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Rehab Centers in Florida

Drug Rehab in Florida – Business is Booming

Rehab centers in Florida have been popping up left and right in recent years – it seems as if nowadays, there is a drug rehab on almost every corner, all throughout Southern Florida. Why the sudden increase in treatment facilities? The past decade has seen a major increase in opiate addiction cases, especially throughout the East Coast. As prescription painkillers gained rampant popularity, more and more individuals were exposed to the highly addictive opioid analgesics, and as demand for the drugs increased so did the accessibility and circulation. Pharmacies began filling more prescriptions than they had ever seen prior, and as men and women clamored to the nearest ‘pill mill’ or corrupt physician in order to get their fix, addiction rates skyrocketed. Government officials, first responders, and members of the general public who were losing their loved ones at the hands of a sudden and severe epidemic began to take notice of the widespread devastation, and preventative measures were soon widely implemented. Accessibility was decreased significantly as pill mills were shut down in droves, and those who had formed insatiable habits were forced to purchase their pills on the streets. As painkillers became harder and harder to get, their street value began to climb – soon, a single pill was around $30.

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Rehab Centers in Florida and the Opiate Epidemic

For those individuals who had truly developed a physical and psychological dependency on opioid analgesic painkillers, simply ceasing use when their supply ran out was not a viable option. Thus heroin was introduced to the scene – a cheaper and far more readily available opiate alternative. Housewives, businessmen, and middle-class college students who had become reliant on initially prescribed painkillers such as OxyContin or Vicodin began turning to heroin – snorting the drug at first (a more socially acceptable form of consumption), then eventually turning to intravenous use when other methods of ingestion just stopped cutting it. Heroin rapidly took over the majority of the East Coast. Overdose-related death rates skyrocketed at disturbing rates, and drug poisoning overwhelmed automobile accidents as the leading cause of accidental death for the first time in recorded history. Southern Florida had already been somewhat of an ideal location for addiction treatment – the consistently warm weather and beautiful, sandy beaches lent themselves to an ideal environment in which to recover the mind, body, and soul. Those who were suffering at the hands of opiate addiction and seeking true recover began trickling down the East Coast into Florida. Soon, South Florida was deemed ‘The Recovery Capital of the World’.

Lighthouse Recovery Institute – Amongst the Best!

We at Lighthouse Recovery Institute have been working tirelessly since our founding to separate ourselves from the rest. We have since been named one of the best alcohol rehab centers in Florida, and are proud to offer some of the most comprehensive and personalized services available. For more information on our specific program of recovery, please do not hesitate to give one of our representatives a call. Heroin addiction has ravaged the country to an alarming and discouraging degree – however, recovery is always an option. Call today and reclaim your life.

FDA-Approved Implant Solution to Nationwide Opiate Addiction?

New Jersey-based company Braeburn Pharmaceuticals recently developed an implantable device called probuphine, intended to treat opiate addiction in the same way as Suboxone – without such an extreme potential for abuse. The device is composed of four metal rods, each which slowly seep buprenorphine (a semisynthetic opioid medication) and are no larger than a matchstick. The steady flow of buprenorphine into the bloodstream of the ‘recovering’ addict would ideally help to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while potentially eliminating the risk of relapse (therefore diminishing the opiate-overdose related epidemic that has recently swept the nation). An advisory committee for The Food and Drug Administration voted 12 to 5 that the drug be medically approved for widespread use – and the medical community is typically prone to following such advice.

Braeburn Pharmaceuticals Formulates Drug to Help Drug Addicts Not Do Drugs

Opiate AddictionBecause Suboxone has been causing so much controversy throughout recovery communities based on its high potential for abuse, the conception of an implantable device that offers essentially the same exact solution seems kind of… well, stupid. Addicts are overdosing on the alleged ‘miracle’ drug, selling it and trading it for major profit or ‘the real deal’, and withdrawing from prolonged Suboxone abuse in droves. While the drug can play a major role in reducing potentially detrimental issues throughout the withdrawal stage of opiate recovery, it has seemingly become more of an issue than a Godsend.

So rather than prescribe recovering opiate addicts an opioid medication that (duh) they could potentially abuse, let’s stick an identically structured medication under their skin for six months so they cannot easily trade it for painkillers or take more than intended. Try and overdose on that, you sneaky little drug addicts, you!

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Here are the issues that this specific innovation presents:

  • The implant only lasts for six months.

And then what? No one knows. Addiction recovery is a lifelong process in most cases, so treating it for 6 month intervals raises some concern amongst medical professionals.

  • Adjustments are common, and will likely lead to Suboxone use anyways.

Many doctors who prescribe their patients Suboxone will end up adjusting the amount several times before settling on an adequate dosage. Once the probuphine is implanted, that’s it. So doctors assume that they will have to prescribe their implanted patients sublingual Suboxone anyways. So then… wait, sorry, what issue does this solve?

  • Experts are concerned that patients with the implant will neglect clinical check-ins.

‘Recovering’ addicts tend to keep on top of their clinical check-ins when taking Suboxone. Oh, how surprising. Doctors fear that if patients have no reason to hit up the office on a regular basis (to get their prescriptions filled), they will stop making an effort to attend regular counseling.

  • The nation is desperate, and desperation clouds judgment.

We want answers. Our friends are dying. Our family members our dying. We’re dying, and we want to get better. So, so desperately, sometimes, that we’re willing to listen to whomever tells us they’ve found a better way. Our judgment becomes cloudy with the urgency and the bitter anguish of active addiction. We reach for whatever promises to be fast-acting and efficient.

  • We are consistently covering a fatal and deep-rooted epidemic with a fucking Band-Aid.

The national opiate addiction epidemic is not one that can be easily solved with a little glue and some patience. It will take massive, massive amounts of serious, long-term treatment and even larger amounts of unrelenting altruism. And awareness, and preventative programs, and a cessation of the disturbing amounts of overprescribing taking place across the country.

Let’s Fight Fire With Fire, Guys, This Has Worked Historically

It seems somewhat insane to conclude that the overprescribing of opioid analgesic painkillers should be met with an increased prescribing of opioid analgesic painkillers. The number of prescriptions for painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone has skyrocketed from around 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013. The United States is by far the biggest global consumer, accounting for almost 100 percent of the world total for hydrocodone and 81 percent for oxycodone1. Overdose deaths due to prescription opioids have nearly quadrupled over the course of the past 20 years. An average of 46 American citizens dies EVERY DAY at the hands of prescription-related overdose. Is this because American backs are getting significantly weaker – drink your goddamn milk, everyone! Or because, perhaps, the pharmaceutical industry has so successfully perfected the art of gluttonous and coldblooded misapplication? “Oh no, you’re addicted to this drug? That’s horrible, we’re so sorry. Here, take this drug, this drug will help you not be addicted to that one.” Drugs on drugs on drugs on drugs – and where does it end?

If Something Is Helping You Not Die, Do It

If you were selling your sick little body for dope a month ago; if you were robbing old women at gunpoint and beating your wife and sticking needles deep into your veins on a daily basis – take the measures you need to take to not do those things. If buprenorphine helps you, take it. Take it for two weeks and then jump headfirst into the real shit. If you keep abusing Suboxone (because, you know, you’re a drug addict), and you feel like having some implanted into your skin will help you not abuse it so much, go for it. By all means. Do I have the right to judge any one individual’s program of recovery? Absolutely not. I’m not saying if this idea appeals to you, you are doing something wrong. All I’m attempting to do is to point out the fact that the American pharmaceutical industry is making an effort to solve the underlying issue of overprescribing with an intensification of national prescribing. It’s counterintuitive. Solving drug abuse by pumping addicts with more drugs is illogical and irresponsible. What government officials may want to seriously consider is the availability of adequate treatment. Those with no insurance and no financial means to attend inpatient drug rehab are at a complete loss. The national opiate epidemic has quickly turned into an appalling opportunity for those with an eye for avarice to profit interminably off of a cyclical and widely misunderstood affliction.

Opiate Addiction Recovery is a Highly Personal Journey

Drugs will never be purely good. Sometimes we need them – we need them to help us get better. Cancer patients need chemotherapy, but they don’t continue chemotherapy for the remainder of their lives in fear that one day the cancer will come back. They eat better and wear sunblock and quit smoking; whatever the case may be. They take care of their physical bodies to ward off the physical illness. As drug addicts, it is our responsibility to take whatever measures we personally need to take in order to thoroughly and authentically kick the habit. In many cases, this means undergoing a comprehensive psychic change. Working hard and helping others and learning to love ourselves pretty unconditionally. It’s difficult to do, but the results are pure and genuine and real and lasting.

What are your thoughts on the new implantable version of buprenorphine? We’re interested to hear your stance on the issue, and to hear about any personal experience you may have with opiate addiction and recovery.

 

What is Powerlessness and What Does it Really Mean?

Written By: Fiona Stockard

Definition of Drug Addict

This is the Meaning of Powerlessness

What is the definition of “drug addict” and what does it mean to be “powerless”? These are concepts inherently tied to each other. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of powerless is, “without power, strength, or ability; wholly unable to act, influence, etc.; helpless, impotent.”

Any experience of powerlessness requires a lack of power, of strength, of effectiveness. For me, this experience occurred the first time I did drugs. Of course, I didn’t experience powerlessness at that moment. In fact, I felt whole for the first time in my life. I watched my problems melt away as the soothing effects of opiates took control. In this haze, I knew that as long as I felt like this for the rest of my life, I’d be okay. An “addict” definition may vary from person to person, but those who find themselves to be powerless before drugs may very will meet the definition of “drug addict.”

addict definition

It occurs to me that I didn’t experience powerlessness while on drugs. Rather, I was powerless when my drugs ran out. I remember the anxiety of being without pills. I had a benzo addiction, an opiate addiction, a cocaine addiction, and an alcohol addiction. Basically, you name it and I needed it to survive.

From that point on, I was powerless over my addiction. I met the definition of “drug addict” and I didn’t like it. I experienced powerlessness in a way I didn’t know existed. I was completely without power, without strength, without any ability to control how much I used.

I also lacked power over my obsessive thoughts about drugs. Pills and powder were constantly on my mind – and that’s part of the “addict” definition. Wherever I went, I thought about them. Once I began using, I had no control over the amount I’d take that day. Sometimes, I’d only use a little. Mostly, I’d use however much I could get my hands on.

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Powerlessness implies a lack of control. Looking back, it’s as if from the moment I took that first drug, I had no control over my addiction. Now, as I grow in my recovery, I realize how little control I have over most situations.

I can’t control my roommate’s perception of something when we’re trying to compromise. I can’t control whether or not I get that awesome job. It’s easy to wonder what the point of recovery is at all. Of course, the answer is glaringly obvious if you work a twelve-step program!

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The answer is that my power comes from a much greater force acting in my life. Yes, I’m powerless, but I have a Higher Power with a much better plan!

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