severe increase in suspected heroin overdose deaths, but these officers still do not have access to naloxone.
How severe is that increase? Well since December there have been 11 deaths from suspect heroin overdoses according to city police. The kicker- 7 of those deaths were last month in February!
Resources for First Responders
Delray Beach Fire Rescue regularly administers naloxone to individuals experiencing an overdose one emergency calls in the county. Now the department has trained the Delray Beach Police Department’s supervisors on how to use the medication, hoping to broaden the reach of this life-saving medication and make access to it by First Responders that much easier.
This is amazing news because starting today, supervisors in law enforcement on each shift will carry naloxone nasal spray. The nasal spray gives the officers access to an easier method of administering the medication.
According to police spokeswoman Dani Moschella the Delray Beach Drug Task Force recently wrote a grant for 400 auto-injectors of Evzio naloxone to be provided to Delray Beach Fire Rescue, which in turn makes it possible for the city’s fire-rescue department to supply the Delray Beach Police Department with nasal spray kits at no charge.
The Need for More Access
A lot of people might not see how big of a deal this is, but let me be the first to tell you… this is kinda a big deal!
For years we have followed the tragic trend of drug overdose being the leading cause of accidental death in all of the United States, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014, and 10,574 of those overdose deaths were related to heroin. More people die from drug abuse than car accidents! That is a big deal! And spoiler alert, it’s been going on for YEARS now! Opioid addiction is spearheading this overdose death epidemic.
Delray Beach has been commonly perceived as the drug treatment capital of the country, and with good reason considering the innovative and amazing treatment options as well as a thriving recovery community. But Delray Beach has been particularly hard hit by the opioid epidemic, so to have even more prevention resources put in place to support that recovery community and save more lives every day makes an astronomical difference.
Although naloxone is already available without a prescription in 35 states, Florida only allows the drug to be used by first responders, such as police and emergency medical technicians. Doctors are allowed to write prescriptions to those in close contact with someone at risk of overdose, but every day more programs are starting to put the power back into the hands of the people who need the help most, and one more way to change a life is with a recovery program from a leader in revolutionizing holistic treatment. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
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Author: Justin Mckibben
Sometimes people are looking for drug rehab in Florida for professionals, specifically because they are active in their careers and want to be assured that not only are they able to commit to their recovery, but also that they’re able to work with their professional schedule or responsibilities around their time in treatment. Professionals are at risk of addiction too.
Being confident about anonymity being kept during and after treatment is another priority. Drug and alcohol treatment for employees is available when someone takes medical leave or uses vacation time to maintain their job while getting the help they need, and there are plenty of aspects of drug rehab in Florida for professionals that can be especially effective in helping the career individual keep up while making a change.
Drug Rehab in Florida for Professionals: HIPPA
First things first, let us talk about privacy. Most adults with a professional career want to be sure that during a time where they are dealing with an issue involving drugs or alcohol that they are being cared for in an environment that respects their right to privacy. Many professionals are familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which is a regulation designed to protect personal information and data collected and stored in medical records.
HIPPA has established a national standard to be used in all doctors’ offices, hospitals and other businesses where personal medical information is stored, and is specifically designed to protect any personal medical information. Of course any drug rehab in Florida for professionals will be a HIPPA compliant business, and any individual can be assured that their privacy is protected.
Drug Rehab in Florida for Professionals: FMLA
Employers are responsible for providing access to drug and alcohol treatment to their employees, with legislations and regulations to protect patients such as the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) to protect the rights of individuals with careers seeking drug rehab in Florida for professionals.
The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. When looking for drug rehab in Florida for professionals you have several options as long as you’re eligible. If so, you are entitled to 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:
- The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
- The placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
- To care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
- A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
- Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or
Or even 26 workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin.
Drug Rehab in Florida for Professionals: Accessible Admission
All it takes to find a drug rehab in Florida for professionals is a call to our facility. Our professionals can assist you with the entire process of enrollment into a drug rehab in Florida for professionals. The Palm Healthcare staff is familiar with all aspects of enrollment, from verifying insurance benefits to identifying an appropriate treatment program, to choosing a program for ongoing follow-up aftercare drug and alcohol treatment for employees, such as an intensive outpatient program (IOP).
- We are able to verify insurance benefits within 2 hours of your call
- We can often facilitate your employee’s program admission within 24 hours
- We handle the research, paperwork, and all logistics involved in the process
- We make it easy so that there are no hiccups in the process
At Palm Healthcare, we strive to remove the obstacles and barriers that limit access to treatment so that your employees, members, and their loved ones can find the treatment program that best suits their needs.
Drug Rehab in Florida for Professionals: Assistance Programs
Along with FMLA there are other assistance programs that are available to help people seeking drug and alcohol treatment for employees such as:
- EAP (Employee Assistance Program) work-based intervention program designed to identify and assist employees in resolving personal problems (e.g., marital, financial or emotional problems; family issues; substance/alcohol abuse)
- MAP (Member Assistance Program) Help Union members and their families with personal and work-related concerns. Implementing and promoting a MAP provides early intervention and helps members balance work responsibilities and their personal lives.
- LAP (Labor Assistance Professionals) dedicated to obtaining comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment for employees, and all other mental health services for our members at a reasonable and fair price, while advocating for member assistance program development within labor and for recognition of the key role labor plays from the fields’ professional organization and by its treatment providers.
Palm Healthcare offers assistance to employers and their employees when it comes to initiating the treatment process. Our addiction specialists and case managers are just one part of a compassionated staff thoroughly trained to navigate the process so that employees seeking drug rehab in Florida for professionals can do so easily and seamlessly.
Addiction does not discriminate, it does not target the unemployed. Plenty of professionals experience serious issues with substance abuse, even CEO’s and CFO’s need help sometimes. Drugs and alcohol can destroy the careers we spend out lives building, but there is drug and alcohol treatment available for professionals. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
Author: Justin Mckibben
Why Should I Go to an Out of State Rehab: Looking for Change
Many people will tell you that going to an out of state rehab is one of the best options available to an addict or alcoholic who is trying to take whatever steps possible to get clean and stay sober. It is true there are many benefits that come from going to an out of state rehab, and sometimes that is the only option for people who live in areas with less opportunities to get professional help for substance abuse or addiction.
I will say before getting too far into my opinions, that it was made clear to me that you can truly get clean and sober anywhere. I honestly believe that if you do everything in your power to make the most out of whatever resources you have, than it is possible. However, I believe I definitely got a more fulfilling experience from going to an out of state rehab. Not just because leaving the environment I used in was a good idea for me, but because the recovery community of the out of state rehab I went to was amazing.
In this article I will talk about a few reasons why going to an out of state rehab is a great way to start your journey toward changing your life, and why a Florida rehab facility was so great for me.
Why Should I Go to an Out of State Rehab: PEOPLE
When going to rehab and trying to recover from the disease of addiction, we are often told that we need to change a few things. One of those being the people we surround ourselves and associate with. This is definitely not always an easy thing to accomplish, because so many of us develop vast personal networks of people we use drug or drink with, buy drugs from, or just generally get into our old patterns of bad behavior with.
Going to an out of state rehab can make this a lot simpler because it gives us a chance to remove ourselves from our destructive situations and relationships. An out of state rehab takes us out of our close circle of associates and helps us to develop our social and personal skills with a new group of people different and similar, who are often in the same stages of change as we are.
Florida rehab is great for this because the recovery community, especially in south Florida, is very diverse and very prosperous. Going to an out of state rehab allowed me to meet people who were just like me from all over the country, and taught me about recovery in all walks of life.
Why Should I Go to an Out of State Rehab: PLACES
One thing I was very fortunate to experience by going to an out of state rehab was the ability to be as far away as possible from my old stomping grounds while transitioning into a clean and sober life-style. While I am not a person who typically believes in the term ‘triggers’ I do understand how some people may feel trapped in or reminiscent of the places they have used or drank in for years at a time.
Escaping the environment I was drinking and using in was a gift to my recovery, because it took me to an out of state rehab where I was in a safe and nurturing atmosphere where my sobriety was not threatened by outside influences, and where I had no old associations with using. I committed myself to seeing it through, and with the help of a Florida rehab center I did.
The Florida rehab facility I went to was Palm Partners, and it was an experience like I never expected out of state rehab to be. What I was taught and shown in treatment was nothing like I would have guessed, and it ushered my into this thriving community in south Florida of clean and sober people who were active and inspiring. The community and the area are beautiful and to me it was like a resort I never had to leave, and so far I’m still here.
Why Should I Go to an Out of State Rehab: THINGS
The things we do and the things we surround ourselves with have a great influence on the way our lives unfold. Often times we get so used to the things we do being contingent on the places we live that we don’t see another way to get by in our home states. Sometimes we tell ourselves the only thing we can do in our state is use drugs or drink.
Going to an out of state rehab can definitely help us to escape what seems like routine, and is a good way to get away from those other objects or attractions that draw us back into old patterns. Some things follow us everywhere. Drugs and alcohol exist in every state. But to put yourself in a better position to experience new things without having those old things at the forefront is more constructive from recovery.
Florida rehab puts most people from out of state in a position to see and try things that are unique to the area. Out of state rehab also put me in an area where there were different employment options that were new and exciting opportunities, and helped me pursue things I am passionate about. Going to an out of state rehab eventually helped me grow up. And the thing that most influenced my recovery was again the atmosphere of recovery after attending out of state rehab, thanks to the meetings and fellowship in the area.
Going to an out of state rehab is great for changing people, places, and things to put yourself at an advantage. Florida rehab changed a lot for me, being an alcoholic and drug addict from Ohio who had never left the state. The Palm Partners treatment center in south Florida I attended was a game changer, putting me in a position to make change for life. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135