Monthly Archives: March 2014

Rehab/Florida – Twelve Step Programs?

The other thing to consider about a rehab in Florida is what it offers by way of help or clinical programs that are designed to treat the addiction or alcoholism that they identify as being problem.

The type and range of programs at a rehab offers us vary considerably. Many are what as known as 12 step rehabs. They do not have any formal connection to 12 step fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, but are very sympathetic to their programs and use much of their material in their own therapeutic work.

In addition a 12 step rehab will either encourage or insist that clients attend a number of AA/NA meetings during their time in treatment. These AA/NA meetings will either be in the local community, or maybe held on site, although they will be completely independent of the rehab if that is the case. Clients will also be encouraged to attend AA/NA once they have left rehab as part of their ongoing journey in recovery.

A rehab also offer different types of therapy on a daily basis for clients. This may be what is thought of as traditional one-to-one therapy or group therapy.

There may be therapy that is based around what are known as first five steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, although the link is fairly tenuous most of the time. A rehab may well offer other types of specific therapy such as CBT/EMDR or hypnotherapy.

A rehab in Florida may also offer what would be called alternative types of therapy which can range from pet or equine therapy, to music or dance therapy to yoga/tai chi/ shiatsu etc.

Some rehabs will also offer more challenging types of adventure based therapies such as rock climbing through to wilderness/trails hiking etc.

Some of these can sound very attractive, but should be viewed in context that the primary focus of a rehab should be the therapeutic work that addresses the underlying emotional drives and distortions of an alcoholic.

It is also very important to check that all the staff, clinical, admin and all therapies or practitioners are fully qualified and trained in the work that they are proposing to undertake.

Rehab in Florida – After-care and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

It is an important part of the process when choosing and entering a rehab to have some awareness of how the rehab discharges clients and helps them make the transition back into their lives afterwards.

The time spent in a rehab in Florida can be a very intense experience, and what happens afterwards can have a significant impact on a person’s recovery.

Many rehabs offer weekly or monthly alumni meetings, either in person or online or both. A rehab will often encourage clients to follow through with Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and use the full experience of these fellowships to help them stay sober and clean.

In addition, some rehabs may have connections with halfway houses that can help bridge the gap between coming out of treatment and returning to normal life.

It is often the case that someone will enter rehab largely out of a sense of pressure. There will undoubtedly be a lot of internal pressure, but also quite likely external pressure from family or work colleagues or business colleagues.

Returning to a family environment or a work environment after a time in rehab can be a daunting prospect. A rehab in Florida should be able to address these concerns in practical ways, as they will have had a lot of experience of dealing with these issues.

A rehab will virtually always have some type of family program that they will encourage family members to attend whilst the client is in residence in rehab.

These family programs will begin the process of trying to help the family put in context the fact that alcoholism is an illness, and they have been affected as well by the nature of alcoholism.

The process of rebuilding trust in a family that has been severely affected by alcoholism can take a long time, and often the value or a rehab is to begin the process of unpicking some of the anger and resentment that will be present.

A rehab can lay foundations for the alcoholic to build a better way of life, and for the family to be able to appreciate that and rebuild their own lives as well.

 

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Swiss model and Heroin Addiction

Interesting article in Florida today about the experience of Switzerland in decriminalizing Heroin.

The article by a retired Miami detective gives some insight into the reality of the effects, both social and personal, as well as the effects on the criminal drug trade.

What the article doesn’t really cover is whether or not that experience is transferable to other countries, with or without modification – worth reading

 

Florida Today – Link

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