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You may believe you can guide your loved one–or yourself–through withdrawal and rehab at home, but inpatient drug rehab is the most effective way to treat substance abuse and lead to lifelong recovery.

Home Is Not a Neutral Environment

One of the most important elements of inpatient drug rehab is a neutral environment, which gives the person with substance abuse problems a space free of temptations and other enabling factors. Holistic rehab is a safe setting full of established tools and professional support that delivers the caring they need while relieving them from the burden of trying to manage typical daily life with recovery from addiction.

You Don’t Have the Tools You Need at Home

Recovery from addiction begins with withdrawal. Eliminating toxins from the body needs to be a professionally-supervised, guided, and supported process to minimize discomfort and relapse. Inpatient holistic rehab delivers a focused detoxification method and managed withdrawal with minimal introduction of new chemicals or non-narcotic detox medication into the body. Cleansing measures also include full-body rehabilitation and wellness through methods like yoga, meditation, nutrition, acupuncture, guided imagery, and herbal therapy.

There Are Too Many Distractions Outside of Rehab

Some argue it’s important to rehab in a known environment to learn to function without drugs or alcohol in familiar spaces. An inpatient drug rehab automatically eliminates obstacles and distractions that could derail recovery. Weaknesses and setbacks will occur, but if they happen in a completely sober environment free from distractions or access to off-limit substances, the individual will be focused on the goal of recovery. In a dedicated rehab facility, he or she will learn how to create a new lifestyle and develop healthy habits.

Choose Holistic Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Successful inpatient drug rehab and alcohol rehab contains many elements that cannot be mimicked in one’s own home.

Beachside Rehab in Fort Pierce, Florida, is an established inpatient holistic rehab facility that can help your loved one recover wholly so he or she is ready to embrace a new life, free of substances. Call today at 866-349-1770 to speak with a trained admissions counselor.



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Co-dependency is cause for concern. Shared poor choices, habits, or addictions are twice as troubling when two people are in peril. Rehab may be required, be it at an addiction center, alcohol treatment center, detox center, or someplace similar where you can get clean as a couple. As a couple struggling, it’s something you can commit to conquering as a team.

A Shoulder to Lean On, Support to Succeed

You’re in this together. When things are good, you’re golden. But when co-dependency on drugs or alcohol is a rough spot in your relationship, the battle takes double the effort to overcome. The good news is you have a built-in support system. You both understand what you’re going through and have a unique perspective on the pressure and pain. Plus, as a couple, you can count on one another as pillars of strength when times are at their toughest.

If you opt to enter a rehab center, your co-dependency can take a turn in a positive direction by doing it as a duo. Along with professionals to guide you, you’ll also encourage each other to commit to a cleaner lifestyle you can live with for the long haul–holistic, healthy, and happy.

Strengthen Your Relationship Through Recovery

In treatment, you can expect to learn how to reassess your relationship with clarity and a newfound commitment. You’ll delve deep into why you turn to substances rather than more effective solutions. In co-dependent situations, you will get to the core of your dysfunctional and damaged cycle and develop new strategies for survival.

As a couple, you’ll grow, but first you’ll break things down to the basics. You’ll learn how to live a drug- and alcohol-free life together, prepare for a new kind of commitment that is safer and more stable, and make way for many meaningful tomorrows as a couple centered around sobriety. Consider it a fresh start toward a promising future.

Treatment Today and For Many Tomorrows

Choosing the rehab route is a sign of better things to come. Co-dependent partners will take on the responsibility to not only help themselves as individuals, but as a couple that cares for one another. The unhealthy and dangerous habits and addictions that have been the dark cloud over your relationship will allow for the rays of light to break through as you move toward a remarkable recovery.

If you’d like to learn more about our couples’ holistic treatments for alcohol or drug dependency, contact our trained admissions counselors at 866-349-1770.)

 



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Even if you’re a high-functioning employee, drug or alcohol addiction will most likely impact your career at some point. It is easier to take that step toward addiction recovery and go to a private rehab center when you know how to discuss a rehab stay with your employer.

Explain What You Need

If you have kept your job throughout your addiction and maintained your productivity, your announcement of a rehab stay may come as a surprise to your employer. Even if it’s clear that you have needed help for some time, telling your boss that you need to tend to your health is not easy to do, especially if you are worried about privacy and the security of your job.

Explain to your employer what you need to do for yourself. Before you deliver your news, review the options available to you based on your employment contract and health insurance, and whether you qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Ideally, you have an employer that is understanding and makes this move easy for you.

But Don’t Give Too Many Details

It’s important to be transparent about your rehab stay. However, your employer does not need to know the breadth and depth of your addiction. You are not obligated to explain what substance you are addicted to nor how it has affected the rest of your life. Your finances and personal relationships are private matters.

It is helpful for your employer to know details that will allow them to help and support you as you make a transition from work to rehab and back to work again. Agree on the best term to use among coworkers, customers, and other relevant parties to preserve confidentiality. Quite often, the term “leave of absence” is all that is necessary.

Reassure Them of Your Value

Your employer hired you because you were considered the right person for your position. Let them know that you’re still the right person, and that taking care of your health in executive rehab will enable you to come back to your job as an even better and more capable employee.

It is natural for you to be concerned about losing your job because of your addiction, but the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects those who are in addiction recovery from workplace discrimination.

Make the right choice to seek help, so you can do the work that needs to be done to be successful in your career. Choose the holistic addiction recovery program at Beachside Rehab in Fort Pierce, Florida, for inpatient care, outpatient care, executive rehab, and private treatment . Call today at 866-349-1770 to connect with a trained admissions counselor.

 



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If your loved one has made the choice to go away for rehab, he or she has taken a positive first step toward recovery. You want to be as supportive and encouraging as possible, but that may be difficult to do if the chosen inpatient treatment center is far from home. How can you show your support when the miles separate you from your loved one?

First, remember this is a hopeful time. You may not be able to see or communicate with your loved one as much as you’d like, but he or she has chosen this rehab facility for a particular reason. Whatever that may be, you can show your support by accepting the decision.

Learn the Rules and Policies of the Inpatient Treatment Center

Each facility has its own set of rules. Some may allow phone calls the first week, while others may require a 30-day communication blackout period. It is important to learn the rules of your loved one’s rehab facility and follow them. Respecting such guidelines is one way to show you support your loved one’s choice of facility and, more importantly, his or her decision to embrace recovery.

While you’re waiting to talk to your loved one, write letters. If the facility doesn’t allow any correspondence at all, you can keep a scrapbook of the letters to give your loved one when it is permissible, or even when he or she returns home. That way you can “talk” every day and update your loved one on everyday life without overstepping boundaries.

Educate Yourself

Quite often, the time prior to a loved one’s admission to a rehab facility is very chaotic. Once he or she has started a treatment program, you will have some breathing space. Step back and educate yourself about the addiction and the path to recovery your loved one has chosen. Learn what to expect when your loved one returns home, as well as what boundaries you should establish for his or her return. Also learn the signs of relapse and be prepared to act quickly if this happens.

Participate as You are Able

Many rehabilitation centers encourage family members to visit on family days or for counseling sessions. If at all possible, go! But if miles, work, or other obligations make it impossible, don’t beat yourself up over that. Instead, show your support in any way you can. Send uplifting books or care packages of photos and snacks, if permissible. Keep your correspondence light and encouraging. Let your loved one know that you are there, you care, and you support the choice he or she made.

Finally, you can support your loved one by getting the support you need during this recovery period. After all, addiction affects the entire family. Find someone you can talk to, enter counseling, or look for a support group to give you the encouragement you need as you travel this path with your loved one.

Want to learn more about the ways to support your loved one while he or she is in a treatment program? Contact our trained admissions counselors at 866-349-1770. They can walk you through the part you’ll play in the your loved one’s recovery.

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Many times, the connection between substance abuse and mental health is a case of the chicken or the egg. Did the substance abuse begin because of emotional or mental strain, or has the alcohol or drugs led to mental health issues? Both situations could be true.

People who struggle with substance abuse may use drugs or alcohol to combat the symptoms and side effects of mental health problems. When you’re seeking help for a substance abuse problem, it’s important to find a dual diagnosis rehab that is prepared to treat addiction and mental health problems simultaneously.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorder

Addiction is one disease; mental unwellness is another. For many, they’re two distinct problems that are, nevertheless, wrapped up in each other.

  • A mental health disorder can be exaggerated by substances.
  • Mental instability can preexist before substance abuse or addiction.
  • Substances may be used to self-medicate for a mental health issue.
  • Substances may increase anxiety or depression.

Dual diagnosis treatment is used to address substance abuse and addiction, as well as mental health disorders such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • PTSD
  • Eating disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sex addiction
  • Gambling addiction
Understanding Dual-Diagnosis Rehab

A holistic, dual-diagnosis rehab facility acknowledges that more than one condition is in play –a person could have alcoholism, depression, drug addiction, anxiety, or other mental health problems all at the same time. After withdrawal and detox, a complete diagnosis is made.

Holistic rehab is not a band-aid for one problem while another is solved–it is a place designed to develop full-body wellness through recovery from addiction and any other threats to a person’s health. Identifying whether a client has an authentic mental health disorder or a substance-induced mental health problem is critical, so a customized treatment plan can be developed and addiction and mental health disorders can be treated simultaneously.

The Importance of Treating Two Diseases Together

Substance abuse can alter brain function, and this chronic disease can lead to a powerful, negative combination of a mental health disorder and addiction. Constant depression, anxiety, dread, worry, or fear is debilitating. It’s easy to understand why someone would look for ways to reduce the frequency and intensity of these feelings and replace them with happiness and calm.

When alcohol or substances enter the system, they combine with the brain to temporarily block the negativity emanating from it–but the escape doesn’t last long, and dependency can begin, leaving a person with an addiction that is enabled by a mental health problem.

A dual-diagnosis rehab treats the core of addiction to avoid a return to substance abuse. If you believe that you or a loved one suffer from a substance abuse problem and mental health condition, get help from our holistically focused dual-diagnosis rehab. Call today at 866-349-1770 to connect with a trained admissions counselor.

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Holistic rehab is a gentle way to rid yourself of the drugs you’re chained to and find a peaceful road to recovery—body, mind, and spirit. The fundamental aspects of holistic addiction rehab are focused on overall wellness, so you can eliminate substance abuse permanently and recover from this chapter of your life feeling healthy and prepared to maintain sobriety.

1.Holistic rehab treats the whole person.

The foundation of holistic medicine is to treat a problem at its source, not just apply a band-aid to a wound or only treat symptoms. Holistic rehab goes beyond the superficial and discovers the root of drug addiction or alcoholism to prepare a person for physical, mental, and emotional recovery.

2. Holistic addiction centers go beyond rehab basics.

All addiction centers focus on rehabilitating people so they have the strength to abstain from their substance of choice. A holistically augmented program builds on the basics of all rehab and can include a host of therapies, from individual cognitive behavioral therapy to group art therapy.

The focus on full-body rehab and wellness of holistic addiction treatment can also include alternative medicine practices like yoga, acupuncture, meditation, nutrition, guided imagery, reiki, massage, and herbal therapy.

3. Detox is more natural in holistic drug rehab.

Detoxification and managed withdrawal are necessary in addiction rehab. While traditional rehabs often use prescribed medications for difficult detoxes or offer medically assisted recovery to diffuse cravings, holistic rehab focuses on minimizing the introduction of any new medications or chemicals into the body.

Withdrawal is impossible to avoid, but the cleansing measures at a holistic addiction center–herbal supplementation, nutritional support, rest, and more–can ease the discomfort of detoxing. The goal is to begin a natural process of healing and that begins with holistic detoxification to deal with the symptoms of withdrawal without relying on non-narcotic detox medication.

4. Holistic rehab has nothing to do with religion.

It is a common misconception that holistic rehab adheres to a religious point of view. You do not have to believe in any higher being or have a spiritual practice to find success through holistic addiction treatment.

Holistic rehab is adapted to fit your personal beliefs–the only requirement is that you be open to embracing the tenet that mind, body, and soul are intertwined, and that a natural approach to healing your body will help you begin recovery immediately and maintain abstinence from substance abuse.

You have choices when it comes to the addiction center that is right for you or your loved one. Choose the holistic addiction rehab program at Beachside Rehab in Fort Pierce, Florida, for a gentle, effective route to lifelong wellness. Call today at 866-349-1770 to connect with a trained admissions counselor.

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It starts out with a beer during the game, or a martini after work. But slowly, alcohol has become an essential part of your loved one’s life, to the point where you have genuine concerns. How do you know when it’s time to seek alcohol treatment and rehab?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 17 million adults over 18 have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Their research shows that approximately one-third of the people who seek help have no symptoms of AUD a year later. But getting treatment is essential.

These signs are indicators that the time has come to seek professional help for your loved one:

Hidden Drinking

If your loved one is hiding the amount he or she is drinking, it’s a clear sign there’s a problem. If you find empty vodka bottles in the trashcan, for instance, you need to talk to your loved one about getting help.

Inability to Control Alcohol Use

Does your loved one promise to only have one drink, yet finishes a case of beer in an evening? Does he or she drink even when taking prescriptions that warn not to mix with alcohol? If the person is drinking at times when it is inappropriate or even dangerous, it’s a red flag that alcohol treatment is necessary.

An Increased Tolerance to Alcohol

Those who drink on a frequent basis build an increased tolerance and are able to consume ever-increasing amounts without feeling the effects of alcohol. If you notice your loved one needs to drink more to achieve a “buzz,” he or she should seek help.

Neglecting Responsibilities

When alcohol takes over a person’s life, everything else is pushed aside, including regular responsibilities. If your loved one suddenly misses work, starts failing in school, or neglects his or her family, it’s an indicator that alcohol use is at a dangerous level.

Dangerous Behavior

Those under the influence of alcohol may partake in behavior dangerous to themselves and others. For example, if your loved one has ever driven while buzzed or drunk, it’s time to find an alcohol rehab. Another red flag—evidence of injuries or accidents the person cannot explain.

Legal Problems

While under the influence, a loved one may be arrested for a variety of reasons, including public drunkenness, violence, disorderly conduct, or even driving while under the influence. Before it reaches the point where the person loses his or her freedom, help should be sought.

Physical Problems

A doctor can pinpoint the physical problems your loved one is experiencing as a consequence of drinking, such as heart or liver damage. However, some physical signs are visible even to the untrained. If the person has a loss of appetite, decreased libido, unsteadiness, red or puffy face, or withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, cramps or nausea, drinking may be the source of the problem.

Blackouts

Blackouts—the loss of memory after sustained drinking—are a major indicator that alcohol use has become a problem. There’s no telling what a person can do to himself or others while experiencing amnesia caused by alcohol. If you know someone who has experienced such blackouts, getting immediate help is crucial.

Alcohol abuse can cost your loved one his or her freedom, livelihood, relationships and even life. If you recognize one or more of these warning signs in a loved one who drinks, you don’t have to go it alone.  Our trained admissions counselors can answer your questions and address any concerns. Call 866-349-1770 to learn more about the steps to recovery.

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Once a person decides to enter an addiction center for treatment, the question becomes, “Where should I go?” Of course, the decision often depends on insurance coverage. But if the option is available, some may find going away for drug or alcohol rehab can be preferable to staying local.

When exploring different inpatient programs, the emphasis should always be on what the program can do for you, no matter where it is located. The location of the facility, however, can also play a pivotal role in your long-term success.

Consider these reasons to seek a treatment center that fits your needs and puts distance between you and home.

More Choices for Alcohol or Drug Rehab

It is essential to identify treatment that will give you the best chance of successful recovery. If you limit your search to inpatient programs close to home, you may also limit be limiting your options for quality treatment.

Change Is Good

Deciding to enter an addiction center is one of the best–and biggest–changes a person struggling with addiction can make. A new location brings new hope, and a respite from the way of life you once knew. Psychologically, this could help change your mindset, allowing you to switch gears and devote yourself to your recovery.

Once You’re There, You’re There

Often someone checks into a treatment center, then changes his or her mind for any number of reasons. When you are in a local facility, it’s too easy to walk out the door and right back to your problems. When you put some distance between yourself and your home, you have to think twice before leaving when things get hard. That distance may be enough to keep you at the treatment center, receiving the help you need.

Privacy and Confidentiality

While in a treatment center, you want to maintain a razor-like focus on your recovery. This may be difficult if you’re worried how your neighbors or your employer will react. Even though most treatment centers are fully confidential, you want to keep your dependency issues as private as possible. This is easier to do at a distance.

Family and Friends

The support of family and friends is important, and often an argument for staying close to home for your treatment. However, family and friends can often be enablers, unknowingly contributing to your addiction. At best, they can distract you from your focus, which should be your recovery.  You need to do you right now. 

Escaping Triggers

People, places, and things can all be negative influences, or triggers, for alcohol and drug use. Even the stress of work or home life can lead someone to reach for his substance of choice. The more miles you put between yourself and your triggers, the easier it will be to complete your treatment program and focus on a life without these catalysts.

Entering a rehab facility is the most important first step a person can take on the road to recovery. If you or a loved one is ready to take this step, connect with our trained admissions counselors  or call 866-349-1770 for help in navigating your journey to wellness.

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Addiction is devastating in how it affects the mind, body, and spirit. But just how deeply a patient’s life and well-being have been compromised isn’t often revealed until sobriety begins. This is especially apparent when an underlying diagnosis, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is discovered early in the diagnostic process.

Referred to as “dual diagnosis,” how this presents itself as a patient enters rehab will become a critical factor in determining the best care that will follow in a specialized dual-diagnosis rehab.

Dual Diagnosis, or Comorbidity

Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other psychological conditions often go hand in hand with alcohol or drug addiction. But they don’t always add up to a clinical disorder, making it difficult to immediately recognize a dual diagnosis.

The NIH’s Institute on Drug Abuse defines dual diagnosis, or comorbidity as “two or more disorders or illnesses occurring in the same person. They can occur at the same time or one after the other. Comorbidity also implies interactions between the illnesses that can worsen the course of both.”

There has long been a “which came first—the chicken, or the egg?” debate in the addiction treatment field when a clinical mental health diagnosis is identified. Adding to the complexity, many patients don’t exhibit signs and symptoms until they have some sobriety under their belt. To provide the best comprehensive care, full-spectrum rehab facilities address both diagnoses simultaneously.

Holistic Rehab Treatment

Rehab treatment team members are trained to tackle various aspects of addiction diagnosis and treatment, but particularly with a dual diagnosis, a holistic approach is critical. And when detox is required, there are more layers involved in the treatment process. Cleansing the mind and body of alcohol or drugs is critical to laying a foundation for further therapies. Added support for the newly recovering patient is necessary at this stage of dual diagnosis treatment.

In many cases, a psychiatrist will make the diagnosis and suggest personalized protocols for holistic rehab treatment, some of which will include medication. Adjunct therapies, such as art, music, or equine therapy, may also be integrated in a customized treatment plan. In addition, group therapy or psychodrama might be offered in conjunction with individual and family therapy components.

Mental Health Awareness

May is National Mental Health Month, underscoring our need to not just be better informed, but to support good mental health treatment options and availability. Dual-diagnosis rehab options offered by facilities like Beachside provide that essential care.

For more information on dual-diagnosis rehab, call 866-349-1770 to contact our trained admissions staff.

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According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million adults in the United States suffer from an alcohol addiction and are in need of treatment. Some choose to stop drinking “cold turkey” without professional help. Many experience symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, ranging from mild to serious. They may even be life threatening if not promptly treated.

If you have a family member or friend who drinks regularly, learn to recognize the symptoms of alcohol detox. That will help you determine when to seek proper care if your loved one stops drinking and goes through alcohol withdrawal.

Mild Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

The symptoms of alcohol detox usually depend on how long and how frequently the person drank. Mild symptoms generally occur within six to eight hours of the last drink, but may not appear for days later. Most symptoms peak in the first three days, although some may linger for weeks.

Someone experiencing mild alcohol withdrawal may present a variety of symptoms. Physically, they may experience tremors, sweating, clammy skin, a gray complexion, and rapid heart rate. Some may suffer from anxiety, nervousness or depression. Others may be jumpy, irritable, or experience mood swings. Yet additional symptoms include nightmares, muddled thinking, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting.

Serious Symptoms, DTs During Alcohol Detox

Serious problems may occur within the first two days after the person stops drinking. These may include hallucinations, stupor, and even seizures.

The most dangerous form of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens(commonly referred to as the “DTs”). Also known as alcohol withdrawal delirium, delirium tremens can occur if a person stops drinking after a period of heavy drinking, or goes “cold turkey.”

Symptoms may also appear in alcohol abusers who suffer a head injury or have certain infections. They can occur as early as 48 to 96 hours after the last drink, but also may not manifest until seven to 10 days following the last drink.

Those suffering from delirium tremens may exhibit signs of neurological and/or mental changes. These may include delirium (severe confusion); deep sleep (lasting a day or more); hallucinations; sensitivity to touch, light, and/or sound; and changes in mental abilities. These may be accompanied by physical symptoms, such as chest pain, stomach issues, or fever.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately. Delirium tremens requires professional attention.

After the Symptoms, Seek Treatment

Kicking an alcohol habit goes beyond the initial withdrawal symptoms. The person wishing to break an alcohol habit needs treatment to learn how to live without alcohol. Alcohol treatment centers offer professional assistance for those who need direction to begin and sustain a life without alcohol.

For you or your loved one is interested in a holistic approach to alcohol treatment, our trained admissions counselors can answer your questions and address any concerns. The first step to on your next path is calling us at 866-349-1770.

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