Twelve step programs work great if you’re an addict who successfully completed an inpatient rehab program or an intensive outpatient program and you’re focused on your aftercare recovery.
What is Agoraphobia?
You know those people out there who say they’re not afraid of anything?
Those people are phonies, because we shall all know fear when the time comes for us to kneel before the, say, buzzing chainsaw.
There are normal fears and there are abnormal fears. We call abnormal fears phobias. Phobias are different from normal fears in that they evoke a really pronounced response in the person suffering that fear, so much so that it makes it difficult for them to live their life normally.
The other thing about phobias is they’re unreasonable as far as fear goes. For example, it’s perfectly reasonable to be afraid of men in ski masks wielding shotguns. That’s a normal fear. Being afraid of party balloons is an unreasonable fear.
Some phobias are extremely specific, almost exquisitely so.
For example, cremnophobia is a fear of cliffs or sheer drop offs, which I get actually. Then there’s scriptophobia, which is a fear of writing in public.
The there’s phobias that are the opportunity of exquisitely specific.
They’re maddeningly vague. They tend to make diagnosing them really, really difficult. Probably chief among these very vague phobias is what’s called agoraphobia.
I’ll bet you have heard of agoraphobia before, but I will also go double or nothing that what you heard is wrong. Agoraphobia is not a fear of crowds, it’s not a fear of wide-open spaces, it’s not a fear of being closed in.
In fact, it’s none of those things, but it can involve all those things. Allow me to explain.
The definition of agoraphobia is a fear of being in a situation or a place where you may experience panic or some other kind of debilitating episode like public incontinence, and as a result will feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed.
This may be the queen mother of all phobias. There’s criteria to an agoraphobia diagnosis. You have to have at least two or more of the following fears. You have to be afraid of enclosed spaces, like for example, movie theaters.
You have to be afraid of open spaces like a parking lot or a beach. You have to be afraid of standing in line or being in a crowd. You have to be afraid of being outside of your house without help, and you have to be afraid of using shared transportation of any kind.
There’s criteria to these criteria. You have to experience panic-like symptoms, things like shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, trembling, that kind of stuff, for at least six months.
You have to basically experience these symptoms every time you’re present with the situation or the place that strikes this fear in your heart. Perhaps most troubling of all, this has to all impact your life so much that you’re not capable of living it normally.
That last part is particularly saddening, because as much as 1/3 or more of people with agoraphobia are housebound and unable to work. That number may be even higher. That’s because agoraphobia is notoriously difficult to diagnose.
For example, is the patient afraid of flying because they’re aviophobic, they have a fear of flying? Or is it because they’re afraid of being on an airplane, cut off from help, and being afraid of either panicking or some other horrible situation and feeling embarrassed or helpless or trapped as a result, which would make it agoraphobia?
You can see how this would confuse the diagnostician. Now because the basis typically of agoraphobia is a fear of having a panic attack, it very often develops out of a panic disorder that already exists. Take for instance having a panic attack in an elevator.
You will learn very quickly to avoid those hanging boxes of death. As a result, you will develop agoraphobia at the thought of being in an elevator, trapped, cut off from help, and experiencing some sort of horrible episode.
There is, however, reason for hope. It turns out that medications in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy can work wonders for people with agoraphobia. If you or someone you know is suffering from agoraphobia, seek help because there is help.
If you have agoraphobia or someone you know or love does and have questions, feel free to call and speak to Behavioral Health Counselor.
He or she will be able to answer any questions you might have about treating anxiety disorders like agoraphobia.
If you’ve been feeling bad for a while and you think it’s time to see someone about it, because you don’t want to feel bad anymore, then keep reading.
If you answer yes to any of the questions below, then consider seeking a professional diagnoses and treatment for your condition.
Where can you find help?
You can start with a local psychologist. A psychologist is a professional who evaluates and studies behavior and mental processes.
A center will help diagnose and treat your mental health issues all in one convenient location.
Mental health disorders do eventually get worse and in some cases, these issues can prevent you from getting through your day if not treated.
How long have you been feeling down?
Has it been a few months, or a few years? Has it gotten pretty bad these past few months, days or weeks? How are things at this moment?
Sometimes depression and other behavioral issues start off with feeling “a bit low” or “wound up about things” and then you lose all motivation and don’t feel like doing anything.
Do you find it hard to get motivated for things, and yet you want to be? Do you want to get better and feel like you’re reaching the point where you’re finally ready to do something about it?
You might feel like there’s no one to really talk to about your feelings, so you just kind of stay on your own, trying to avoid thinking about it, but you just can’t stop…
You probably feel no one would listen or understand, anyway, right? You might live with your friends, family or a spouse and yet you don’t feel like you can talk to them, correct?
They might even invite you along to do things but you feel like you don’t want to bring them down? As if they don’t understand what you’re going through or they don’t know? They don’t make fun of how you feel, but they don’t really understand what it’s like, either.
Is this you?
Do you try and hide the way you’re feeling from those closest to you? Does it feel easier to hide it than to try and explain it all the time when no one really wants to know?
So you’ve been feeling down, you’ve been feeling unmotivated. You feel like you want to be better, but actually, it sounds like you feel like you can’t reach out for help, you can’t speak to anybody.
If you feel like this article resonates with you then we strongly suggest you seek a professional clinical diagnosis right away.
Rehab Cost And How to Pay For It!
Here’s an honest look at the average cost of residential treatment for addiction and mental health across the country.
I am a business guy and I have spent months researching different ways addiction treatment programs are assembled and what their cost structures are.In this article we are going to talk about the types of rehab programs and the costs associated with each.
Rehabilitation Center Cost
Rehab cost (per month): Free – $10,000 Range
Okay. I’m going to break this up into two categories. Because under $20,000 you can kind find inpatient rehab programs that range from free up to $10,000.These are programs that are subsidized or completely paid for by federal, state, or local government. These tend to have a lot of people in a room. They tend to be a lower social-economic class, maybe even homeless folks are part of the group. These programs are almost certainly a 12 step program.
Rehab cost (per month): $10,000 -$20,000 Range
From $10,000 to $20,000 you’re starting to get into, subsidized treatment with your health insurance, and there’s also some private pay options available. Again, there tends to be a lot of people in a room and less one-on-one therapy. These rehab centers tend to be very institutional. A large number of folks go through these program, and it’s also a 12 step program.
Rehab cost (per month): $20,000 -$50,000 Range
What would you expect to see in a program that costs between 20 and $50,000 a month? This kind of recovery program gets covered by private pay, meaning no insurance, or private insurance at the lower end of that scale.You’ll see more more private pay as you start to move up towards the higher end of the scale. At this point you will still have a roommate (probably), maybe two. You tend to still have a 12 step program, though you may have a few alternatives to 12 steps starting to show up. A little bit more individualized care. Still tends to be a fairly large audience, and tends mostly to be a 12 step program.
Rehab cost (per month): $45,000 -$65,000 Range
Then in the 45 to 65k range, now you’re starting to get into the area where you’re going to have an alternative to a 12 step program. More individualized care, more thought into the program other than simply, “Hey, it’s the 12 steps. Let’s go to an AA meeting.”You’ll find higher social-economic folks enrolled in these programs, and more people are truly interested in healing.
Rehab cost (per month): $65,000+ Range
There are plenty of programs that exist, over 65,000. And I have found programs that cost as much as $110- $120,000 a month. Now you’re talking about luxury rehab programs. You’re going to have private room, private bath probably. Probably a lot of individualized care. If there is a program, it’s probably a good program, but there’s also a chance that it’s a really nice residence and not much else.
How Much Does Rehab Cost?
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Free -$10,000 Per Month
Subsidized or completely paid for by federal, state, or local government.
$10,000 – $20,000
Subsidized or paid for my private insurance.
$20,000 – $50,000
Private Pay or Private Insurance.
$50,000 – $65,000
How To Get Addiction Treatment If You Don’t Have Insurance
What if you don’t have any insurance, how can you get treatment?
In each community, non-profit agencies are often set up to provide mental health and substance abuse services.There’s a volunteer agency that provides phone numbers to all the agencies and services in most urban areas and throughout the surrounding communities. These services range from medical detox right on through to a residential drug treatment program.Sometimes the county jail or sheriff will provide those services in conjunction with the mental health agencies, or it will be standing alone drug treatment. At the very least, detox is available, and most cases, sometimes sober housing support is available. Other services that might be offered are outpatient services, that’s one time or up to three times a week. If somebody really wants to get help, there’s always somewhere to turn to, and there’s access in most communities.You can also call our hotline, and we can set you up with a local phone number that can help you.
Alcohol Withdrawal: Cold Turkey Dangers
Is Quitting Cold Turkey Dangerous? With respect to Chronic Alcoholism, Yes. It can be deadly!
What It Means To Quit Cold Turkey
I’m sure most people are familiar with the term, but just to make sure we’re using the same definitions, it means that you would just stop. Just pull the band-aid off.
One day you’re drinking, and then the next day, you just don’t. You just quit!
It’s like, throw the cigarettes away, or throw the dope away, or throw the beer away, and just completely stop.
Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
There can be side effects to quitting cold turkey, especially for heavy drinkers, who would be considered alcoholic.
When alcoholics quit cold turkey, the symptoms they might experience are:
- Shaking – Alcoholics can get the shakes real bad sometimes.
- Sweating – Even in a cold room.
- Nausea – You feel like you’re going to throw up, and sometimes you do.
- Real bad headaches.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Blood pressure can go up as well.
- Is Quitting Cold Turkey Dangerous?
Cold turkey can be extremely dangerous.
Sometimes visual hallucinations can happen too, and also, you can smell things that aren’t there, hear things that aren’t there.
Hallucinations could last a couple of weeks. As a matter of fact, when I quit drinking, it had been maybe about a week or so after I quit, and I did it cold turkey.
I went into a treatment facility, an outpatient treatment facility, but I didn’t go through a detox.
I probably should done medical detox, because the withdrawal symptoms were intense.
I actually saw a whiskey bottle floating in the air, talking to me. It was so real. It was just like it was there, but part of me knew that it wasn’t real, so I didn’t tell anybody about that until later I understood how dangerous that was.
I’m sharing it now to let folks know that quitting cold turkey can be really dangerous.
Other more serious problems when quitting cold turkey are:
- Seizures and convulsions – these can be extremely dangerous.
- Delirium tremens (DM’s) – Symptoms of that include confusion, disorientation, more hallucinations, hyperactivity, and extreme cardiovascular disturbances.
There’s really no way to treat the DTs. You’ve just got be put in the hospital and watched and made comfortable until they pass, and hopefully, you won’t die from them.
You’ve just got to be put in the hospital and watched and made comfortable until they pass, and hopefully you won’t die from them.
Critical Advice for Chronic Alcoholics Looking To Quit
If you’re a heavy drinker and you’re going to quit, do it with the help of a doctor.
You really should, especially if you’re a heavy drinker, be detoxed and taken down safely.
Not to mention the fact that it makes the whole process a lot more comfortable and your health insurance will cover the cost.
The three phases of addiction treatment.
Everyone has their own set of circumstances and a drug/alcohol counselor will make sure you find a solution that works best for you.
Phase 1 – Drug Detox (sometimes optional)
The first part is the stabilization. If you’ve been abusing for a long time, and you are physically addicted, then you may require more intensive monitoring, which may include medication. A doctor is present at this level of care and it happens before you enter into inpatient rehab. Detox can last for a week, sometimes a few days longer and sometimes a few days shorter.
Not all addicts need to detox!
Phase 2 – Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation, or rehab, can be used to help a person recover from addictions, injuries, and even physical or mental illnesses.
However, drug rehab programs are usually the most common types of rehab.
People addicted to drugs often need additional care and assistance that drug rehab provides. Inpatient rehab has a much higher success rate than outpatient rehab or local AA/NA meetings.
Consider Inpatient rehab over anything else!
Phase 3 – Aftercare
Lastly, there is a reintegration phase where you’ll transition back into the community and family environment while utilizing the coping and recovery skills you learned during rehab.
How Successful is Drug Rehab?
Overcoming drug addiction is proportional to the length of stay in a treatment program, the quality of the program, and the addict’s willingness to get and stay sober. Ninety-day treatments are far more successful than 30-day programs. Your health insurance can most likely cover the cost of treatment.
Ninety day programs have shown to be much more successful with over double, sometimes even triple the success rates. The key is customization. Treating individuals based on their needs rather than a cookie cutter program offers higher success rates.
Your first point of contact for seeking help with addiction
Step 1. Drug Rehab Admission
The first step is to call admissions. Part of the admission process happens over the phone by calling 866-646-1613. An intake counselor will discuss your current situation, assess your needs, discuss payment options and then coordinate placement for you.
Nationwide placement (away from co-dependent friends and family) is almost always a positive experience.
When you arrive at an inpatient treatment center
Upon arrival, you’ll meet with an intake counselor, who will get you all squared away. Even before arriving to inpatient treatment, the intake is very crucial in deciding when, where, how long the program should be for you.
Intake counselors will provide an orientation to the program, walk clients through the admission process so that expectations can be set and met.
Inpatient rehab is a safe and comfortable place.
The individualized treatment plan
After the treatment intake process and admission, the person entering rehab will see medical staff members who will assess one’s physical and mental health. This step helps develop the individualized treatment plan.
To give an idea of how long the medical detox may last, what kinds of therapy to implement afterward, so on and so forth.
Step 2. Medical Detox
As mention above, medical detox lasts 4 to 7 days depending on the substance that needs to be worked on, to get the alcohol and drugs out of the system. Board certified providers safely manage the detox to prevent withdrawal symptoms, which is critical.
Counseling, there are several different types offered and it depends on the patient needs. It may be a large group, may be a small group, it could be individual and/or a combination of those.
The family is crucial in the treatment process as they’re the ones who are also severely affected by the addiction. Top inpatient programs offer family involvement to help loved ones deal with the effects of substance abuse in their family.
Step 3. Aftercare
Aftercare is also critical. After you complete inpatient treatment, you’ll be provided with an aftercare plan. Well before the completion of inpatient rehab, counselors will assist you towards a smooth transition to life outside. This includes individualized recommendations for continuing care after inpatient treatment.
Once again, this may include group sessions, individual sessions. To help improve your success, you can follow the program schedule, be very honest in counseling, and view the rehab staff as allies and not enemies. They are simply there to help. Inpatient rehab aids your recovery by showing you how to eating healthy, participating in physical activity, learning relaxation and stress reduction techniques.
Your family can get involved without interfering, and be supportive without being controlling. They can attend family meetings and participate in the counseling too. Your family members can take an honest look at their own lifestyle so that they’re not enabling you.
Committing to aftercare as a family will help with long term success.
RHO offers access to private treatment at over 100 rehab centers nationwide offering inpatient rehab. Immediate insurance verifications are available. We can work with your large deductibles and the network takes care of all the arrangements including the verification, the intake, the travel. Give us a call: 866-646-1613
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10. Flash Blooding
Yes, you heard that correctly. Flash blooding is as scary as the name sounds. The description of this practice is injecting oneself with the blood of another person who has just shot himself up with heroin.
In a few African countries, many poor users have gotten so desperate to get a high, despite the very real risk of getting AIDS and hepatitis.
Some doctors speculate that these injectors might be experiencing a placebo effect, which makes the whole process useless and dangerous.
9. Devil's Breath
In Colombia, the drug scopolamine or devil's breath is often blown into faces or added into drinks.Within minutes, victims can experience the drug's effects of eliminating free will.
Devil's breath is made from borrachero tree, a common Colombian tree with a name that roughly translates to drunken binge.
Some victims have reported not having any control over their actions, which has led them to being robbed or abused, and sometimes worse.
8. Snapchat Pills
Snapchat can kill you. Of course we're not talking about the social networking app.
There's a new drug that uses the app's ghost logo on their pills.
Since 2013, many branded logos like Snapchat, UPS, and even Superman have been stamped on ecstasy tablets.
Branded pills have become the norm to rebrand any drug.While the logos might seem lighthearted, pills like Snapchat still have the same scary effects of any typical ecstasy pill.
The drug flakka has become a five-dollar insanity problem in Florida.
Causing a high similar to cocaine, this man-made drug comes in white crystal chunks similar to synthetic drugs known as bath salts.
A small dose of flakka can give you extreme symptoms such as spikes in body temperature and violent behavior.
There are already crazy flakka user stories ranging from breaking into a police department to going on a nude run in just sneakers.
A sprinkle of nutmeg might be harmless in the kitchen when you're using it for pies or holiday drinks, but in the last few years the favorite spice has become a cheap homemade high.
Nutmeg contains myristicin, a natural compound that has mind-altering effects if ingested in large doses.
Or even smoking the spice to get an extreme high that can last for one to two days.
In this day and age, kids have found more creative ways to get high and that includes a music method called i-dosing.
You can see these adolescents on Youtube put on their headphones and try these so-called digital drugs, which is essentially music filled with binaural beats.
The craze has become popular in the United States, but many doctors don't believe this phenomenon has the same life-threatening effects of some other drugs like cocaine and ecstasy.
4. Zombie drug
The cheap heroin knockoff known as crocodile or krokodil first surfaced in Russia several years ago, but recent reports state that krokodil has arrived in the United States.
Injected with a hypodermic needle, the drug can quickly kick in but there's a terrifying side effect.Once the hives break out, the skin rots and takes on scaly green appearance.
The graphic images of krokodil's effects on users make us wonder why anyone would even try this drug.
3. Sedating Soda
This anti-energy drink concept was first introduced in the 2000s with purple drank, a drink with mixed with cough syrup, Sprite, and Jolly Ranchers.
Purple drank has inspired other companies to create relaxation drinks.
One example is Canna Cola, a marijuana-infused soda.
All these drinks use ingredients like cough syrup or other chemicals to help relax the brain, but beware drinkers because the warning labels are filled with health risks like headaches or cardiac arrest.
We know most drugs mess with your vision, but the drug nicknamed DIPT can affect your auditory functions.
Taking higher doses might even change the user's perception of pitch and every sound seems an octave lower too.
People who buy these drugs obviously never experienced a live concert before and the effect on their ears. This drug can really mess up your hearing for days or even weeks, so why would anyone think it might be fun to try?
1. VHS Tea
Do you ever wonder what people do with old VHS tapes?
Well, in South America some people are using these old objects to hallucinate.
VHS tea is created by boiling a broken VHS tape, batteries, water, guarana powder, and grain alcohol.
After drinking the tea, there's no notion of space.
By the next day, you will get a major hangover.
Isn't it sad how this is the only reason VHS tapes are useful again?
Get Treatment For Drugs or Alcohol
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Outpatient Drug Rehab – Frequently Asked Questions
“Fear prevents most people from seeking treatment. As a recovering addict myself, fear kept me away from treatment for 20 years.”
Most people we surveyed regret not starting treatment sooner.
The way we can eliminate fear is by showing someone that:
- They can get help regardless of time and cost.
- They can get sober and stay sober.
- Their family will be safe while they get treatment.
- Their job will be safe while they get treatment.
- They will be safe and comfortable all the way through.
We interviewed Dennis Hansen from New Beginning Recovery in Palm Beach Gardens Florida.
Dennis is setting trends with his hybrid outpatient drug rehab, something novel to the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry.
We felt a succinct question and answer type format would help you, learn more about drug and alcohol rehab.
Plus, you get a chance to learn more about Dennis and the unique services he provides in his multiple locations.
RHO: Dennis You have a really unique rehabilitation center in that you provide outpatient care and other services for people that are going through recovery or are thinking about going through recovery.
RHO: Can you give us a little bit of background into your Treatment Centers?Dennis: In 2007, I saw the needs in the community. There was primarily a offering for those that desired to get well, to walk away from substance abuse.
The community essentially offered inpatient only treatment that required a lengthy stay. If one wanted to detox off of drugs, that would be an additional stay. Lives needed to be disrupted. Folks had to lose jobs, leave jobs, and stop education. It was very disruptive. This concept initially was to offer outpatient treatment services to provide an option.
The outpatient services that we offer … today they have morphed into a full continuum of care that includes everything from intervention to detox services on an outpatient basis, psychiatric care, all types of counseling services.
In fact, we have intensive outpatient counseling, which mimics inpatient, except it’s served up on an outpatient basis. We have follow-up care, after care, and even transitional living. Also, mental health services. We have this full continuum of care to address needs.
RHO: That’s awesome. You really have a full-service facility there in terms of all the services that you provide. Really, anybody that wants to go through recovery can get detox.
They can do it in a very easy format where it can be less disruptive on their normal, everyday life.
Dennis:That’s correct. Addiction is a disease, and it’s a lifelong disease. The treatment for this disease is also lifelong.
There are phases in early recovery we go through, and we have patients that have been coming back here for ongoing counseling services years after having been released from active outpatient treatment.
This is a continuum of care that continues to offer on an outpatient basis.
RHO: You have a treatment center in Palm Beach Gardens right now. What other locations do you have? You have multiple locations, correct?
Dennis: We have one near the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. We have our primary facility. We have a second facility in Stuart, Florida in Martin County, and we have an affiliate company we acquired, recently, called Innovative Treatment Services that is in Okeechobee with a branch in our Stuart location.
Those are catering to the needs of those communities, primarily addressing court ordered type of patients that are requiring DUI and DWI felony and misdemeanor court referrals, and getting the substance abuse education and certification to clear those charges and also offer mental health services at those locations too.
RHO: Okay. You pretty much cover the northern Palm Beach County area. Obviously, people can come in from out of town also. Do you take people that are from outside of the state and outside of county?
Dennis: We do. We do have to adhere to the statutes that require a certain interval of face-to-face at a minimum of once a week is what the state requires on an outpatient basis.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families. We do have patients that literally fly back and forth here on a weekly basis, because some of our detox protocols are highly unique that are unavailable in other places.
We do have people that do fly in. Primarily, we are targeting this local population that has the need for substance abuse services.
RHO: What makes your facility different from the traditional drug rehab?
Dennis:We are offering different types of components of addict care.
I think what makes us different is that our staff are highly specialized, board certified .
For example, psychiatric care. Very few substance abuse treatment facilities have that component. Very few substance abuse treatment facilities have a mental health component.
I think what really makes us different is not just the fact that we offer these services, but the level of intensity and the cost standpoint is very reasonable.
We’ve made our services reachable to most people, and we also take almost all insurance. We’re on a lot of insurance panels.
I think, to answer that question, our treatment centers are very reachable to many addicts and their families, and the depth of the services and the quality of the services we offer is something you will not find at other rehabs.
RHO: Who would be the best fit for your type of services? Because obviously, you take insurance, et cetera, but who’s really the best candidate for your services?
Dennis: Those that are, high-functioning level type people, and students, those that don’t want to leave their jobs, that cannot afford to stop for a semester of school.
The reason it’s available to them is because we have very flexible treatment plans. We have groups that meet during the day.
We have groups that meet at night. If one wanted to get treatment, they could, in effect, continue to have their job and medical appointments, and treatment could be … they could accomplish that at night time.
You can mix and match the types of groups and individual sessions so that it can enmesh with your personal program.
Flexibility in treatment planning is really the key here that makes this available to just about anybody. We have all walks of life. We have professionals that come here, all types of professionals.
RHO: It’s really for the person that is somebody that’s highly functioning, as you said, somebody that might have a job, obviously, might not have a job, but ultimately, it’s the way that you design your program is one such that you are able to allow the person to continue their life.
They done have to stop their life and go into recovery for a month or two months and totally stop everything and disconnect from their normal life. They can continue with that and all their other treatment that they’re doing and go to your program.
Dennis: That’s correct.
RHO: Okay. You had mentioned a little bit about taking insurances earlier. Some people I know have been in recovery and they’ve mentioned that it can be quite expensive going through treatment.
How expensive is Drug Rehab?
Dennis: The fact is that, because of the flexibility you have in treatment planning, it can be as intensive as you choose. We have some patients that come here that solely want to just detox.
They may have their own therapist on the outside. They maybe have had years in Alcoholics Anonymous and had a brief relapse and want to integrate back into their program.
They can take as little or as much as they choose.
Again, the expense is commensurate with that. We have tried to keep our expenses reasonable. We do offer a sliding scale for those that are needy in order to give back to the community.
With insurance, we have two different companies operating at each location that gives us the ability to accept either in or out of network for most insurance carriers: Signa, Aetna, United Health Care, Humana.
All of the major carriers and some of the minors carriers we still can take insurance for.
We can find a way to make treatment work for just about anybody.
RHO: Okay. So the price might not be as much as people would think, and it’s flexible based on the needs of the person?
RHO: Okay. You guys can do detox, and you can do counseling, mental health, et cetera.
What if my family needs more extended care?
Dennis: That’s a good question. Like I said earlier, we have the issue of dealing with the fact that addiction is a lifelong disease.
Close to our Palm Beach Gardens facility, we have three transitional living homes that clients have the option to go into this transitional living type of home, or a halfway house type of setting.
We have a lot of patients that go into these halfway houses and continue to get treatment here. It’s walking distance from our facility in Palm Beach Gardens.
Then gradually integrate back into society, and then, as I said earlier, we also have the ability to reduce or step this down into where they just come and meet individually.
The other thing we have to offer is, we have some medical interventions, some medications that really give an upper hand, that can be used on an ongoing basis.
For example, Vivitrol, Naltrexone, Campral, these are anti-craving non-addicting type of medications that can give the upper hand, so to speak.
Again, the end justifies the means. We’ll use whatever we have to do to attain and maintain sobriety.
Also, psychiatric care. If one has a dual disorder and has an underlying disorder of depression or anxiety, that condition doesn’t go away simply because we’ve taken the drugs out of the system.
That’s a biological condition that needs to be treated on a continual basis. Those patients have the ability to get ongoing medication management if needed, psychiatric mental healthcare.
Hopefully, this will be a lifelong solution.
RHO: You do have the ability for people to stay locally there, inpatient rehab?
Dennis:Yes we do.
RHO: Many addicts suffer from depression and anxiety. How would you handle that?
Dennis: Every patient that comes for detox automatically gets a psychiatric evaluation. We feel that this is important. Not everybody has an underlying condition, but we have found that, frequently, substance abuse is the tip of the ice burg.
Underneath, frequently, people have depression, anxiety, PTSD, disorders that are psychiatric-based that these are real disorders, and substance abuse is the result of those disorders.
We believe that if you don’t get the underlying condition, we will continue to have substance abuse problem going forward. Everybody gets a psychiatric evaluation.
Those that don’t get detox have the option to get a low-cost psychiatric evaluation here. If we determine that a medication is necessary, we have the staff to prescribe that and then manage that.
We call that medication management. That can be prescribed on an ongoing basis. We believe that it’s important to use whatever means you have to achieve and retain sobriety.
RHO: That’s awesome. It’s good to know, and I think it would be great to know if I was going through recovery that I had all of the tools necessary at my disposal through whatever program I’m going through, whether that’s medication or counseling, et cetera. That’s really good to know.
What kinds of things can New Beginnings Recovery Center do to help prevent future potential relapses? Obviously, that’s one of the things you want to prevent. It’d be great to just stay recovered.
What do you guys do to prevent drug and alcohol relapses?
Dennis: The medication management is that very tool, and the continued ongoing support.
Frequently, what we’ll see is that patients will gravitate towards a certain therapist here and find that they achieve a level of progress that they have not previously.
They will maintain a relationship with that therapist and continue on an individual basis.
In fact, we have some patients that occasionally come to one of our groups, but every other week or every week at a certain interval, they will come and see a therapist.
That in conjunction with medication management, if needed, is the way to deal with this on an ongoing basis to achieve this level of sobriety.
RHO: Okay. Almost a PRN or as needed counseling that extends beyond the initial stay there or initial outpatient services that you provide.
You gave us a lot of great information, Dennis. I really appreciate your time. I really think that if somebody is really looking to get into rehab and really break that cycle of addiction, I think you have a great facility there. You have a great solution that meets people’s needs, that’s cost effective, that provides all the tools that somebody would need in order to get the help that they’re looking for.
If somebody does want to get in touch with you, what’s the best way to do that?
Dennis: The best way is to call a recovery coordinator at 844-344-5711 and request New Beginning Recovery in Palm Beach Gardens Florida.
We take all intake calls from that number for all other locations.
We’re hoping that we hear from you.
RHO:Awesome. Again Dennis, We really appreciate your time. Before we wrap up here, is there any final words that you want to say before we wrap things up.
Dennis: No. I guess the only thing I want to say is to be encouraged that there is a solution, and it is not as difficult a solution as if used to be.
There are tremendous tools that are at your fingertips that we did not have before. Modern medicine has produced some amazing medications, some amazing techniques.
I believe that we have taken this to a very, very new level. What we really have to sell here is hope and comfort when it comes to detox.
Fear is what drives most people, and I know that, being in recovery myself, fear kept me away. The way that we can eliminate that fear is by keeping this safe and comfortable all the way through.
I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and make the call today.
RHO: Thanks a lot, Dennis. Thanks for the insight there and for the transparency that you have in terms of of sharing what’s happened to you.
I think that would be encouraging to me knowing that the person that’s running the rehab is somebody that’s been through a program. That’s good to know.
Thanks a lot, Dennis. Look forward to having you on sometime in the future. We’ll talk to you soon.
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How I Found the Best Rehab in Florida and Beat Drug Addiction
Hi there, my name is Louise from Clearwater, Florida.
I was in so much pain, after a car accident, that it led to a dangerous painkiller addiction.
I didn’t think drug addiction could ever happen to me. I began realizing that prescription drugs was becoming a problem and was ruining my life, so I knew I had to quit straight away.
I tried to quit on my own and failed, so I needed to find the help of a good recovery center that specialized in pain pill addiction and understood how to help me over come my problem.
I felt confused and disorientated at first, because there are so many drug rehabs to research. There are good rehabs, and bad rehabs. Cheap rehabs and luxury rehabs.
I tried calling as many as I could, just to find the right one for me.
Finding a inpatient drug rehab can be overwhelming. I started with the phone book and quickly moved to google.
To be honest, I was apprehensive but I did call a drug addiction treatment hotline from google.
Just one call, and I felt much more comfortable and better informed. I had insurance through my employer, which opened up more opportunities. And after a few minutes on the phone, they had matched me with much better inpatient rehab center, that specialized in pain pill addiction and was near me.
The match for me was amazing and spot on, and I couldn’t have asked for any better.
I chose what is called inpatient rehab care and it lasted 30 days.
My family was still able to be there for me and to support me which was great and my health insurance covered everything.
That was like taking a lot of stress out of it, especially financial stress.
Now I can celebrate because I’ve been off for pain killers and any drugs now for about 23 months.
Every treatment center you’ll find is different.
You will have to match and find one right for you. One that’s going to support your needs and especially your personality and everything.
I tell anyone who will listen because it’s helpful if you call a drug addiction helpline.
I was actually surprised how quick and friendly they were. Getting help was a lot easier than I thought and it should be for you too.
Don’t be put-off, start researching now because finding a Drug Rehab that fits you or a loved ones needs is critical to beating a drug or alcohol addiction.
Due to the many stigma attached to mental health issues, it can sometimes be hugely difficult for a sufferer to confide in individuals about their condition. They may feel that their confession will be laughed off as being all in the mind, or that it will change the way people look at them. In many cases the fear will be disproportionate to reality – but then, this is how mental health issues affect people.
There is a traditional opinion that mental health issues are somehow less serious than physical conditions. Because a physical condition is usually something that can be seen, there is a tendency to rate them as being more serious than mental health issues. But depression, OCD, SAD and others have affected people so badly that they kill themselves – so it is only right that they are treated seriously too.
In most cases, the anxiety over telling a family member of a mental health condition will be misplaced. They will be concerned for the sufferer and want them to get better. As yet, widespread understanding of mental health issues is not uniformly great, and it may take more explanation than a physical condition. However, in the end the family member will want their brother, son, wife or other family member to feel better, and will learn what they can to help them.
Aside from this, a family has a right to know that their relative is ill. They would be horrified if the secret went to the grave and they had not had a chance to help. It may be difficult to face up to, but telling family is important.
Anxiety is at the crux of a great deal of mental illnesses. The pain of a mental illness is that it comes from within you and attacks you with weapons you have unknowingly given it. Due to this, anxiety is a very powerful influence on mental illness – because no-one knows what you are afraid of better than you do, your brain will in its disordered state confront you with the things that scare you and make you anxious. As a consequence you will find it all the harder to beat the problem because part of you is causing it.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD is an illness which is characterized by worry about everyday, mundane things. It is typically a disproportionate worry about something that, in all likelihood, will not be a major problem. Typical flashpoints for GAD are things such as money, work and relationships – things that may well be going well for the sufferer, but due to the disorder will begin to niggle in their mind.
An individual with GAD may be in an excellent, well-paid job with prospects for the future, a stable and happy relationship and have numerous good friends. The disorder will pick at one or more of these and present the individual with the fear that something will go wrong. Most usually, it will use a small problem and expand it until the problem is all the sufferer can see. Usually treated using anti-depressants and cognitive behavioral therapy, GAD can become debilitating, but if it is tackled head-on the sufferer can overcome it and lead a happy life.