Finding addiction therapy in Florida begins with finding the right treatment center. The right center must understand your individual needs to best create a treatment plan for you. We would be honored to be that center for you. Allow us to guide you through the different types of addiction therapy.

Addiction Therapy At 1st Step Behavioral Health

Addiction therapy at 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, is reflective of a commitment to lasting recovery for patients, as well as the supportive and caring environment provided by the staff.

Understanding Individual Treatment Needs in Addiction Therapy

man talking to counselor and receiving addiction therapy

Addiction therapy here at 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, is reflective of a commitment to lasting recovery for patients, as well as the supportive and caring environment provided by the staff. We prioritize customizing each patient’s treatment, ensuring that you or a loved one’s needs are fully taken care of. Those seeking treatment all have a different background with varying needs. Those varying needs need to not only be acknowledged, but tailored to.

We offer many kinds of different treatment options. The following are our levels of care – each person and situation is different so please feel free to talk to one of our specialists today to determine where you fit. 

Medical Detox

To put it simply, detox or detoxification is a process that allows the body to get rid of chemicals and drugs. The purpose of detoxification is to manage withdrawal symptoms safely when a drug addict stops taking alcohol or drugs. Every individual goes through a different experience at the beginning of the detoxification process. According to our medical professionals, the reason behind different experiences is the type of drug and how long an addict has been using it.

Our treatment center in Pompano Beach, Florida boasts a state of the art, medically licensed detox facility that is properly equipped to safely & comfortably manage drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Our drug detox center safely helps a substance abuser through the experience of withdrawal from consistent use of drugs and alcohol. We understand that finding addiction therapy in Florida can be a little overwhelming, which is why we offer top of the line care for our patients.

Residential Treatment

Our residential treatment center provides an intensive and structured program in a home-like environment. We offer apartment-style living with semi-private rooms and shared living and recreation areas. The residential center utilizes medical staff and psychiatric care is also available. We provide personalized, compassionate care for individuals struggling with addiction or co-occurring mental health problems. Some individuals may be admitted directly to the residential program, while others may first go through drug and alcohol detox and inpatient treatment, then later transfer into our residential program. 

Each person’s evaluation of well-being will vary. This is why our patients will work with a counselor to determine their Individual Plan for recovery, including determining what the most beneficial level of care will be at the outset. Our philosophy is that there is not going to be a linear path for addiction recovery. Begin your road to recovery by choosing the right place for addiction therapy in Florida. We would be honored to be that place for you or a loved one.

Intensive Outpatient Program

An intensive outpatient program or IOP consists of regularly scheduled sessions of structured addiction treatment and mental health counseling. Addiction and co-occurring mental health problems have varying levels of care available, to correspond to a natural ability to navigate life without the desire for drugs and alcohol abuse. The intensive outpatient program for substance abuse is a middle ground between Residential Treatment and Aftercare. 

In other words, IOP is a step-down level of care for individuals who have completed detox and residential, so they can continue to receive the support of treatment programming. This gives a patient more flexibility in regards to not needing 24-hour supervision. 

What is Addiction?

Simply put, addiction is a mental disorder that causes a person to not be able to control their use of an addictive substance, even if it’s damaging their life. Over one in seven people, which is about 40 million people over the age of 12 in America, are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Other serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease affect only 19, 26 and 27 million respectively, which makes addiction one of the most common diseases in America. Yet, despite that, many people don’t view it as a serious disease, believing instead that those suffering with addiction simply make bad choices or lack willpower.

It’s possible to abuse drugs or alcohol and not be addicted, even if this drug use causes health, legal or financial issues. However, the people in this category are able to make the choice to stop or continue on their own and change their patterns of abuse.

Addiction, on the other hand, is a serious and progressive disease that requires professional and often long-term treatment. Without addiction therapy, it only gets worse. Those suffering with addiction get sicker and may even die.

Why is it Necessary to Get Addiction Therapy at a Drug Rehab?

Most people would never attempt to treat something like cancer, heart disease or diabetes at home or by themselves, because they know that these are progressive diseases and avoiding treatment can lead to death. Believe it or not, addiction is very similar to these diseases. It’s also a progressive disease that requires professional intervention and treatment before it gets worse or results in death.

One of the first steps in addiction treatment is often medical detox, since withdrawal from these substances without help can be dangerous. A medically managed detox program can help ease the process of getting clean and sober.

However, what those suffering with addiction really need is behavioral therapy to manage triggers, deal with relapse and understand the underlying cause behind the addiction.

The following are common triggers for addiction and relapse:

  • Chronic stress or sudden life stress like job loss or a death
  • Social networks that include other substance abusers
  • Environmental cues

If you or your loved one is struggling with the disease of addiction, addiction therapy is the only answer. If you’re ready to seek the help you need in overcoming addiction, give 1st Step Behavioral Health a call today at 866-319-6126. Our reach out to our team by contacting us here.

About the Author: Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.