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One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
Substance abuse counselors aid people on their road to recovery. Learn about the kind of training these specialists undertake and …
Prescription drug abuse is common among all age groups, and not everyone is obtaining their drug of choice in illicit ways. Find o…
Excellent program. The continuum of care is especially important for those who have had difficulty remaining sober in the past. Would definitely recommend this program to any family/friend in need of help.
If I could give a minus thousand I would. This place is a SCAM!!!! The behavior displayed by some of these patients was out-of-control and disruptive. Chaos reigned particularly at night and week-ends. The staff on duty at these times are young 20 something (techs) ill-equipped to enforce any of the facility guidelines and resort to calling the police to try to maintain order. During my 15 night stay there the local police were called multiple times due to behavioral issues that they could not handle. One of the rules "Fraternizing with patients of the opposite sex is prohibited" was blatantly violated and ignored by Watershed staff. A large group of the young men and women hung out together instead of attending groups. They openly bragged about engaging in sexual activities or "smushing" behind the "shed", which was a small structure on the left side of the main building. They probably spent more time there then they did engaged in therapy. Groups of boys and girls were constantly eloping returning to the facility "high" after scoring drugs. Drug dealers blatantly drove up onto the driveway in front of the building delivering drugs. They bragged to others about what they were doing. Despite violating the rules, there were no consequences. Every group "therapy session/meeting" was a constant revolving door. Most of the attendees would come in late, sign the attendance sheet, and then promptly leave to go to congregate outside smoking. Several of the young men were constantly making threatening statements and gestures towards others. One of the 911 calls to the police that occurred during my stay was made by an older male patient in the elevator fearing for his safety after repeated unchecked harassment by fellow patients. It is obvious there is no real management or security operating at this facility. Watershed is not a Treatment facility. Watershed is a Travesty. AVOID this place at all costs. Do not waste your money and precious time.
If you are looking for a safe environment for your young adult to get drug treatment, stay far away from here. My daughter ended up in this place and they set her up in a sober living house with active drug use. The sober living house did not charge my daughter rent as long as she went to the whole life IOP. This is illegal, but unfortunately happens a lot with less than reputable rehab/sober living homes. My daughter overdosed while living in that house. Fortunately, she survived and is now in another facility. Whole life recovery is very unprofessional and do not provide any valuable treatment there. The staff at whole life lied to me on numerous occasions.If you need to find a reputable sober living home. Please go on the FARR website. They certify sober living houses in Florida. It is a great place to start if you do not live in the area.
Without saying too much, I found that this establishment really helped turn my relative's life around for the better.
My sister has been at Waters Shed for the past 3 weeks, she was at the location in Boca then was transferred to the one in Boynton Beach, We have been trying to call and NOONE will return our call, My sister had snuck out to call us , she climbed an 8 ft fence, crying to us , telling us how bad it was, and to please get her out, We have no idea what really is going on but there definitely is something wrong. We want to remove her but facing insurance issues if she does leave, We are calling the Insurance company to ask for them not to pay Water Shed.. I need to know if someone can tell me she may have been moved , We were told it was the ADULT SIDE... Also if any of you had experienced anything like this or worse, Because we will not let this go!! My other sisters and I are going to make sure this place is investigated and SHUT DOWN!! no one with any kind of problem should be treated and subjected to this kind of inhumane treatment, Especially if they want the help as my sister asked,, We feel responsible and SAD that she is in there and they will not let her call or leave and said they will not give her any of her belongings if she does leave, that they will not even give her ID back, which she will need to get on an airplane,, PLEASE SOMEONE HELP US!!!!!! WE WILL BE FOREVER GREATFUL... DONNA, TINA, TONI, AND KIM
My name is Chris Kaufteil. Let me just start out by saying that I was the hopeless variety alcoholic. I am from South Florida and have been through almost every in network facility from Dade to Palm Beach county. I am forever grateful the family owned and operated Beachcomber in Delray Beach along with their Intensive Outpatient program. I choose to come to the Beachcomber in March of 2015. Being my 11th or 12th treatment center in the past 5 years I thought It was going to be another "turn and burn" experience like many other South Florida facilities. Most facilities that I have been through aside from this place was like a factory and that's an understatement. The Beachcomber is unique in a sense that the staff takes a personal interest in your emotional well being along with your physical safety. I am the addict who never had more than 60 days outside of a residential facility. I now have 4 months and its all attributed to God and the 12 steps which were both brought to light by the care and concern of the Beachcomber ambience and staffing. I have never felt so secure and safe to share some of my deeply rooted issues than when I was a client at the Beachcomber. This 16 bed program allowed me the opportunity to work on issues never exposed in previous attempts at other treatment centers. I am now in aftercare though their Intensive Outpatient program and have been for the past 9-10 weeks also participating in the Relapse Prevention workshop. God Bless!Yours Truly,Christopher Kaufteil 118 days clean and sober
My experience at The Watershed has been great! When I arrived as a new member of the team to develop the Alumni Program, I was really nervous and overwhelmed. I had never been to a place SO BIG! The Watershed Boynton looked like a luxury resort. When I first got there I thought it was! It was really first class and the property was beautiful. When I met The Watershed team, they were all really friendly and made me feel welcome and motivated. I went to the dining room and couldn't BELIEVE the food - O M G... UNBELIEVABLY GOOD!!! When I got to the residential floor for women I saw that there were a lot of rooms - each one offered a good amount of living space and only one other person was in it. There was plenty of room for clothes and stuff and the bathroom was nice and roomy. The schedule had meetings, groups, classes and activities from morning until night and I found that no matter where I went there was ALWAYS staff right there for patients to talk to and get support from. A lot of people come to the Shed from all over the country. I met a women from as far away as Pueto Rico and Juno, Alaska! The therapists and techs all showed genuine concern and a desire to offer guidence and direction that would lead to long term recovery. I have remained in a position to oversee the Alumni Program from that time until now - over 7 years later! The Alumni Program is really great - as it consists of a caring staff that begin calling to check on ya from the day of discharge and over the course of the entire first year. We have a great website (LivesinRecovery.com) to provide support and resources - as well as many other items of interest for alumni and their families, including Alumni and Family Magazines. This site was established to assist alumni and families in getting back to the business of living. I enjoy the most being able to alumni speakers at our speaker meetings and other venues, as well as reading the many stories of hope our alumni and families write. I love being able to share and work with new patients at the Shed. I would say overall that my experience at The Watershed has been incredible and I'm so thankful for it!!
This place is great. My parents and I found this place for my brother about 4 years ago. He was heavy into drugs and I thought I had lost him. He had changed so much, at times I hated him because he was not the boy i grew up with, he was something different, something darker-his moods were always drastically changing. After we got him to Beachcomber , everything changed. he was fully rehabilitated and was back to being the fun loving, wonderful, happy, intelligent and kind sister I knew and loved. She is now in school and working full time and has his own house and is thriving in all aspects of life. I thank God everyday for giving my family and I this place because they contributed to not only saving my brother's life, but every life that he would come in contact with in the future. Many Thanks.
When I called this facilty I was told they were one of the top in the country, I was impressed. My son was sent there. Things went great thru his detox and thru his therapy the first 24 days. Then he was transferred to the next level of care and thigns started going to HELL. The first night he was there he has to go to an outside NA meeting, one of the boys who wnet with him was buying drugs at this meeting (remmeber this boy is in rehab). He offered my son drugs on the way back to the facility. Over the next few days my son was offered drugs many times inside the facility. When his therapist called me to introduce himself I told him about this and told him I thought this facility had been cleaned up and this stuff didn't go on there. He said with that many recovering drug addicts in one place it slips in. I told him if that was the case my son would be better off at home and I could get him a therapist here and it would probably be cheaper for my insurance. (this facility is charging my insurance $1800.00 a day) My son has asked to be released from this facility for over a week and they have refused each time, I guess the money they are getting is more important than his hapiness. I have even called and told them I would accept all responsibility for him and they ignore me. I have not heard from my son in 4 days because they have taken away his cell phone and moved him to a room without a phone because they donot want to speak with me. They are holding my son against his will and will not let him contact his family. His therapist has even called me and yelled at me telling me I donot need to help my son in any way he needs to take care of himself. I think this is wrong of him because any mother who loves her child will do everyhting she can to help them. DO NOT send your child to this facility unles you want them to be treated like a prisoner.
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.