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November 3, 2017
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Gratitude in Recovery

Begin Your Day with Gratitude
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 you have and receiving the support of experienced and compassionate addiction treatment professionals to see you through recovery, makes it all a bit more comfortable and not so difficult. Also, keeping a gratitude list during recovery is highly encouraged by therapists as through this simple activity you can record special and unique things that may support you in moments of weakness by teaching you to shift your attention to them. Read more in our new blog post

October 30, 2017
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Are Family Visits Beneficial for Someone in Rehab?

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It is a major decision for someone struggling with drug or alcohol addiction to check in for treatment. Once in treatment, support is a crucial part of the treatment and goes a long way to provide a successful and lasting recovery. The main source of support obviously will be from the facility care givers, however family support is not far when it comes to importance. The staff at the facility realizes this and for the most part, unless there is a reason otherwise, visits by family members and loved ones in general are encouraged. Various facilities have rules regarding family visits which includes specific day and time, length of the visit and whether family can take the person in treatment out of the facility or not. For adolescents in treatment, most facilities use a credit system to encourage good behavior and following the rules and the regulation of the facility. For example, there will be credits for attending therapy sessions and doing homework and demerits for fights and other bad behaviors. At the end of the week those kids with certain credit will get the chance to leave the facility and those below the credit threshold will have stay-in visits.

The system however is different in the case of adults in treatment. If you don’t follow the rules, you are discharged for bad behavior, so if you are in treatment you get to have family visits on certain days, usually weekends and at a certain time of the day, usually between 1 pm to 5 pm.

These family visits are often emotional and very productive in terms of rebuilding trusts and bond between the individual in the treatment and the family. Always, the stakes are high for family visits, both in terms of expectation and acceptance by family members and the individual in treatment. These are the moments that there are a lot of hugging, crying, and communicating on both sides take place.

Family visits are important part of healing and getting back to sobriety.

October 27, 2017
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Alcoholics Fall Into 5 Categories

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According to a study of 1,484 US adults who took part in survey by * NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) people diagnosed with alcohol dependence fell into the following 5 categories.

1- Young Adult

A significant 32% of alcoholics are about the age of 24 years old which have shown dependency by the age of 20. They don’t drink as often as other groups of alcoholics, but when they drink, they tend to binge.

2- Young Antisocial

The second largest group of alcoholics fall into this group, which are 26 years old on the average and a significant number show some antisocial personality disorder. These are the ones who started drinking younger, generally about 15 and could have been diagnosed as alcohol dependent by the age of 18. They have distinctively different social habits than the previous group of Young Adults. They are more likely to smoke tobacco and pot.

3- Functional Alcoholics

These are middle-aged, working adults with normal jobs, higher education, and stable relationships. As opposed to the Young Adult alcoholics, people in this group drink frequently and “hold their drink”. The percentage of people falling in this category of alcoholics is nearly 19% of all alcoholics.

4- Intermediate Familial

With equal percentage of alcoholics in this group as in the Functional type, 19%, the individuals in this group started at a young age, average 17 years old, and have alcoholics in their close family. On the average they were alcoholics in their 30s.

5- Chronic Severe

This is the type of alcoholic that we generally think of when we think of an alcoholic individual. Individuals with severe alcoholism are for the most part male with the highest divorce rate and frequent users of illicit drugs. Even though the consequences of alcoholism is much more pronounced and more severe in this group, research shows that this is the rarest type of alcoholics with only 9% of the total population of alcoholics in the U.S. falling in this category. According to Dr. Moss, the author of the research, regardless of the severity of the signs of alcoholism, alcohol dependence is a disease with significant health impact on the abuser.



October 26, 2017
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Choosing a Rehab Center

Choosing a Rehab Center

What to Look For When Choosing a Rehab Center

There are times during one’s life that a decision made based on a quick search on Google, Yahoo, Bing or any on-line search services results in a very bad choice. Looking for a rehab center could easily pass for one of those decisions if it is solely made by the ranking of a facility on a search page. Finding a rehab facility is an important decision that can, not only cost a lot of money but the return on that money is not certain either. So, it is obvious that there should be certain additional criteria considered when choosing an addiction rehab facility besides how they show on a search page on-line.

In this article let’s discuss a few points that will help increase the chance of finding a reputable rehab center when you or your loved one need one.


1- Length of time in business
This is important. You want to make sure that the facility has been around long enough that there is experience behind the staff’s expertise in providing effective treatment.

2- Length of time in the same physical location
There are businesses, yes a rehab facility has to abide by the rules of business as well, that will cover their inadequacies and problems by changing their names and locations.
3- Certifications and licenses
There are organizations that provide regulations or accreditation that reputable rehab centers follow. One such organization is Joint Commission. Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Therefore certification by the Joint Commission is an important test of a reliable rehab center. Another organization that the membership of a rehab facility will help provide credibility for the facility is SAMHSA. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Accreditation by Department of Children and Families, DCF, is another requirement for facilities considered to be licensed, regulated and reputable. DCF is a government agency that is tasked with providing regulation and licensing for provider facilities with substance abuse and mental health designation.

4- Treatment Provided
Mostly ignored by the people looking for a treatment facility is specific questions about the type of the treatment a facility provides. It is important to know what the facility is licensed for actually. Is it licensed for inpatient or outpatient treatment. Equally important, what if the addicted person requires detox. Are they licensed for detox or they simply send patients to another facility for detox and then transport them back to their own. Obviously, a facility licensed for detox and inpatient is preferred, since all treatment are provided on premises.

5- Relapse Prevention
This one deals with the reality of the disease of addiction. It is well known that a percentage of those getting treatment do relapse. The question to be asked from a prospective facility is that if the facility has any program dealing with relapse.

6- Aftercare Program
The last and certainly not the least is the aftercare program offered by the facility. In short, aftercare program provides a high chance of maintaining sobriety by reducing relapse due to everyday life events that an individual faces after successful discharge from the treatment. A good aftercare program is the one that addresses support structure in addition to plans addressing employment, housing, and education needs of the individual.

October 25, 2017
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Overdose Prevention and Response: What you need to Know

Drug overdoses are at an all-time high in the US – so it’s crucial for families and individuals to understand how to prevent overdose and respond to an overdose in order to save lives. With the proper knowledge and awareness, we can unite together to reduce overdose deaths in the US. Below is information on how to respond properly to a drug overdose when you are a bystander.

Signs of an overdose:

  • Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing
  • Severe sleepiness or person is not moving / responsive
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Person may be choking, or you can hear gurgling sounds
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Pupils are tiny

If you suspect someone may have overdosed call 911 immediately, time is of the essence.

Responding to an overdose. Use the “SAVE ME” steps:

  • Stimulate – can you wake the person ?
  • Airway – make sure nothing is blocking the airway
  • Ventilate – Help them breathe, plug the nose, tilt the head, and apply breaths
  • Evaluate – Has the person’s physical condition improved ?
  • Muscular Injection – Inject a dose of Naloxone into a muscle
  • Evaluate and Support – Is the person breathing? If not, then after 5 minutes, administer one more dose of Naloxone

Overdose Prevention – if you suspect someone is overdosing please call 911 immediately, regardless if you have Naloxone. Do not wait. Every second counts.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse and addiction, reach out to us. Florida Center for Recovery offers an all-inclusive individualized inpatient addiction treatment starting with a 30 day program. Our addiction treatment programs in Florida are comprehensive providing treatment from alcohol detox / drug detox

Responding to an Overdose

Responding to an Overdose

to after care programming. We also offer specialized therapeutic services for clients whose recovery is compounded by mental health issues such as trauma, depression and anxiety. For more information about our addiction treatment programs in Florida, including drug detox and residential  addiction treatment call our toll free at number at 1 (866) 910-0417.

October 24, 2017
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Most Valued Beliefs of Jack Hamilton, Founder of Florida Center for Recovery

treatment-for-addictionFounder of Florida Center for Recovery, Jack Hamilton, is remembered today as a compassionate man who dedicated the later part of his life to helping others not only beat addiction, but also gain the skills needed to maintain sobriety for the rest of their lives. No matter how bad things got for someone, Jack never gave up on that person, and that’s what made him such a great helper.

Though Jack passed in 2010, Florida Center for Recovery continues to help people recover from addiction by providing compassionate affordable care with effective specialized treatment through inpatient services. Below were some of Jack’s most value beliefs that FCR still stands by proudly today:

Every addict deserves a chance, and another, and another…”Keep Giving ’em the chance, you never know when they’re going to get it,” he would say.

Forgiveness is more valuable to the one who gives it than to the one who receives it. Sure, it may require some ego-swallowing, but forgiveness can liberate the one asking for it, but also, the one giving it. When you forgive, you also heal, letting go of any negative feelings you had toward that person

Everyone is capable of change. Life provides endless opportunities for growth. Of all the things Jack accomplished over the course of his life, the changes he embraced in his last few years are the ones that brought him and his loved ones the most joy. It is never too late to ACHIEVE RECOVERY.


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October 23, 2017
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Signs That A Pain-Pill Addiction Has Developed

Prescription pill addiction isn’t always easy to detect. The National Institutes of Health reported that an estimated 54 million Americans ages 12 and older have misused prescription drugs; however, whether the people abusing pills actually know that they are misusing drugs (or addicted to them), is another question in itself. It turns out that the root of the problem is that many people are not aware of what pill abuse/misuse constitutes, so detecting addiction and recognizing its symptoms, is already a difficult task. This is especially true when the individual is in denial of his/her own drug abuse, so it’s vital that we are reminded of the hidden signs of prescription drug addiction.

addiction-to-painkillersHere are some signs that indicate someone may be falling into prescription drug addiction (stimulants, depressants, opioids):

Increasing tolerance – one of the two diagnostic criteria for opioid addiction; particularly with opioid painkillers, tolerance occurs when painkillers slow down the brain’s production of endorphins, and as a result, the body begins to depend on an external supply of opioids in order to deal with pain

Doctor shopping – this constitutes in seeing different doctors and going to hospitals to attain prescription medications through seemingly legal means, such as complaining about pain even though you have already been prescribed opioids previously by a doctor. Addicted individuals often need a constant supply of pills in order to feel normal

Mood Swings – getting depressed or highly irritable when you cannot gain access to a new batch of pills

Drug-seeking behavior – getting pills from friends and family, stealing them, or buying them from the streets, at work or at school

Experiencing Withdrawal – the second diagnostic criteria for addiction (includes fluctuations of heart rate and blood pressure, flushing and hot flashes, vomiting, goose-flesh, sweating, muscle pain


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