How Being “Too Nice” Could Derail Your Alcohol Detox Program

Addiction can cause us to lose our sense of empathy with others. As you enter recovery in our Broward alcohol detox, it’s crucial that you begin to work on restoring your normal human empathy. When you have a healthy sense of empathy, you can step into the shoes of others to understand how they think and feel; healthy empathy helps you to be a better spouse, friend, parent, sibling – it helps you be a good person in general.

But there’s such a thing as unhealthy empathy. When you take empathy too far, you begin to lose your sense of self and can struggle to establish strong boundaries. When you have unhealthy empathy – when you’re “too nice” – it can jeopardize the work you’ve done in our Broward alcohol detox and put your entire recovery at risk.

Too Much Empathy May Cause Problems in Broward Alcohol Detox

An excess of empathy is at the core of many of the problems people experience as they begin to navigate a sober life after leaving our Broward alcohol detox. If you become too consumed by your empathy for others, you could become vulnerable to:

  • Enabling behaviors. As a recovering addict, you may have already experience enabling behaviors. Enabling occurs when people do things for another person that they ought to be doing for themselves, thereby enabling them to continue being irresponsible and shielding them from the consequences of their addiction.
  • Codependency. A codependent person loses him or herself in her relationships. They feel responsible for solving other people’s problems, meeting other people’s needs and controlling other people’s behavior. When you fall into the trap of codependency, you’ll neglect your own needs for the sake of others’, and gradually grow resentful, angry and lonely.
  • People-pleasing. Many people leave our Broward alcohol detox and find that they have a strong desire to be accepted, and low feelings of self-worth. It’s normal for addicts in early recovery to have poor self-esteem; at this stage of your sobriety, you’re still struggling to come to terms with the selfish and often harmful things you’ve done in the name of addiction, and you may have yet to discover the path to self-worth. However, basing your feelings of self-worth on how much other people like you or whether they accept you can leave you running yourself ragged, neglecting your own needs for the sake of pleasing others, and that can lead you straight to relapse.
  • Overzealous parenting. If you’re a parent as well as a recovering addict, you may find yourself helicopter parenting out of a sense of duty to your children, and a not unreasonable desire to give them the love and care they need and deserve. But trying to protect your children from everything can do more harm than good. They may fail to develop self-confidence or the ability to make decisions.
  • Burnout. Caring too much for the feelings of others can lead to professional burnout in many lines of work. If you are a nurse, doctor, police officer or other professional who sees a lot of human pain and suffering at work, too much empathy can destroy your ability to do your job. No matter how long it’s been since you graduated from our Broward alcohol detox, you may find yourself turning back to drinking to ease the pain of others’ suffering.

You Don’t Have to Be Too Nice

You can reign in out-of-control empathy by setting healthy personal boundaries, practicing mindfulness and nurturing healthy relationships. Learn to make your own needs and feelings a priority, and learn to say “No” when you need to in order to protect your personal limits. You can still empathize with people and offer them help, but you don’t need to sacrifice your own needs or comfort level in order to do it. Work with the therapists in our Broward alcohol detox to learn how to set appropriate personal boundaries and say “No” without feeling guilty.

Limit the energy and time you give to relationships that drain your energy and make you feel less fulfilled, rather than more enriched. You don’t need friends and lovers who take advantage of you or trample all over your boundaries. Mindfulness practices, like yoga and meditation, can help you learn to draw lines between your own feelings and thoughts and those of others.

You can quit drinking for good with help from our Broward alcohol detox. Call the Florida House Detox today at 1-888-342-1456 to learn more.

Successful Recovery after Prescription Drug Detox

According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered a psychological trait that may predict better outcomes in treatment for some addicts. Paradoxically, the researchers found that addicts who are least likely to think about the future – those who are most likely to choose the instant gratification of drug abuse over the delayed gratification of maintaining sobriety – are the most likely to enjoy a successful recovery with appropriate treatment. These findings could help us create more effective personalized prescription drug detox programs for our patients.

Instant Gratification Is Linked to Addiction

Instant gratification, the tendency to choose something that offers a benefit now, over something that offers a benefit later, is a key component of drug addiction. A person in need of prescription drug detox chooses the perceived instant benefit of getting high on drugs now over the delayed benefit of getting sober and enjoying good health later. In order to recover from addiction successfully, an addict needs to learn to control him or herself and take seriously the future consequences of his or her substance abuse.

The impulse to choose instant gratification over delayed gratification is called future or delay discounting. While we all struggle with this impulse to some extent, It’s especially strong in people who need prescription drug detox and substance abusers in general.

Addicts Most Vulnerable to Future Discounting Also Most Likely to Change

The study’s lead author, Warren Bickel, director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center at Virginia Tech and a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, told Medical News Today, “It was an incongruity in our data that caught my eye. I realized that the people who discounted the future the most – the ones we least expected to be able to recover from addiction – also showed the best outcomes when they received an effective treatment. And the ones who discounted the future the least improved the least.”

Bickel suspected that this pattern of behavioral change might have something to do with rate dependence, a phenomenon that “generally refers to an inverse relationship between people’s rates of responding to something at the outset and then again after an intervention.” Rate dependence is the reason why stimulant medications help kids with ADHD slow down and focus, when these same stimulant medications speed people without ADHD up.

Bickel and his research team analyzed data from five of his previous studies that involved a total of 222 substance abusers addicted to heroin, stimulants or tobacco, in order to determine whether the subjects’ future discounting behavior did indeed alter in a manner consistent with the principles of rate dependence. The analysis confirmed that addicts who were more worried about the future consequences of their actions at the beginning of treatment showed little change in their future discounting behavior over the course of treatment, but those who began treatment with a “live in the now” attitude showed significant reductions in their future discounting behaviors by the time they finished treatment.

Findings Could Change Prescription Drug Detox Strategies

The findings of the study could make it easier for drug rehabs like ours to personalize prescription drug detox programs. For example, Bickel’s research has examined the effectiveness of treatments that can enhance self-control by decreasing future discounting behaviors. His previous research has determined that training subjects’ working memories can help them build self-control and decrease future discounting.

A simple psychological test, administered when patients are first admitted to a prescription drug detox program, could help our treatment team determine which patients would benefit most from treatments designed to decrease future discounting behaviors and improve self-control. Clients who are already worrying about the future consequences of their drug addiction will benefit from an entirely different therapeutic plan.

Every day, research makes new strides in the field of addiction treatment. At Florida House Detox, we strive to say on the cutting edge of evidence-based treatments for substance abuse disorders.

If you or someone you love needs prescription drug detox, alcohol detox or street drug detox, call us today at 888-342-1456. 

Recovery High Schools Help Young Adults Stay Sober

For teens that enter drug and alcohol detox, the hardest part is staying sober after they leave treatment and return to school. Young people who seek treatment for substance abuse issues often find themselves back in school with the same old group of friends with which they used alcohol or drugs – and, like older recovering addicts, these youngsters find that their old using buddies aren’t supportive of their friend’s newfound sobriety. Unfortunately, for recovering teens, avoiding old friends who still use isn’t as simple when they still have to see these people at school every day.

That’s where recovery high schools come in. The Association of Recovery Schools now counts 22 high schools, in nine states, among its members. These schools provide a supportive and sober alternative for students who want to avoid falling back into old, bad habits after leaving drug and alcohol detox.

Recovery Schools and Alcohol Detox Protect Students from Relapse

Even with the best substance abuse treatment money can buy, young people struggling with addiction are vulnerable to relapse. Addiction is a chronic condition; 60 percent of recovering addicts experience at least one relapse. The risk of relapse is highest in the early days of recovery.

Adults in recovery are advised to avoid their old hangouts, old friends and other relapse triggers. Recovering teenagers don’t have as much control over their environment, or who they spend time with, especially at school. When these teens go back to their old schools, they inevitably fall right back in with the same old crowd.

Like most teens, recovering teens feel a lot of pressure to fit in with their peers. This can be incredibly damaging if the peers in question are using drugs and alcohol. Even teenagers who have been through drug and alcohol detox several times can find themselves falling back into active addiction, due to the combination of peer pressure and temptation.

At recovery high schools, teenagers are protected from the temptation to use, and the peer pressure that can come from a group of friends who use. Not only that, but teens in recovery high schools know that all the other students are just like them. They can take comfort from belonging to a group of like-minded peers and working with nonjudgmental teachers.

Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education, told The Partnership at, “Throwing kids in recovery back into their old high schools is setting them up to fail, so we need to look for alternatives for them. We do a lot of primary prevention in this country, but the further you go down the spectrum of prevention, treatment and recovery, the less help there is.”

Compassion Is Key for Teens in Recovery

In general, the staffs of recovery high schools understand that teens that have completed drug and alcohol detox need compassion, respect and love. In an ordinary high school, a teen who has been through drug and alcohol detox, especially more than once, is looked at as a “bad seed” and is often treated with derision by faculty and other students alike. For the teachers, administrators and counselors who work in recovery high schools, that’s the wrong approach.

Teenagers who turn to substance abuse have often suffered some form of trauma, whether physical, psychological or emotional. Many of these teenagers struggle with poor home lives. Michelle Lipinski, founder of North Shore Recovery High School in Beverly, Mass., told NBC News, “I have kids who don’t have parents, who go home to a homeless shelter.”

Compassion, kindness and respect are the keys to helping these young people succeed in recovery, and in life, Lipinski says. When students in recovery schools relapse, they are offered the help they need to get sober again, instead of being tossed back out on the street.

Recovery High Schools Offer Personalized Curriculums

Kids who are returning to school after leaving drug and alcohol detox are typically not on the same level academically as their peers. Substance abuse may have caused these teenagers to miss exceptionally long periods of school. In recovery high schools, teens can benefit from curricula tailored to their individual academic needs.

Most recovery high schools are fairly small; the typical school educates only 30 students. Many schools are smaller. The largest schools educate at most 90 students. The small class sizes allow recovery high schools to offer each student in individualized lesson plan. More than 90 percent of students in recovery high schools graduate, and many go on to college.

No matter your age, recovery from addiction doesn’t end when you leave drug and alcohol detox. In order to stay sober, you need an ongoing relapse prevention plan.

Florida House Detox will work with you to help you stay sober even after you leave treatment.

Call 888-342-1456 today.

Pregnancy and Drug Abuse

If you’re pregnant and using methamphetamine, you’re unfortunately not alone. Five percent of pregnant women aged 15 to 44 report that they are currently abusing an illegal drug. If you are using meth or other illegal drugs and you are pregnant, our Broward County drug detox specialists recommend that you quit taking drugs and seek treatment now in order to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your baby.

Meth Use During Pregnancy Causes Birth Defects

Of course, just as using alcohol, tobacco or other substances during pregnancy can cause birth defects, using meth while pregnant can also impact the growth and development of your unborn child. As our Broward County drug detox specialists are aware, women who use illegal drugs like crystal meth are the least likely to seek prenatal care, follow the nutritional guidelines laid out for pregnant women, or take other health precautions during pregnancy. Using crystal meth during pregnancy can also cause hypertension in the mother, which can restrict blood flow to the fetus. As a result, the baby could suffer from low infant birth weight.

Low infant birth weight, which is considered to be a birth weight of less than 5.5 pounds combined with an abnormally small head circumference, can put the baby at risk for other health complications. These can include problems with mental development, susceptibility to infections and even death. Babies born to mothers who use methamphetamine during pregnancy are also more likely to suffer from birth defects, including cleft palate and heart defects, brain hemorrhages and stroke, or deformities of the intestines or abdominal organs. Pregnancy complications, delivery and placental abruption (or the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall), are also of the utmost concern to our Broward County drug detox specialists in treating pregnant women for methamphetamine addiction.

Behavioral Problems Linked to Meth Use During Pregnancy

Our Broward County drug detox specialists would like you to know that meth use during pregnancy can also contribute to mood and behavioral disorders in children as they grow older, according to recent research. Researchers from Brown University have found that children whose mothers used to meth while they were pregnant experienced higher rates of anxiety and depression by the age of three. By age 5, these children “acted out” behaviorally more often, and showed more symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Another study from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center followed the developmental progress of 151 children whose mothers used methamphetamine during pregnancy and 147 whose mothers did not. They found that, by seven and a half years of age, the children whose mothers had used meth during pregnancy were 2.8 times more likely to have cognitive problems than those whose mothers did not. The children who had been exposed to methamphetamine in the womb demonstrated learning difficulties, trouble organizing and completing classroom tasks and troubles with concentration and attention. These children were also more likely to demonstrate behavioral problems, perhaps, according to researchers, because they failed to keep up with their classmates.

If You Are Pregnant and Using Meth, Quit Now With Help From our Broward County Drug Detox

If you’re struggling with methamphetamine addiction, our Broward County drug detox specialists would like you to know that it’s never too late to seek help – even if you’re already pregnant. While you can’t undo any damage that may have already been done to your unborn child, you can mitigate the damage by getting clean now. Many meth-addicted women who stopped using drugs during pregnancy have gone on to give birth to beautiful, healthy babies.

Of course, in addition to protecting your baby’s healthy development, getting clean now can help ensure that you’re there for your child to provide the practical and emotional support he or she will need to grow into a healthy adult. Don’t allow your drug addiction to further damage your life and your potential relationship with your unborn child.

Call our Broward County drug detox now to learn how we can help you overcome addiction to be the parent your unborn baby deserves. Our number is 888-342-1456 and we’re waiting for your call.

Broward Alcohol Detox Staff Discusses Problematic Drinking Patterns

How to Know If You Need Broward Alcohol Detox

A new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors has identified eight specific problematic drinking patterns that, if not addressed, could rapidly lead to full-blown alcoholism. If you or someone you love displays one of these eight problematic drinking patterns, our Broward alcohol detox can help.

Over the course of the study, the researchers examined the drinking patterns of 177 heavy drinkers. They believe that these eight specific types of drinking patterns are indicative, if not of actual alcoholism, of impending alcoholism.

Drinking Three to Four Drinks on the Weekend

Of the 177 people studied, 19 fell into the first category, that of those whose drinking took place mostly on the weekend. While these members may not yet have developed alcohol abuse problems, the researchers believe that a pattern of drinking three or four drinks a night on two to three weekend nights is one that often later leads to heavier drinking in other contexts. The researchers believe that this group’s weekend drinking a may be largely social in nature, and therefore not a sign of an alcohol problem. However, when social drinking begins to transition into drinking alone on a regular basis, it means that you are beginning to rely on drinking as a coping mechanism, and may need help from our Broward alcohol detox.

Drinking Socially on the Weeknights

A second group of 25 drinkers reported drinking three to four drinks socially on nights other than the weekend. Members of this group were often young and most of them stated they were unwilling to change their drinking behaviors. This indicates that members of this group could eventually need our Broward alcohol detox, even if they don’t yet.

Drinking Four to Five Drinks a Night on the Weekends

Most members of this group of 28 people were unmarried women. The researchers identified more disillusionment in their drinking behavior. This could be a sign that drinking is developing into a coping mechanism.

Drinking Four to Five Drinks on One to Two Weeknights

Members of this group, which, at 39 participants, was the largest, were also the most likely to have an alcoholic father. This, researchers believe, is why these binge-drinkers limit their drinking episodes to just one or two each week.

Five to Six Drinks on Three to Four Nights a Week

At this point, researchers began to identify binge-drinking behaviors in all of the study participants. Members of this group were most likely to have tried some sort of treatment program like our Broward alcohol detox. In fact, 57 percent of them had already sought treatment for their problematic drinking. Half were actively engaged with treatment at the time of the study.

Seven Drinks on Four Nights a Week

Two-thirds of the 20 members of this group identified as habitual drinkers. Researchers allowed that, without intervention from a program like our Broward alcohol detox, members of this group would not stop drinking. This remained true despite the fact that most members of the group admitted they were willing to change. No member of this group was married, and 70 percent were older, white and male.

Nine to Ten Drinks on Three to Four Nights a Week

Despite being the heaviest drinkers at up to 10 drinks in one sitting, three to four nights a week, the researchers found that this group was the most open to changing their drinking behaviors through a program like our Broward alcohol detox. Members of this group demonstrated the greatest physical dependency on alcohol, the most alcohol-related problems and the lowest employment rate – less than a third of the members of this group held a job. Nevertheless, members of this group were most likely to acknowledge that they needed to stop drinking.

Six to Seven Drinks on Four Nights a Week

While members of this group demonstrated the same drinking patterns as members of group five, they had long ago given up trying to change. While members of group five acknowledged their need to change their drinking behaviors and were very helpful about their ability to do so, members of group eight demonstrated no desire to change their behaviors, in spite of having many alcohol-related problems and low employment rates. The researchers felt that members of this group stood to benefit the most from receiving alcohol treatment.

If you or someone you love is demonstrating any of these problematic drinking behaviors, the sooner you ask for help, the better.

Call our Broward alcohol detox today at 888-342-1456 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Is the VA’s Lack of Pain Management Options Driving Vets Into Prescription Drug Detox?

Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Justin Minyard blames the VA’s lack of pain management options for veterans for his opiate addiction and need for prescription drug detox. The 34-year-old veteran received prescription opiates from Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to treat chronic back pain that began after Minyard served in the 9/11 Pentagon rescue effort. The injuries Minyard sustained when he fell out of a helicopter while serving in the war in Afghanistan only worsened his pain.

Minyard had already begun injecting himself with prescription painkillers by the time he was sent to Iraq in 2008. By Christmas 2011, his addiction to prescription opiates was out of control.

A Shortage of Pain Specialists and Prescription Drug Detox

Minyard is not alone. According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, VA doctors doled out more than 6.5 million prescriptions for opiate painkillers, including methadone, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, in 2012 alone. These are the same addictive prescription painkillers that drive many people, veterans and civilians alike, into prescription drug detox programs. That number represents a 270 percent increase over the number of opiate painkiller prescriptions written in 2001.

According to Dr. Robert Jesse, the VA’s principal deputy undersecretary for health, the agency is severely understaffed when it comes to pain specialists. Dr. Jesse told a House subcommittee that, nationwide, the VA has only 115 pain specialists. That’s just one specialist for every 50,000 veterans coping with pain. For veterans like Minyard who suffer from chronic back pain, the news is even more dismal – the VA has only 39 chiropractors nationwide. With those numbers, there’s not much VA doctors can do but prescribe narcotic painkillers that could put their patients at risk of needing prescription drug detox down the road.

Protecting Veterans from the Need for Prescription Drug Detox

The VA’s new Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) will take steps to provide alternatives for pain management to America’s veterans, reducing the use of opiate painkillers and mitigating the need for prescription drug detox services for veterans like Minyard. The OSI was launched in Minneapolis Minnesota in October 2013. It has already decreased the use of high-dose opioids by more than 50 percent among veterans in eight Minnesota sites of care. The goal of OSI is to relieve veterans’ pain using alternative, non-prescription methods.

OSI emphasizes patient education, monitoring and feedback, and a range of alternative and complementary pain management practices, like acupuncture, to reduce veterans’ dependence on prescription opiates and by extension their need for future prescription drug detox.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has said of the program, “We have developed and implemented joint pain management guidelines which encourage the use of other medications and therapies in lieu of habit-forming opiates. Early results give us hope that we can reduce the use of opioids for veterans suffering with chronic pain and share these best practices across our healthcare networks.”

The OSI hopes to reduce opioid dependency and the need for prescription drug detox among America’s veterans with a comprehensive plan that includes monitoring the VA’s opioid dispensing practices and educating veterans and their healthcare providers alike about non-medication pain management options. Each VA facility will employ Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine Specialty Teams and Consult Services, pharmacy staff, primary care staff, and Facility Pain Committees to accomplish the OSI’s goals and objectives.

New pain management initiatives include Pain Coach, an app available to VA patients who are receiving pain management therapy, and the Veterans’ Health Library, which will include the Patient/Family Management Toolkit. Veterans managing chronic pain will also find new resources for Pain Management on My HealtheVet. All of these tools and applications are intended to help veterans manage their chronic pain without using medication. A new tool called the Pain Scale will help veterans better communicate their pain management needs to their care providers, and better understand both the benefits and the possible complications of using medication to manage their pain.

Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA’s Undersecretary for Health, has said, “The Opioid Safety Initiative is an example of VHA’s personalized, proactive and patient-centered approach to healthcare. We are also using a full range of support treatments for veterans, including complementary and alternative medicine. We are delivering healthcare with the patient’s long-term personal health goals at the forefront.”

With any luck, these new initiatives from the VA will reduce rates of opiate addiction among America’s veterans and help to keep our heroes out of drug rehab programs.

If you or someone you love needs prescription drug detox, the time to get help is now. Call Florida House Detox today at 888-342-1456.

Son of Late President Gerald Ford Speaks Out About Alcoholism, Alcohol Detox and Recovery

The son of former President Gerald Ford, Steve Ford, now sober for 20 years, has made a career out of speaking about his and his family’s struggles with alcoholism, alcohol detox and recovery. Most recently, Mr.Ford spoke at the Horry Georgetown Technical College about his own battle with alcoholism, family life in the White House, and his mother’s substance abuse issues.

Betty Ford, former First Lady, mother of Steve Ford and wife of the late President Gerald Ford, changed the public perception of alcoholism when, in the late 1970s, she spoke out about her own battles with the disease. She founded the nonprofit alcohol detox and rehab, the Betty Ford Center, in Rancho Mirage, California.

The First Intervention

Former President Gerald Ford may have staged the nation’s first intervention when, in the late 1970s, he sat down with his wife and children to talk about his wife’s alcoholism. Steve Ford recollects the day well.

“He took her hand and said, ‘Betty, we love you. The kids want their mother back and I want my wife back,’” the younger Ford has been quoted as saying. It was following this intervention that Mrs. Ford agreed to enter alcohol detox, and embarked upon a 30-year recovery and a life of activism on behalf of other alcoholics.

“Not My Son”

Despite her own struggles with substance abuse, Mrs. Ford struggled with denial when, 10 years after her own stint in alcohol detox, Steve came to her to talk about his alcoholism. Steve recalled, “I went to her and I said, ‘Mom, I think I am an alcoholic.’ And she was just like every other mother in the country. ‘Oh, no. My son, you can’t be an alcoholic.’ She wanted to be in denial.”

A Hidden Life

Steve Ford’s own struggle with alcoholism began early in his acting career, when he began binge drinking while on the road. The struggling young actor lived a double life, drinking heavily while on the road traveling for film and television roles, and hiding his addiction when at home. The never-married Ford eventually broke off his engagement to Laura Carlos in order to enter recovery for alcoholism in the early 1990s.

“I thought I was on top of the world, but inside my life was falling apart.” Ford recalls standing in the shower of a hotel room “trying to wash the shame off of me.”

Ford did not enter the alcohol detox center his mother founded. Instead, he sobered up through Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 step program. Ford attended 90 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in 90 days, he says. Today, Mr. Ford has an impressive acting resume of more than 30 films, including such works as “Black Hawk Down,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Armageddon.” Though he travels around the country speaking about his experiences with alcoholism and addiction, he also hopes to continue acting.

You Can Quit Drinking Safely with Alcohol Detox

Despite Mr. Ford’s experiences, quitting drinking on your own, without medical supervision, is not recommended. This is especially true if you are drinking heavily on a daily basis. Alcohol withdrawals can lead to serious medical complications.

These complications can include seizures, delirium tremens and even death. Your chances of experiencing serious complications of alcohol withdrawal increase the longer you have been drinking, and the more heavily and more regularly you drink. Binge drinkers like Mr. Ford, who often don’t drink heavily every day, but instead consume a copious amount of alcohol over a few hours or days and then may consume none at all for several days or weeks, are at the lowest risk for complications of alcohol withdrawal.

When you are physically dependent on alcohol, checking into an alcohol detox is the only way to safely quit drinking. In a detox facility, you can get the prompt emergency medical care you will need if life-threatening complications arise.

If you are struggling with alcoholism, don’t wait. Get help today. Alcoholism is a serious disease with life-threatening consequences.

Call Florida House Detox today at 888-342-1456 to find out more about our alcohol detox programs and what we can do to help you or someone you love break free from the disease of alcoholism. We’re waiting to hear from you.

Misconceptions About Recovery After Broward County Drug Detox

One of the first things you’ll discover when you enter our Broward County drug detox and get sober is that many people do not understand addiction or recovery. This is especially true among people who have no personal experience with addiction.

Some people will be uncomfortable with your recovery, especially people who your used to drink or use drugs with. Others simply won’t know what to make of your new lifestyle. The addiction recovery experts at our Broward County drug detox have put together some of the most common misconceptions people have about recovery. Here are some explanations and information you can use to help your friends, loved ones and acquaintances understand your recovery efforts better.

Those Who Go Through Broward County Drug Detox Only Get Addicted to One Substance

One of the biggest misconceptions you will face when you begin recovery is the idea that addicts only get addicted to one substance. For example: alcoholics are addicted alcohol, but it’s okay for them to smoke pot, do cocaine, or experiment with other substances. Many people don’t understand that all substances are pretty much the same to an addict. It doesn’t particularly matter whether you entered rehab to cope with addiction to heroin or methamphetamine or alcohol. Just because you’ve given up your substance of choice doesn’t mean that you won’t abuse another substance should you start using it.

All substances stimulate the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, and will trigger the same reward-response if you abuse them. Giving up one substance only to pick up another has been compared to switching seats on the Titanic.

Recovery Is Temporary

Another misconception you’ll face when you leave our Broward County drug detox is the idea that addiction treatment is a temporary intervention. Many people who have no personal experience with addiction don’t realize that recovery is an ongoing and lifelong process. They don’t understand that addiction is a chronic disease with a high relapse rate. Prepare to explain that recovery support meetings and possibly individual and group counseling for addiction will need to remain a significant part of your everyday life, no matter how much time has passed since you finished our Broward County drug detox program.

If non-addicts have trouble understanding this, you can explain that it’s like going to the gym. If you want to get the maximum benefits from working out, you have to go to the gym regularly all your life. You can’t go to the gym three times a week for a year and then stop going forever and expect to still feel the benefits of all those workouts 10 years later.

Addiction Recovery Is a Matter of Willpower

The idea that addiction is the result of a lack of willpower or a defect in character dates back to the 1930s, when researchers first began investigating the reasons why people become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Though modern science has discovered that addiction is the result of physiological changes in the brain, this outdated idea persists today.

When you finish our Broward County drug detox program, and begin your new sober life, you will encounter many people who believe that your history of addiction is an indication of a flawed character or a weak will. If you’re like many recovering addicts, you’ll have neither the time nor the patience to deal with people who look down on you as a result of your past with addiction. Some people judge recovering addicts harshly – it may be best if you avoid these types after you have left our Broward County drug detox program.

Of course, it may not be possible or desirable for you to avoid everyone who sees your addiction as a sign of a flawed character or lack of willpower. Some of these people may be relatives or other loved ones. Once you are solidly in recovery, you may be able to reach out to these people, make amends, and take steps to educate them about the physiological nature of addiction. Be patient with your loved ones. They have been through a lot, and deserve to take the time they need to heal.

Addiction causes physiological changes in the brain, much like heart disease causes changes to the heart. If you are suffering from addiction, you need medical help. Our Broward County drug detox can give you that help. Call 888-342-1456 now.

Broward Alcohol Detox Is Just the Beginning – Understanding What Comes Next

The patients entering our Broward alcohol detox to begin recovery from alcoholism always deserve a congratulations. They are taking an important first step on the road to health and freedom. But it’s important to prepare yourself for a very real possibility in the aftermath of addiction recovery – post-acute withdrawal syndrome, or PAWS.

If you’re not an addiction specialist and have no previous experience with recovery, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never heard of PAWS. PAWS consists of a set of physical and mental symptoms that can linger long after your detox period has ended. It’s important that you understand what PAWS is and what you can expect from it, and it’s also important that you understand that PAWS feelings will eventually pass.

Many people who enter recovery from alcoholism without knowing what to expect end up relapsing due to PAWS symptoms that they mistakenly believe will go on forever. PAWS can last from several months to a year, but it does eventually go away.

What is PAWS?

PAWS is the result of neurotransmitter imbalances in your brain. When you quit drinking, or using any other addictive substances, you’re depriving your brain of a chemical it had come to rely on in order to function. While your brain heals you’ll experience symptoms like:

  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Cravings and obsession with alcohol
  • Mood swings
  • Disrupted sleep

Your brain will take time to heal after your time in our Broward alcohol detox has come to an end. It’s not a quick process, but there are things you can do to help it along.

Treatments for PAWS

Part of the reason why you should seek professional addiction treatment from a program like our Broward alcohol detox in the first place is so you can seek treatment for PAWS if you need it. Alcoholics experiencing PAWS have benefited from treatment with naltrexone and acamprosate. A newer study suggests that flumazenil might also help to ease the symptoms of PAWS in people struggling to overcome benzodiazepine addiction.

You should also be evaluated for the possibility of a co-occurring mood disorder. Co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety can make the symptoms of PAWS seem worse. All of these disorders are linked to neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain. Taking an antidepressant during and after your stay in our Broward alcohol detox can help ease the symptoms of PAWS. Many antidepressants are non-habit forming and perfectly appropriate for use in recovering alcoholics and addicts.

Exercise and Other Remedies Offered At Our Broward Alcohol Detox to Prevent PAWS

Exercise is one of the best and most popular remedies for PAWS. Aerobic exercise especially boosts production of endorphins to help your brain get back on the healing track much faster.

It’s possible to exercise too much during recovery. Some recovering addicts leave our Broward alcohol detox and throw themselves into a rigid exercise routine that takes up hours of each day. For someone with an addictive personality, it’s easy to go overboard when forming new habits and taking up new hobbies.

Some of the people we’ve helped in our Broward alcohol detox experience an exacerbation of PAWS symptoms due to exercising too much. You only need to engage in about 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week. That should be enough to help you recover from your PAWS symptoms more quickly, without subjecting you to any of the ill effects you could experience from over-exercise. Remember, your body is healing, and you need to be gentle with it.

Yoga and meditation are also great ways to overcome PAWS symptoms. Both can help you learn to remain present with difficult feelings and learn to cope with your cravings and relapse triggers when you leave our Broward alcohol detox.

Whatever you do, don’t let the prospect of PAWS scare you away from seeking help. PAWS is temporary and will pass, and once it does, you’ll find more joy than you ever thought possible.

Start your recovery journey today; call Florida House Detox at 888-342-1456.

Heroin Use on the Rise in Rural America – Prescription Drug Detox Clinics Struggle to Keep Up

The late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who recently died of a heroin overdose in his NYC apartment, is just one of the many people who have recently fallen victim to America’s raging opiate addiction epidemic. While Hoffman died in the city, heroin isn’t just a metropolitan problem anymore. The problem of heroin addiction is escalating across the country, even in the most remote, rural states, and prescription drug detox clinics are struggling to keep up with growing demand for their services.

Prescription Drug Detox Clinics See Surge in Heroin Users

There was a time, years ago, when drug detox centers rarely treated heroin users. From the late 1990s until just a few years ago, drug detox clinics primarily combated the scourge of prescription drug abuse. As prescription drug abuse rates shot up around the country, drug detox centers answered the call, helping thousands get clean with the help of medications like Suboxone and Subutex.

These days, prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin – once popular among addicts – are more difficult to find. When addicts do find these drugs, they’re much more expensive. That’s because lawmakers and authorities, seeing that America’s prescription pill problem was getting out of hand, responded to the problem by cracking down on “pill mills” that kept most addicts in a steady supply of these drugs.

Now, a pill of Oxycontin – the drug that was once responsible for sending most opiate addicts into drug detox – sells for up to $100 on the street.

A few years ago, it was just $10 – the price of a bag of heroin now. And the heroin that’s sending addicts into drug detox centers and other recovery programs around the country – and killing dozens – is much stronger and purer than the heroin of the past.

Drug treatment specialists around the nation say that these days, they see more heroin addicts in a single weekend than they saw in the entire ten year period prior to the pill mill crackdowns.

Recovery Programs Struggle to Meet Need

States like Vermont – a rural state with just over 625,000 residents – have seen a 770 percent increase in prescription drug detox rates since the year 2000. Opiate drug abuse deaths have doubled in Vermont over the past year alone. Vermont’s drug treatment facilities are full to capacity – long wait times are a significant barrier to treatment for many Vermonters in need of drug detox and other recovery programs.

Another barrier to drug detox and similar care – in Vermont and around the nation – is the lack of insurance coverage for treatment. Despite recent healthcare legislation, many insurers still refuse to cover long-term inpatient rehab to follow up prescription drug detox. Long-term residential care, combined with prescription drug detox, has been found to be most the most effective treatment for addiction – especially opiate addiction, which is one of the most difficult forms of addiction to treat due to the potent nature of these drugs. The longer a person remains in residential care after entering drug detox, the better his or her chances of long-term recovery.

Drug Detox Works for Heroin Addiction

Don’t let the name fool you – prescription drug detox is just as effective for heroin addiction as it is for addiction to prescription painkillers. Prescription painkillers are also opiate drugs – they have the same effect as heroin. That’s why so many of the people seeking treatment today at drug detox centers name heroin as their drug of choice.

Prescription drug detox works by treating opiate withdrawal symptoms with buprenorphine, a drug that stimulates the opioid receptors in the brain enough to relieve withdrawal symptoms but not so much that it gets the user high. The formula used in most prescription detox programs today also contains naloxone, which makes the  medications difficult to abuse and stops the person from feeling high if they use opiate drugs while going through recovery. Removing the high undercuts the recovering addict’s motivation to keep using opiates while going through (and after) detox.

It’s vital; however, that people in drug detox receive inpatient care for 30 to 90 days and continue with counseling and support groups for as long as possible.

If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, the time to get help is now – before it’s too late. Call Florida House Detox today at 888-342-1456.