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help for parents of addicted children

When your child has a substance use disorder, you naturally have concerns about their well-being as well as your own. Addiction affects the entire family. It doesn’t matter if your child is a teenager or a grown adult, as a parent you still worry. There is help for parents of addicted children, including guidance on talking to your kids and support groups for you and your family.

Kids and Alcohol

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol, but by age 15, that number jumps to 50 percent. Additionally, by the time they are seniors, almost 70 percent of high school students will have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, and more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose. The sooner you talk to your children about alcohol and other drugs, the greater chance you have of influencing their decisions about drinking and substance use.

Watch for Warning Signs

Your child may be addicted to drugs or alcohol if he or she exhibits several of these signs at the same time, if they occur suddenly, or if some are extreme in nature.

  • Mood changes: flare-ups of temper, irritability, and defensiveness
  • School problems: poor attendance, low grades, and/or recent disciplinary action
  • Rebellion against family rules
  • Friend changes: switching friends and a reluctance to let you get to know the new friends
  • A “nothing matters” attitude: sloppy appearance, a lack of involvement in former interests, and general low energy
  • Alcohol presence: finding it in your child’s room or backpack or smelling alcohol on his or her breath
  • Physical or mental problems: memory lapses, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, lack of coordination, or slurred speech.

Find Help, Not Blame

SAMSHA also advises parents that it can be difficult to believe that your child could be caught up in alcohol use and in need of professional help. Do not feel bad if you did not see the warning signs until your child was in trouble or until someone told you about the problem. When most parents find out about their child’s drinking, they feel shocked and stunned and wonder where they went wrong.

In getting help for a child who drinks, the first thing to do is to try not to blame yourself or your child. The important thing is to act now to find the best available services to help your child stop using alcohol and begin building an alcohol-free future.

Support for Parents and Families

Support groups for those addicted to drugs or alcohol offer a safe place to share and to find encouragement. Parents of addicted children also have support groups available to them that provide a safe place for them to get additional help. Support groups for parents and families include Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, and Families Anonymous.

Families Anonymous is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. As the parent of an addicted child, you are encouraged to attend such a meeting, even if you only have a suspicion of there might be a problem with drugs or alcohol.

The Nar-Anon Family Group offers fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, they offer help by sharing experiences, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Their program of recovery is adapted from NA and uses their Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts.

A support group like Al-Anon can help you learn how to cope with the challenges of your child’s drinking. Al‑Anon members come to understand problem drinking as a family illness that affects everyone in the family. By listening to Al‑Anon members speak at Al‑Anon meetings, you can hear how they came to understand their own role in this family illness. In fact, research shows that when problem drinkers enter a recovery program, their chances for success are improved when they are supported by family members who are in a family recovery program such as Al‑Anon.

You Can Find Help at South Miami Recovery

At South Miami Recovery, we support parents of addicted children as well as the individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Through our family therapy program, we guide the family unit throughout the recovery process. We offer HIPAA-compliant telehealth services during COVID-19 so you and your loved one can get the help you need now. To learn more, contact us today. Call South Miami Recovery at 305.661.0055.

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focus on your well being during the pandemic

You are not alone in feeling stressed and uncertain as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. These are challenging times and your emotions are understandable. There are ways to shift your energies now, though, that can help you feel better about yourself and your situation. You can learn how to focus on your well-being during the pandemic, so you regain your confidence and optimism.

A Mix of Emotions

The stress that you are experiencing during the coronavirus outbreak can leave you with:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • A temptation to use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs – which will only worsen your situation.

New Normal State

It is perfectly normal to have a low motivation level and to be distracted now. Even though the pandemic has been in everyone’s lives for several months, it is still a new and different environment and it is taking everyone time to adapt. In the meantime, go easy on yourself. Be realistic in the goals you set, for yourself and for those around you. Take steps to lay a solid foundation for your mental health. Focus on what you can control instead of what you cannot.

Establish and Keep a Routine

During the pandemic, routines have been disrupted. You may no longer drive to work every day. You may have kids that are attending school remotely. Even going to the grocery store looks and feels different. Work on establishing a new routine, given the changes in your life. Maintain that routine each day to give yourself a new sense of normalcy.

A routine will help you manage anxiety and will help you to adapt more quickly to this current reality. Create clear distinctions between work and non-work time, ideally in both your physical workspace and your head space. Find something to do that is not work and is not virus-related that brings you joy. Working in short bursts with clear breaks will help to maintain your clarity of thought.

Go for a Walk

Physical exercise, outdoors in a healthy and safe space, can help you reduce stress. Find a trail in a park or just take a walk around the neighborhood where you can maintain social distances from others and enjoy the fresh air. Focus on the positive as you walk (or run), noticing the sunshine, the birds, and the flowers. Yes, it really will help you to focus on your well-being during the pandemic if you stop and smell the roses along your way!

Eat Healthier

During the pandemic, more people are preparing their meals at home. This is a great time to try out some new healthy recipes as you become more mindful of how you nurture your body. Although it is natural for you to crave snacks and junk food when you are staying home and stressed out, when you become more aware of how you’re feeding your body, it can go a long way toward helping you focus on your well-being during the pandemic.

Check Your Online Time

Many people are staying home all day, working from home, and attending school from home, which means they are online most of the day. When you need to focus on your well-being, you need to take breaks from your online time.

It is especially important to reduce the time you spend on social media and on reading the news, which will only stress you more. Go offline and read a book or watch an entertaining movie, to take your mind off the pandemic for a while.

Stay in the Present

The practice of mindfulness can help you focus on your well-being during the pandemic, as it helps you manage uncertainty. Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and surrounding environment. Practicing mindfulness means that you pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them and that you tune into what you’re sensing in the present moment instead of rehashing the past or worrying about the future.

Keep a Journal

When you write all your fears and uncertainty in a journal, your anxiety level will drop as you do so. The very act of putting everything in writing can help reduce your stress level. Start by making a list each day of what is going well. Focus on the positive things you’ve been able to enjoy while staying home, for example, but know that your journal is a safe place to record all your emotions and feelings.

Contact South Miami Recovery for Help During COVID-19

At South Miami Recovery, we offer you evidence-based therapies to help you in your recovery, including mindfulness therapy. We know that your well-being is of the utmost importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. South Miami Recovery offers HIPAA-compliant telehealth services so you can get the treatment you need now. Contact us today for help. Call South Miami Recovery at 305.661.0055.

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addicted to crystal meth

The coronavirus outbreak has challenged virtually everyone across the country. For those with substance use disorders, however, COVID-19 can be particularly dangerous. Primarily a virus that affects lung function, what COVID-19 means for those addicted to crystal meth is that they are especially vulnerable to serious health effects. It is now more important than ever to seek help for a crystal meth addiction.

COVID-19 Attacks Lungs and Heart

There are currently almost 3.8 million cases of COVID-19 in the US, with over 140,000 deaths. Those numbers continue to rise daily. Scientists are learning more about how the virus works as the disease progresses. They now know that it can be an illness of both the lungs and the heart.

Primarily, COVID-19 has been considered to be an illness of the lungs. Research has found, though, that up to 20% of patients with COVID-19 have signs of heart injury, whether or not they have respiratory symptoms. Scientists believe there may be a variety of reasons why a respiratory infection can inflict so much damage on the heart, including the widespread inflammation the infection causes, the possibility that the virus directly infects and injures the cardiovascular system, and the overall stress the infection puts on preexisting heart conditions.

Crystal Meth Also Affects Lungs and Heart

Crystal methamphetamine is a form of methamphetamine, a stimulant drug, that looks like glass fragments of shiny, bluish-white rocks. Health effects from crystal meth use include increased breathing, increased heart rate, higher blood pressure, higher temperature, and an irregular heartbeat, in addition to decreased appetite, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood problems, violent behavior, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, weight loss, and severe dental problems.

In fact, meth can increase the risk of heart disease, irregular heartbeat, and a decreased ability of the heart to pump blood. A research study also showed that when methamphetamine is used and distributed in the body the lungs absorb more methamphetamine than any other organ, including the brain and heart. It is believed that the ability of methamphetamine to accumulate in the lungs can make lungs more vulnerable to infections and other negative effects.

These studies suggest a negative impact from regular methamphetamine use on both the heart and lungs, which may put individuals who are addicted to crystal meth at greater risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and of developing more severe symptoms.

COVID-19 Challenges for Crystal Meth Addicts

Although COVID-19 is primarily considered to be a respiratory infection, the heart and breathing systems are highly dependent on each other to be able to function properly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified people who have serious underlying heart conditions, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, to be at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19 infection.

People who smoke drugs also experience higher rates of respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, and both of these are related to increased risk of more severe COVID-19 complications. Maintaining overall heart and lung health are important considerations to reduce the risk for the more negative consequences of COVID-19.

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), says that patients with already compromised lung conditions may be at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19. Specifically, people who smoke or vape, or who are addicted to crystal meth or opioids may face heightened risk.

In addition, chronic opioid use already increases the risk of slowed breathing due to hypoxemia, which can lead to cardiac and pulmonary complications that may result in overdose and death. Dr. Volkow stresses the need to be alert to the possibility of increased risks for adverse COVID-19 outcomes in people who are addicted to crystal meth.

Crystal Meth Addiction and Treatment

Crystal meth is highly addictive and extremely dangerous. When someone is addicted to crystal meth, not only is the potential for COVID-19 complications more serious but the long-term health effects can also be devastating.

As crystal meth is an addiction that is difficult to treat, someone who has decided to try to get clean and sober needs professional assistance to ensure the withdrawal process is safe. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Severe depression
  • Psychosis
  • Intense drug cravings.

The most effective treatments for crystal meth addiction are behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps the patient recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations likely to trigger drug use.

South Miami Recovery Can Help When You or Your Loved One is Addicted

The effects of the COVID-19 outbreak can be very serious. When you or a loved one is also addicted to crystal meth, there can be devastating effects to your heart and lung function. At South Miami Recovery, we offer the crystal meth rehab services you or your loved one need to detox safely and continue through a successful recovery. We offer HIPAA-compliant telehealth services as well as a wide array of outpatient addiction treatment services to those who need it most during these uncertain times, following CDC guidelines for your health and safety. To get help during COVID-19, contact us today. Call South Miami Recovery at 305.661.0055.

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finding happiness in any circumstance

Happiness may seem a difficult thing to find during the COVID-19 pandemic. While you are being told to stay home and maintain social distances from others, you may be struggling with how to achieve happiness within yourself. During Mental Health Month, it’s important to know that finding happiness in any circumstance is possible. A professor of psychology at Yale University, Laurie Santos, has examined the Science of Well-Being and offers a number of ways to help you find that elusive happiness, even during the coronavirus outbreak.

Going About It the Wrong Way

Professor Santos is a world expert on happiness. She developed a course, the Science of Well-Being, two years ago for overly stressed Yale students. Today it seems even more applicable, given the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. Santos says, “It’s well known that living through hard circumstances can make us happier because it teaches each of us to be grateful for so many things in life.”

Santos also believes that we can be happy when we are stuck at home during a virus pandemic. She says that happiness does not depend on circumstances and that we typically pursue happiness in the wrong way. While many people try to find constructive ways to spend their time while they are home, those are not necessarily “happiness-making practices.” Santos emphasizes that “with a little time and the right practices [as long as we have a roof over our head and our basic needs met], we can thrive in whatever situation we are in.”

The Secrets of Contentment

There are three basic habits of people who are capable of finding happiness in any circumstance:

  • Social connections: People who are happy think about other people more than they think about themselves and make the effort to reach out. They also tend to engage in random acts of kindness that are designed to benefit other people.
  • Gratitude, self-compassion, and being present: In academic studies, gratitude is consistently at the top of the list of things that make us truly happy. Along with gratitude, we need to practice not being too hard on ourselves and being present in the moment, limiting our regrets about the past and our worries about the future.
  • Healthy habits: Exercise, nutrition, meditation, and adequate sleep all play a part in healthy lifestyle habits that will contribute to our happiness even while we’re stuck at home during a pandemic.

Post-Traumatic Growth

The stress of the current situation can affect both our mental and our physical health. A condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop in people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event, such as the effects of the pandemic. Professor Santos says that although post-traumatic stress if often talked about, “there is also a lot of work on post-traumatic growth.”

She adds that, “Just like we have a physical immune system, there is evidence that we have a psychological immune system. When things get bad, we rationalise, we figure it out, we are actually a lot stronger and more resilient than we think. We learn better habits and come out better on the other side.”

The Science

Santos developed the course, the Science of Well-Being, to teach students that finding happiness in any circumstance is possible. The course, as well the podcast series called The Happiness Lab, are even more relevant to those who struggle with maintaining their mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. Santos says, “If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be scientific about the interventions we take in life. People don’t want platitudes, they want evidence-based ways to protect not only their physical health, but their mental health too.”

The Science of Well-Being identifies the habits that we can work on during our time at home. Exercise, for example, is important for both physical and mental health and can be done in small, 20-minute sessions. Exercising can be simply dancing to an upbeat, happy toon, whether or not anyone is looking!

Getting the right amount of quality sleep also benefits us, mentally and physically. We can take steps to ensure a good night’s sleep, including not taking electronic devices to bed. Recognizing and recording our change of attitude and our gratitude can also help us develop a sense of happiness in our current circumstance.

Contact South Miami Recovery for Help During COVID-19

At South Miami Recovery, we address all facets of your addiction recovery, including your spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health. During the pandemic, we offer HIPAA-compliant telehealth services so you can get the treatment you need, while staying safe and healthy. We continue to provide the outpatient addiction treatment services you need during these uncertain times. To learn more and to sign up for telehealth substance abuse services, contact us today. You can also call South Miami Recovery at 305.661.0055.

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cope with triggers during a pandemic

Stress and anxiety are common reactions to a pandemic such as the coronavirus outbreak that we are currently experiencing. During Mental Health Month, it is timely to review some tips for coping. In particular, it is important to understand how to cope with triggers during a pandemic, to prevent a relapse and to stay safe and healthy throughout the outbreak.

Triggers During a Pandemic

Under normal circumstances, your triggers might involve contact with people or a visit to a location that reminds you of your previous substance use and addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that stress cues linked to the drug use (such as people, places, things, and moods), and contact with drugs are the most common triggers for relapse. When you are staying at home and following social distancing guidelines, though, you may not have that same exposure.

During a pandemic, your triggers may be more related to loneliness or boredom. Your fear, stress, and anxiety may also be triggers for you as you remain isolated during the coronavirus outbreak. When you are not able to freely do the things you are used to doing every day, including accessing your addiction treatment program, these feelings can increase. You should take steps now to learn how to cope with triggers during a pandemic.

What Feeds Your Feelings

Dr. John Sharp, a board-certified psychiatrist on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, advises taking a breath and working toward separating out where your feelings are coming from, as a way to cope with the anxiety and fear that may be triggers for you. Dr. Sharp suggests:

  • Try saying this, for example: “Of course, I’m more concerned than (my roommate/my friend/my family), because I’m practiced at feeling anxious or helpless.”
  • The next step is to recognize that the percentage of feelings that stem from the past do not have to govern how you necessarily feel in the present. Try saying this out loud: “Well that was then, this is now.” A simple statement like this can actually open the door to some significant relief.
  • Gently remind yourself of this crucial separation, cleaving the past from the present. And kindly and reassuringly remind yourself that you have the resources — both internal and external — to manage your feelings and reactions in the now. This is crucially important.

Practical Ways to Cope

When loneliness or boredom become triggers for you, you can find constructive ways to cope with those feelings as well. These stress management strategies can also become practical ways for you to cope with triggers during a pandemic.

  • Be kind to yourself. Remember that you’re not alone in your struggles.
  • Maintain a routine. Even if you’re stuck at home, try to stick to your regular sleep, school, meal, or work schedule. This can help you maintain a sense of normalcy.
  • Take time out for activities you enjoy. Read a good book, watch a comedy, play a fun board or video game, make something—whether it’s a new recipe, a craft, or a piece of art.
  • Get out in nature, if possible. Sunshine and fresh air will do you good. Even a walk around your neighborhood, if it can be done safely, can make you feel better.
  • Find ways to exercise. Staying active will help you release anxiety, relieve stress, and manage your mood. Cycle, hike, or walk, maintaining your social distance from others.
  • Avoid self-medicating. Using alcohol or other substances to deal with the pandemic is not the answer. Focus on the progress you’ve made and on your continuing recovery efforts.
  • Take up a relaxation practice. When stressors throw your nervous system out of balance, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can bring you back into a state of equilibrium.

Access Treatment via Telehealth

Stay connected with your addiction treatment and support groups. Continuing consistently with your program can help you cope with triggers during a pandemic. Behavioral therapies, in particular, can help you handle stressful situations and various triggers that might cause another relapse. Behavioral therapies can also enhance the effectiveness of treatment medications and help you remain in treatment longer.

South Miami Recovery Offers Telehealth Services During COVID-19

Continuing your addiction treatment during the pandemic can help you cope with triggers and prevent a relapse. South Miami Recovery offers HIPAA-compliant telehealth services so you can get the treatment you need, while staying safe and healthy at home. We will continue to provide a wide array of outpatient addiction treatment services to those who need it most during these uncertain times. To learn more and to sign up for telehealth substance abuse services, contact us today. Call South Miami Recovery at 305.661.0055.

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers in Florida

When you decide you need help with your drug or alcohol addiction, you may not be in the mood to do a lot of research. Often, people who seek treatment are near crisis mode and, as such, can be vulnerable to making decisions that are not right for them. We urge you to review these important aspects of finding the right fit for you among the drug and alcohol treatment centers in Florida. Your recovery from addiction is what matters most at this point in your life.

Ask the First Questions of Yourself

As you look for the right fit among the drug and alcohol treatment centers in Florida, you will need to know more about your own situation. Ask yourself these questions – and answer them honestly:

  • What is your goal in participating in a recovery program at a treatment center?
  • Which fits your work or school schedule best, inpatient or outpatient treatment?
  • Does your family need to be involved in your therapy, for your well-being and for theirs?
  • As you search in the South Miami area, which location would you be more likely to be able to get to on a regular basis?
  • What is your financial situation? Do you have insurance that will cover treatment?

Make the Call and Ask More Questions

The best way to learn about the difference in the drug and alcohol treatment centers in Florida is to ask questions that will help you identify the right fit for your needs and goals. Call each one, ask specific questions, and record their answers in a notebook so you can refer to your notes as you are making your decision. Does the treatment center:

  • Offer the type of treatment you need? Consider whether you need rehab for alcohol, cocaine, prescription drugs, heroin, or other addictions. The treatment center should have expertise and experience in your specific type of addiction.
  • Help you with insurance and affordability options? Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction can be expensive. Unless money is not an issue for you, you probably do not need a high-end center that offers luxurious amenities. When you need help with your addiction, you do not want finances to become an obstacle to treatment.
  • Provide a flexible schedule that meets your needs? If you have work, school, or family commitments, an inpatient program is probably not the right fit. You need an outpatient facility with a flexible schedule that makes it more convenient for you to complete your rehab.
  • Speak openly and honestly with you about its treatment approaches? Ask specific questions about treatment methods when you speak with the drug and alcohol treatment centers in Florida. For example, does the center offer a holistic approach that treats the whole patient, rather than simply focusing on one aspect, such as individual therapy or detox?
  • Have qualified professionals on staff and is it accredited by The Joint Commission? A medical doctor on staff is critical to the treatment center’s ability to help you with the health issues related to your drug or alcohol addiction.

Meeting Your Needs

South Miami Recovery is focused on your successful recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Our staff includes Dr. Carlos Larocca, our Medical Director, who is board certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is a member of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine (FSAM).

Our professional organization:

  • Is accredited by The Joint Commission
  • Accepts most major insurance plans
  • Maintains your confidentiality throughout the treatment process
  • Offers affordable fees and works with you to create an affordable payment plan
  • Is an outpatient facility, offering you convenience and a flexible schedule that meets your needs
  • Provides a holistic approach to your treatment, including mindfulness training, family therapy, and relapse prevention.

If You or a Loved One Needs Help, Contact South Miami Recovery

At South Miami Recovery, we know that recovery isn’t easy. You don’t need any more obstacles in your path once you’ve decided to get help. We offer convenience and affordability in the highest quality treatment center in south Florida. Treatment is available for you when you are ready to change. We address all facets of our clients’ lives, including their mental, physical and spiritual health.

We understand that each of our clients has their own needs and challenges. Our staff designs a plan that is customized specifically for their benefit. Contact our bilingual staff to learn more about our outpatient treatment programs by calling 305.661.0055.

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signs and symptoms

Concerned about whether a loved one may have a substance abuse disorder? Understanding the signs of substance abuse and the symptoms it causes can help you determine whether there is an issue and when treatment is necessary. Substance abuse can affect your loved one’s physical, mental, and emotional health so it’s important to understand the early signs and symptoms.

Signs of Drug Abuse

Look for signs that drug use is causing disruptions in your loved one’s daily life. Ask yourself pointed questions (and be honest with the answers), that help you understand whether your loved one’s drug use has become drug abuse. Understand the signs, including:

  • Continuing to take a prescription drug, particularly painkillers, after it is no longer needed
  • A need to increase the amount of a drug each time, just to get the same effect
  • Recognizing that drug use can create problems yet being unable to give it up without help
  • Impaired coordination or slurred speech
  • Rearranging life events so that the drug has become the priority.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Excessive use and dependence on alcohol can also cause disruptions in your loved one’s life. Watch for signs that could include:

  • Lying to others or hiding drinking habits
  • Blacking out or forgetting what they did when they were drinking
  • Frequent bloodshot eyes
  • Changes in personality
  • Neglecting work or family responsibilities as a direct result of drinking too much.

Symptoms of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse can cause changes in appetite, sleeping habits, and mental and physical health. Watch for symptoms in your loved one such as:

  • Appetite – depending on the drug, appetite could significantly increase or decrease. For example, cocaine can cause a person to eat less and less often while marijuana causes the addict to eat much more.
  • Sleep – stimulant abuse can disrupt sleep cycles drastically. In fact, someone who is abusing such substances might go for days (or nights) without sleeping at all.
  • Physical appearance – someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol may not be as concerned with their appearance and hygiene as they once were. Substance abuse can also cause them to become gaunt or overweight, depending on the substance, and appear haggard.
  • Mental health – a major symptom of substance abuse is the inability to function normally without the drug or alcohol. Your loved one may become obsessed with having the drugs or alcohol available, becoming so dependent on the substance that they feel they cannot make even everyday decisions without its help.

Knowing When to Get Treatment

If you are concerned about your loved one and notice signs such as changes in sleep and appetite, substance abuse treatment might be necessary. Particularly once you see symptoms appear, including deterioration of physical health, impact on mental health, and shifts in social interactions, it is time to seek help.

When your loved one has a substance abuse problem, understand that it can be very difficult for you as well. In this very important time, though, you should not ignore the warning signs and symptoms and just hope that the problem will go away. Addiction denial will only create worse issues, for you as well as for your loved one.

Realize, also, that you cannot go through recovery for your loved one. Treatment is a choice that he or she must make. You can talk to your loved one about the signs you’ve noticed and the symptoms they are exhibiting. Speaking without judgment, show your loved one examples of their behavior and physical changes that have you worried. You can and should support your loved one through the process, as they will need your help as well as the help of a professional recovery program.

Recovery is Ongoing

Substance abuse treatment in Miami typically starts with an assessment conducted by a professionally trained substance abuse therapist. It is critical to focus in on problem areas and then to prioritize those areas through an individualized treatment plan.

Recovery takes time and patience. Substance abuse results in life-changing symptoms and requires a treatment program that addresses the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional facets of recovery.

South Miami Recovery Can Help

At South Miami Recovery, we believe in the importance of treating the whole person. Each of our clients has their own unique needs and preferences. We work with everyone to find the right path, providing several tools to help them in their recovery.

If you’d like to learn more about our services, we encourage you to contact us today to speak to our staff. We speak English and Spanish. Call South Miami Recovery at 305.661.0055.

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strength in group therapy

Human beings are social animals. We all need connections to live life to its fullest. The saying “united we stand, divided we fall” reflects how heavily we lean on others when we need support. It’s especially true when it comes to addiction treatment, where people find incredible strength in group therapy.

In group therapy sessions, you not only have the support of other group members, you also have the benefit of a trained leader who guides everyone through the process of sharing their own struggles and experiences. By making yourself available to others, you will discover the advantages of leaning on group members for help and, in turn, helping them when they need it.

There is tremendous strength in group therapy, which will fuel you well beyond the time you spend in sessions. The lessons you learn in meetings will stick with you for the rest of your life and give you resources that you can repeatedly return to throughout your recovery.

Let’s look more closely at how you can find strength in group therapy….

You Realize You Are Not Alone

People who struggle with addiction often feel isolated when they first begin treatment. There are likely many people in your life that don’t struggle with substance use disorder. Even if they are supportive of your efforts, they don’t fully understand what you’re going through. You might also have friends that have the same disorder you have but aren’t seeking treatment. This leaves you feeling like you are alone in your journey.

Through group therapy, you realize that you aren’t alone. Your path will be different from others, but you will benefit from listening to the experiences of people with similar challenges. Some will be further along in their journey, while others will be beginning their recovery. All will help you put your own struggles in perspective and remember the value of living substance-free.

You Find Support from People in Similar Situations

In group therapy, you will receive encouragement and support from people who understand what you’re going through. When times are difficult and you feel like you need a push to stay on the path, you will find a group of people who know what’s it like to struggle. They can offer valuable insights and lessons that might help you with problems you face in relationships, at work or in other areas of your life.

Other members of your group might occasionally challenge you when you express feelings of guilt or inadequacy. Constructive criticism can help you identify problem areas or flawed thinking that could signal a relapse. Group members have likely experienced pitfalls that lead to a relapse, so their insights will be invaluable in keeping you on the path.

You Develop Meaningful Connections

In recovery, just as in many areas of life, there is strength in numbers. Difficulties that seem overwhelming in isolation become manageable with the help of others. Few people will understand what you’re experiencing like people in your group therapy sessions. Even if you don’t interact with other members outside of the sessions, you’ll find the time you spend in group therapy to reap benefits throughout your entire life.

Whether you’re simply hearing others’ stories or getting feedback about your own thought processes, you will learn that the connections you have in group therapy are a lifeline for your everyday struggles. One of the many benefits of these sessions is finding strength in group therapy through shared experiences.

You Learn the Power of Sharing

Once you feel comfortable communicating your thoughts and experiences in group therapy, you will learn the power of sharing. At first, you will feel vulnerable in these sessions. Eventually, you come to rely on the empathy of other group members because you know that someone is truly listening to your problems.

Allowing yourself to be vulnerable and honest takes a great burden off your shoulders. You will also find power in being a source of strength for others. The symbiotic relationship you have in these sessions is fundamental to finding strength in group therapy.

Contact South Miami Recovery to Learn More About Strength in Group Therapy

Through group therapy sessions, you will learn practical tips about living substance-free. You will cultivate social skills with people who face similar challenges. You will also find a source of strength that you can rely on in every facet of your life.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of group therapy in addiction treatment, we encourage you to contact South Miami Recovery today. Group therapy is just one of our many services. Give us a call at 305.661.0055 to get started.

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Benefits of outpatient addiction treatment

Everyone’s journey to a substance-free life is different. If you’ve been considering addiction treatment, then you have likely encountered an endless number of programs that require months of living at a treatment facility. These programs simply aren’t an option for many people who need help overcoming an addiction. You should know that there are other approaches to successful recovery programs. You’ll find many benefits of outpatient addiction treatment, and it’s likely that this approach might be more suitable for your situation.

Programs like the ones we offer at South Miami Recovery can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life. You meet people who are facing similar challenges and become part of a community of people seeking a better life for themselves. You also develop a specialized plan to help you stay on the path of recovery.

What is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

In outpatient treatment, you stay at home rather than live on-site at a facility. You get to maintain your normal routine, while still learning the strategies you’ll need for a successful recovery. Not all substance use disorders require 24/7 supervision. Outpatient treatment still provides a comprehensive approach without the need for housing and without the expenses of inpatient options.

Outpatient Treatment Provides Your Life with Structure

In outpatient treatment, you have a set number of hours per week during which you will receive care and support. These sessions are invaluable because they equip you with the tools that you’ll need to live a substance-free life.

A critical part of every recovery plan is consistency and structure. One of the primary benefits of outpatient addiction treatment is establishing a routine, which serves as a foundation for a successful recovery program. Frequent treatment sessions give you the opportunity to talk about your challenges and find a framework to address common problems.

You Maintain the Ability to Work, Go to School and Contribute to Your Community

Many people struggling with a substance use disorder don’t have the option of a months-long inpatient treatment program. They have jobs that won’t allow significant time away from work. They might have classes to attend or families that depend on them.

The ability to meet your daily obligations is left intact in an outpatient treatment program. This is one of the main benefits of outpatient addiction treatment; you won’t need to worry about sacrificing the most important things in your life to begin the recovery process.

Accountability is Built into the Plan

You will be accountable to your program because you will regularly attend scheduled sessions. Though you might initially feel like you are accountable to your treatment facility, you eventually realize that holding yourself accountable is the goal of any successful addiction treatment program.

When your program includes housing and 24/7 oversight, you are always insulated from temptations and triggers. Though those programs are valuable for some people with addictions, developing the skill of balancing your daily life while also staying accountable to your recovery program cultivates a practical approach to a sustainable, sober-free life.

Outpatient Treatment is More Affordable Than Other Treatment Options

Recovery requires investment – physically, emotionally and financially. Though everyone must devote themselves physically and mentally to the process, not everyone is prepared to take a major financial hit to start living substance-free. One of the many benefits of outpatient addiction treatment is you don’t have to invest a substantial portion of your savings to live a better life.

You Have More Privacy in Your Personal Life

Outpatient treatment allows you to maintain as much privacy as you want in your personal life. You won’t need to explain being absent for several months to your acquaintances or coworkers. No one should be ashamed of overcoming their addiction, and there’s no need to hide your involvement in a recovery program. However, choosing who to tell and when to tell them is your decision. In outpatient treatment, you retain your privacy for as long as you want it.

If You or a Loved One Needs Help, Contact South Miami Recovery

At South Miami Recovery, we believe in removing the obstacles people face when seeking substance abuse treatment. Recovery isn’t easy, and too many people believe that getting help can present even more challenges to an already challenging process. The good news is that treatment is available for anyone who wants to change.

Living substance-free is the only way to break the grip of addiction, and recovery is the most rewarding journey imaginable. South Miami Recovery knows that effective treatment means meeting all the needs of our clients. We address all facets of our clients’ lives, including their mental, physical and spiritual health.

We understand that each of our clients has their own needs and challenges. Our staff designs a plan that is customized specifically for their benefit. Contact our bilingual staff to learn more about our outpatient treatment programs by calling 305.661.0055.

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