Orlando may be famous worldwide for its spectacular, family-friendly entertainment, but its residents get to see a harsher side of the city – there is an addiction problem.
Recent data from Orlando shows that deaths for drug-related reasons were up 20 percent in 2018, compared to the year before. Orange and Osceola counties saw 265 people losing their lives to fentanyl in 2018, up from 204 in 2017.
Even as Orlando confronts serious addiction fatality counts, only 0.2 percent of Orlando’s population seeks medical treatment for addiction, a figure that is much lower than numbers seen elsewhere in the country. Among those who do get into rehab, more than half come from a life in which drug use is a daily habit. Over the rest of the country, daily users account for only a third of those who go to rehab.
Even more worryingly, over 90 percent of the addicted in Orlando suffer from a co-occurring psychiatric disorder, as well. Nationally, the average in this measure is only 67 percent or so. When an addicted person also has a psychiatric disorder to contend with, it makes their addiction that much harder to escape. It’s important to approach a specialized rehab center.
If you struggle with a drug or alcohol habit, you’ve probably tried coming off it by yourself, at home, at least once. Unfortunately, such self-directed attempts usually do not succeed. The problem is that addiction is not about weak resolve set against the pleasurable temptations of drugs or alcohol. In fact, personal strength of will has very little to do with addiction.
When addiction begins, drugs and alcohol directly act on a part of your brain that is responsible for providing deep satisfaction in response to life-affirming activities such as eating nutritious food, going to work, or taking care of your family. When this happens, you begin to feel about drugs and alcohol, as if consuming them was a life-affirming activity. It can be hard for you to exercise will and resolve when your heart tells you that addictive substances are truly good for you.
These substances hijack your brain in a different way, as well. New circuitry is formed in the brain to connect the dorsolateral striatum, the center of habit formation, directly with the basolateral amygdala, a center of impulse formation. The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that is connected with conscious choice, is simply not involved.
When your brain is short-circuited in this way, you cannot use the strength of will to stay away from drugs. You need help in the form of medical detox, therapy, psychiatric treatment, and care. This is how the best rehabs help you.
If you are in Orlando, you have a great deal of choice when it comes to drug rehab. How do you know what rehab to choose, though? In general, it’s a good idea to go by licensing and accreditation. Legacy Healing Center, located in South Florida, is accredited by the Joint Commission.
It can also help to determine if the rehab center that you go to has programs specifically designed for the addictions that you struggle with. Whether it is alcohol, opiates or anything else, custom-designed programs are far more likely to deliver success than generic ones. Here, as well, Legacy Healing Center works for most patients, simply because it offers a wide range of specially designed programs.
Finally, it is important to make sure that the center you choose offers more than just detox. It needs to design complete rehabilitation and therapeutic programs to help you overcome every last vestige of addiction. Legacy Healing Center offers a comprehensive rehabilitation system for a wide range of addictions.
Many people do try drug detox at home, by themselves. They quit using, and grit their teeth over several days as the withdrawal symptoms come over them. Often, they are unable to overcome the cravings, or they are unable to battle the difficult physical symptoms, and they fall off the wagon. In other cases, they do succeed, initially, and congratulate themselves on a job well done. They then let their guard down, not realizing that initial withdrawal isn’t the only challenge involved in quitting addiction.
Addiction alters the way the brain emotionally bonds to drug use. If you don’t train your mind and brain to manage this bond, the addiction can attack and pull you under when you least expect it, weeks, months, or even years after initial withdrawal. Most people who relapse after quitting, do so because they lack the medical and psychological assistance that they need to overcome their bond to drugs. Among other things, it is the availability of this assistance that marks the difference between a successful escape from addiction, and an unsuccessful attempt.
There is also considerable risk involved, of permanent harm caused by DIY drug detox at home. In some cases, withdrawal symptoms are about more than pain and discomfort — they can involve life-threatening seizures, uncontrolled vomiting and diarrhea, and increases of blood pressure. Rare as these possibilities may be, it’s important to guard against them.
Looking for drug rehab centers is the most meaningful and logical step that you can take to break free from addiction.
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Legacy really changed my life for the better. I was down and out, my life in shambles and didn’t know what to do. Legacy showed me there was a light at the end of the tunnel and gave me the tools to get there. The staff at this facility are genuine and truly care and it shows.
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Words cannot describe my experience with Legacy, but I will try. This place has, and continues to change my life. From the start at detox, the staff was very welcoming and caring while I was in a very dark place physically and emotionally. This treatment continued at the PHP and IOP levels. I have been to 5 other treatments facilities, but have never experienced the care and compassion I received at Legacy. Of course the staff is caring, but they are GENUINELY invested in their clients recovery.
Wonderful staff, the treatment program was excellent. They really treat you like family here and genuinely care about you. The 4 months I’ve spent here have been great, I’ve learned a lot about myself and ways to cope with my struggles.
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Legacy Healing Center saved my life. The entire staff focuses on every individual as a separate case. No one is left behind. I wouldn't be here without the staff at Legacy.
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It isn’t just drug detox and rehab at home that can fail you. Professionally run medical detox and rehab are fundamental to any successful attempt to break free from alcohol addiction, as well.
When you use the best alcohol rehab, you receive treatment that gets to the root of the problem and helps you take back control over your life. You find a treatment that helps you overcome the cravings, and the terrible withdrawal symptoms, and, more importantly, you learn the skills that you need to keep relapse at bay.
Relapse, which is a slide back into addictive behavior that occurs to most people who neglect to treat the psychological underpinnings of addiction. Rehab alone is able to provide you with the treatment that you need.
When you begin thinking about rehab, it may occur to you to look for addiction treatment centers close to where you live. While it certainly does make sense to look for something close by, it’s important to understand how to search for them.
Rather than simply look for any reputable center nearby, you need to be more specific and look for a reputable center that has expertise in this specific addiction or addictions that you suffer from. Specific expertise counts.
A rehab center that only has professionals who have years of experience treating opioid addiction, for example, may not be the best place to go for alcohol addiction. When you look for addiction treatment centers nearby, it makes sense to look at the specifics of the treatment offered.
It can be hard to pin down what exactly a rehab program costs. A lot depends on the depth of the addiction experienced by an individual patient, and also on their mental state.
A person with a mild addiction, who has great family support and personal motivation to get better, will usually be able to detox and achieve rehabilitation on an outpatient basis. This usually works out to be affordable. People with deeper addictions that have run for long, those who have unreliable family support, and little of the personal conviction that they need to overcome their addiction, benefit from inpatient rehab.
The more involved the level of care that comes with inpatient treatment – the more important the presence of qualified medical professionals at all times is. The different kinds of therapy that last all day — offer far greater chances of success for those who have more troubled addiction histories. Understandably, it all tends to cost more.
From opiates like codeine to illicit drugs like crystal-meth, the detoxification process for drugs comes with various symptoms and is dealt with in different ways in rehab.
When you begin detoxifying from opiates, early withdrawal symptoms set in within six hours. You may experience sweats, a racing heart, muscle pain, high blood pressure, a runny nose, and agitation. After two or three days of these symptoms, you may transition to middle withdrawal. This can involve blurry vision, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea. Past the first week, you may experience nausea and depression over several days.
While detox from opiates is usually not dangerous, a certain level of risk cannot be ruled out. People detoxing from opiates may experience suicidal thoughts or tendencies to violence. These can lead to death. It is for this reason that detoxing at a medical facility is advisable. Not only do you receive medical attention for the painful symptoms, but you also receive care that helps you stay safe from potentially dangerous symptoms, as well.
Detoxifying from crystal-meth is somewhat different. Acute withdrawal sets in quickly, and peaks around the fourth day after cessation of use. Withdrawal can last up to a month. Symptoms can range from insomnia and agitation to mood swings, fatigue, brain fog, and depression. These are treated symptomatically. Medications such as dextroamphetamine, bupropion, rivastigmine, and modafinil help with the cravings experienced.
Addiction to alcohol can be particularly difficult to escape. In the first three days of quitting, you may experience cravings, anxiety, sleeplessness, tremors, and restlessness.
Over the rest of the first week, you may hallucinate, and feel fear and disorientation. Nervousness, depression, bad dreams, and mood swings mark the second week of withdrawal. Some of these symptoms continue up to two months, or, in some cases, for up to a year.
Drawn-out withdrawal is called post-acute withdrawal syndrome. In 10 percent of cases, patients experience extreme symptoms such as delirium tremens, dangerous hypertension, high heart rates, and seizures, as well.
Many of these symptoms can run for longer, depending on how long one has been in the alcohol habit, and how much they have been drinking.
When you accept alcohol detox at Legacy Healing Center, you receive professional medical care around the clock to help treat each one of the symptoms that you experience, whether they cause you discomfort or potential physical harm. From anxiolytics for anxiety and agitation to sedatives for insomnia and anticonvulsants for seizures, symptomatic medical assistance can help make withdrawal safer and less unpleasant.
One of the most important components of medical detox for alcohol addiction is the one that aims to help individuals deal with the strong cravings that are a usual part of alcohol withdrawal.
Cravings can make it extremely hard for individuals to continue with a plan to stay sober. In medical detox, however, qualified medical professionals bring medications such as naltrexone and disulfiram to the table. These can both help fight the cravings, and help make alcohol unpleasant to consume. When you accept alcohol detox at a qualified rehab like Legacy Healing Center, you receive medical care at every stage of the treatment process to help maximize your chances of detox success.
Many people tend to believe that they are out of the woods once medical detox concludes. They feel better, they no longer experience terrible cravings on a regular basis, and it can seem as if they aced the biggest challenge of their lives. It’s important to understand that relapse is always possible, however. The statistics are telling.
Eight out of 10 people who go through alcohol detox return to alcoholism within a year. Among those who fight hard to stay sober a whole year, the chances of relapse drop to less than 50 percent. When you stay sober for five years, your chances of relapse fall to under 15 percent.
The numbers are similarly concerning for those attempting an escape from crystal-meth addiction. A five-year study has found that three out of five people detoxing from crystal-meth, return to the drug within a year.
You may ask yourself what it is that you need to do to make sure that you don’t become another relapse statistic. What makes the difference for most people is professional rehab.
Many don’t even realize that detox is distinct from rehab. The difference is easy to understand, however. While detox aims to treat the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms that result from drug or alcohol cessation, rehab tends to treat addiction of the mind. Addiction to drugs and alcohol permanently changes the way the brain works. A part of you deeply believes that there’s something good and positive about using drugs or alcohol. Even when you do clearly see most of the time that the habit harms you, there are other times when you do not.
Triggers tend to form deep in your mind. When you experience certain sounds, smells, emotions, or the presence of certain people, you may find a powerful wave of positive feeling for drug or alcohol use, come over you. You may succumb to it and go back to using, if you don’t have intensive training in fighting it.
Rehab, which is the treatment that follows medical detox, offers you the psychological training that you need to battle relapse in the sneaky ways that it attacks you over the months and years that follow medical detox.
In every case, rehab involves the use of intensive behavioral therapies to help addiction survivors counter the different ways in which addiction psychologically affects them. Behavioral training gives people the life skills that they need to handle stress, emotional pain, anxiety and other environmental factors that may push them towards the comfort offered by drugs or alcohol. A lack of these life skills is often a reason why people turn to excessive drugs or alcohol in the first place.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the primary tools of rehabilitation used by rehab centers. It was primarily developed to help people recover from problem drinking, but has since been adapted for use by people recovering from drug addiction, as well. CBT works on the theory that substance abuse is a maladaptive behavioral pattern. Therapists help patients learn how to be aware of the negative consequences of drug use, teach them how to recognize the early signs of cravings and show them how to develop strategies that help them cope.
A number of other approaches are used by rehab facilities on different patients, as well. There is family therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy and much more. Psychiatric treatment may also be a part of rehab when a patient suffers from a psychological or psychiatric disorder alongside addiction. It is such a multi-pronged effort that helps such people overcome the terrible challenge that is addiction.
Success at making a clean break from addiction can be yours if you carefully plan out how you will get there. Legacy Healing Center has professionals with the expertise that you need to draw up that plan. You need to start with medical detox, go through therapy, and test your coping skills with an outpatient aftercare program. Such a program can place you in a sober living home with some supervision, with frequent drug testing and with plenty of access to support groups.
You may even be put in touch with a sponsor who helps you with advice and emotional support when you need help and holds you accountable when you need someone to tell you to make wise choices. Your path to recovery does not end with rehab. It goes on for as long as you need it to be free of the bonds of addiction, to rebuild your life, and rebuild your family.
Answering questions about how long rehab programs run, then, can be difficult to answer. For mild addictions, the treatment approaches of detox and therapy, together, may take no longer than four to eight weeks. For deeper addictions, treatment may run as long as 12 weeks, over which period, you attend intensive therapeutic sessions.
Fortunately, if you have insurance, in most cases, you are covered for rehab. This is because addiction is scientifically considered a medical disease — not a conscious choice made by the person addicted. If your insurance is a group plan, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 ensures that you get coverage for addiction treatment. If you don’t have insurance coverage, you may still be able to talk to your employer and obtain financial assistance.
There are virtually unlimited sober-friendly entertainment options for those in recovery that Orlando has to offer. There’s Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World, to name a few. Once you have your fill of the theme parks, however, there are still endless choices for ways to enjoy yourself.
Fun Spot America has go-kart tracks and roller coasters. WonderWorks offers ways to help you experience simulated extreme weather, and much more. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit exposes you to some of the most curious facts about the world. Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is great for miniature golf enthusiasts. Old Town Kissimmee is a wonderful way to explore the charms of classic old Florida. If you’d like to have a fun time with your children, the Crayola Experience offers loads of interesting things to do, all day. For the wonders of space, you can turn to the Kennedy Space Center, where you can be a pretend-astronaut for a day. For the magician in you, there’s a great deal of the art of magic to learn about at The Great Magic Hall.
If you feel restless being cooped up indoors all day working on getting better, Orlando has any number of natural thrills to give you a high the healthy way. If you like water, you can head over to Lake Killarney or Lake Eola Park to try paddleboarding. If the thrill of being close to alligators does it for you, you can try Gatorland, and become a trainer for a day. If animals of a less dangerous kind appeal to you, the Safari Wilderness Ranch puts you close to zebras, deer, ostriches, camels, and primates. You could even head over to the Florida Dolphin Tours to swim with dolphins or go horseback riding at Florida Wildlife Horseback Safari.
Whichever way your tastes may run, Orlando has something for you. Try indoor skydiving at iFly Orlando, escape zombies at Zombie Outbreak, or play dodgeball on a trampoline at AirHeads Trampoline Arena. If you’d rather sit back and be entertained, Orlando has a great variety of concerts and shows. There are the acrobatic delights of the La Nouba Cirque Du Soleil, the thrills of jousting knights at Medieval Times, there are Broadway shows at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and there is the entertainment of Pirate’s Dinner Adventure.
When you choose a rehab center, it’s important that you go to a facility that offers evidence-based programs the way Legacy Healing Center does. As surprising as it may be, not every rehab center out there offers scientifically designed programs. Many, for instance, offer detox alone, rather than a treatment plan that combines detox with long-term therapeutic rehabilitation. Some offer generic programs, rather than custom programs designed for each individual patient. Some offer rehab methods that involve the use of unproven approaches. When you choose evidence-based care, you can be certain that you sidestep every landmine, and firmly put yourself on the path to recovery.