Six Reasons To Choose Rehab In South Florida

The Rehab Epicenter: 6 Reasons to Choose a Treatment Facility in South Florida

There are plenty of good reasons why there is a predominance of treatment centers for drug and alcohol addiction in South Florida. Of course, the weather makes the southernmost state an ideal destination to seek recovery. Perhaps in the beginning that may have been the case, but our top reason will show you why getting sober, and living sober, go hand in hand in the sunshine state.

1. The predominance of treatment facilities, which offer detox, inpatient and outpatient services in Florida far surpasses that of any other state. In Palm Beach County alone, the number of treatment facilities has risen 51% since 2007 (totaling apprx. 120). Having access to different facilities allows a client to transition to different levels of care, especially if their detox center does not offer an inpatient program, for example. In addition, insurance can be tricky depending on your coverage. Clients who are required to switch facilities due to insurance purposes have the opportunity to do so within a manageable geographic area.

2. There is a large availability of transitional housing. Most clients are advised to transition into a halfway home after completing treatment in order to maintain their accountability within a group of their peers, who also urge them to continue visiting 12-step meetings and pursue a road to recovery. It can seem impossible to return home to old behaviors so having the accessibility and comforts of home within a transitional living situation can mean the difference between recovery and relapse.

3. The weather! Weather can impact a person’s mood and willingness to embrace more activities in early sobriety, vital in allowing them to form new interests and passions to overcome the urge to use. Many addicts find that they’ve lost the drive to do the things they once enjoyed as a result of the powerful obsession of addiction. In early recovery, having the ability to enjoy recreational activities all year round in a pleasant setting is a key benefit when looking for the right rehabilitation facility.

4. Availability of work. It is estimated that about 30% of all patients who enter into a rehab in South Florida end up staying permanently. One of the reasons why is the availability of work in the state, which ranges from professional career opportunities to seasonal and service work, ideal for candidates who need to slowly transition back into normal life.

5. Legal case management. Most facilities offer a specialized team who is able to manage a clients’ legal matters while they are in treatment. Many addicts and alcoholics have acquired substantial legal ramifications because of their use. The anxiety associated with handling overwhelming paperwork, appointments and finances due to a judgement or felony keeps many addicts away from addressing their legal matters altogether. The team of case managers ensures each client is set up to complete their requirements as outlined by their judgement so they can focus on recovery.

6. Availability of 12-step meetings and sober networking. Since Florida is home to so many rehabilitation centers, transitional housing and ultimately sober residents, it makes sense that there is a profound number of meetings available at all times of the day. In Palm Beach County alone, there are over 500 meetings happening every week hosting over 5,000 attendees. The New York Times dubbed Delray Beach, a surf town located in Palm Beach County, “The Country’s largest and most vibrant recovery community”. Other areas of the nation have a sparse population of meetings, making it difficult to maintain sobriety there. In Florida, the recovery community is so large there is a dedicated radio station as well as a number of festivals, expos, art exhibits and coffee shops that focus on people in recovery.

The Hope Center for Rehabilitation is located in Boynton Beach Florida, neighboring nearby Delray Beach. For more information about the services we offer, call one of our team members at 1.866.233.1869.

The Delirium Tremens

Withdrawing from alcohol is not only excruciatingly painful, but it can be highly lethal. One of the most dangerous and distressing symptoms of withdrawal from chronic alcohol abuse is delirium tremens. Delirium tremens (Latin for ‘shaking frenzy’) involves a sudden and severe change in one’s nervous system and mental system, and typically affects those who stop drinking suddenly after a period of 10 or more years. Delirium tremens can also be caused by a head injury, severe illness, or infection in people who are afflicted with long-term chronic alcoholism. There are several differences between alcohol withdrawal symptoms and the DTs – both sets of symptoms are listed below.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Shaking/trembling
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Heart palpitations

Symptoms of Delirium Tremens

  • Body tremors
  • Changes in mental function
  • Agitation, irritability
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Decreased attention span
  • Deep sleep that lasts up to several days
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid changes in mood
  • Sensitivity to light, touch and sound
  • Stupor, sleepiness, fatigue

Delirium tremens is the most serious form of ethanol withdrawal, and can ultimately (and quickly) lead to total cardiovascular collapse. Because DT has such an exceedingly high mortality rate, any symptoms require immediate medical attention. Several neurotransmitters within the brain are directly affected by chronic alcohol consumption. During alcohol withdrawal, the loss of GABA-A receptor stimulation causes a reduction in chloride flux and in turn is likely to produce or contribute to tremors, anxiety, seizures, tachycardia (increased heart rate), and diaphoresis (profusely sweating).

In the United States, less than 50% of alcoholics experience serious withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing use. Out of those who do, only around 5% will undergo symptoms of delirium tremens. Before pharmacotherapy was available, a staggering 35% of DT sufferers experienced mortality. Currently, the death rates range between 5 and 15%. In the majority of cases, the DTs are treated with benzodiazepines and other pharmaceuticals, as well as antipsychotics if necessary. Because the symptoms of delirium tremens can be so severe and life-threatening, if you or someone you love has been exhibiting signs of alcohol withdrawal or has decided to cease use, it is important that he or she check him or herself into a professional, medically monitored detoxification center immediately.

What Is Detox?

According to the dictionary, detox is “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances” – which is essentially the purpose of medical detoxification from drugs or alcohol. In most instances, the addict or alcoholic has been engaging in drug use for a prolonged period of time, and has decided that he or she is ready to fully commit to recovery – to learning how to live a sober life free of drugs and alcohol. The first step into recovery is ridding one’s body of the chemicals it has been cluttered with over the years.

Can’t I Detox Myself?

It is very important that the addict does not attempt detoxification alone for several reasons. First of all, when an addict or alcoholic is attempting to withdraw from drugs or alcohol, it is not uncommon for the side effects to cause so much physical discomfort that one will begin using again before they are fully detoxed simply to diminish symptoms. Additionally, detoxing from prolonged drug use can be severely injurious in many instances – and sometimes lethal. Detoxing from extended daily alcohol use tends to be deadly if not carefully monitored. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include tremors, anxiety, increased heart rate, irritability, confusion, headache, and sweating. Severe withdrawal symptoms are referred to as delirium tremens, and include severe confusion and agitation, fever, seizures, and hallucinations (tactile, auditory, and visual).

Because symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are usually treated with sedatives, it is important that the process is observed and a professional distributes the medication. It is important that detoxing from drugs is supervised professionally for very similar reasons. In serious cases, detoxing from certain drugs can also cause severe symptoms such as seizures, though drug detox is usually limited to insomnia, depression, tremors, nausea and vomiting, headache, and other less lethal symptoms. Many detoxifications from prolonged drug use require prescription medication in order to wean off the illicit substance used, and because even maintenance drugs can be abused it is important a medical expert distributes them.

Drug and Alcohol Detox – What Should I Expect?

When admitting yourself to a drug or alcohol detox clinic, you can expect that the staff will make the experience as comfortable as possible for you, and that the groups that are frequently held in such clinics will introduce you to the atmosphere of a rehab center. It is important to remember, however, that drug detox in itself is not treatment, and without attending inpatient directly afterwards the likelihood of relapse skyrockets.