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‘The Centers’ is a ‘top 10 employer’ in Marion County and being such an entity is very important to the tax revenue streams that feed the Marion County Court system, pay the salaries of Marion County judges and also police.Many people don’t know that although ‘The Centers’ is chartered as a 501c3 non-profit organization, the vast majority of ‘The Centers’ revenue comes directly from the State and Federal governments. Per the footnotes of the public audited financial statements the sources of revenues are detailed for ‘The Centers’. Fully 60% of ‘The Centers’ revenue comes from the State of Florida (32% from the Dept of Children & Families and 28% from ‘Kids Central’ which is a pass-through from the DCF). Another 29% of the revenue comes from the Federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. The last 11% of revenue comes from private sources, most likely mainly health insurance. So ‘The Centers’ is almost wholly dependent on government for revenue and is also ONLY accountable to government for its actions. ‘The Centers’, if it were a private enterprise, would have closed it’s doors a long time ago due to the many dissatisfied customers. But through the Communist ‘Baker act’ and forced drugging and causing their patients (victims) to become addicted to psychotropic drugs, ‘The Centers’ keeps it’s clientele base intact. At Auschwitz the motto was. “Work will set you free”. At ‘The Centers’ it is “DRUGS will set you free”. Their policy is forced psychotropic drugging. In effect ‘The Centers’ in Marion County is State of Florida sponsored drug-dealing. It’s very hypocritical that law enforcement will hammer any Marion County resident very readily for a very minor drug offense or even being slightly impaired while driving (neither of which I ever do), yet they will forcibly deliver innocent people to the clutches of the most vicious drug dealer in Marion County, namely ‘The Centers’. I should also add that there are many employees at ‘The Centers’ who seem to have an agenda of ‘getting back at cracker/whitey. These anti-white people are viciously racist. Back in a much earlier time in Florida, they used to be able to jail people for ‘vagrancy’, now they can ‘Baker Act’ anyone for virtually any reason, including just being home with a common flu. Anyone thinking of retiring in Florida should take into consideration the large profit orientated medical system and it’s adjoining court system.
It is owned by the husband of a probation officer, which seems a direct conflict of interest. But then the whole Marion County judicial system is all about making money! It's the most corrupt system I've ever witnessed from the county cops to the judges. It's all about making money and setting good people up for failure with their corrupt system. It should be completely redone and the corrupt officials should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Marion county law sucks!!!
Really deserves a "0" but that wasn't an option. Called to see if they could refill one of my daughter's meds (not a controlled substance) since she only has 2 days left and her appt wasn't for 5 days. I was told by a Hannah in the call center that they would not under any circumstance fill a med, even if partial, until seen by a Dr. (she was just seen there last month). When I mentioned that going off of a psych med could cause problems I was told that when she runs out, of it is a problem then I will have to take her to crisis! Why in the world would anyone suggest messing with a child's meds to the point that they need crisis???? We called and spoke with a supervisor finally (after being hung up on 3 times) who said she would take care of it and try and get a few days worth sent over. She finally called back and said there is an available appt tomorrow and if you can't make it we still won't call in a few to hold her over. Needless to say all appts are canceled and we have an appt with another dr elsewhere. (Thankfully we found a few pills from a former prescription that we can use until)
everyone here is here to help the patient they all work together for a common goal getting patient healthy and clean and life manageable this people in this place literally saved my life I would recommend anyone looking for way out of addiction to go here very helpful to the patient concerned professional counseling provided will work with your probation office for those you that know you want make it through your p.o. this is the way to keep clean and get right . I think all these employees are under appreciated and would like to give them all an A+ in my book Thank you Quad for helping get my life together .Kell
Dirty facility. Uneducated nurses amd drs that give patients wayyy too much medicine n will argue with u if u say u need less. Just wann get ppl hooked and take our money. I overpaid and they said theyd credit it to my account and the next day denied it. Happened and i had to pay in full. My counseler looked and acted like a smug 18 y.o. and they have no idea wtf they r doing. If
The 'Centers' is a horrendous facility. The people who work there are extremely abusive. It's quite obvious that there must be some type of beneficial financial arrangement between the Court system, the Marion county government and the 'Centers', because it's impossible that all the abuses that go on at the "Centers" escape the scrutiny of the Marion County Judges, MCSO and the Marion County government. In effect, the "Centers" is a state-sponsored drug-dealing organization. Do not believe their advertisement about providing 'Hope'. Their goal is to get as many clients as possible addicted to their drugs. The sale of pharmaceutical drugs is what enriches the management of the 'Centers'. The pharmaceutical drugs are not only harmful and habit forming, they are also so toxic that they will cause rapid weight gain. It's a little known medical fact that the body uses fats to trap toxins that could harm vital organs. Often this weight gain could also contribute to depression in addition to the unhealthy side-effects of weight-gain. I should also add that most of the personnel employed at the 'Centers' are of low intelligence and totally lacking in empathy for the patients at the 'Centers'.
Another criminal drug dealing organization destroying the community. Psychology is the biggest fraud in existence. They make their money off of drugs and push drugs on people under the guise of "professional judgement" with absolutely no empirical data to support their diagnoses. The psych Drugs are in Fact harmful. Time for people wake up. The Vines and the Centers are in effect more criminal than the Mexican drug cartels. But I assume they bring money into the community so the overseers of law look the other way. But the NET effect is that their harmful psych drugs COST the community. The people that run the "Centers" are in act Criminals in every sense of word. It has long been known that certain nutrition can reverse psychological problems, There is NO money in using Nature, but there is immense profit in harmful and abusive psych drugs. This organization needs to be shut down. For those that are abused Google "psych abuse in Florida citizens committee"
If you have good insurance, do NOT go here. Even if you do not have any serious mental condition, they will do everything in their power to make you do inpatient care. If someone "highly recommends" you do something, they are not giving you a choice. If you refuse and express your desire for alternative treatment, they will force you. The adult unit is nothing but a holding center for bodies. You spend most of your time in the day room and then there is "quiet time," where everyone goes to their rooms for 2 hours during the day and must be quiet. There are no therapy classes, unless playing Hangman is to be considered "prioritized care focused on the individual needs of the client." The only time you see a medical professional is in the morning and that's to see if you need to be held at the facility longer and to prescribe you drugs. Nurses stay behind the glass and never talk to you. I now have difficulty trusting medical professionals, especially in mental health because of how I was treated at the Centers. Prisoners have more freedom than a "voluntary" patient here.
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.