Concept Gym Aims to Replace Bad Habits with Healthy Ones

After a person makes the decision to enter a Broward County drug rehab, treatment often involves attempts to reverse or change some habitual factors that come with substance use disorders. Often, various things will trigger a craving or there will be an ‘emptiness’ to a person’s day to day life where there used to be an event that no longer happens. Called behavioral therapy and offered at many south Florida rehab centers, many different approaches are taken to ‘unlearn’ both the triggers and undo the habitual actions that often perpetuate drug use after leaving a rehab.

Many people who have gone through treatment will attest to the difficulty of relapse prevention and how difficult it can be, depending on the preferred drug they’ve gotten treatment for. The saying ‘old habits die hard’ will be backed up by anyone who as gone through the process. Interestingly, one gym in Phoenix, Arizona, knows the challenges of this post-treatment, post-addiction life that people face after getting help for their substance use disorder and has created a special free membership plan for recovering addicts.

The rules stipulate that anyone using the membership must have at least 48 hours of sobriety for any visit and is also required to be verified by the person’s treatment facility, but considering the entire membership, which can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars for the average person, is free and offers a great encouragement to the community in Phoenix to support recovery, it’s a great deal.  After the treatment period, the gym offers a heavily discounted membership to further encourage people coming out of rehab to maintain the healthy habits.

Exercise as part of treatment is often an option in behavioral therapy for south Florida drug rehab. Often times, a person who suffers from substance use disorder will have deteriorating health. Either they’re physically decaying from side effects of the drugs they use, or they’ve simply neglected things like eating, which happens a lot with drugs like methamphetamines. Physical therapy can sometimes be necessary for these extreme cases, but as a behavioral therapy, taking up physical activity can help with the habitual aspect of drug use once withdrawal and detox have passed. Some people end up entirely replacing their addiction with things like a ‘runners high’, a common phrase used by many people who exercise daily, usually jogging. Other people who prefer lifting weights will often say they get agitated when they have to miss a day at the gym.

Whether it’s yoga, tai chi, kung-fu, running, cross training, ballet or any other number of physical activities, they can be beneficial for a recovering addict’s health in more ways than one and hopefully more gyms across the country will extend their support the way the gym in Phoenix has.

If you or anyone know is suffering from substance use disorder, call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 today.

Yelp For Treatment?

Whether it’s an alcohol rehab in Pompano or a drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale, people seeking substance abuse treatment in Florida have the daunting task of having to research a company, maybe get lucky by seeing a phone number on a billboard to even know that one exists or take the Google Russian Roulette method of searching and hoping to not get taken advantage of.

After all, a person suffering from substance use disorder seeking treatment is often a person desperate for help. The current setup of treatment centers nationwide is primarily privatized and profit driven. In fact, recently, a study was released specifically for investors to speculate on how much money they can make by throwing money into treatment centers in hopes of making millions, rather than having a real desire to help people.

In this kind of climate which is likely only to get worse, one state is trying something a little different, but proposes its own set of challenges to ensure that people seeking treatment for their addiction aren’t simply taken for a ride and drained of their savings before being sent out to the world maybe even worse off than before. Massachusetts is trying out a ‘rating system’ for addiction treatment centers which will examine data from three primary sources; insurance claims, provider surveys and consumer experience surveys. The results will be ‘graded’ and be used to rank centers based on these three points.

However, as noted earlier, there’s a high likelihood of a lot of new money-hunting players and they rarely play fair. Even in your regular news outlets, there’s things such as ‘paid content’ which these days does not even have to identify itself as such and often influences the appearance of the subject in the article. While this isn’t precisely a social media operation, being run by a non-profit called Shatterproof, and headed by real estate and hotel mogul multi-billionaire Gary Mendell, it’s a far cry from the more appropriate approach to addiction treatment which is to tackle a lot of the shortcomings through policies from different states to address their own regional issues.

Likewise, just how a company can possibly forge a positive view even within this particular method of ‘rating’ treatment centers, it can be used to create a negative view of others. In organizations fighting for a profit, often times there’s a large incentive to promote what used to be called ‘attack ads’, which is to say by diminishing the competition, whether legitimately or illegitimately (often attack ads feature lots of ad hominems and dishonest framing), will make the originator of such an attack seem a little better and thus more ‘appealing’. It has yet to be seen how effective this method will be, but it’s not manipulation proof nor is it guaranteed to make things any easier for people seeking treatment.

For now, First Step Behavioral Health is a respectable treatment center with experience in all kinds of addiction and therapy methods.  Call (866) 319-6126 for more information.