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Simple Tips to Help Family Members Cope With Addiction Within the Family

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Tips to Help Family Members Cope With Addiction Within the FamilyMuch research has been done regarding the effects of substance abuse on an addict. When someone is addicted, there is plenty of focus on how to provide treatment and help them stay sober. However, family members often don’t receive the attention and treatment they need. If you are an addict’s family member, you’re probably going through a plethora of confusing emotions and wondering where to turn for help. The Treatment Center is honored to provide the guidance you need.

Educate Yourself

Some drug and alcohol abuse symptoms are common no matter what substance the addict uses. Such symptoms include severe weight loss or gain, bloodshot or glazed eyes, poor performance at work or school, and loss of interest in favorite activities. That said, some symptoms are unique to specific drugs. A heroin addict might have nosebleeds or a sore or peeling nose if the drug is snorted.

The Treatment Center urges family members to educate themselves on the specific drug being abused and its effects. Additionally, family members should educate themselves on recovery. Many people assume once an addict achieves sobriety, the addiction is “over.” Actually, addiction is a lifelong disease. Your loved one may relapse, or need continuous therapy to maintain sobriety. Most addicts battle temptation the rest of their lives, but can overcome it with a strong support system of family and friends.

Treatment, Not Punishment

Addicts’ family members often communicate treatment is punishment, whether they mean to or not. The addict gets the message he or she has done something bad, shamed the family, or deserves to feel miserable. Thus, his or her confidence and self-concept sinks lower, increasing the likelihood of seeking substances for relief. A vicious cycle begins, one that families struggle to escape.

Although you may be angry, sad, or confused, don’t treat your addicted loved one as if he or she is being punished. Do not shut the addict out of your life unless they ‘re a legitimate danger to themselves or others. Don’t shield an addict from negative consequences such as court appearances or jail time, but don’t shame them. Set boundaries, but do not use them to shame the addict, or as a form of discipline.

Provide a Safe, Relaxing Environment

Addicts often struggle to feel safe. Their brains have been so affected; they think they need their substances of choice for basic survival. Addicts may deal with anxiety, depression, nightmares, tremors, and other frightening symptoms, especially during withdrawal. They will be given a safe environment in inpatient treatment; professionals are trained to help them cope. After treatment, though, your addicted loved one needs to feel safe and secure in whatever environment is available.

Your addicted loved one has learned to use drugs and alcohol to relax, or as a reward. Give them healthy alternatives; enjoy a shared hobby together, encourage them to exercise and eat some favorite healthy foods, or encourage them to get adequate sleep and do relaxing activities such as yoga and meditation. Keep the environment as calm as possible; in a relaxing environment, the addict’s brain will gradually calm, as well. It will relearn substances aren’t necessary for survival.

Do Not Enable Your Loved One

Loved ones often enable addicts without realizing what they are doing. Enabling can be anything from giving an addict money to giving them transportation to dealers. Sometimes, offering an addict a place to live is enabling, because the addict assumes they can use drugs in your home. Speak with treatment professionals to determine what constitutes enabling. Learn to say “no” and stick to it. Learn to recognize manipulation, and refuse to be sucked in.

Watch out for statements like,

“If you loved me, you would…” or “You know what will happen to me without this substance.”

Addicts’ families often struggle to set and keep boundaries on their own. They also struggle with getting an addicted loved one to accept treatment. If this is the case, seek outside help from family, friends, clergy, and addiction support groups like Al-Anon. An outside support system will not only keep your loved one on track, but also prevent you from enabling.

Recognize an Addict’s Potential

Engage in behaviors that encourage the addict to change. This is called positive enabling. Positive enabling encompasses offering the addict the opportunity to change through long-term treatment, and letting him or her know you believe change is possible. Let your addicted loved one know you remember who is still there underneath the addiction. Communicate that he or she can be that person again. Emphasize that although you will not contribute to the addiction, your love for the addict has not changed.

Take Care of Yourself

An old proverb says you cannot pour if your own cup is empty. While dealing with addiction, physically, mentally, and spiritually care for yourself. Eat right, and get adequate sleep and exercise. Do activities you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to get away for a break. Do not blame yourself; your loved ones addiction was not your fault. Your addicted loved one needs your strength, but strength can only come from a person who takes care of their own needs.

If Your Loved One Is Suffering From an Addiction, Don’t Hesitate to Contact
The Treatment Center Now.

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Hope Diaries 8: Relating in Rehab

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

This video in the YouTube series, “Hope Diaries,” features Steve, a Behavioral Health Tech at The Treatment Center. In this video, he shares his testimony about his path from addiction to recovery.

Steve explains he is able to relate to patients because he understands what it feels like to be caught in the grips of addiction. Today, he strives to provide hope to all of the patients he encounters.

“If you need a little motivation, if you think you’re not strong enough to handle it,
well I’m here to show you that you can.”

Steve has been sober since 2007. Find out how:

Feel free to share this video with family and loved ones who may be struggling with addiction, or may simply appreciate this powerful story of hope.

Court Liaison: Increasing Your Options

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

On numerous occasions during my years of criminal practice, I have found myself strongly recommending that my clients consider going to treatment. Treatment in lieu of incarceration, jail time or punishment is not only a solid legal strategy, but also a very humane and effective form of rehabilitation for those who struggle with addiction. As we all know however, the decision to send a client for treatment is not without its concerns.

The first thing I need to know is whether the center I am considering is accredited and well respected by the court. It will do me no good to send my client to an unrecognized facility. I want the prosecutor and the judge to be able to trust that the program we have chosen is an obviously superior alternative to jail or punishment.

I then want to know if I will have convenient access to my client. Will my client be available for consultations and court appearances? Will I be able to get my client on the phone on short notice? Is there video conferencing available?  Once the client is inside the facility and I no longer have direct access, I am dependent on the treatment program for all communication. I need to know that we can work together.

Finally and most importantly, I need to know that the program chosen will provide the correct documentation, on time, without exception. We all know what it is like to stand in front of the judge and make excuses for what was not provided in a timely manner by a third party. Careful coordination between my office and the treatment center is a necessity to ensure the best possible outcome for my client.

The relationship between attorney and treatment center should be one of close partnership. Both are working in the same direction with the same goal – serving the best interest of the client/patient. It is with this partnership in mind that the Court Liaison Program at The Treatment Center was created.  From the time of admission, treatment is coordinated with the needs of the court case in mind. Paralegals working under my supervision within the facility take much of the burden off of your office as they facilitate communication and coordinate the provision of documentation.

We have implemented a program that is integrated into every facet of treatment, from the admissions process to clinical decisions and aftercare planning. Attorneys nationwide are finding that our Court Liaison Program is making it possible to provide better, more efficient representation for their clients with substance abuse issues.

Rick Hutchinson, Esq.
Court Liaison Program Supervising Attorney
The Treatment Center

For more information on our court liaison program, please contact our Admissions Department: 



Six Tips for Staying Sober on Memorial Day

Friday, May 24th, 2013

In many areas of the country, Memorial Day represents the beginning of summer. Memorial Day launches a season of warm weather, summer vacations, barbecues and trips to the beach.

However, the holiday can be a stressful time for a person in recovery. Listed below are some tips that can help you stay sober on Memorial Day.

  1. Plan Your Whole Weekend
    Don’t let the holiday catch you off guard. Being prepared ahead of time will keep you from getting stressed out. For many people, Memorial Day is a four-day event. Make sure you have a plan for the entire weekend. Avoid going to events that could potentially trigger a relapse.
  2. Mentally Prepare Yourself
    If you are going to a party or event where alcohol will be served, check your motives before going to the event. Bring your own beverages to the party; this will ensure that you have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. Also, have a prepared response if someone asks you to drink or get high. Before you arrive at the event, plan an exit strategy. If you start to feel uncomfortable or unsafe, your exit strategy will come in handy.
  3. Contact Your Group Members
    If you can’t gather with your friends or family on Memorial Day, contact some members from your support group. Call several group members and plan your own party or barbecue. Members of your AA/NA group will understand what you’re going through and will be able to share their experiences.
  4. Ask For Support
    Don’t be afraid to call your family and friends and ask for support. Before the weekend begins, you can ask some of your loved ones to periodically check on you too.
  5. Create New Memorial Day Traditions
    If your old traditions put you at risk of using, create new ones. Check out a parade, go see a movie or go to the beach. There are plenty of sober activities that you can do.
  6. Remember You’re Not Alone
    Millions of people are in recovery in the United States and they are going through the same experiences that you are. If you’re having a difficult time coping over the holiday weekend, call your sponsor for support. Keep in mind that you can always call us at 1 (877) 392-3342, if you need someone to talk to.

Being in recovery doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy Memorial Day; it just means that you have to change your old habits.


What are the Benefits of Recovery Residences?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

After a patient leaves an addiction treatment center, it is imperative that they live in a safe and sober environment. For many patients, returning to their previous home is not in their best interest. A recovery residence, also referred to as a sober living home, is sometimes the best option for a person in early recovery.

Listed below are some of the benefits of recovery residences:

  • Recovery residences test residents on a regular basis for drugs and alcohol. Those that test positive will be asked to leave.
  • It allows individuals to transition to everyday life in a clean environment.
  • Residents can focus on their sobriety with limited distractions.
  • Recovery residences allow individuals to develop a regular schedule which creates structure in their lives.
  • Individuals can develop a network of sober friends.
  • Residents benefit from the support of people with similar goals and interests.
  • Recovery residences create a sense of community.
  • For individuals in an outpatient treatment program, it can help them stay on track with their therapy.
  • Recovery residences are based off of the principles of 12 step programs.

Individuals can choose from different types of recovery residences. Typically, recovery residences are designed for a specific population (e.g., gender, age, co-occurring problems). For people of faith, they can also choose to live in a Christian-based recovery residence.

If you live in an environment that is detrimental to your sobriety, we urge you to consider a recovery residence. It may be the solution that you are looking for.


Lost in Woonsocket Movie Premiere Event

Friday, April 19th, 2013


We are constantly looking for new ways to educate the public about the disease of addiction. One of the ways that we are doing this is by partnering with community organizations and local businesses to spread the word about drug abuse and alcoholism. The Treatment Center and several organizations are sponsoring the Palm Beach County movie premiere for Lost in Woonsocket.

Lost in Woonsocket is a documentary feature film that was born from the A&E series Random 1.  Missing for years, two alcoholics are discovered living together in the backwoods of Woonsocket, RI. A series of profound coincidences lead to miraculous reunions with their families and a chance at treatment, recovery and redemption. The real challenge, however, is yet to come; what happens when only one of the men is able to remain sober?

Lost in Woonsocket will be shown on April 26 at Mozart Theatre in Lake Park and on April 27 at Fern House in West Palm Beach. Both movie showings will start at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $20 for all moviegoers will be collected at the door at the Friday showing. At the Saturday showing, donations would be appreciated. All proceeds from the movie will benefit the Fern House and their Bridging the Gap Campaign.  Bridging the Gap is an 18 month campaign to fund the development of a new intensive transitional living facility for the Fern House.

This event would not be made possible without the support of local business sponsors who are underwriting 100% of the cost of bringing this movie to the community. We would like to thank Reichel Realty for providing us the Mozart Theatre for Friday night’s event. In addition, we would also like to thank Good Decisions Sober Living, Cameron Villas Recovery Residence, Fishermen’s Way Recovery, Local Management Web Design and There is a Solution – Sorella House for sponsoring the event.

We encourage everyone to come out and see this inspirational film.



Abuse of Prescription Drugs Biggest Drug-Related Threat

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Abuse of prescription drugs is the biggest drug-related threat to the health and safety of Floridians. The 2009 Florida Medical Examiner’s Report revealed that overdoses from prescription drugs kill seven Floridians each day. This is five times greater than deaths from all illegal drugs combined.

The explosion of pain clinics in Florida has contributed to the problem. Many of these are “pill mills” where drugs are traded for money. Florida has become popular for drug-seekers from other states to come and get a supply of prescription drugs.

According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 70 percent of people who abuse prescription drugs get their supply from their friends and family. Other patients receive their prescription drugs from one physician. Many others “doctor shop” to receive their prescriptions for pain medication. Stolen, forged or counterfeit prescriptions are a common way addicts get their supply of prescription drugs.

In January, Florida convened a Statewide Prescription Drug Task Force made up of several state agencies and charged them with finding solutions to the problem. In conjunction with federal agencies, the Task Force has accelerated their attack on the criminal activity that often surround prescription drug use.

A law, SB 2272, was passed that granted greater authority for health officials to regulate the pain clinics in Florida. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will begin in December. It will allow physicians to look at their patient’s prescription history. As a result, potential “doctor shoppers” will be discouraged.

Natural Cures to Alcoholism

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

An extract of the kudzu vine being developed to treat alcoholism may also help to treat cocaine addiction. Tests on rats showed the drug could stop them from giving themselves cocaine. Kudzu is an old remedy for alcoholism. The vine is native to Asia and has spread across the southeastern United States after being imported to control soil erosion.


The extract can also prevent relapse after rats are weaned off cocaine. Researchers found that it works by raising levels of a compound called tetrahydropapaveroline or THP. Cocaine cravings make levels of the brain chemical dopamine increase and THP interferes with this increase.


Alcohol Taxes Save Lives

Friday, August 13th, 2010

A new study from the University of Florida found that adjusting the alcohol tax to account for inflation since 1983 would save 600 to 800 people each year. That is the number who die each year from diseases caused by chronic heavy drinking. The last time the Florida legislature increased the alcohol taxes was in 1983.

“Previous studies conducted in the United States and other countries have clearly shown that increasing alcohol taxes is associated with reduced overall consumption of alcohol as well as reduced heavy drinking. This new study shows that increasing taxes on alcohol also influences the death rate from liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, gastric diseases, some cancers, and cardiovascular diseases caused by heavy alcohol use,” said study author Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina, Ph.D

The study did not include deaths from car accidents, crime and violence associated with alcohol use, and therefore understates the total health effects on taxing alcohol purchases.

Cocaine Addiction Research Receives Grant

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The director of the Center for Addiction Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the decision-making process of cocaine users.

The grant will be used to fund a five-year study of the ways cocaine addicts make specific decisions. The study will use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify those parts of the brain that addicts use in making important decisions.

“We know that individuals who are cocaine dependent make risky decisions, decisions that will put them at risk for anything from auto accidents to sexually transmitted diseases,” said Warren K. Bickel, Ph.D.,  a professor in the UAMS Department of Psychiatry. “All of their decisions revolve around the drug. Now we’re going to study active users, recreational users and those who have never used cocaine to see how they make specific decisions involving risky behaviors.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that the total costs of substance abuse is more than half a trillion dollars each year.

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