LOSING TREY: A STORY OF ADDICTION – Flakka, Bath Salts, and Opioid pills

As they used to say on the TV police drama Dragnet, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed. In this case, however, the pseudonyms are used to protect the survivors…and the memory of “Trey,” a young man in his mid-twenties who is no longer among the living.

“Trey,” a young man in his mid-twenties who is no longer among the living.
“Trey,” a young man in his mid-twenties who is no longer among the living.

We heard Trey’s story from his friend “Jonah,” who came to The Hope Center from his mid-western home state for help in recovering from a heroin addiction—the same addiction that had led to Trey’s death. It was the abrupt and unexpected end to Trey’s life that scared Jonah into seeking help.

Like Trey, Jonah was is in his mid-twenties. The two went to high school together. Their paths separated during their college years, but after graduation, they both returned to their hometown and their friendship with each other.

They also both started experimenting with drugs. Jonah says they dabbled in Flakka, Bath Salts, and Opioid pills before being introduced to, and seduced by, Heroin. The first taste of Heroin for both of them came at a party.

Trey had played football in high school and college, though he didn’t go on to the pros. Some of his old high school teammates invited him to a barbeque one Sunday afternoon, and he brought Jonah along. As the afternoon progressed, a pick-up football game got started: shirts vs skins. It was casual, just for fun, and even Jonah played, though he hadn’t been on the high school team. As dusk approached, and the game came to an end, three of the guys went on a beer run, and the party moved indoors.

Then one of the guys introduced a new “guest” to the party: Heroin.

Then one of the guys introduced a new “guest” to the party: Heroin.
Then one of the guys introduced a new “guest” to the party: Heroin.

Some of the guys indulged. Some didn’t. Neither Trey nor Jonah was a stranger to drugs, though neither had ever tried Heroin before. “There’s a first time for everything,” observed the party’s host as he passed the syringe over to Trey.

Both Trey and Jonah were immediately impressed with the effects of the drug. “Hey, where can I get more of this stuff?” Trey asked. And thus began a habit.

At first Trey and Jonah shot up only on weekends. Jonah had a sales job, while Trey was in management in an office, and both wanted to stay clean and straight during working hours, but heroin is seductive and addictive, and soon they both were using seven days a week.

Jonah didn’t like the effect heroin had on his abilities at work, but he was in the grips of something stronger than his willpower, and he gave in.

It was at another party that Trey met his end, and Jonah found the resolve to quit. Another of Trey’s old high school football teammates was hosting this one, and he also supplied the drugs. There was a smorgasbord of drugs to choose from, and Jonah decided to go for some Opioid pills, but Trey opted for Heroin.

The effects were quick—and deadly. At first, when Trey passed out, the host of the party recommended letting him “sleep it off.” But Jonah noticed that Trey’s breathing was shallow and at times seemed to stop altogether. He wanted to call the paramedics. The host, fearful of legal repercussions, leaned on Jonah to not make the call. By the time Jonah defied him and dialed 911, and the ambulance arrived, it was too late. Trey was gone. Dead from an overdose.

It had been an unusually strong batch of heroin…and Trey, who wanted nothing more than to feel good and enjoy his partying with his friends, lost his chance to ever feel good again…to ever feel anything again…to live.

As for Jonah, he was “scared straight” and, after checking out a number of treatment facilities intentionally far from home, decided on The Hope Center.

Hopefully he will never use again. But there are still plenty of people out there who are hooked on heroin. If you are, or someone you care about is, one of those people, get help now, before it’s too late…before you meet the same fate as Trey.

There is hope. That is why we are called The Hope Center. Reach out to us today. The time is always now.

Faith-Based Treatment Proven Effective for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Christian Track Program, “The Rising Son”, Premieres at The Hope Center for Rehabilitation

The Hope Center for Rehabilitation, a leading substance abuse rehabilitation center located in South Florida, announces the addition of their highly anticipated Christian Track Program, called “The Rising Son”, which debuted earlier in 2016. After perfecting the model, their welcoming those across the country who are struggling with drug and alcohol dependency to experience the divine healing and recovery that is possible when proven methods of rehabilitation is supported by a faith-based therapy model.

Program Director, Pastor John Panico, explains,

The Christian Track Program paves the way for clients to connect and build a relationship between Christ, their faith and their recovery. A core value in this course,” he explains, “is to help clients understand that their past may be forgiven and their future may be strengthened and supported by a faith-based set of core values and practices to maintain a healthy life in sobriety.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has actively engaged and supported faith-based services involved in substance abuse rehabilitation since 1992, affirming with their extensive, government-supported research that the faith-based approach to recovery demonstrates the effectiveness of local programs in eliciting positive changes in people’s lives who are struggling with addiction.

The Hope Center’s Christian Track therapists spent months developing this model – an intensive Christ-centered recovery curriculum designed to free those caught in the revolving door of addiction. It includes faith-based counseling and guidance in conjunction with proven methods of psychological therapy, critical in the recovery process. Each client who is enrolled in the Christian Track Program experiences individualized attention to help them heal physically, emotionally and spiritually within a model that parallels the principles of recovery with scripture.  The Hope Center designed the program so that residential clients experience an introduction to the program, but the full model is introduced during step-down phases in Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient treatment, so the entire community can take advantage of this unique therapy.

A special feature of the Christian Track Program is the time each day that clients are encouraged to work on connecting to their own spiritual growth – a practice which helps to strengthen their connection to Christ and help prevent relapse, especially after treatment has ended. During this time, clients practice daily reflections, prayer, devotion and study, and are provided guidance and advice as many are just learning to understand the role of Christ in their lives and recovery.

The cornerstone feature of the Christian Track Program is a 3-hour bible study held weekly known as the “Night of Worship”. This spiritually motivating experience connects weekly programming to bible study, song and prayer. As Pastor John says, “This is where the healing begins!”

In addition to the regular features and amenities offered at the Hope Center, clients who participate in the Christian Track Program will also enjoy:

  • Faith-Based Individual Therapy
  • Christian Groups
  • Spirituality Workshops
  • Weekly Church Service
  • Opportunity to be Baptized
  • Celebrate Recovery: 12-Step Meetings infused with the principles of Christ

For more information, contact our admissions advisors at 888-422-3032, or contact Pastor John directly at 561-301- 5342.

This is my #drugofchoice

As addicts, drugs and alcohol take over our actions, as well as our thoughts. The “great obsession” of using liquefies any desire to pursue interests that we either used to love or might find enriching to our lives. Refreshed and renewed, many of us feel the overwhelming need to replenish our desires with healthy actions. And this is where the concept of a new #drugofchoice is formulated. Continue reading This is my #drugofchoice

Stay Present For The Miracles

Every now and then, someone says something, or does something so profound that it sticks with you for your whole life. Maybe it was something a relative said to you as a child, or a boss’s piece of advice or maybe even a great movie line that you’ve carried with you as a sort of mantra.
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Rehabs: Statistically Proven To Help

 Addicts Achieve Sobriety Through Rehab

Each year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse releases a report detailing a number of statistics on substance abuse treatment facilities throughout the country, in addition to sharing some global statistics on the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse happening within our population.

Addiction is commonly disguised or silenced for most individuals and families, as there is still a prevailing stigma around the topic, but the numbers don’t lie. It is estimated that annually, 23.1 million Americans are in need of some form of treatment, including addictions to alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medication. In 2013, only 2.5 million people received the needed treatment, about 10% of all afflicted.

Of those in need of treatment, last year 88,000 died as a result of alcohol use in addition to the over 22,500 deaths that occurred form illicit drug use. The most startling figure was the rise in deaths due to heroin overdose, which jumped from approximately 3,000 deaths in 2001 to 8,000 deaths in 2013. Nationally, it is estimated that 1 in every 10 deaths that occur are alcohol related.

It has never been more important to educate our community on the prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction. Today, because of the need for long-term treatment centers as well as the Affordable Care Act, passed just last year, finding and enrolling in a treatment center that fits your needs or a loved one is more accessible than ever. If insured, most clients can have access to a full-service treatment facility at almost no charge. There are over 14,500 treatment centers in the United States, all of which offer different levels of care and accept all types of insurance plans. In addition, many treatment facilities offer scholarships to offset the cost of treatment.

And with treatment, recovery is possible. One of the most successful paths to recovery is committing to a 30 day treatment program. Those who enroll in an inpatient treatment program within 30 days of detoxing stand a better chance at achieving long term sobriety than those who don’t. For those who do relapse, it takes them 40% longer to do so than individuals who abstain without the help of a treatment center. It’s important to understand that for many people, relapse is a part of their path toward recovery. Studies suggest that those who have attended treatment gain the tools and faith needed to overcome their addictions, even when relapse occurs.

Studies also show that those who went through an inpatient program noted improvements in their quality of life, even if abstinence was short lived. In the short term, patients are looking to stay sober. In the long run, clients are able to live a life of integrity, honesty, balance and happiness.

If you are someone who needs the help of an inpatient treatment program, or know someone who does, contact one of our team members at The Hope Center for Rehabilitation at 1.866.233.1869

Why Long Term Treatment Centers Work

Achieving Sobriety: Why Long Term Treatment Centers Work

There is no formula to decipher what path or method will get a person to reach long term sobriety, but most experts agree that the best advice is to commit to a long term treatment plan. This means a minimum of 6 months at a treatment center which offers different levels of treatment, including a detox inpatient and extended care program. While the commitment may seem difficult, or even impossible, the truth remains that with a little faith and the right facility the best chance to understand and embrace a life of recovery starts with a long-term stay at an accredited and multi-faceted rehab center. Here are some of the main reasons why treatment really works.

1. Long Term Detox
Depending on one’s drug of choice, it can take between 1 and 6 months to detox from the long time “hangover” associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Your body needs time to rid itself of the toxins it has built up over time. Simply abstaining on your own, without the accountability of being in a rehab setting or having the support of experts, is nearly impossible. Will power alone is not enough to stop an afflicted person from choosing to pick up their drug of choice again, but in a supervised atmosphere, the first few months of recovery are dramatically easier to overcome.

2. Repetition of Sober Living
When under the care of a rehab facility, clients are guided daily with repetitive teachings on how to remain sober. Therapists and technicians cultivate an atmosphere where afflicted clients can begin rebuilding daily life without the use of drugs and alcohol, as well as help clients develop skills of accountability toward themselves and family members. In addition, clients are taken to 12-step meetings where they can network with other sober contacts as well as understand what life after treatment looks like.

3. Illumination
Understanding the blessing of sobriety and all that it brings takes time. Often clients reach a “pink cloud” of happiness when they have initially overcome the first phases of detoxification from their addiction. This usually happens within the first 30 days. In the short term this is positive, but there are successes and failures in sobriety and true illumination happens months after this point. Eventually, a “miracle”occurs when a person makes a significant shift in their journey toward recovery and from then on have the motivation and clarity to continue in their journey. Overcoming the “obsession” of using and embracing a journey through the 12 steps outlined in most recovery programs is the goal of any long-term treatment plan.

4. Distance
Spending a significant amount of time away from the people, places and things that “trigger” addicts to use again is a very important factor that makes long-term treatment programs successful. Even the most motivated individuals find it difficult to resist the urge to use again when confronted with their old situations and lifestyle. By remaining away from those places, either geographically or just physically, a client has the opportunity to focus on the solution rather than face their old problems. Over time, most addicts find themselves able to show up to the situations which used to cause them to use, helping them remain sober when life begins again outside of treatment.

5. Making Friends & Networking
Seldom are people able to make significant connections in 30 days or less. When an individual embarks on multi-month journey toward recovery, they are able to form significant relationships with their peers, therapists and community of people in recovery. This not only makes them more accountable for their actions but also strengthens their sober support group. Having a sober network is forever a key element of long term recovery, even when an individual has achieved multiple years of abstinence. It is considered one of the golden “tools” for continued growth in sobriety.

The Hope Center for Rehabilitation is located in Boynton Beach, Florida and specializes in drug and alcohol addiction. Treatment plans range from 1-9 months. If you know someone who is in need of inpatient treatment, or want to know more about the programs we offer, call one of our team members at 1.866.233.1869.

Choosing the Right Drug Rehab For You

Choosing the right  drug rehab for you will undoubtedly be one of the most life-changing and fundamental decisions you will ever make. When choosing a drug rehab, it is important to remember that everyone’s needs vary greatly, and your individualized preferences are extremely significant. Because of the fact that treatment programs do not only treat addiction, but also treat underlying causes and past emotional pain, it is imperative that you look into exactly what therapeutic methods and core issues the program you are looking into will focus on.

No matter what drug rehab you decide upon, it is vital that you look for several staples every reliable rehab should possess.

  • It is important that the program is licensed and accredited, ensuring the operation is legal and effective.
  • You will want to look into the success rates of the drug rehab you are considering entering – make sure the effectiveness of the treatment methods used is backed by solid evidential proof
  • Make sure that the treatment center offers comprehensive aftercare services in order to prevent relapse, such as their own  sober living facility or recommendations to a licensed facility nearby

Typically, residential treatment lasts anywhere from 30-120 days. 90 days is often recommended, for it takes quite awhile for all remnants of chemical substance to naturally leave the body, freeing the mind from the “fog” that tends to settle in very early sobriety. While accommodations are not quite as important as the treatment plan the drug rehab offers, you still want to feel comfortable staying in the facility for an extended amount of time. If you cannot take a physical tour, try to take a virtual tour, or look at photographs of the treatment center you are considering.

There are many slight variations of the typical  drug rehab. Some rehabs will focus exclusively on alcohol, while others concentrate on addiction as a blanket term. Still others will cater to addiction to one specific type of drug amongst one particular age group, such as opiate addiction in adolescents and young adults. Many rehabs are gender specific, and some are geared exclusively towards members of the LGBT community. Many treatment centers incorporate holistic methods of recovery, focusing on the mind, body, and soul inclusively. Take all of these differences into consideration when deciding which drug rehab will best fit your needs.

Allow One of Our Representatives to Find a Drug Rehab For You

While so many options to choose from, picking the right rehab for you may seem somewhat overwhelming. Fortunately, help is always available – simply contact one of our trained representatives and we will gladly place you in the  drug rehab that best suits all of your highly individualized needs.