Mucho, Mucho Amor

Daddy Yankee is going to have a stellar 2020. Or at least according to the legendary Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado he will.

There are few things more vital to a recovering addict’s journey than friends, family, and traditions – both new and old. At this time of year here in Miami, and throughout most of South Florida, and even beyond, many New Year’s Eve parties would typically culminate with a gathering around the TV to view the iconic, and always entertaining, Walter. His predictions for the coming year would set the stage for many groups of families and friends. His voice and visage were more a harbinger of the New Year than any firework could ever hope to be. His aire was love, compassion, and light. He never brought a cross word or any ill intent. As 2019 came into being, he predicted that it would be a year of transitions that required strength. And now as 2020 knocks on the door, we understand a bit more about why his prediction for 2019 was true.

Alcohol Detox in Florida

For a person who has been suffering from moderate to severe alcohol addiction, detox is a daunting reality. Withdrawal symptoms can be more than uncomfortable, they can be dangerous too. However, continuing to drink can cause more long-term damage to your mind, body, and relationships. If you have to detox from alcohol, you might at well do it at an alcohol detox center in Florida. Florida alcohol detox centers have a combination of benefits that no other detox centers can offer.

Alcohol Detox Centers in Florida are More Inviting

Detox and recovery are scary enough on its own, but it’s small things like the location that can help an addict get comfortable with the idea of entering an alcohol detox program (like the program being in Florida). As opposed to a gray, rainy or snowy location, when someone thinks of recovery in Florida they can think of palm trees and warm, sunny weather. There is a reason Florida is known as a state people retire to: it is comfortable and downright inviting.

Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a disease that can be debilitating for many, but there are also a great deal of functioning alcoholics. Whether the addiction prevents you from fulfilling your everyday obligations or not, excessing alcohol consumption is dangerous. If you or a loved one has a drinking problem, then it is important to seek help sooner than later. If you are not sure what alcoholism looks like, here are the warning signs of alcoholism.

What Are the Warning Signs of Alcoholism?

There is more than one way to identify the potential abuse of alcohol. It is easy to spot some signs, but others are more difficult to recognize. It can be especially hard for loved ones to spot the signs because alcoholics may try to hide their substance use. This means the warning signs may be different depending on the severity of the addiction. It may be difficult to intervene and to know when to intervene.

How to Pay for Drug or Alcohol Detox Treatment & Rehab

Drug & alcohol detox treatment is easier and safer at a medical detox center, but it also is not inexpensive. Requiring 24/7 monitoring and care, medication, a room, food, and more, there is a lot to offering detox treatment. Additionally, detox is typically followed by residential or outpatient treatment that, depending on the level of care and location, can be costly as well. If you are looking to get treatment for yourself or a loved one, but you are not sure how payment works, here is a quick look at the options:

Private Insurance

Depending on the provider and plan, private insurance will cover some or most of your treatment at a detox center or another addiction rehab center. The majority of treatment facilities accept insurance from all major providers including United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Whether you are enrolled in an insurance plan via your employer, directly through the insurance provider, or through healthcare.gov, there is a good chance you have coverage.

How To Love An Addict

Addiction not only rips apart a life, it does the same thing to the relationships and loved ones held most dear by the addict.

It is a very difficult thing to watch a loved one slip into addiction. Suddenly, someone that you once knew so well has become a completely different person, a person that you can’t trust, a person who seems to fight every helping hand and seek out every harmful situation they can possibly find, a person who pushes away love, a person who pushes away you. You know that this is the addiction working, taking control, but you can’t help but be affected by it. You can’t help feeling hurt, angry, helpless. You can’t help feeling like you want to give up.

And, unfortunately, many people do give up. They try and try until they’ve had enough – enough betrayal, enough rejection, enough hurt. Their addict loved one has hurt them so many times, maybe even betrayed their trust as well, that the need to protect themselves from more hurt and more harm has overtaken the love that they feel for this person who has been changed so drastically by addiction. And they give up. They cut ties, they banish, they forget, they toss aside.

Holiday Trigger Take Down

Triggers. Temptations. Pitfalls. They exist in copious amounts during the holidays. And they run the gamut! Diets are destroyed, political barriers are blown away, norms are tossed out the window, and a lot of that is accepted – even joked about – during this time of year. This sort of attitude toward temptation can be doubly horrid for someone who is on their sobriety or recovery journey. Addicts run into all manner of additional temptations during the holiday season, made worse by the fact that traveling, socializing, sleeping in guest rooms, etc. can all have a detrimental effect on the body and mind. We’ve put together a few tips to help you ensure that a Thanksgiving and Christmas season entered sober can be gone through and exited sober as well.

I Have a Drinking Problem. Now What?

You’ve taken the first step towards recovery: admitting you have a problem. Now what? Get ready for the long, challenging, but very rewarding journey that you are embarking on.

Seek Alcohol Addiction Treatment

You do not have to be alone on this journey to recovery. Call an addiction hotline or reach out directly to an alcohol detox and recovery program. Trained professionals can help you have the best chance of getting and staying sober. The recovery process can include a variety of treatment methods including detox, medication, inpatient rehab, outpatient treatment, therapy, and continuing care. You and your loved ones most likely have a lot of questions about what to expect once you start this journey.

What to Consider When Selecting a Drug and Alcohol Detox Center

Whether it is for yourself or a loved one, selecting the best drug and alcohol detox center is critical to ensuring a successful recovery for the addict. For first those entering recovery for the first time, you may be wondering what there is to consider that you aren’t thinking about. For an addict who has relapsed and is entering detox again, you may want to consider factors that you did not think about before.

Whatever the case, below is a comprehensive list of factors to consider and questions that the addict or the addict’s loved one should ask when contacting a detox facility.

Addiction at Work

There’s a stigma with addiction – that of the addict passing out in an alley somewhere, unable to move, barely able to function at all. While that image of addiction does come from a real place, there’s a far more prevalent face of addiction out in the world – that of the highly functioning professional. Drug & alcohol addiction knows no bounds. It is not a poor person’s disease, it does not care about race, religion, social status, or career. Addiction affects every tier of society. That fact can be very surprising to people on the fringes of the addiction disease. Below are the career fields that rank highest for addiction among the workforce. You’ll see that addiction really does run the gamut, and permeates some unexpected places.