You may be surprised to learn that addiction is incredibly common; almost 20 million Americans are struggling with a substance use disorder today. That number does not reflect the recent rise in substance use created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers estimate that the novel coronavirus (and its accompanying lifestyle changes) has resulted in a 30% hike in alcohol sales, along with higher rates of drug use nationwide. Countless people are in the exact same position that you are.
However, there is good news for those struggling with a substance use disorder. No matter how hopeless you may feel right now, you can take comfort in the fact that recovery is possible.
Overcoming Stigma and Barriers to Care
Decades ago, stigma stopped addicts from seeking treatment for their drug or alcohol problems. People worried about losing their jobs, savings, or relationships if they went to rehab. Luckily, things have changed for the better.
Today, we know that addiction is a chronic disease that can be managed with professional intervention (just like high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health conditions). New legislation requires that addiction treatment be covered by all insurance providers, meaning that it has never been easier to seek help for a substance use disorder. Additionally, seeking treatment is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ensuring that your career will be waiting for you after you get better.
But what is treatment like? What should you expect?
Change Your Life Through Treatment
At South Miami Recovery, we work with patients from all walks of life. Our city’s history is one deeply entwined with substance abuse and its treatment. It is our goal to provide the highest quality of care to Miami citizens; the expert staff members at our outpatient clinic understand the unique needs of Florida residents. Many of our employees are in recovery themselves, which grants them a unique perspective on addiction and its treatment. They are a living testament to the miracle of recovery!
Trust us: in treatment, no story is too shocking. We’ve seen it all. You’ll find your brothers and sisters in group meetings; hearing their experiences and sharing your struggles is incredibly helpful in reducing feelings of loneliness or isolation. You’ll also get to the root of your addiction and its triggers. Our clinicians will give you the tools to overcome life’s stressors without relapsing. Armed with this information, you will be ready to enjoy years and years of sustained recovery.
Recovery for Families
Addiction is a family disease. This means that substance use affects all members of the family, not just the addict themselves.
Addiction creates an uncomfortable, oppressive situation in the home. Often, loved ones enable the addict; they make excuses for them, loan them money, or take over their responsibilities. Over time, family roles may shift, and an overall atmosphere of secrecy, resentment, and tension develops. When the addict seeks treatment, it’s important that the family begins to recover, too.
At South Miami Recovery, we provide comprehensive family programming for our patients’ loved ones. Our in-depth courses equip each participant to create a healthier family dynamic, support the addict in early recovery, and begin to heal from their own experience with a loved one’s substance use. In addition, we connect you with local resources like Al-Anon, where you can receive regular support in a group setting.
Find Recovery Today
Whether you’re seeking treatment for yourself or your loved one, we’re here for you. All you have to do is take the first step. To learn more about our comprehensive Miami addiction recovery services, contact our compassionate admissions staff today.