Florida Rehab

What is a Drug Rehab?

Anyone looking for a drug rehab will almost inevitably find that all rehabs tend to address drugs in the context of a broader range of addictions, that include alcohol, food, gambling, codependency etc. This should not be offputting, as a rehab should assess the individual on their own merits in terms of whatever their addictive problems may be, but will also be open to dealing with other addictions, other than drugs if such work is needed.

It is very common for anyone looking for a drug rehab to have a problem with alcohol as well, whether they consider themselves an alcoholic or not. A rehab will have two primary functions in this regard. Firstly the rehab must be able to assess whether the individual needs to have a clinical detox or not.

This means that the rehab must employ qualified medical clinical staff who are able to assess whether or not such a detox is needed. If it is needed the rehab should either be able to perform the medical detox themselves, or have arrangements with a local clinical facility who can oversee and performed a detox on their behalf.

Once any detox has been overseen and performed if needed, the main work of a drug rehab will be to help the individual begin the process of understanding the nature of their addiction, be it to drugs and/or alcohol or other substances.

The rehab will have a range of addiction treatment programs that should be designed to help the individual get some understanding of the underlying emotional drives that have helped fuelled their drug use or alcoholism.

Drug Rehab – Facilities

When looking to assess the best type of drug rehab center, there are a number of factors that should be considered in terms of facility and addiction treatment programs. The number and level of clinical staff is an important consideration, as this will determine some of the level of effectiveness of the work of the rehab.

A drug rehab should employ a number of clinical staff that should include medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists, a range of different types of therapists, dieticians, nutritionists, social workers and staff such as transitional living workers.

Whilst the therapeutic work of a drug rehab is hugely important, the rehab should also be outward looking in terms of how to help the individual on, once they have left rehab and are looking to establish their lives back in the normal world.

This should be an integral part of the work of the rehab from day one, and staff such as a transitional living worker or a social worker are hugely important in helping the individual face that reality as part of the recovery process whilst in the drug rehab.


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.


What is a Rehab and how does it work ?

How a rehab works

From the outside, a rehab might look very much like a smart hotel or country club, or a five-star resort.

A rehab/treatment center is quite likely to be situated in a very pleasant location, such as in Florida. This is obviously intentional, as a rehab/treatment center is a business and needs to attract customers.

In this case customers are patients suffering from alcoholism/alcohol abuse who go into a rehab/treatment center as a way of getting sober and learning how to stay sober.

A rehab/treatment center will be a very tightly controlled environment in terms of its internal structure and timetable.

This is in part to allow a wide range of therapeutic techniques and activities to happen, it is also to give some sense of order to the life of an active alcoholic whose life seemed to him or her to be very much out of control.

Having said that few regulations and timetable can seem quite oppressive, and it is important to understand the thinking behind how a rehab/treatment center actually works.

The structure of a rehab/treatment center falls into two main areas.

One is the admissions procedure which is quite a detailed narrative, and the other is the structured timetable and rules and regulations for the period of time the patient resides there.

A rehab/treatment center will have quite a detailed list of what the person should bring and what they should leave at home. The clothing list that a rehab/treatment center for a person to bring is normally fairly extensive.

The person will be requested to leave at home any clothing that shows alcohol, drugs, sex or violence etc. In addition the clothing the person requires will be detailed on the rehab’s website .

In general a rehab/treatment center is trying to put people off bringing or wearing clothes could in some sense to be deemed inappropriate.

Clients will be required to bring with them an appropriate insurance card if they have one, a prepaid telephone calling card, their own stack of cigarettes if they smoke, any particular books they might want to read.

Reading material will normally be expected to be related to recovery issues and is likely to be vetted by someone at the rehab to see if it is appropriate or not.

There will be a long list of things that people are not allowed to bring into rehab, some of them fairly obvious, others not so. In general people will be asked not to bring into a rehab/treatment center any medication that is non-prescription.

They will be requested however to bring with them any prescription based medication that they are on. In addition most rehabs/treatment centers ban all forms of cellphone/laptops/computers/iPads/tablets etc.

The use of phones and computers and television is highly monitored in a rehab/treatments center. Note that it is a selling point of some so-called luxury rehabs that they allow these things and actively encourage some type of business environment for people when in treatment.

The effectiveness of this approach is debatable. No products containing alcohol will be allowed such as mouthwash, aftershave etc.No item that might be deemed sharp or dangerous such as razorblades, knitting needles etc will be allowed.

The type of food that people can bring is normally heavily restricted and will exclude a lot of items that are essentially sugar-based.

A rehab/treatment center will normally allow smoking and people to drink caffeine, but at the same time will be critical of it, indirectly, in order to discourage it.

This can often put added pressure on people trying to deal with one particular problem.

The thinking behind it by a rehab/treatment center is often that people are so called addictive personalities and try and break any form of addiction to any mood altering substance or chemical.

A rehab/treatment center will have a very strict timetable for inpatients following admission and any potential detox that might be needed.

The timetable will specify limited periods of time during the day, from the moment a person gets up to the moment they go to bed, that has taught activities and group or individual work that is expected to be undertaken during those times.

The thinking behind this is simply to give a sense of order and structure that can aid recovery.

In addition a rehab/treatment center will encourage so-called good behaviour during the persons stay there and potentially give them a sort of bonus structure by way of allowing them to privileges such as watching television, using a cell phone for a certain length of time, or using a laptop or computer.

Whilst this may encourage certain people, the whole sense of being in such a tightly controlled environment may also adversely affect some peoples sense of their recovery.

What Facilities should a Rehab in Florida have ?

What are rehab facilities ?

A rehab/treatment center is most likely to be a residential inpatient facility, although there are rehabs that simply deal with daycare patients.

A residential inpatient facility must have a number of specific areas of expertise, both in terms of facilities and staff in order to have a reasonable chance of helping someone to recover from alcoholism.

A rehab/treatment center will need to ensure that someone arriving and ready to be admitted to the rehab is in a safe physical condition to do so.

This means that the rehab needs to either have its own in-house detox facilities, or immediate access to detox facilities at a local hospital.

It is very often the case that someone arriving for admission to a rehab will have been continually drinking or taking drugs up until the point of entry.

It is absolutely essential to their health, that they are medically supervised in a safe environment whilst they are being detoxified.

This means simply being clinically supervised whilst undergoing in a safe way the withdrawal effects that may happen at the result of tapering off alcohol and/or drugs over a period of time.

A rehab/treatment center must have a number of qualified medical staff, both doctors and nurses, as well as other clinicians such as a pharmacist, nutritionist, chiropractor and also a significant number of qualified therapists or councillors.

It is quite likely that a rehab/treatment center comes under some type of state legislation as to the level of medical personnel it needs to employ, so this is unlikely to be an issue from a point of view of safety of the patient.

A rehab/treatment center should have a number of qualified therapists and counsellors available to look after the inpatients during their stay.

Much of the work that the in-patient will do in a rehab/treatment center will be of a therapeutic nature, and there is a need for a good staff patient ratio in order for inpatients to be able to get the most benefit from this type of treatment.

Because of the length of stay of most patients, the nature of the therapeutic work is going to be short-term. It is not going to be long-term therapy.

However it may be that some of the work done in a rehab/treatment center leads the patient to seek longer term therapy once discharged. Having said that, there is likely to be a significant amount of one-to-one work of a therapeutic nature done in a rehab/treatment center.

There is also likely to be a significant amount of group therapy work, much of which will be facilitated by trained counsellors and therapists.

A rehab/treatment center will be aware that many people when choosing where to go for treatment will look at the various facilities offered. It would be easy to assume that many rehabs have similar facilities to high-class country clubs or hotels.

It is a strange irony that a rehab/treatment center may well have outstanding facilities and accommodation, whilst at the same time having a fairly strict regimen and timetabling of work that seems somewhat oppressive to many people.

A rehab/treatment center, aside from its physical location, will also seek to offer much by way of different types of therapy that will enhance people’s general well-being.

Rehab is likely to offer things such as yoga, Chi Gong, mindfulness and meditation training, a gym or other types of physical activity.

A rehab/treatment center will realise that helping people get well physically is an important part of their recovery generally, and this will be scheduled into someone’s personalised programme of treatment recovery.

A rehab/treatment center that is really well focused will also consider issues concerning discharge from the moment of admission. A rehab can easily become a bit of a bubble, indeed that is part of the attraction.

The danger with that is that when leaving it is difficult to reintegrate into so-called normal life from the effect of the bubble.

For this reason a rehab will try to balance these two factors, making clear that whilst the patient is in the rehab, it is a safe place where they can address their issues and hopefully move on.

At the same time a rehab will prepare someone for when they leave and have to return to life before rehab, at a practical level normally meaning family and work.

Family issues are a huge part of someone’s program of recovery in treatment and need to be dealt with very delicately.

For most people entering rehab, the family is an integral part of their alcoholism, and how the patient reintegrate with the family once sober and out of treatment someday at least be carefully planned and worked at.

A rehab should encourage families to investigate fellowships such as Al-Anon, and make use of the program they offer as a way of healing fractured relationships.

Spirituality in a Rehab in Florida

Some people might be surprised when considering entering a rehab that there is any talk of spirituality, let alone the significant amount of time devoted to concepts associated with spirituality and religion, God, prayer and meditation – a spiritual life !

In truth, spirituality has been at the heart of recovery from alcoholism since the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the subsequent development of all 12-step programs.

The debate about what spirituality is and isn’t, what God means and doesn’t mean has been at the heart of the recovery movement since it started.

Bill Wilson, one of the cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous, wrote an article once in which he said something to the effect that the phrase he used in step three of the Alcoholics Anonymous programme, God as we understood him, was perhaps the most important thing he had ever written.

It is certainly true that it is key to everyone’s recovery from alcoholism or any other addiction that they have the freedom to choose for themselves what type of God or higher power they want to have in their lives.

Aside from being a very practical freedom, it does in theory avoid the debate about what God does and doesn’t mean and what spirituality does and doesn’t mean.

This is not an academic debate. Most people have a fair amount of baggage, for better or worse about religion, and it is an area that should be treated with enormous sensitivity. Unfortunately it often is not.

A rehab will, for many people, be the first time they are introduced to the concepts of recovery as laid out in the experience of 12-step fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

A rehab will most likely use an adaptation of the first five steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as the basis for its therapeutic approach to treatment.

There are some rehabs/treatment centres that are very specifically religiously orientated, and this will be made clear in their mandate and mission statement.

A rehab of this type will appeal to certain people, and that is fine for them.

Spirituality is a term that people will use in many different ways. In terms of recovery from alcoholism and other types of addiction, a rehab should use the time available and its therapeutic techniques to introduce the concept of spirituality as being a personal issue, and one that the individual should have a total freedom to explore for themselves.

There is a real danger with this whole issue, that individuals will get very excited about telling other people what they should and shouldn’t believe in and how this should affect their recovery.

This happens a lot in life generally, but in a rehab can be especially dangerous.

This is because the environment in a rehab should be one of safety, hopefully with an absence of pressure, where an individual can explore some of the underlying emotional drives that have fuelled their alcoholism/alcohol abuse.

A rehab does have a real responsibility in this area, as anyone admitted to a rehab will be in many ways be in a very vulnerable situation.

That vulnerability will of necessity be as a result of active alcoholism or other addiction, and a rehab needs to take special care that that vulnerability is respected, and people are given a space to explore their spirituality and what it means to them in their own way.

A rehab like any organisation, can sometimes exploit people for its own good. It will often do this by rationalising that what it is doing is for the good of its clients. In the area of spirituality and religion, a rehab has a special role in helping people understand the freedom that recovery can bring.

A major part of this freedom of recovery from alcoholism/alcohol addiction is the freedom for people to discover what spirituality/religion/meditation and prayer means or doesn’t mean to them.

People who work in a rehab, such as therapists nurses etc need to take special care that their own personal views do not cloud the work they do with clients who come into a rehab seeking recovery.

This is a special area of personal and professional development that these professionals need to beware of. A rehab should have special mentoring or line manager type processes to make sure that this is happening.

A Rehab in Florida and its approach to Alcoholism.

What is alcoholism ?

The term alcoholism tends to be quite an emotive one for many people, but describes a problem that has been around for a long time, almost as long as humanity itself.

People have always had problems with alcohol, and have been variously described as dypsomaniacs, drunks, alcohol abusers and various other terms.

The term alcoholism/alcohol abuse really came into being in the 1930s, along with the formation of the recovery movement Alcoholics Anonymous.

There was a medical view at the time, although not widely shared, that alcoholism was an illness and that people who suffered from it were alcoholics.

This belief that alcoholism/alcohol abuse was an illness took root in the medical profession and in society as a whole, and is much more widely accepted today than it has ever been.

A rehab/treatment center will very much focus on the belief that alcoholism is an illness, or quite probably refer to it as a disease.

A rehab/treatment center will quite likely take the belief to a slightly different level by saying that the real disease is addiction, and that alcohol is effectively the drug of choice.

The reason a rehab/treatment center will do this is because it effectively allows them to treat the person as an addictive personality, and say that their drug of choice is either alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex addiction, codependency etc etc.

A rehab/treatment center will take this approach because it enables them to lump these various addictions together and make the problem a so called addictive personality.

This is quite a controversial approach and the notion of an addictive personality is one much questioned in medical circles.

There is no definitive answer to this, but it is safe to assume that alcoholism/alcohol abuse is an illness, and that anyone suffering from it needs help. In the end if the treatment that someone gets makes the person better, then de facto the person was ill in the first place.

Questions about illness and disease and addictive personalities can be theoretical, but can also be quite distracting.

A rehab/treatment center is most likely to recommend some level of engagement with fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

It is likely a rehab will want a person to attend AA meetings as part of their programme of treatment, and will recommend that they continue to attend AA meetings once they leave treatment.

This is because attendance at a meetings and becoming a part of AA is probably the best way of helping to maintain to priority.

Alcoholics Anonymous does not have any belief systems about anything, including whether or not alcoholism/alcohol abuse is an illness.

It was certainly the belief of the early members of AA, and is explained at length in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, that people who were alcoholics suffered from an illness, effectively a mental compulsion to drink that ultimately they had no control over.

A reading of the book Alcoholics Anonymous will give someone a sense of the experience of members of this that they can then use in their own interpretation of what alcoholism means to them.

A rehab/treatment center should make a large part of the focus of their treatment program an awareness of what alcoholism means to the individual concerned.

It is a major part of someone’s recovery to be able to make sense of their drinking, and why it has taken them to where they are.

For some people this is a question of why they are an alcoholic in the first place, for other people it is a question of reconciling why they believe that alcohol is the only thing that is holding them together, when the evidence of their lives shows that it is also the one thing that is destroying them.

Alcoholism/alcohol abuse as an illness, affects many people apart from the alcoholic themselves.

It is often considered to be a family illness as the impact of the drinking and the emotional and manageability has a huge impact on those close to the alcoholic over a long period of time.

For this reason a rehab/treatment center should offer some type of family program, which would involve some attempts to explain to the family the nature of alcoholism/alcohol abuse, and how it has likely affected them.

A rehab/treatment center may have some type of family reconciliation meeting program as part of its recovery programme generally.

In any event a rehab should give information and encourage family members to attend meetings of Al-Anon, or other fellowships such as Families Anonymous, which address these issues.

What is a Florida rehab ?

What is a Rehab in Florida ?

It is not by chance that Florida has become known as the rehab capital of America.

This may not be strictly true in terms of the number of rehabs situated in Florida, but it certainly underlies a lot of people thinking that if one is going to go into a rehab or treatment center, that it makes sense to go somewhere that is an environment you would want to spend quality time in.

A rehab/treatment center in Florida can make it seem to a prospective in-patient that it is more like a holiday than a stay in a hospital.

A rehab/treatment center in Florida is not a hospital, nor is it a holiday, but there is some sense in spending time in an environment that is distinctly more pleasant than you would expect from a hospital environment.

When approaching the issue of someone going to a rehab/treatment center, the location and facilities of the rehab/treatment center are of particular importance.

A rehab/treatment center in Florida does not of itself mean anything particular, other than it is likely to be governed by state regulation as to the quality and level of care that the rehab provides.

This is important and provide some measure of security about the nature of the therapeutic work being undertaken there.

A Florida rehab/rehab in Florida will likely sell itself in terms of its environment, situation and view.

The facilities that a rehab/treatment center in Florida offers may be similar or dissimilar to rehabs in other parts of the country, and in fact makes little difference to the persons recovery.

The environment in which a rehab/treatment center operates provides a culture both in terms of the people who work there, and the prospective inpatients who go there for treatment.

A Florida rehab will have or should have a significant number of trained medical personnel.

This should include a number of qualified doctors both medical and psychiatric, a number of nurses, a number of trained therapists and counsellors as well as a number of ancillary staff.

In addition a Florida rehab is likely to offer a large number of alternative types of therapy such as music therapy, art therapy, yoga/Chi Kung as well as a gym and other physical recreation activities.

A Florida rehab/treatment center will probably make the point that being situated in such a beautiful location aids environment in which the recovery process can take place.

There is potentially some logic to this argument. Any environment has an effect on a person, either good or bad, and the need for a really healthy environment does speak to someone whose life feels out of control, such as an alcoholic or drug seeking help.

It is important however not overstate the importance of location in general terms of recovery.

Whilst an environment such as Florida can aid a seemingly pleasant stay or time in rehab, the most essential part of a person’s recovery is how they approach that in a world and the sense of safety they feel in the environment that allows them to do it.

A reading of the website of a rehab/treatment center in Florida should give some indication of that approach, and should offer a toll-free number people can call for further information.

It is impossible to estimate how safe a place will feel before going there, but it is possible to gain a sense of their approach to recovery beforehand.

A word of caution about any rehab. A rehab/treatment center will often talk about a success rate in terms of people getting sober and staying sober after discharge.

This is quite a tenuous approach to recovery as in many ways these numbers are impossible to quantify. It can give a false sense of hope people alternatively a full sense of disillusionment to people.

Part of the job of a rehab/treatment center in Florida and elsewhere is to make people aware or help people come to understand the nature of their alcoholism, and helped give them the tools to get and stay sober.

Equally to give people an awareness that anyone can get sober, although the reasons people do and don’t are far more complicated, and in some ways beyond the scope of a treatment center/rehab in Florida or anywhere else.

A feature of a certain number of rehabs/treatment centres in Florida is that they approach what they refer to as the executive market.

This is a type of rehab/treatment center in Florida that aims to cater for high-end business executives who want a level of exclusivity in treatment.

Whilst this is understandable, it is an approach that should be taken carefully and should not be the overwhelming factor in deciding where to go to for treatment, either in Florida or elsewhere.

Rehab in Florida – What does it cost ?

The first, or perhaps second question that most people will ask about a rehab in Florida is, what does it cost ?

Going into rehab is notoriously expensive, pretty much like all forms of health insurance related ttreatment.

Most rehabs will work with the major insurance companies to enable their plans to cover the cost of going into rehab.

That is definitely your first port of call. See if going into rehab is covered under your insurance plan if you have one, or an insurance plan of your partner that is more relevant.

If your insurance plan covers the cost of going into a rehab or treatment center, check with the rehab that you intend to enter that they are accepted by the insurance company.

Most rehabs will have a dedicated team of people who can advise you on the insurance related aspect of cost.

If the cost of entering rehab in Florida is covered under your insurance plan, make sure that the rehab specifies any additional costs that may not be included and which you might be liable to pay for separately.

This could include a number of alternative therapies, or certain medications etc. Make sure the rehab is clear and statesin advance which if any additional costs you might be liable for that are not covered under your insurance plan.

Rehab in Florida – no insurance !

If there is no insurance cover available, then obviously options are more limited. The first thing to do is to contact a number of rehabs see if they can help at all financially. Some rehabs are non-profit and may have scholarships or bursaries or some type of fund available to help defray the cost of treatment.

Some rehabs have their own in-house loan companies with agents that they described as loan advisers or some other type of term.

Be under no illusion that this is a credit agreement for which you will be liable for a considerable amount of money. Enter into such an agreement with great caution and make sure you explore other options first – check out any potential loan agreement with a trusted independent financial advisor first.

Most rehabs websites will give no figures at all as to what the cost of treatment is. The one exception is the main Hazelden website, which estimates the cost of treatment for a 4 to 6 week stay at between $20,000 and $32,000.

Whilst this might seem a lot of money, this could well be a significant under estimate of what some rehabs might charge for a similar period of residential treatment.

Rehab in Florida – other options

Whilst for some people a rehab in Florida might seem the ideal route to recovery, there are many other options available. A number of rehabs will offer outpatient or outreach facilities, in effect some type of a day programme which are significantly cheaper than a residential stay.

Often the attraction of a rehab is that it is a bit of a bubble that takes people away from their normal environment and gives them an opportunity to examine things away from their ordinary lives.

This can undoubtedly be of benefit to some people, but also presents problems when people have to re-enter their normal lives and integrate the experience of having being in a rehab into a normal life.

Many people, get sober and stay sober by going directly to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, in fact this has been the traditional route for getting sober since AA started in the mid 1930s.

If the cost of a rehab is prohibitive, be assured that it is perfectly possible for someone to get sober and stay sober and rebuild their lives without the need to go into a rehab in the first place.

Rehabs, whilst performing a valuable function, do often present themselves as the main wayor best way to get sober and stay sober. This simply isn’t the case, and is really just a marketing tool for what is a very significant industry.


How does a Rehab in Florida regard alcoholism ?

​Alcoholism often gets referred to as alcohol addiction, alcohol dependence, dipsomania or simply the question of how to stop drinking. Whatever terms people use to describe it, someone entering a rehab in Florida is most likely having a problem with alcohol and needs help to get sober and stay sober.

Alcoholism is recognised by most health professionals as being an illness, although it is sometimes referred to as a disease which can be misleading. It is normally clear to most people who are objective that someone who is an alcoholic is suffering from some type of illness over which they have no control.

The consequences of their drinking, and of the person they have become can be devastating for themselves, their families, work colleagues and any person present in their life.

Rehab in Florida – Alcohol Addiction

The decision to enter a rehab in Florida, sometimes referred to as an alcohol rehab is normally taken as an absolute last resort. There are many reasons for this, as alcoholism is a complex illness, and people’s drinking and emotional patterns can differ widely in many ways.

The nature of alcoholism means that a person who is alcoholic will reach a point where they begin to believe that alcohol is the only thing that is holding them together, in a world in which they feel very scared and a terrified.

It is quite likely that an alcoholic will believe from early on in their drinking that alcohol is the solution to their problems are not the problem itself. This is unlikely to be a conscious belief system, but will underlie much of their rationale and behaviour.

What this means in reality, is that the worse a person’s drinking gets and the worse their behaviour gets the more they will turn to alcohol as being the thing that they need to protect and keep safe.

This will create a huge anomaly in the reality of their lives, and the lives of the people around them. This is often the root cause of someone’s denial of the fact that they are an alcoholic or they had a drink problem.

An alcoholic will normally feel the need to protect alcohol and protect their drinking as this increasingly becomes the only thing that they feel safe with, whatever the reality of their lives may be as a consequence of such a course of action.

Rehab in Florida – Role of a Rehab

Rehabs can vary quite widely in terms of their approach to dealing with alcoholism, their various clinical treatment methods, their clinical programs, their clinical experts and whether or not they are sympathetic to and supportive of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Whatever their clinical facilities or programs, perhaps the most important thing that a rehab should do is provide a safe environment, where an alcoholic and their family can begin the process of unpicking the nature of the illness and how it has affected them.

In many ways this is a lifelong process, but a real start can be made and real progress made if the right approach is taken at the beginning. Much, if not all of a person’s recovery will depend to a large extent on the internal dynamics of the alcoholic themselves.

Much of this relates to a person’s sense of safety or security and how they approach that. A rehab in Florida can play a part by being non-threatening, non-pressuring and trying to allow the alcoholic and their family some space to understand the reality of what is happening.

Alcoholism is a very complex illness, and a rehab needs to have an understanding, in both a corporate sense and by its clinical staff, of the nature of the illness.

In particular a rehab in Florida needs to understand the protective nature of why an alcoholic will deny they have a problem and how to address that in a way that allows the alcoholic to own their reality without feeling threatened by it at the same time.

This is a very difficult tension to hold in many ways. Many rehabs will base their therapeutic approach upon some of the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, and will actively encourage clients in rehab to attend and participate in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

They will also encourage people to attend AA meetings once they have left rehab as being their main source of support in their journey in recovery as they begin the process of building a better way of life.



Alcohol Rehab in Florida Addiction Treatment

An alcohol rehab in Florida will employ a wide range, or should employ a wide range of clinical staff who have a theoretical understanding of alcoholism, who have wide experience of alcoholism and its effects, different types of alternative practitioners and the number of staff or volunteers who are members of Alcoholics Anonymous themselves.

Members of staff, either paid or volunteers, who are members of Alcoholics Anonymous bring an important dimension to the work that goes on in an alcohol rehab in Florida, by virtue of their lived experience of alcoholism as an illness, and by virtue of the fact that they have got sober and stayed sober and can carry a message of hope to any alcoholic who enters a rehab as a client.

The nature of alcoholism means that there is a broad range of addiction treatment options that a rehab will offer as a way of helping an alcoholic to begin the process of addressing that problem.

To an alcoholic it will take quite a while for them to realise that they have a problem with alcohol, such an awareness may happen before they enter rehab, at some point during rehab or sometime later once they have left rehab.

Alcohol Rehab in Florida

An alcohol rehab in Florida can do many things, but perhaps the most importantis that generate a sense of awareness within the alcoholic that they have a problem with alcohol, and that their denial or defence of alcohol is actually destroying them and ruining their lives in the process.

For an alcoholic, alcohol is normally the one thing they believe is holding their life together, they see the prospect of not drinking as been a major threat to their sense of stability and security, they are unlikely to see sobriety as being an attractive prospect.

An alcohol rehab in Florida that can help an alcoholic develop some degree of awareness of the reality of their situation will be opening a door in the mind of an alcoholic that can never be closed. Once anyone has an awareness of anything, it is impossible to change it.

Such an awareness may not mean that the alcoholic will get sober or stay sober, but it does mean that they will have an awareness of the reality of their situation that they otherwise would not have. An alcohol rehab in Florida is likely to introduce clients to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous once they are in rehab, and encourage them to attend meetings and to have left.

Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous will also act as a huge opening for the alcoholic to understand the reality of their lives and their situation, not through someone else telling them about it, but through other people, who are recovering alcoholics, sharing their experience strength and hope.


What is an Alcohol Rehab in Florida ?

An alcohol rehab in Florida is often referred to as a clinical facility, similar in some ways to a hospital setting or environment, where clients spend a period of time as an inpatient, where they begin to address the nature of the alcoholism or addiction to alcohol that has presented itself as a real problem in their life.

The nature of alcoholism can be fairly baffling to most people, including the alcoholic themselves, and an alcohol rehab in Florida is likely to have a minimal affect in the sense of the need for a long-term process of recovery and treatment.

The time spent in rehab will be relatively short, normally between four and six weeks, meaning that whilst some valuable work can be done, the real recovery process will need to be on a longer term progressive trajectory.

An alcohol rehab in Florida is likely to introduce a client to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous whilst they are in treatment, and will normally recommend that the alcoholic attends and becomes an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous once they have left rehab.

Alcohol rehab in Florida

An alcohol rehab in Florida will have a number of different clinical programs that they believe are of value in helping an alcoholic to begin the process of their recovery. Whatever the therapeutic programs or different types of therapy that are introduced to an individual’s recovery, the key element is that the alcoholic has reached a stage internally where they believe that they need help in some way, and have in some sense expressed this need for help by agreeing to go to a rehab.

The alcoholics decision to go to a rehab may well have been induced by other people, either family or an employer or both, but it is likely that the alcoholic themselves has also reached a stage where they realise that they need help of some sort.

An alcohol rehab in Florida will likely be aware that the fact that the alcoholic has in some way admitted needing help does not mean that they have necessarily admitted that they had a drink problem and need to do something about it.

The nature of alcoholism is such that most alcoholics tend to have a belief system centred around an understanding that alcohol is the only thing that is really holding them together, and this belief system deepens and strengthens the worse their drinking becomes and the more unmanageable that life becomes.

An alcohol rehab in Florida will take this on board, and be aware that an admission of need for help can be as confusing for the alcoholic, as the fact that they do not accept that they have a drink problem is confusing for everyone else around them. The work done in a rehab can begin the process of helping everyone to reconcile these facts.


Florida Rehabilitation Centers and Alcoholics Anonymous

The nature of the therapeutic work that Florida rehabilitation centers will aim to undertake when working with an alcoholic who is beginning the process of recovery will in the main focus on the emotional patterns of behaviour and thought that in the main make up of the identity and personality of the alcoholic.

An alcoholic, is generally defined in one sense as someone who suffers from the illness of alcoholism. Beyond that general definition, alcoholics are people like everyone else, but with a number of character traits that seem to present themselves in an extreme fashion when living the life of an active alcoholic.

There is always a danger of overgeneralisation, leading to a set of principles or a sort of a box that people are then fitted into. This can be a dangerous route for people trying to treat alcoholics, or for Florida rehabilitation centers that are aiming to provide a range of treatment methods that can help an alcoholic gain some insight and understanding of their condition, and the nature of their alcoholism.

Florida rehabilitation centers

One of the most common character traits that people label in an alcoholic having is that of arrogance. The danger with labelling anyone as arrogant, is that it is quite a severe form of character judgement, and one that may be counter-productive in terms of helping a person understand their thought processes and patterns.

Anyone dealing or working with an alcoholic who is beginning the process of their recovery would do well to understand the context of how an alcoholic lives their life in an emotional sense.

Whilst there is no one set pattern of behaviour or thought processes, anyone entering a Florida rehabilitation center will be acutely aware that their thinking and the nature of their life has become increasingly defensive and protective.

It is probably true to say of most alcoholics, that their denial of their drinking, is effectively a protective mechanism, a mindset designed to protect their need to drink, and their freedom to drink.

For many if not most alcoholics this belief that alcohol is the only thing that is holding them together is a belief system that deepens itself into the mind of the alcoholic the more they drink, and the worse their drinking becomes.

Character traits such as arrogance and belligerence can be deeply unpleasant if an individual is on the receiving end of this type behaviour. There is no doubt that often the behaviour of an active alcoholic whether drunk or sober can be pretty terrifying and unpleasant.

The work done in Florida rehabilitation centers can help change this.


What are Florida Rehabilitation Centers ?

Florida rehabilitation centers are normally referred to as rehabs or treatment centers, and are focused on providing advice and guidance and a range of treatment methods for alcoholics and/or drug addicts, and anyone who feels they need help with an addiction to any other type of substance, normally known as substance abuse addiction.

Florida rehabilitation centers will vary in terms of their range of clinical programs and treatment methods, but will aim to provide, or should aim to provide a safe environment where an alcoholic can feel secure enough to begin the process of their recovery.

A Florida rehabilitation center that is rooted in an understanding that alcoholism is an illness, will be acutely aware of the likelihood that any potential client about to enter a rehab will be acutely anxious concerning the experience.

The nature of anxiety and of levels of fear and panic, mean that an alcoholic is likely to be in a pretty terrified state generally, and the idea of entry a rehab is likely to increase the level of fear in many ways.

Florida Rehabilitation Centers

Florida rehabilitation centers are likely to have a number of staff who are recovering alcoholics themselves, and are quite likely to have been through a rehab, either in Florida or someone else. The advantage of having people on staff who are in recovery, is that not only will they have first-hand experience of their own alcoholism, both active and in recovery, but they will be able to impart that experience to other staff numbers who are not in recovery.

Florida rehabilitation centers that are open to the premise that alcoholism is an illness, will or should be acutely aware of the trepidation that an alcoholic is likely to feel about the idea of entering treatment. This fear or trepidation is likely to be on two levels, that of entering the rehab and that of letting go of alcohol.

Whilst it is difficult to generalise, it is extremely likely that alcoholic will be in a space where they are terrified of everything, terrified of continuing as they are and terrified of letting go of alcohol, believing that it is the one thing that is actually holding them together.

It is highly likely that an alcoholic will see a Florida rehabilitation center as a threat rather than an as an opportunity or a route to freedom. It is likely that alcoholic will feel a huge level of pressure, either internal or external or both, that is the main reason why they are agreeing to enter a rehab.

Florida rehabilitation centers that are open and understanding of the levels of fear that an alcoholic will be experiencing, can do a great deal of good by opening a door, a door that effectively is a route to freedom.


Rehab centers in South Florida Addiction Treatment

The primary focus of the majority of rehab centres in South Florida is likely to be that on people who have a problem with drugs or alcohol, commonly referred to as people who are alcoholics or of various descriptions and types.

The rehab is also likely to focus on people who have addictions to other substances, often referred to as substance abuse addiction, and also addictions to areas such as food, gambling, Internet addictions etc.

Rehab centers in South Florida will refer to a person who is an alcoholic and a drug addict as been dual addicted. This may or may not be a helpful diagnosis, but does point towards an issue that is important for anyone considering entry to a rehab to consider.

Any individual who is on the point of considering entry to a rehab center in South Florida or in else is likely to be undergoing a severe state of anxiety, both about their own lives, and about the prospect of going into a rehab, what might happen if they do and what might happen if they don’t.

The term anxiety is normally thought of in a fairly general, non threatening context such as anxiety about a job interview or anxiety about first day at school that type of thing.

For an alcoholic the idea of anxiety is probably more keen something approaching disintegration anxiety, where they feel that their whole inner world and life is at risk.Rehab centers in South Florida need to have a healthy awareness of the likely state of any alcoholic considering entry to a rehab as an inpatient stay.

Rehab centers in South Florida

Whilst it’s difficult to generalise about people and their emotional state, it is fair to say that an alcoholic is likely to be in a state of emotional turmoil, which is likely to fuel and be driven by an overwhelming sense of anxiety and dread.

In recovery terms this is sometimes referred to as a sense of impending doom, and is a state that normally gets worse over time.Rehab centers in South Florida will have a different range of clinical staff and clinical experts who are focused on helping alcoholics recover and get better by way of a range of treatment methods and clinical programs.

The majority of work that will be done in a rehab will be of a loose therapeutic nature, and the nature of this work will vary by rehab to rehab.

What is important, is that rehab centers in South Florida provide a safe and secure environment within which the alcoholic can begin the process of feeling safe and begin the process of looking at some of their emotional drives and distortions that have fuelled their drinking, and have effectively fuelled their sense of anxiety and disintegration fear. Rehab centres in South Florida have a big responsibility to their clients, one the majority of them recognise.

Are there many Rehab Centers in South Florida?

Yes, in a word – rehab centers in South Florida are numerous and whilst this provides a wide array of choice for any potential clients or a loved one looking for help, the sheer number of rehab centers in South Florida can also make the job of choosing the most appropriate one more difficult and seemingly more difficult than it might otherwise be.

Part of the reason for this is that there is often very little idea as to how effective a rehab is likely to be. Anyone considering entry to a rehab either for themselves or someone else is likely to want some type of guarantee that the rehab is going to be successful, that it’s going to work.

It is probably fair to say that rehab centers in South Florida are no different to this notion than any rehab anywhere else.

Rehab centres in South Florida have one advantage over others perhaps, in terms of location, which whilst not being the predominant fact in terms of getting people sober, can be an important consideration in getting the person to agree to go into a rehab in the first place, which can then provide a setting or environment within which some of the therapeutic work necessary can begin to be done.

Rehab centers in South Florida

Rehab centres in South Florida provide a serene and tranquil setting that is focused on treating alcoholics with dignity and respect, helping them to build a better way of life, and generally giving people their life back. There should be a full team of clinical experts and admin staff who are able to focus on a wide range of addiction treatment programs, to understand the nature of addiction treatment and alcoholism, and are able to help an alcoholic begin to understand the nature of their denial of the alcoholism.

Rehab centers in South Florida that are focused on providing a safe and secure environment can help an alcoholic begin to understand the nature of the illness, and begin to understand why they feel the need to protect their drinking and stop other people taking it away from them.

Whilst it is difficult to generalise, it is probably fair to say that alcoholics see alcohol as being the main thing that is holding their life together. This may always have been a belief system or may be something they come to believe over time, that is pretty likely to be their belief system at point of entry to a rehab. It is important that rehab centers in South Florida recognise that this is likely to be the mindset of an alcoholic, and base their approach and treatment programs towards helping an alcoholic work on this basis.

Rehab centers in South Florida are likely to be staffed by a number of members of Alcoholics Anonymous, many of whom will have been through rehab themselves.