drug addiction

Recovery Is A Journey

Recovery is a journey, not an event. The choice of giving up drugs or alcohol is the first step to recovery. Simply giving up a substance is a courageous step in the right direction, but it may not be enough to set everything right in life. Many people turn to addiction because living sober is difficult, so when they give up substance abuse, their difficulties are still waiting for them. Finding happiness without the crutch of addiction will take time, but it’s well worth it.

Recovery happens in stages, and each person travels his own path. Some stages of recovery include acknowledging he has a problem with substance abuse and becomes willing to change. He will look for a rehabilitation center and take action to end his addiction. He may go through withdrawals, and begin to learn about life without drugs or alcohol. He will practice recovery maintenance, meaning he’ll start working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with a sponsor and attend meetings regularly. After two years, he’ll enter advanced recovery, which means he’ll find the rhythm of living a sober life. After living in a rhythm for a while, he will find peace most of the time, even through difficult situations.

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Hiking (Photo credit: Luke Wisley)

The journey of recovery is never over, it just gets easier with time and support of people who share the same goals of sobriety. Learning to live life on life’s terms is a wonderful gift. Living life in the moment, and not panicking about the future or regretting the past is freeing. Constantly fretting about the future can lead to dissatisfaction, and he’ll miss all the fun things happening around him right now.

Achieving emotional sobriety is also very important. Now that the drugs and alcohol have left the system, many feelings surface. He will learn to become a positive thinker, and be less stressed. He won’t fear life anymore, and can develop deeper relationships with people. Emotional sobriety doesn’t happen immediately, it takes time and practice. It will be challenging, but these challenges lead to growth and self-esteem. Knowing that he can deal with anything life throws at him with grace and dignity will give him confidence to face the next challenge.

Challenges in recovery are opportunities for growth and development. Many people dread challenges and view them negatively, but dealing with difficult situations lead to new coping strategies. Each strategy is a new tool. In time, the tool box will be full, and when faced with hardship, he can open his tool box and take one he needs. He carries this tool box with him wherever he goes, and is always prepared for anything that comes his way. He used to only have one tool for coping, addiction. Now, he has an entire box of tools at his disposal.

Recovery in an ongoing process that requires diligence and commitment. Living a sober life is freeing and full of happiness. Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we help you face challenges with courage and self-esteem through our holistic drug rehab program as well as a chemical dependency program. Recovery is the opportunity for peace and courage.

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Fl. Governor Scott Takes Drug-Test To Supreme Court

English: Rick Scott, 45th Governor of Florida
English: Rick Scott, 45th Governor of Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Governor Rick Scott has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court with his fight to drug-test tens of thousands of Florida state employees. Scott’s team of lawyers filed a petition seeking the Supreme Court to hear his case after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against employee drug testing.

Scott’s petition states “the constitutionality of Florida’s drug testing policy is not only unsettled-it is an important issue the court should decide now.” It also says “The 11th Circuit has intruded upon Florida’s sovereign right to ensure the general welfare of its citizens and regulate its workforce.”

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is angry that Scott’s administration is continuing with the drug testing plight. ACLU of Florida attorney Shalini Goel Agarwal said “We are prepared to demonstrate to the U.S. Supreme Court, as it has found before, that the state has no authority to require people to submit their bodily fluids for government inspection and approval without reason or suspicion.”

Scott has made an issue of requiring drug tests for state employees and recipients of welfare since taking office in 2011. However, federal courts have already ruled against him. Scott’s opponents say government drug tests are a violation of the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Scott’s petition states “requiring government employees and job applicants to consent to drug testing is not an unconstitutional condition because there is a rational connection between the requirement and the important state interest in a drug-free workplace.”

Judge Mary S. Scriven struck down mandatory drug testing and said there is “no set of circumstances under which the warrantless, suspicionless drug testing at issue in this case could be constitutionally applied.” Scott retorted “we should have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use in families-especially those families who struggle to make ends meet and need welfare assistance to provide for their children.”

Drug testing of Florida state employees and recipients of welfare is a decision left up to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, if drug addiction is a problem for you or someone you care about, help is out there through our Florida drug rehab center. We have specialized a holistic drug rehab program as well as a chemical dependency program that can help you start the recovery process.

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Congressman Trey Radel’s Cocaine Arrest

Trey Radel Cocaine Arrest
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It hit the news today that Florida Representative Trey Radel was caught buying cocaine at the end of last month and is being charged with cocaine possession.

The charge was part of a federal investigation into a Washington DC drug ring when agents got wind from a drug dealer that the Congressman was one of his cocaine clients. The dealer then set up a buy on October 29th and Radel took the bait. Later that night FBI agents went to his apartment and detained him.

Radel now faces a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and will appear in the District of Columbia Superior Court tomorrow and may face up to 180 days in prison and a fine of $1000. In response to this charge, Radel released a statement today saying, “I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida…I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”

Many touted this story as striking a strong resemblance to the plotline of House of Cards, but we see cases like this all the time among professionals we treat at our Florida addiction rehab – the only difference is that they don’t hold public office.

Among professionals and young adults alike, the abuse of alcohol can lead to drug abuse. A common drug of choice among alcoholics is cocaine because it allows them to drink more for longer periods of time. Over time alcoholics can develop drug dependence simultaneously – whether it is needing uppers to function during the day or downers to sleep at night – so we treat alcoholism and drug addiction simultaneously.

Here at Synergy’s addiction treatment center in Florida we believe in complete abstinence because over time drugs and alcohol have the same effect and addiction doesn’t become confined to just one addictive substance. The saying that “your drug dealer’s phone number is at the bottom of a beer” means that people’s inhibitions surrounding drugs seem to dissipate once they consume alcohol – and this certainly seems to have been the case with Radel. Fortunately he recognizes he needs help; “This unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

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