Drug and Substance Use Disorders: A Look at the South

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes. The report outlines the effects of illicit and prescription drugs and how they are impacting the United States. It breaks up some of its data into regions and individual states, so there is information regarding how this nation’s drug crisis … Read More

Why Accreditation Matters when Choosing a Drug Rehab Facility

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If you or any of your loved ones are seeking treatment for a substance use disorder, you might see hundreds of online ads that promise miracle results. How do you know when a treatment center is reputable? Media stories about fraud in Florida drug rehab facilities abound, so this is an important decision. With so many options for addiction treatment, … Read More

How to Observe National Recovery Month

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National Recovery Month is observed each September in the U.S. and has arrived once again. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this is an annual opportunity to honor those who are in recovery from mental health and addiction issues. This is a movement that also seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of substance misuse and … Read More

How Does Court-Ordered Treatment Work?

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Addiction often leads to some unpleasant consequences. If you have been misusing drugs or alcohol, you run a higher risk of health issues, relationship problems, and getting into trouble with the law. If you get a DUI or are arrested for some other violation, you may be lucky enough to get court-ordered treatment. While this might not sound like a … Read More

Orlando Heroin Use Alarms Orange County

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Perhaps the most prominent trend is the substantial increase in deaths due to heroin overdose since 2012. In Florida in 2015, 779 people lost their lives to heroin and other opioid overdoses. Furthermore, an interim report for 2016 showed that drug deaths caused by heroin had increased by 25 percent in the first six months of the year, compared to … Read More

Finding Reasons for Gratitude in Florida Drug Rehab

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Everyone has an idea of what gratitude is, and the phrase “an attitude of gratitude” has made its way into life and popular culture in a variety of contexts.  But what exactly is gratitude? Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, says that gratitude has two essential components. The first is appreciation, or realizing that something has value to you – … Read More

4 Benefits of Life Skills Therapy in Florida Rehab

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When you develop a substance use disorder, the deterioration of your circumstances is often subtle. Where you were once someone who enjoyed growing and cooking your own food, you may have ended up with a terrible diet and a lack of motivation. Addiction can also sap you of financial independence, valuable relationships, and a promising career. Before you know it, … Read More

Using EMDR to Address Co-Occurring PTSD in Florida Drug Rehab

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Many people are exposed to stress at some point in their lifetime, and the body’s reactions can vary. A stressful event can lead to uncontrolled reactions in the body and mind which have the potential to become post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD has a proven link to substance abuse, where a sufferer may use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate feelings … Read More

How to Handle the Stigma of Addiction

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There is an undeniable stigma that surrounds addiction. For those who do not know anything about the disease, it is often viewed as a moral failing instead of an illness. For someone with a substance use disorder, this can be difficult to deal with on several levels. You might feel shame associated with your addiction because of this stigma and … Read More

ER Visits on the Rise for Women Drinkers

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Most people who drink do so in moderation and follow certain rules that ensure the safety of themselves and others. There are some, however, who overdo it. Enough of this behavior can lead to an alcohol use disorder. One recent study reveals that there has been an increase in the number of alcohol-related emergency room visits, particularly among women. Fortunately, … Read More