Wellness Center of Palm Beach Blog

Addiction is a Disease

Addiction is a powerful disease, but addiction recovery is possible. If you’re wondering how to help an addict, remember these important habits to have. Treat it like a disease. Addiction is a brain disease. The best way to help an addict is to remember that addiction changes the way the brain works, and it’s the disease causing the person to behave in harmful or hurtful ways. By viewing addiction as a disease, loved ones can better see the problem for what it is and help the addict get the care he or she needs on the road to addiction recovery. Lose the stigma, lose the shame. Too many people delay or avoid seeking addiction treatment because they are ashamed to identify themselves or their loved one as an addict. Seek treatment. Addiction cannot be cured, but it can be managed. This is similar to how asthma can be managed but not cured. It’s important to remember, however, that most people cannot overcome addiction on their own. They need addiction treatment Addiction treatment helps addicts change their behaviors as they pursue addiction recovery. It also provides them with coping mechanisms for handling stress and situations that might trigger a drug craving. Addiction treatment may include medication, individual therapy, group therapy and/or family therapy. Under certain circumstances, addiction treatment and recovery requires admission to a hospital, addiction facility or outpatient program. Don’t despair if relapse occurs. Treatment for addiction is not the same as a cure for addiction. Addiction is a chronic, lifelong disease. Like any chronic disease that requires lifestyle changes, the relapse rates for addiction are high—with as many... read more

5 Main Reasons to Visit a Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Are you an alcoholic? Do you have a drug addiction or a substance abuse problem? Then you need help ASAP. Here are the main reasons why you should visit a substance abuse treatment center: 1. To Save Your Life The fall into addiction is usually precipitated by events that we feel have overtaken us. Individuals turn to alcohol and drugs as a solace, a means to cope with circumstances that seem unbearable, like the loss of a spouse, physical abuse or bullying, or other consequences from major life changing events. However, addiction is destructive and even if it feels like it shields us from our problems, it also begins to shield us from life itself until ultimately we have nothing left. Our substance abuse treatment center in West Palm Beach focuses on helping individuals reclaim their lives from addiction, and offers the tools to cope with situations that brought on the addiction on in the first place. This we believe is our greatest goal of rehabilitation. 2. Do It for Your Loved Ones How many people while under the influence of alcohol or drugs have assaulted those they love or simply pushed them away? How many drug addicts have resorted to illegal means of obtaining drugs to torment those they love? By seeking treatment options and drug rehabilitation centers you are put back in a position to become the person that your friends and family once knew. While their love for you may never fade, watching you wither away under the effects of a drug or alcohol can be very distressing. In our Florida based substance abuse rehab center... read more

Alcohol Detox Q & A

If you are considering enrolling in an alcohol detox program, here are some of the answers to questions you might be thinking about: 1. What is Detox? The first step in recovery from alcohol addiction is detoxification. Detox is the process in which the body gets rid of the toxins it has acquired as a result of excessive alcohol consumption. A crucial component in this vital process is withdrawal, which is your mind and body readjusting to your cessation of alcohol in your system. Due to the possible side effects of this process our alcohol detox program at Wellness Center of Palm Beach provides the necessary personnel and medications to ease the transition. 2. What Are the Steps You Need to Undergo During Detox? There are three phases to detox: In the first phase our medical doctors, nurses and trained professionals assess the individual to identify the toxins and substances in their body, as well as evaluate any co-existing illness or dual diagnosis. The second phase is the actual process. Our personnel guide the individual through this sometimes painful process, and give the necessary medications to aid the patient through this transition. The third phase involves leading the patient into recovery, by detailing the relapse prevention and substance abuse case management process, and why it is necessary. 3. Do I Really Need Detox? YES. Opting to go cold turkey is just not possible once you are heavily dependent on alcohol or any other substance. Addiction suppresses your will and you will eventually fall back into old habits. We offer an excellent detox program in our alcohol rehabilitation center in... read more

Timely Substance Abuse Treatment Saves the Lives of You and Your Family

Are you using drugs or a combination of substances, such as cocaine, methamphetamines, bath salts, morphine or even just alcohol? Do you suffer symptoms such as nausea, hallucinations, hand tremors, and convulsions every time you try and stop using these harmful substances? Or are you taking these substances to stop your symptoms? If you recognize any or all of these things in yourself, you need to seek help immediately by enrolling in a substance abuse treatment program or a drug detox/drug rehabilitation program. These are signs that you are suffering from withdrawal, which is the body’s attempt to adjust to a state in which a dependent substance is not present anymore. For some people withdrawal symptoms can be very mild, but for others it can be very severe – even deadly. There are people who have died from single withdrawal episodes. Also, because withdrawal is so uncomfortable, it pushes people to find ways to relieve that discomfort. If the substance of choice is not available, they can turn violent and lash out at friends or family members in an attempt to obtain that substance at any cost. Such altercations sometimes can even be fatal. Admit You Have a Problem Once you recognize this as a problem you should enroll yourself in a detoxification program immediately. The detox program will help you go through the very jarring withdrawal process in preparation for recovery. Our drug rehabilitation center offers detox programs where we provide fully trained and qualified personnel who will assess your situation and draw up a plan for your care. If need be, we will also provide you with... read more

Family Member with Addiction Problems?

How to Cope: Family Member with Addiction Problems You Can Only Deal With The Present  Maybe you have a parent who has a problem with alcohol or prescription pain killers (or both or something else), and you find yourself sitting in class, not paying attention to the lecture or the professor because your mind is so busy with worry and fret, thinking about your parent. What can I do? How can I help? What can I say to them? What if they need me? Why do they do this? Why can’t they stop What will happen to them? What will happen to me? …and on and on and on. Suddenly class is over, you didn’t learn anything and you didn’t solve any of the problems you were busy thinking about. But through all of that, ‘Where were your feet?’ It is a practical question and it is also a little bit of a trick question. The trick is that your mind should be wherever you feet are (now with an addicted family member), because that is where you are and that moment that you find yourself in is all you can deal with in that moment. You Can Make A Choice When you start to feel out of control, when you notice that you aren’t noticing the things going on around you because of everything go on in your head, pausing to just check your feet reminds you that you can make a choice about your time, your day and your life. If you are sitting in class not paying attention when you check your feet you can decide... read more

Alcohol Detox

Are You Ready To Stop Drinking? If you’ve developed dependence on alcohol, it is very important that you seek medical supervision during detox. Signs of alcohol withdrawal can lead to serious conditions which develop in the first 72 hours of detox and require medical treatments. More here on the protocols for alcohol detox with a section for your questions at the end. Alcohol Detox Treatment Alcohol detox is also known as alcohol withdrawal; it is a time during which alcohol (ethanol) leaves the body after a period of dependence. Physical dependence occurs when alcohol is needed to balance the neuronal adaptations and maintain normal brain function. Removal of alcohol from the body induces a rebound stimulatory effect, resulting in hyperexcitability of the nervous system and resulting symptoms. In fact, alcohol detox is characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity of the autonomic nervous system. While many of these symptoms can be mild in nature, about 10% of alcohol dependent people can develop more severe symptoms. This is why all cases of alcohol detox require medical supervision and begin with a battery of assessments. What are common alcohol detox symptoms and their related treatments? 1. Mild-to-moderate alcohol withdrawal symptoms During mild cases of detox, you can often be treated in an outpatient setting. However, you will need someone to commit to staying with you during this process and who can keep an eye on you. Daily visits to your health care provider are often needed until you are stable. Treatments for mild cases of alcohol detox usually include: Blood tests Sedative drugs to help ease withdrawal symptoms Patient and family counseling to... read more