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A Higher Standard of Care: Why You Should Consider Residential Treatment in South Florida

In South Florida, the fight against drug use and addiction has been quite the ordeal. It has been far from easy to loosen the tight grip of addiction in this part of the state. In fact, fairly recent studies have found that the use of drugs like Fentanyl has increased rapidly here in South Florida.

Between the years 2013 and 2017, Fentanyl use has taken this area by storm, increasing Fentanyl-related deaths from 292 to 2,088. Needless to say, this increase in drug-related deaths has caused many to realize the importance of treatment.

Perhaps you know someone who has suffered from addiction for years. Maybe a friend has lost their life due to substance abuse. Sadly, the number of families who have been left untouched by drug and alcohol abuse here in South Florida is very small. So, you are far from alone when it comes to being impacted by addiction.

If you are among those who have fallen prey to substance abuse, then you know how difficult it is to break free from this epidemic. No doubt, you have tried various ways to overcome addiction in your life. But, the challenge of recovery has left you feeling afraid, even hopeless.

But, the good news is that there is hope. There’s hope for you, no matter how long you’ve been struggling with addiction. And it comes in the form of residential treatment in South Florida.

The Truth About Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Substance abuse is a serious matter. People who suffer from this problem have difficulty ending their struggle with addiction. It often begins as an innocent, casual drink here and there. Or, for others, it starts with an experimental, one-time use of an illicit drug. For some, it begins with the use of opioid medication for chronic pain treatment.

In most cases, people don’t really consider the possibility of addiction. Individuals don’t choose to develop addiction problems. But, over time and after repeated use of a drug or alcohol, dependence and addiction begin to enter the picture.

Unfortunately, this happens far too often here in South Florida. Drugs and alcohol have certainly made their presence known in this area of the United States. With every passing year, more and more people are finding out what it means to live with an addiction problem.

The truth about addiction is that, when it has a person in its grip, it’s very difficult for that individual to break free. Leaving a life of substance abuse is much easier said than done. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Through professional, residential treatment, people can receive the guidance they need in order to become completely free from substance dependence and abuse. And, just like the many others who have found freedom through treatment, you can find the peace you so truly deserve.

Residential Treatment: Definition and Benefits

When it comes to getting treatment for addiction, many people are unsure about what to expect. So, a lot of individuals opt to do without professional treatment. This may sound strange, but, it happens often. See, although living with an addiction problem is very difficult, it’s familiar.

Addiction treatment is completely new territory for many individuals who are suffering from substance abuse. So, the thought of attending therapy and sharing the truth about their lives is often a difficult idea to handle.

Sometimes, people become so uncertain and even afraid that they avoid treatment altogether. But, though understandable, it’s not a healthy or helpful choice to make. So, if you’re currently on the fence, now is the time to make the choice to change for the better.

Although it’s difficult to take the first step toward recovery, you’ll soon find that choosing treatment is one of the best decisions you could make when it comes to your recovery!

Now, it’s also important to consider the fact that South Florida offers multiple types of treatment. Some people opt to attend outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization programs (PHPs). Each type of treatment program presents its own benefits and advantages.

But, you may consider choosing residential treatment in South Florida. This type of program ensures around-the-clock care for people in recovery. It also gives individuals the chance to interact and work closely with others who are working to overcome substance abuse.

Residential treatment is a type of program in which people live at their treatment facility while receiving care and developing relapse prevention strategies. Individuals who go through residential treatment programs often transition to outpatient programs after the initial part of their treatment is over.

This kind of treatment program offers plenty of benefits to those who are in recovery. In addition to receiving 24-hour care, individuals who are in residential treatment here in the South Florida area can:

  • Learn how to avoid addiction relapse.
  • Spend time with like-minded individuals.
  • Gain information about dealing with triggers.
  • Receive care away from active substance abusers.
  • Get treatment in a drug- and alcohol-free atmosphere.
  • Develop meaningful and helpful friendships with others in recovery.
  • Regularly attend individual and group therapy to help fight addiction.
  • Quickly get medical assistance during withdrawal and recovery.

A residential program for addiction is often the idea people have in mind when they think of professional treatment. Sometimes, individuals feel a little nervous about spending time away from all that’s familiar to them in order to get treatment.

But, sometimes, a change in scenery is the best thing for those who are beginning their journey to recovery. It may be more helpful to spend time away from home and the people and places that influenced you to engage in drug and alcohol use.

By the time the treatment process is over, you will be equipped with the tools you need in order to avoid relapse. You can then use those skills to continue leading a successful, healthy, addiction-free life!

Getting Residential Treatment in South Florida

Do you think residential treatment is right for you? If so, then we can help you here at 1st Step Behavioral Health! To learn more about our addiction treatment services and programs, just contact us today by calling (866) 319-6126.

Take a step toward health and freedom. Let us help you overcome addiction in your life for good!

Resources:

https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.fadaa.org/resource/resmgr/files/resource_center/FADAA_SubstanceAbuseTrendsCo.pdf

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Residential-Treatment-Programs-097.aspx https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/residential

Black Balloons In Memory of Loved Ones

In this blog, the subjects of research and legislation and other factors that affect the future of south Florida rehab centers is often the focus, with a little dash of interesting stories about a survivor here or there throw in and a sprinkle of public education. However, people with substance use disorders aren’t always able to benefit from blogs like this or even residential detox or anything comparable to south Florida quality drug rehab programs. Many of them find themselves leaving behind families and loved ones, having fallen before the chronic illness of substance use disorder instead of ending up in the local news website with a story of inspiration intended for others to find strength in who are going through the same thing. The people in this unfortunate situation of passing on and losing the battle against addiction totalled more than 70,000 last year, more people than died from car accidents during the same period.

In Midland, Michigan, the survivors have taken up the task of reminding everyone that these aren’t statistics or just numbers, but people that had families, children, brothers and sisters that miss them. Unified by their loss of a loved one to addiction, people like Alyssa Wood are carrying black balloons with a message of love and the name of the person they lost written on it for a day.

“I’ve really used her passing as kind of a motive to go out and teach about stigma reduction and to do prevention work,” Wood said in an interview with their local NBC affiliate. Her work is cut out for her. Even within hospitals with trained physicians, identifying much less not holding social biases against someone who they suspect might be affected by addiction is still rather common and the public is largely lagging behind what they know.  

Psychologists and statisticians who have studied the phenomenon of ‘stigma’ agree that when putting a cultural bias towards something, it doesn’t matter if that thing is right or wrong, good or bad, it will influence people toward that bias or belief. This includes the belief that addiction itself is of a moral failing and that the only proper way to handle it is through passing judgement on the choices made by that person. This usually has the opposite effect culturally, and those suffering from addiction will often hide their condition for fear of judgement or in the case of illegal drugs, criminal penalty.

In fact, one of the goals of this blog is the same as these black balloons, but sometimes, it helps to put the idea into physical reality, that people were lost and they were important to their families, not junkies that were already ‘thrown away by society’, but everyday people, neighbors, friends…and family.  If the research, expert opinions, results of studies and practical aspects of it don’t make people see addiction as far more complicated than simply ‘bad choices’ or ‘moral failings’, maybe these black balloons will.

Addiction is a chronic illness that gets more severe the longer it is left untreated. If you or someone you love is suffering from substance use disorder, call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126.

A Florida County’s Addiction Problem In The Spotlight

While First Step Behavioral Health aims to help people with it’s south Florida drug rehab center and alcohol treatment facilities, the story of the epidemic of addiction for the whole state is a concern that is important to follow. Even though Broward County drug rehab serves a distinct and defined area, geographical boundaries are of no concern to the illness of substance use disorder no more than the flu respects street signs.  So it is of concern when Florida Today recently ran a story showing that Brevard County addiction that is known may pale in comparison to the unknown amounts of citizens there that could be suffering.

Brevard already ranks rather high in the amount of addiction cases and overdoses within the state, so news that the problem may be deeper than the surface numbers is concerning. The opioid crisis in general has hit Brevard rather hard, which has responded with policies that heavily restrict even prescription dispensing by physicians. Ordinarily, prescription drugs tend to be filled on a per-month basis, but opioids have been singled out into allowing only three-day lengths of time with some special cases allowing up to seven-prescriptions on a case-by-case basis.

Brevard County Opioid Abuse Task Force’s organizer Stanley Brizz, who himself lost his best friend and brother to opioid addiction, will be appearing at a fundraising event in association with Florida Today’s award winning podcast, “Murder on the Space Coast”.  Brizz background in psychology and crisis intervention, along with twelve years experience working with Eckerd Connects youth and community services, will be explored along with the uniquely Floridian version of the addiction crisis that the entire country is tackling.

“This issue affected my life personally before I even thought of starting up Brevard’s Opioid Task Force, but the task idea came from what I saw Orange County’s Drug Free Office doing with their task force,” Brizz remarks regarding his organizing his own opioid task force. His best friend died at 25 of an overdose while visiting a friend and his brother was paralyzed by police when he was twenty when he was shot in the back while trying to rob a pharmacy for prescription medication.

“This is just not a problem for ‘poor’ people or people experiencing homelessness that you see on the street,” warns Brizz. “It affects everyone in a community and the problem is worse in Brevard than many think and many times it begins with legitimate use of pain medication that unexpectedly turns into addiction – for children and adults.”

His appearance on the podcast will be presented live at Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach while the archive will be posted for listening later for those who cannot attend or tune in as it is broadcast.

As Brizz notes, addiction is not a problem of individuals, but a problem that communities must face together.

Substance use disorder is a serious chronic illness that requires professional treatment. Call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 for treatment options.

Power of the Many

Substance use disorder is continuing to gain concern from the general population. As everything from south Florida alcohol treatment centers filling up to the poster child of the addiction epidemic leading many to seek treatments for oxycodone withdrawal symptoms, the spotlight on addiction treatment and awareness continues to expand and get brighter, shining a light on an extremely large blind spot in American healthcare concerns and especially coverage.

While it’s easy to tell each person you might meet suffering from the debilitating symptoms of addiction to just ‘get over it’, eventually, you will run out of breath, requiring a more dragnet-style approach, utilizing the power of the collective culture harnessed through government representatives to truly address the growing problem that claimed more lives than car accidents in 2018. In fact, congress passed SUPPORT For Patients and Communities act which expands coverage of research-based (not faith based like 12 step programs) addiction and mental health treatment.

While this is a good gesture to begin with, there’s no reason to stop here. Several more considerations could be implemented into policy that could have long lasting benefit to keep America from facing a seriously problem like this ever again:

  • Foster the increase of treatment personnel with fiscal policy that encourages people to enter the field. Not only will this help curb the growth of addiction in communities, it will help the preventative measures that can keep the problem from becoming so widespread as it is now.
  • Encourage cross training of physicians into the field of psychology and psychiatry. Many physicians today espouse the false beliefs of how addiction works, that it’s the role of an individual that causes that individual to form an addiction in the first place, passing judgement rather than identifying the problem AND handing them off to a certified treatment facility.
  • Modify policies to include addiction in chronic disease category. This would allow for funding of long term treatment for those who find themselves battling with substance use disorder. While treatment and detox last just a few months, the condition never truly subsides as the neurobiology of a person has permanently changed once the disorder takes hold.
  • For addictions that have medication assisted treatment, lowering the cost of these drugs through collective bargaining as well as expanding the availability of doctors to prescribe these drugs would greatly increase the chances that they can be used for patients that need them.

While the country continues to wake up to the reality that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing, it’s imperative that everyone reading this understand that it will take the power of culture and pressure to successfully overcome what is an epidemic that is costing the country twice as much as cancer annually and is already five times the cost it took to get a handle on the AIDS/HIV crisis during its absolute height.

We can do better.

If you or someone you love is suffering from chronic substance use disorders, find them quality treatment in a south Florida drug rehab center like First Step Behavioral Health by calling (866) 319-6126.

Environment and Relapse

For people going through a south Florida drug rehab, they will no doubt hear at some point that two thirds of people who successfully finish treatment will relapse within the first year and may even find those numbers discouraging. However, centers that offer substance abuse treatment in Florida are also aware of this statistic and understand that gaining control over a substance use disorder is not always an easy task, nor is it a quick task. It’s not a one-size-fits-all process when treating patients seeking help and it’s important to not see relapse as a complete failure of treatment, but a sign that more must be done.

Relapses are often triggered by environmental factors. These can be everything from social surroundings to physical surroundings to a mixture of both. They can also come from unlikely places, even as bizarre as seeing a television commercial at a certain time of day. It really depends on the person how these environmental factors play out, which makes it difficult to get ‘right’ in treatment on the first try, especially for obscure environmental ‘triggers’.

It’s well known that environment is highly influential in addiction. Multiple studies by multiple universities and research groups using cocaine and mice have proven that learned behavior in association with addiction is a strong link that can create higher levels of risk of relapse if left unchecked. When a person is developing a substance use disorder, memories play a strong role in how that addiction is registered within the neurobiology of the brain, which changes on each use and is also linked with non-chemical addictions that have also become notable recently such as internet and social media addictions. The environment, when combined with memory and reward structures which can vary wildly but often times are associated with substance use, instill an almost ‘Pavlov’s Dog’ response. Pavlov’s dog experiment involved feeding a dog a treat after ringing a bell. Eventually, the treat was removed and when the bell was rung, the dog would salivate, even after a long time from the treat being removed from the situation.

To an addict in recovery, a similar kind of ‘mental salivation’ or ‘itch to use’ can be triggered in this same way, but without any intentional effort by the person themselves or even others around them. It is often why relapses occur in the first place; someone is taken off guard by something that seems completely innocuous. However, it must be understood that this relapse is not necessarily a failure, but a learning moment for the patient in the right frame of mind to recognize the event, even if they succumb to it. Addressing the environmental factors will strengthen their ability to control their substance use disorder over time. While it might feel like a setback, if the patient is still willing to beat their addiction, there’s much to learn from these moments that will ensure future success in their battle.

Addiction is a chronic illness that affects more than two million Americans and most go untreated. If you or someone you know could be suffering from addiction, call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 for professional drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale.

A Court Battle To Pay Attention To

While the stigma of addiction within the public eye changes, which will encourage more people in south Florida to seek drug rehab rather than try to hide it, there are other conditions that also must be addressed as things like residential detox are no longer strongly and harshly judged by society at large, such as legalities associated with treatment.

In Pennsylvania, a court case which may set a precedent on how many states look at laws governing the liability of those who treat both people seeking addiction treatment as well as those seeking mental health treatment. As the culture surrounding addiction begins to understand the intricacies that involve mental health as a major component of the causes of addiction, it brings the necessity to revisit current laws on the books and how they promote and reinforce the things we now know about the illness. For instance, it should be immediately that the ‘War On Drugs’ policies treating possession of substances decriminalized as it would be like criminalizing have Attention Deficit Disorder or criminalizing someone with bipolar.

In this same way, it’s worth revisiting laws that dictate differences or lack thereof in treatment facilities and liabilities of those responsible for their care.

The case in Pennsylvania looks to separate the laws that apply to patients looking for treatment for substance use disorder from other mental health conditions. The case, which involves the surviving family of a person who went into treatment for opioid use disorder and died ten days later under the care of the staff of that facility. So far, the case has moved to state supreme court after a previous court denied the separate since the treatment facility was also treating the patient for diagnosed mental health issues.

Currently, the books there state that the lawsuit cannot hold up because the prosecution is suing for something that happened under a different statute. The outcome could be a reinforcement or setback to how the public perceives substance use disorder as a chronic illness with heavy mental health implications or as this ‘other thing’ that’s more about individual morality and ‘choice’ judgements. Research into psychiatry, neurobiology and psychology already agree that the statistics show a high correlation with issues like trauma and addiction, though no real causation has been discovered with any predictability, meaning that they agree there’s a highly likely link. All research agree that morals of an individual play nearly no role as to how addiction starts or continues.  A case that ignores this correlation legally reinforces the possibility that the War On Drugs will continue to criminalize possession and incarcerate those who have a severe addiction rather than getting them treatment options like drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale.

All that aside, if the court case gets struck down at the State Supreme Court, there may be a push to take it further up the chain of judicial command which would elevate the consequences of the ruling further.  

Substance use disorder is a chronic illness that becomes more severe the longer it is left untreated. Call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 for treatment options that are right for you or someone you know who might be facing addiction.

If You’re Not A Part Of The Solution…

One of the things unique to America is the idea of self-determination and many of us internalize (and externalize) this ideology to fault. If someone is suffering from substance use disorder, the only one at fault for not contacting a south Florida drug rehab is that of the addict. If someone’s life collapses around them as a result of severe drug abuse, the onus is only on them to seek out south Florida detox treatment.

The problem with this line of thinking is that the effects of substance use disorder, as well as the solution, are not individualistic, though a good portion of the concentrated effects center around the person with the illness. In reality, where most of us agree we operate day to day, the effect of one person suffering from substance use disorder is not confined to themselves and the effects of their condition ripple out into the world, suggesting it’s not an individual problem but a community and society problem.

This problem is not shrinking, either, it’s growing.

Consider the situation of how environmental factors foster and encourage addiction. Consider the consequences of fostering addiction by ignoring it or refusing to offer any kind of help, whether direct with getting someone into, for instance, residential detox or indirectly by refusing to help with community funding for treatment centers in general. Even refusal to accept minor tax increases aimed at expanding healthcare to include addiction and mental health treatment options contributes to the problem.

Today, in America, nearly 20% of people over the age of 14 exhibit some form of substance use disorder. While many have quietly harbored their battles internally, other people have lost that ability to internalize their struggle, which explodes into the public. Currently, society is paying five times the cost of the AIDS epidemic in terms of socialized costs of covering related illnesses and deaths. The common belief is that cancer is the bigger threat to the American health liabilities, but in actuality, substance abuse is actually costing us twice as much as cancer monetarily. But we don’t say to a cancer patient, “Well, it’s your problem, you deal with it”.  We understand that as a member of a modern, and mostly civilized society, that we are only as strong as our weakest links and that if we break the chain too much, there’s nothing to be proud about. There’s no society at that point, just a lot of sick, sick people.

Addiction is complicated and it’s not simply a matter of choice. When we, as a society, begin to disregard the needs of our fellow neighbors, we disregard the conditions that made the country great to begin with, which wasn’t rugged individualism, but care for one another, whether financially or physically. Now it’s time to consider how much the country needs the help of mental health access because if we don’t consider it, there soon may be no ‘greatness’ to return to.

Substance use disorders require professional treatment at centers like First Step Behavioral Health. If you or someone you know suffers from this chronic illness, call (866) 319-6126 for treatment options.

Colorado Attempts To Fast Track Addiction Treatment From the ER

For many people who are looking for south Florida rehab centers, whether for themselves or someone else, one of the places that would seem like a major help often isn’t: the hospital. Finding drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale, for instance, often times won’t be a referral from a doctor but more likely from an internet search or even something like a billboard on the side of the freeway. Considering the serious health issues that come with addiction, it’s somewhat bizarre that this is the case for most hospitals, that they are neither equipped to really identify addiction in its early stages nor know where to send people for treatment if they even diagnose it.

Colorado has noticed this deficiency in their healthcare organizations and have decided to look for solution, as have many states. Their particular approach is to start getting many of their physicians certified to administer buprenorphine and other medical assisted treatment drugs in their hospitals for addictions that have MAT’s (certain substances do not have any medications of this sort available, the most notable and dangerous being methamphetamine). The efforts are being made in an attempt to at least try and ‘kickstart’ a path into a professional treatment facility by being the first contact with addiction help, primarily in the ER where hospital staff frequently will come into contact with people suffering from an overdose.

There has already been a federal push to fund drugs like naloxone, which is one of many opioid-based nullifying drugs which can prevent overdose as well as partially or completely eliminate both withdrawal symptoms and cravings for further opioid use.

With this new Colorado proposal, a biophysical assessment performed by a licensed therapist at the point of contact inside the hospital will give potential candidates the opportunity to begin their early treatment through the hospital itself through MAT’s such as prescription buprenorphine. The program hopes to encourage not only medical staff to better understand addiction, since even today many physicians still internalize a belief that addiction is a purely self-inflicted morality failure, but also to prevent overdoses and fast track people suffering from substance use disorders into a treatment that can truly help them.

As the country, as well as Florida and it’s plethora of south Florida drug rehab facilities and treatment centers, continues to handle this issue independently, the conversation’s movement and the public opinion needle are slowly inching toward what many believe will be far more effective in this issue which is the marriage of mental health and physical health both in terms of coverage of insurance as well as offerings from medical establishments, especially where conditions like addiction concern both simultaneously. Often times, it’s not enough to simply beat the physical dependency of a substance, but to undergo behavioral therapy and psychological treatments that give a person in recovery the tools to resist cravings and relapse triggers.

If you or someone you know is looking for substance use disorder treatment, call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 for treatment options.

The ‘Addictionary’

Addiction is currently one of the most widely talked about topics in both the news and the medical and psychology fields of professionals, as is evidenced here by so many people looking for services from south Florida drug rehab centers. The Research Recovery Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, is a non-profit research group dedicated to the advancement of addiction treatment and recovery, recently published what is called ‘The Addictionary’. It features terminology and definitions that surround the condition and acts as an introductory resource for both the general public and physicians interested in finding out more about the chronic illness of substance use disorder.

The following are some small excerpts from The Addictionary, which can be found in full at https://www.recoveryanswers.org/addiction-ary/:

  • ADDICTION – According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a primary, chronic neurobiologic disease with genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influence its development and manifestations. Addiction is characterized by behaviors that include: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, cravings.
  • BEHAVIORAL HEALTH – The health care field concerned with substance use and other mental health disorders.
  • CODEPENDENCY – Emotional or psychological over-reliance on a partner, especially in relation to an illness or disease such as substance use disorder.
  • COERCION – The practice of compelling a victim to act against his or her will by using psychological pressure, physical force or threats or by withholding drugs.
  • COLD TURKEY – Slang term for the abrupt and complete cessation of addictive substance use. It stems from the goosebumps often observable on the skin of individuals in physiological withdrawal.
  • DEPENDENCE – The state in which metabolic status and functioning is maintained through the sustained presence of a drug and it’s removal results in a mental or physical disturbance or withdrawal.
  • DETOX – Short for ‘detoxification’, the medical process focused on treating the physical effects of withdrawal from substance use and comfortably achieving metabolic stabilization is a prelude to longer-term treatment and recovery.
  • LAPSE – A nontechnical term, also referred to as a ‘slip’. It implies a short-term resumption of substance use, usually for a night or day, that is followed by a return to the original goal of moderate use or abstinence.
  • MAINTENANCE DOSE – The amount of a medication administered to preserve it’s desired level in the bloodstream.
  • NEONATAL ABSTINENCE SYNDROME – A postnatal withdrawal syndrome inherited by children exposed to substances, most often opioids, during pregnancy. Babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are more likely to suffer from low birth weight, breathing problems, feeding problems, seizures or birth defects.
  • NIMBY – Short for ‘Not In My Back Yard’. A characterization of opposition by residents to proposed development within their local area, such as for addiction treatment centers or harm-reduction programs. It often correlates with strong fears of increased crime, poverty, drug use or community degradation. The term tends to carry the connotation that residence would tolerate or even support the new development if it were not proposed in such close proximity to themselves.

Finding drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale is as simple as calling First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 which offers many treatment options include residential detox.

Mix and Match

When seeking a south Florida drug rehab for addiction it’s important to educate yourself as best as possible about the options available, which can vary widely depending on the substances that are used, the history of the person, their medical history and whether the person has ever been diagnosed for mental health issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It can seem extremely overwhelming for someone who has never looked into either substance abuse treatment in Florida or even the information into what kind of condition addiction is itself. A lot of information is heavily influenced by cultural beliefs rather than research from the medical and scientific communities so it’s important to be able to discern conjecture and speculation informed by cultural bias from modern medicine and psychology.

The important thing to pay attention to is that a good treatment center will ‘mix and match’, so to speak multiple treatments and even diagnosis’ which is typically called ‘holistic approach’ or ‘holistic treatment’. When looking at a person who has an addiction, it’s important that treatment to be tailored to the individual as best as possible. Just as someone who goes to the dentist will have a visit to determine what kind of work, if any, might be called for instead of just removing the same teeth from everyone that walks through the door, treatment requires a variety of assessments that will include psychological and mental health analysis along with physical analysis.

Because there are parts of addiction that aren’t completely understood either from the psychology field and neurobiology field, the holistic approach is considered the most effective as it combines the pieces of both fields that to put together the best ‘picture’ of how the addiction has affected the patient as possible, basically the idea that the sum of the parts makes a more complete whole. Some treatments such as 12 Step only programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) often do not only a single kind of one-size-fits-all approach, but also mix in elements of spirituality and morality into program, which have, statistically, very low success rates. That is not to say they do not work for everyone, but often this approach alone is not as effective as modern holistic approaches which can include medication, psychological counseling which often uncover unaddressed mental health issues such as trauma and depression or even, as earlier noted, uncover conditions like ADHD which have shown to be found in 25% of addicts and often unidentified at time of treatment for the addiction.

There’s a lot to discover, unpack and learn, especially when going into subjects like inheritance of genes that have been identified as possible contributors to addiction susceptibility, the kinds of drugs that are available for some kinds of physical addictions and so many more aspects, but if you keep in mind that the best treatments don’t just use one kind of approach, you’ll at least have a better chance of finding a treatment that works for you.

If you or someone you know is looking for drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale, call First Step Behavioral at (866) 319-6126.