Finding the End of Your Dual Diagnosis Drug Addiction

What is a Dual Diagnosis?

In the rehab world, a patient’s case is referred to as a Dual Diagnosis when they have a mental illness and an addiction at the same time. Sadly, this affects many more people than you might think. The prevalence of dual diagnosis addictions is because having either one of the conditions means being at a higher risk of developing the other. Substance abuse and addiction often leads to mental illness, and vice versa, and it can happen to anyone. People from every economic level, race, religion, creed, and education have been afflicted with a dual diagnosis. Like many illnesses, cases of mental illness combined with a substance addiction are democratic in nature – that is, they’re just as likely to happen to anyone as they are anyone else.


Difficulties in Treating a Dual Diagnosis

As you have probably assumed, treating a dual diagnosis addiction is more difficult to treat than an addiction without an accompanying mental illness. When a rehab patient has “just” an addiction to a substance, then only the addiction itself needs to be treated. That patient will go through detox, if deemed necessary, then spend their time in rehab focusing on learning how to live life without using the substance.

On the other hand, when a patient has a dual diagnosis, they will go through detox like a non-dual-diagnosis patient, but the rest of the rehab experience is notably different. The time spent in rehab will have their focus on both rehabilitating from drug abuse as well as treating the mental illness. Nevertheless, both of these hypothetical patients will have the same goal – to live a long life of sobriety, it can just be more difficult or take longer for those with a dual diagnosis.


If you or a loved one has an addiction to alcohol or drugs, contact us immediately to receive proper treatment as soon as possible.


End Your Opioid Addiction at a Pompano Rehab Center

An Epidemic of Epic Proportions

Though some people seem to scoff at the idea of a drug addiction epidemic spreading across the United States, opioid abuse and addiction affects more people than anyone would have ever imagined.


The spread of opioid painkillers is so wide, in fact, that practically everyone (who isn’t themselves addicted to opioids) personally knows someone who is addicted to these kinds of narcotic pharmaceuticals. Those who don’t think the epidemic is real are either in total denial of reality or someone in their life is trying hard to hide the addiction from them.


The opioid epidemic truly is a real thing happening across the country right now. As an issue it is serious enough that multiple presidents have talked about it and new legislation is being considered, drafted, and enacted to help everyone.


Don’t be Another Statistic

Looking at the country’s opioid problem as a whole is fairly easy to digest, oddly enough. It’s when you realize you or a loved one is addicted to these painkillers that it starts being difficult to accept.


Nevertheless, if you or a family member is addicted to one of these substances, it’s vital that you seek out a Pompano rehab center immediately. Not only do opioids have some particularly nasty symptoms when abused, more than one of them can lead to death. This includes

  • Delayed reflexes
    • Can cause dangerous falls and car crashes
  • Seizures
    • Total loss of control of the body momentarily
    • Falling full force without trying to stop the fall or protect face or neck
    • Easy to choke during an episode


Along with delayed reflexes and seizures is death that isn’t caused by anything other than abusing opioids. That means if you take too much, temporary symptoms might be bypassed completely and you may just end up dying. Yes, opioids really are that dangerous.


When you’re ready to talk to someone about the opioid addiction that’s snuck into your life through you or a family member, contact us right away. We’re here to support you and treat any of your addictions, and quitting opioids goes much better when you have a team on your side.


Can Insurance Help Pay for Drug Rehab?

One of the biggest hurdles in accepting medical care is knowing that it can cost a lot of money to engage in it. In many cases, even if a person has health insurance that they’re comfortable with, they might still hesitate for fear of that copay will cost more than they want.

There’s two things that need to be understood when dealing with drug addiction. First, drug addiction is a disease of the mind and body that can lead to the early death of those afflicted to it, and its treatment should not be ignored or delayed more than necessary. Second, many insurance providers do cover the expenses of substance rehab, including Aetna, Blue Cross, ComPsych, Cigna, United Healthcare, and more.


Levels of Care for Addicts in Need

Addiction takes different shapes and forms depending on the person suffering through it, and so there are a couple of different approaches to helping. There is the rehab approach most people associate rehab with, which is inpatient care. This takes a more active role in recovery by having the patient live on the rehab center’s campus, which gives more therapy opportunity on a schedule that the doctors can help set. There is also outpatient care, which lets the addict continue to experience the daily life they’re familiar with, while also providing the care necessary to make the positive change they so desperately need.


Medicinal Intervention and Therapy

In the very worst cases of chemical dependence, rehab centers can help wean a suffering patient off of hard drugs by providing them with an alternative that can be controlled without all of the terrible effects on the body. This is especially important when the patient is dependent on multiple levels to the drug in question, as it will let them shift to something that will satisfy the compulsion while also being controlled in a safe environment.

If you or someone you know is looking for a way to free themselves from addiction, call (866) 319-6126 or look us up at 1st Step Behavioral Health to take you on the path away from that dark road.

Beating Your Addiction and Avoiding Drug Relapse in Florida

Beating Your Addiction and Avoiding Drug Relapse in Florida

Are you ready to take the necessary steps to break away from your alcoholism or drug addiction and leave your history of substance abuse in the past? If you have come to this conclusion and are trying to quit using the substance that has taken control of your life, the first thing we would like to say is “Congratulations!”

Just coming to the conclusion that you need to make a change in your life is a huge step. That likewise applies if you have spent weeks, months, or even years trying to quit the drug or drugs on your own and you now realize that you need help. Either way, you are starting to make progress down a path in your life that leads to sobriety, which can have a profoundly beneficial effect on all parts of your life.

Picking a South Florida Rehab Center

When it comes to quitting an addiction, doing so cold turkey can be nearly impossible, especially if you have a heroin addiction, you are abusing narcotic pharmaceutical painkillers, you have a co-occurring substance addiction, or you have untreated mental health issues. That is not to imply that quitting an addiction under any other circumstance is by any means easy – every addiction and path to sobriety is as unique and varied as the individuals who are in need of treatment.

Contact a South Florida rehab center that offers the type of detox and rehabilitation that works with your health insurance or budget, then discuss the best routes to sobriety that are available to you. You must also weigh the pros and cons of outpatient rehab versus inpatient treatment and choose the best South Florida rehab center for you.

Detox and Drug Addiction Treatment

Whether you choose residential or outpatient rehab, your initial period with a rehab center will be focused on detox. The detox period is generally the most challenging part of quitting a substance that you are addicted to, which is one of the main reasons that trying to quit an addiction cold turkey is so difficult. And that goes for any addiction, not just drugs and alcohol. For most substances, the peak of difficulty comes the third or fourth day.

After the chemicals have left your system, the rehab center will help you shift your focus from managing the physical withdrawal symptoms you went through during detox to start treating the underlying reasons the addiction started in the first place as well as teaching numerous coping mechanisms you can use during difficult situations in your everyday life.

South Florida Drug Relapse Prevention

With the drugs detoxed from your body and having learned much about yourself, your addiction, and ways to stay away from the substance that used to run your life, your time after rehab in South Florida will be in a new lifestyle of sobriety from the substance you were addicted to. You will notice many improvements to your life and when things get tough and you begin craving the drug, you will use those newfound skills to assuage the addiction pangs.

To get started on your personal journey toward rehabilitation and a sober life, Contact Us with any questions, including determining if your health insurance will cover the cost of rehab.

Strategies to Prevent Drug Addiction Relapse in Pompano

Strategies to Prevent Drug Addiction Relapse in Pompano

No matter what you or a loved one might be or were once addicted to, quitting a substance that was abused can be an especially difficult task. Because of this, anyone who has finally quit using a drug or gotten away from alcoholism are at risk of returning to a life of substance abuse. While things like opiate and heroin addictions are widely known to be particularly difficult to get over, anyone who was addicted to alcohol or drugs can end up relapsing.

In this piece, we will be discussing a few different ways you can continue your sober life in Pompano and prevent drug relapse. While no technique is absolutely guaranteed, taking up one or all of these can help greatly increase your chances at staying sober.

Before delving into our drug addiction relapse prevention tips, we would like to note that relapsing is not a sign that you are “weak”, have bad willpower, or that you are in any way a bad person. Stopping an addiction is one of the most difficult things, if not the most difficult thing, you will ever go through. Thankfully, if someone relapses and goes back into a rehab program, their odds of staying sober for good increases by huge margins.

Make New Friends

For most people who use or abuse drugs or alcohol, many of their friends probably also use the same substance regularly as well. After someone has gone through rehab, and no matter who they might be, being around that substance again practically guarantees that they will start using again.

Many people try to bargain with themselves and say that they will only spend time with those friends if those friends agree to not use alcohol and/or drugs when doing things together. However, simply being around the people who you used to drink or do drugs with can -and will- trigger your addiction and cause you to powerfully crave the substance again.

Try New Hobbies and Activities

Just like how being around certain friends will trigger acute substance addiction pangs, doing things and going to places around Pompano that you consumed drugs or alcohol at can quickly lead to relapse. This can be any number of things and can range from going to obvious locations like bars or nightclubs to doing seemingly innocuous things like standing on a street corner. You know yourself best, though, so you will need to determine what activities and locations are triggers for drug relapse in Pompano.

Instead, find ways into new social circles by trying new things. Join a book club, take up exercising, become a board game connoisseur, or try out anything that you find interesting.

Continue Aftercare

After going through detox in South Florida and working toward a few months of sobriety, many people believe they have completely beaten their addiction. When this happens, these people end up skipping out on therapy sessions and missing doses of prescribed medicines (if they have any) until they end up quitting their rehab aftercare as well. At this point, these people believe they’re “cured” of their addiction and can simply move on with their lives. However, those who quit on their aftercare are at the greatest risk of relapse.

When nearing the end of your substance addiction rehab program, we will work together with you to determine what will be the best course of aftercare to ensure you keep away from all the triggers of drug relapse Pompano has around. Stick to that plan and you will be much more likely to stay sober.

How a Partial Hospitalization Program in Pompano Works

How a Partial Hospitalization Program in Pompano Works

While most people already understand what inpatient rehab and outpatient programs are and the big differences between these two types of addiction treatment methods, there is another type of rehab program available, which is called the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).  Just to clarify if you are unsure what the terms mean, inpatient (also known as residential) alcohol or drug addiction has the patient stay at the rehab facility for a set number of days while going through monitored detox and rehabilitation. Conversely, outpatient rehab programs tend to offer a few meetups every week where the addict’s progress can be monitored and he or she can discuss what they are going through with a therapist who specializes in drug addiction and/or in a group setting where the patient can relate to, help, and be helped by those who are also going through a rehab program.

Not Quite Outpatient…

Our Partial Hospitalization Program in Pompano, FL, offers those who have found themselves addicted to alcohol or a drug (or multiple substances) another highly effective treatment option. Technically speaking, partial hospitalization programs are intensive outpatient treatment. However, as noted above, most outpatient programs only have the patient go to the rehab center when they have a specific meeting or therapy that they are scheduled to attend.

The reason our Pompano partial hospitalization program is technically an intensive outpatient program rehab (sometimes referred to as IOP Rehab) is for a couple reasons. As implied by the “outpatient” part of this, PHP patients are free to go home during their detox and rehabilitation. Still, where the partial hospitalization program offered here at 1st Step Behavioral Health truly differentiates itself from regular outpatient treatment and is referred to as intensive outpatient rehab is the amount of time the patient ends up staying at the facility.

And Not Quite Inpatient

In fact, the treatment that the partial hospitalization program in South Florida offers is actually much more similar to that which an inpatient rehab patient receives. That being said, if you or a family member decides to go through alcohol or drug addiction rehab through our PHP, you will spend every day of your detox period at our rehab center and you will pretty much do everything here that you would do if you were a residential addiction treatment patient. The only substantial difference between inpatient addiction care and our partial hospitalization program is that patients in PHP rehab go home to sleep at night.

A Flexible Option

Because patients go home at night during their drug addiction rehab, the partial hospitalization program allows for some flexibility when it comes to receiving care. This adaptability allows patients who have children to care for, a strict workplace, or some other responsibility to continue with their everyday needs while still receiving the intensive rehab care needed to fully detox and have a life free from the negative impacts of drug or alcohol abuse.

For more information about our partial hospitalization program cost and options, please call us at (866) 319-6126 or send a message through our Contact Us form.