Category: 28 day program

Learning to Love Yourself

Many people with substance use disorders also have self-esteem issues. This can be for multiple reasons. Quite often, children who are the victims of physical, emotional or verbal abuse exhibit low self-esteem. These individuals will be at higher risk of experimenting with drugs or alcohol because they will use these substances to mask their pain and fears. Many will enter new abusive relationships as adults and will continue to self-medicate.

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When these individuals seek help, a common statement is that for the first time, they feel like their lives are worthwhile or that their lives and feelings matter. Learning to respect and love yourself is a crucial piece of recovery. As you develop positive feelings about yourself and raise your self-esteem, you will find you make and succeed at your goals and continue to build confidence. While in the protective setting of a treatment center, this part is not terribly challenging. However, once back into the real world, this is a phase that can send a client to relapse as goals might not fall into place as easily.

One way to protect yourself from relapse when things don’t seem to be going your way is to stay active in an aftercare group or by attending 12-Step meetings.

Pathways Florida provides residential treatment programs for adults who have substance use disorders. For more information, call 855-349-5988.

Drug Abuse in American Workers is on the Rise

The Wall Street Journal published an article stating that after more than 24 years of decreasing rates, drug abuse is on the rise. The article states that Quest Labs, who provides employment drug testing nationally, has seen an increase from 3.7% to 3.9% in positive employment drug tests. While the number is small, the main concern is that there is an increase.

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The most commonly detected drug is marijuana, followed by amphetamines, OxyContin, benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine, barbiturates and methadone.

While a positive drug test does not indicate that someone has a drug addiction, it could be the first warning sign that an individual is struggling with drugs.

Pathways Florida provides residential treatment programs for adults who have substance use disorders. For more information, call 855-349-5988.

Know the Warnings Signs for Alcohol Poisoning

A report released by the Center for Disease Control says that six people die daily as a result of alcohol poisoning. As we have a long weekend for the Independence Day holiday, it’s imperative to be aware of warning signs.

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1 – Hypothermia
2 – Vomiting
3 – Irregular heartbeat
4 – Seizures
5 – Slow or irregular breathing
6 – Unconsciousness

Facts & Stats on alcohol poisoning

  • Poisoning is often the result of binge drinking

    • ¾ of those who die of alcohol poisoning are men

    • ¾ of those who die of alcohol poisoning are between the ages of 35-64.

    • Most people who die from alcohol poisoning are not alcoholics; but have consumed at least four (women) or five (men) drinks in the course of 2-3 hours.

If you are with someone who is exhibiting these signs, call 911 right away.

Pathways Florida provides residential treatment programs for adults who have substance use disorders. For more information, contact us or call 855-349-5988.

 

PJ in the News and the Dangers of Heroin

Watch ABC 7’s news story interviewing First Step’s PJ Brooks about the increasing use and dangers of heroin mixed with painkillers.

Click here to watch.

Sarasota police need help finding two unidentified men who dropped off 28 year old Derek Dewey at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and then left. Dewey died shortly after being dropped off, and it is unsure whether his death is related to a drug overdose. If you have information involving this case, contact the Sarasota Police Department.

Pathways Florida provides a comprehensive 28-day residential substance abuse treatment program. Compassionate, caring counselors at Pathways are trained in the latest evidence-based techniques and will work with you to develop a treatment and aftercare plan that works.  For more information, please call 855-349-5988.

What is the 28-day Program and What Does it Cost?

Traditionally, in the substance abuse treatment world, insurance providers have paid for 28 days of treatment in a residential setting. With this in mind, most of the treatment centers have patterned their programs to best fit the needs of the clients within this time frame.

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Pathways Florida is a 28-day residential treatment program. The full rate is $9,600 and Pathways is contracted with many insurance providers (For a full list, click here). Clients are responsible for co-pays.

During the course of this 28-day program, clients receive individual and group counseling, learn about addiction, deal with any underlying factors that may have led to substance abuse, learn about their triggers and develop a relapse prevention strategy and become established in local 12-Step support group meetings.

For more information, please call 855-349-5988.

Why Investing in Addiction Treatment is Worth it- Part 2

Substance abuse leads to many problems within a community. Issues can range from crime, accidents and injuries as well as death. Many communities across the country have made commitments to fund substance abuse treatment centers in hopes of reducing issues that stem from drug addiction.

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Here are some facts and stats:

  1. Substance abuse is often the primary reason why children are removed from the custody of their parents. Think about it, how many news reports have you heard about children being taken from a home where drugs were found inside, where children were found home alone because the parents were out buying/using drugs, not to mention the deplorable conditions where these children are often found? The act of taking a child from their parents involves multiple community/state agencies ranging from DCF, to foster care to the legal system where custody issues are heard. Who pays for this? Taxpayers.
  2. In 2008, 65% of Florida prison inmates were identified as needing treatment for substance abuse, which cost the state $2.4 billion that year in crime. This figure includes the cost for law enforcement, jails, the judicial system and incarceration or court-mandated treatment, probation and/or parole. Other things factored in include losses to the victim (theft, etc.) and medical expenses if the individual caused others to suffer injuries during the commission of the crime. Who pays for this? You do through your tax dollars and insurance premiums.
  3. Each hour in Florida, one person loses their life due to alcohol and/or drug use. Annually, $7.2 billion is spent due to traffic accidents. The annual cost of hospital stays due to drug abuse related situations and illnesses cost $103 million. Who pays for this? You do through tax dollars and insurance premiums.

In total, a study published in 2009 showed that each year in Florida, all of the negative consequences of alcohol and drug abuse cost $43.7 billion.

Treatment is less expensive and more effective than incarceration. Treatment keeps families together or allows for the opportunity of reunification. Treatment reduces the amount of time, money and energy spent on drug-related medical expenses. Treatment saves lives. If you are wondering if your investment to pay for treatment for a family member is worthwhile, the answer is yes, yes, yes. Without treatment, your family member could be one of these statistics.

Pathways Florida provides a comprehensive 28-day residential substance abuse treatment program.  Compassionate, caring counselors at Pathways are trained in the latest evidence-based techniques and will work with you to develop a treatment and aftercare plan that works. For more information, please call 855-349-5988.

Why Investing in Addiction Treatment is Worth it- Part 1

Some people struggle with the idea of paying for substance abuse treatment and wonder if the expense is worthwhile. In most cases, the answer is yes.

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Here are some things to keep in mind when you are weighing this decision.

  1. Without substance abuse treatment, chances are, you will never live a life of recovery. While a few individuals may walk away from drugs/alcohol without any sort of intervention, for someone with the disease of addiction this is very rare. While substance abuse/addiction is not curable, it is manageable. Part of the treatment and recovery process is learning how to manage the disease. Those who never seek treatment often die from an overdose or medical complications due to the substance abuse.
  2. There are individuals who enter treatment and relapse a short period after leaving the treatment facility. Often times, these individuals either did not fully engage in treatment, utilize the 12-Step community recovery meetings or attend aftercare meetings. Or, they returned to the same living/work situation where they were regularly presented with opportunities to drink/use drugs. Sometimes, it takes multiple treatment episodes before individuals put all of these pieces together successfully.
  3. Those who complete treatment and embrace their recovery make comments stating how they wish they’d gotten help sooner, that their life has never been so good, and that a bad day in recovery is still better than any day when they were using. Being in recovery allows people to regain control over their life. One aspect of treatment teaches people how to do this. From the standpoint of a treatment facility, nothing is more rewarding than hearing that a client who has been clean for one, two, three, five, 10, 15, 20 or more years has maintained their sobriety and is doing well both personally and professionally.
  4. Even if you are clean for a long period of time and then relapse, your experience in treatment and recovery will help you put the pieces together after your relapse. Regardless if it is calling a sponsor, attending a recovery meeting or reaching out to your old counselor, you know how good life in recovery can be and the steps you need to take to get back to the recovery community.

Pathways Florida provides a comprehensive 28-day residential substance abuse treatment program.  Compassionate, caring counselors at Pathways are trained in the latest evidence-based techniques and will work with you to develop a treatment and aftercare plan that works.  For more information, please call 855-349-5988.

 

How do I ask my family to help pay for addiction treatment?

It takes great courage and a true desire to change your life when you admit to your family that you have a substance abuse problem and need their help to pay for addiction treatment. Depending on how your relationship with your family is, this conversation can go many different ways. Here are some tips.

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1. Be honest. Recognize and apologize for all of the things you have done and regret during your addiction. This could be challenging depending on how much you have eroded their trust.

2. Share your feelings about why you are ready for help. Again, be honest, show that you have learned from your mistakes and accept responsibility for what you have done. You may have already been down this road before. Create a plan for how you want to turn your life around. Write down your plan. Show them where your pitfalls were last time and how you plan to do things differently this time.

3. Invite your family to research treatment centers with you and make them part of the decision-making process.

4. If they are paying for your treatment, they should pay the treatment center directly rather than giving the money to you. This way, their money goes where you promise it is going.

5. Once in addiction treatment, include them in the treatment process as much as the treatment center will allow.

Pathways Florida provides a comprehensive 28-day residential substance abuse treatment program. Compassionate, caring counselors at Pathways are trained in the latest evidence-based techniques and will work with you to develop a treatment and aftercare plan that works. For more information, please call 855-349-5988.

Bill Carter’s Interview About the Problems With Medicaid

Recently, First Step’s Bill Carter was interviewed by ABC 7 News about the problems with Medicaid, and why many cannot afford to provide health care for themselves and their families.

Click here to watch the news story.

For more on how to how to finance your healthcare, visit our website or contact us at Pathways Florida today.

5 Tips to Prevent Relapse

Relapse is a common factor of the recovery process. Here are some tips to help you stay sober and avoid relapse.

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  1. Know your triggers
    Maybe your trigger is a person, place or thing. Maybe your trigger is a neighborhood or environment. When possible, avoid your triggers. If you work in sales and would typically have a drink to celebrate closing a big deal, you need to have a plan of a new way to celebrate this accomplishment. This is a trigger and unless you change careers, you will have to make adaptions for your new sober lifestyle.
  2. Develop your support network
    Your support network can be made up of people that are and are not part of the recovery community. You develop your network by going to aftercare and 12-Step meetings, spending free time with family members who are not drinking or using drugs and by meeting people at drug-free and alcohol free events/environments. These individuals should be aware of your triggers and be comfortable keeping you accountable for your actions.
  3. Structure and routine
    Having a structured life and routine that does not include much downtime that could lead to relapse is key. As simple as it sounds, the routine of getting up, making breakfast, making the beds, showering and preparing to go to work, working, exercise, 12-step or aftercare meetings, journaling, child care, preparing meals, etc. can really help. Set a routine and follow it. Keep your days full and use downtime wisely.
  4. Aftercare
    Attending aftercare and 12-Step meetings plays a key role in maintaining recovery. Aftercare helps people in recovery stay focused, avoid triggers, and develop support networks. It should be part of the structure and routine you have created to maintain sobriety.
  5. Journaling/meditating
    Everyone has a different way of dealing with the daily stresses they face. While those in active addiction will use drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, those in recovery are urged to find other coping mechanisms. Two of these tools are journaling and meditating. Journaling allows the writer to honestly write down thoughts, experiences, fears and feelings. Meditating combats negative feelings by creating a relaxed state.

Pathways Florida provides a comprehensive 28-day residential substance abuse treatment program. Compassionate, caring counselors at Pathways are trained in the latest evidence-based techniques and will work with you to develop a treatment and aftercare plan that works. For more information, please call 855-349-5988.