Florida Programs & Rehab Centers

There are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction. What causes addiction? Why can some people use a few times and walk away, while others get hooked for life?

At the root of most addictions is pain. Whether emotional or physical, pain leads millions of people to turn to drugs and alcohol to numb feelings they can’t or don’t want to deal with. Here are two of the most common ways pain works in concert with addiction:

Chronic Pain and Addiction
An accident, injury, disease, surgery, or other event causes severe pain that may be acute (temporary, lasting less than six months), or chronic (prolonged pain that lasts longer than six months). To withstand the pain, the individual self-medicates with illicit substances or prescription medications. Although pain-killers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Darvocet, and Fentanyl may have been prescribed for legitimate purposes at first, pain sufferers may become dependent on these substances just to “feel normal.” The end result is the need for treatment not only of the chronic pain, but also the ensuing addiction or chemical dependency.

Psychiatric Illness and Addiction
An underlying mental health disorder, most commonly depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or personality disorders, leads to an addiction to drugs or alcohol. While these individuals may abuse substances to self-medicate their underlying psychiatric illness, others struggle with a mental disorder that was brought on by drug or alcohol abuse. In either case, the individual has a “dual diagnosis” of addiction and a psychiatric illness, both of which require professional intervention. The complex interplay between addiction and chronic pain, and between addiction and psychiatric illness, requires specialized treatment that can’t be found at just any drug rehab facility. Research has shown that comprehensive, integrated treatment of both conditions at one time from the same clinician or treatment team is the only way to achieve lasting recovery.

Drug Rehab on the Florida Shores
Florida is the location of choice for many individuals in recovery. The advantages of a Florida drug rehab include an unbeatable climate year-round, a relaxing natural environment, a well-developed recovery community, and easy access to Florida’s white sand beaches, sun, and surf – all of which contribute to an overall sense of well-being, giving you the best drug rehab experience possible.

Some of the most reputable addiction treatment programs in the country are based in Florida, including the Wellness Resource Center, one of the best dual diagnosis treatment programs in the U.S., and Twelve Oaks, a renowned private drug rehab and chronic pain treatment center located in the Florida Panhandle.


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