Sober October in Central Florida

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This year could be the perfect time to participate in Sober October in Central Florida. Many people are still limiting their social activities because of the pandemic, so why not make it a time of personal growth and challenging yourself?  Alcohol use, even if you’re not concerned about your use, can have catastrophic consequences. For example, according to the Centers … Read More

Florida Team Develops Online Group Therapy for Residents

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While millions of Florida residents struggle with the stress created by the current pandemic, one team is working to provide much-needed support for mental health. A University of North Florida-based group composed of students and counselors came together in April to create Florida Calm — a free mental health support group. For some people in Florida, mental health services are … Read More

National Recovery Month

National Recovery month Annoucement

“Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections” is the theme of this year’s National Recovery Month celebration. Recovery Month: Promoting Addiction Awareness in Central Florida September is National Recovery Month, an occasion that was created to promote mental health and addiction awareness as well as support the entire recovery process. Recovery Month provides an opportunity for anyone involved in the … Read More

Free Online Meeting Platform for Recovery Support Groups Now Available

The Recovery Village Recovery Room App

Orlando Recovery Center remains committed to the health, safety and long-term recovery of our patients and community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Meeting regularly with a support group of peers in recovery is an essential part of addiction treatment aftercare due to the numerous benefits for lifelong healing. To better support people in recovery who may also be practicing social … Read More

Orlando Recovery Center Joins the Aetna Insurance Network

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Orlando Recovery Center is now an in-network provider with Aetna, expanding coverage and access to drug and alcohol treatment programs for people in need of rehab and recovery. By partnering with insurance providers like Aetna, we can widen the network of care to reach more clients who want comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for addiction. Becoming an in-network provider for Aetna members … Read More

Inside the Lawsuit: Opioids Burden on Florida Hospitals

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Since the turn of the century, the opioid overdose death rate in Florida has tripled, and in 2016, there were 4,672 deaths attributed to drug overdoses according to data from the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics. In 2017, Governor Scott and the state surgeon general announced a statewide public health emergency related to the opioid epidemic. Now, … Read More

The Recovery Village and Orlando Recovery Center Have Been Recognized as a Blue Distinction Center

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To help patients suffering from substance use disorders find facilities that deliver quality treatment and care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association recognizes facilities that meet strict standards for excellent patient care as a Blue Distinction® Center for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery (BDC Substance Use Treatment and Recovery). The Recovery Village in Umatilla, Florida and Orlando Recovery Center in … Read More

Alcohol and Drugs Responsible for Many Scooter Accidents

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Electric scooters have been a point of some controversy and contention around the country. People who like electric scooters and scooter-sharing services feel that they provide an economical and eco-friendly way to get around town ⁠— especially in big cities where traffic and parking are big issues. However, others feel that scooters pose a safety risk and are a nuisance. … Read More

Caretaker Sleeps Off Kratom Overdose, Florida Man Dies

Kratom in its different forms including power, pills, and casules.

Last spring in Seminole, Florida, a man with Down syndrome died because his caretaker experienced a Kratom overdose and fell asleep. John LaPointe, the victim, was unable to care for himself and reportedly had the cognitive abilities of an infant. John was in a van with his caretaker, Joshua Russell, and could not escape when the vehicle heated up to … Read More

Florida Physicians Required to Offer Non-Opioid Pain Treatment

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In an effort to battle Florida’s opioid epidemic, state policymakers have passed a new law that pushes doctors to provide patients with options for alternative pain management. In cases where opioids may be used, doctors must inform patients of other forms of treatment. These alternatives include treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage therapy. Though HB 451 passed without much … Read More