Choosing an addiction treatment program is a deeply personal, life-changing decision. Take time to find the right center in the right part of the world. If you’re considering Florida, we can suggest several reasons you might choose to come to West Palm Beach for rehab. Here’s a quick list, which we’ll unpack one-by-one:
One of our graduates, a young mother who’s been sober for more than two years, remembers how helpful it was to be able to be able to get outside when she felt drug cravings start to kick in. She and her roommate supported each other when one of them felt that starting to happen. “As an addict, your mind is always like, ‘Why don’t I do it, just this one time?’ That’s when we’d go out and find an adventure – bike riding, rollerblading. We were like little kids, but we did things just to keep us busy,” she remembers. “It’s that childhood reconnection that I think is so important in recovery. There’s still innocence in life. There’s fun to be had.”
Our addiction treatment center , located just north of West Palm Beach, is only a few miles from one of Florida’s lovely beaches. Spending time at the beach – either for a group activity, through a guided meditation session, or just for a quiet walk – has led many of our clients to profound breakthroughs in their recovery journeys.
Healing doesn’t always happen in a room, which is why a temperate climate like Florida’s can provide an effective environment for addiction recovery. Through years of active addiction, many people have found themselves isolated and removed from the wonders of nature. Getting outside, to the beach and to other natural settings, helps them build new, healthy habits.
When you seek rehab in Florida, you’ll find yourself living in a service-based economy. When people progress from the more intensive portion of their rehab journey, we recommend they find what we call a “recovery job.” It’s not a lifelong career. It’s a stepping stone, often a retail or restaurant job that serves as a place to develop responsibility, a work ethic, and people skills while drawing a paycheck. Because this is a shopping and dining mecca, such jobs are readily available.
When you’re in active addiction, you’ve built a lifestyle around getting and using. Those habits can be wickedly hard to break. Our out-of-state clients and their families have seen the wisdom in stepping out of the circumstances that feed the addiction. By removing themselves from the everyday temptations they’ve come to know, our clients take an essential first step.
All of us have triggers that lead to unhealthy behaviors. For some of us, it’s eating too much, or spending all night online. For others, there’s a direct relation between their triggers (when they’re tired, stressed, bored, at parties) and their drug and alcohol abuse. Once a person is out of that environment, sometimes it’s a little easier to identify those triggers and develop a plan to manage them.
Lots of things happen when a family member is in active addiction. Sometimes stress and conflict within the family is a key trigger, fueling the addiction. Sometimes, with the best of intentions, families enable the addict’s behavior because they’re terrified of the outcome if the person is left on their own. Often, the families are burned out by constant care and worry.
Here are best-case scenarios, when there’s some geographic distance between addicts and their families:
The addicted person begins to develop self-sufficiency . A solid rehab program is about far more than just getting the drugs or alcohol out of someone’s system. At Desert Rose, for example, we help clients develop life skills and expect them to work with their therapists to map out a plan for their lives after treatment.
The families get a respite . Parents, spouses, and others become wrung out with worry and activity when they’re deeply involved with a person in addiction. The mother of one of our clients wrote these words in a letter to our team: “From the minute I said goodbye to [my daughter], I knew she was going to be cared for. I did not worry about her for three lovely months.”
All the family members can get counseling . When family members are separated, it doesn’t mean they don’t receive care. A reputable treatment center should be equipped to do family therapy sessions via telephone. The goals? To help repair broken relationships, to teach family members what helps (and what doesn’t), and to restore family harmony.
This is HUGE. It’s next to impossible for a person in active addiction to say no to friends who are also using. We understand how hard it is to separate from those relationships, and so our therapists help each client work through the grief that results from the loss of the drug, the loss of the lifestyle, and the loss of the people you used or drank with.
Through rehab, clients can develop the ability to have a plan when they encounter old friends who are still active addicts. They learn what to do and say, and how to avoid relapse. Sometimes, they come to realize that if they’re going to stay sober, there are relationships that simply must end. It hurts, and they no longer have the drug or the alcohol to numb the pain. That’s why grief recovery in rehab is crucial, and why reputable rehab centers offer it.
In most cases, it takes people years to arrive at our treatment center. Addiction has usually ruined their lives, their health, and their relationships. We think the smartest thing people can do is to devote “a season” – whether it’s a few months, a year, or longer – to getting better and reclaiming the lives they were created for. In that season, recovery from your addiction is the most important work you do. You step away from all the distractions and give it your full and undivided attention, just for that season of your life, and then you move on.
Rehab doesn’t last forever, but sobriety can.
Florida has hundreds of addiction treatment centers . No program is right for everyone, but you should make sure that if you’re considering seeking treatment away from home, that any center you choose can answer the 10 essential questions in this free guide. Still have questions? We’re here to help. Call any time: (844) 338-5587 (toll-free) .