Flocking To Florida Is No Longer The Solution For Those Seeking Alcohol Abuse Treatment


alcohol abuse treatmentWhen society at large equates a single well-known solution with a widespread and complicated public health crisis, we’ve got a problem. Case in point: Flocking to Florida for alcohol abuse treatment or for drug rehab. While this was once the go-to solution for families of loved ones fighting for their lives against the scourge of drugs and alcohol, that’s no longer the case. That’s because the market became oversaturated and unscrupulous operators of so-called rehabilitation facilities were more interested in profits than the people they were supposed to be helping. How did we get here – and what’s the alternative for alcohol abuse treatment? This blog aims to explain both.

As far back as 2015, the sudden surge of “sober homes” and “recovery centers” started to raise eyebrows in Florida and beyond. According to a Palm Beach Post article from the time, the industry was worth $1 billion combined and “reports of kickbacks, patient brokering, inflated medical testing bills and insurance fraud” would eventually bring the FBI to town. The picture of recovery, at the time, was sun-drenched beaches and palm trees that brought inner peace as a patient detoxed from drugs and alcohol. Naturally, many looking for a lifeline went to Florida and when the results started coming back sub-par, these people and their families began to look elsewhere. Making matters worse was that insurance covered treatment up to a point and when that point was reached, be it 30, 60 or 90 days, it was up to patients or their families to foot the bill and keep on the road to sobriety.

As the “Sunshine State” clearly isn’t the answer, what is? The first point to make clear is that recovery is about more than geography; it’s about the offerings inside of an alcohol abuse treatment center. Starting with minimum stays of 50 to 90 days, a patient who comes to DreamLife Recovery will be immersed in offerings that have been tailored to meet their clinical, mental and physical health needs. This can include partial hospitalization to monitor the dangerous detoxification and withdrawal period followed by the eventual in-house counseling and follow-up treatments. To that end, medication-assisted treatment has become a dependable resource for those struggling with opioid abuse. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this method includes the use of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medications “in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a ‘whole-patient’ approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.”

Coming to terms with addiction and finding a way through is an issue that must be faced head-on. It requires forethought and a support circle to ensure lasting changes are made. Those essential elements and more can be found at DreamLife Recovery.

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