Do drug rehab programs in Florida have multiple therapist options? Yes, they do. Many fine Florida rehabs offer a wide variety of multiple therapy treatment options. In addition to that, Florida’s climate is ideal for those recovering from drug abuse. It’s generally warm and sunny. Many people find cold weather and dreary skies to be depressing. This is not good for someone in recovery, who may be already experiencing symptoms of depression as part of the drug withdrawal process.
Whatever therapy is offered by a drug rehab, it should be evidence-based. This means that it has been proven to work. It’s important to offer a variety of therapy programs. Not all will work for everyone. Especially in the case of opioid addiction, therapy is often best when paired with some kind of medication, such as Suboxone. Opioid withdrawal is tough. Unless it’s very mild, it’s more than many people can endure. It can persist for weeks on end or even longer. It’s hard to participate in any kind of therapy when you feel awful. Without medication, some people may even give up and leave the facility. Suboxone, although definitely addictive, can be medically tapered and discontinued over time. It can also be taken indefinitely. There is no right or wrong. It depends on the individual.
Not All Florida Rehabs are the Same
Contrary to what many people may think, not all Florida drug rehabs are structured around faith-based programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. AA is unquestionably effective for many people who try it, but it’s not for everyone. It requires that you give up control of your life to a higher power, whatever you perceive that to be, and you must exactly follow their 12-Step program to the letter. You will have to sit in groups and reveal personal and highly intimate details of your life to strangers. You will be required to make amends for all the harm your substance caused to anyone you have ever known. That’s really not practical. Besides that, you can’t change the past.
AA doesn’t allow medication therapy of any kind. They consider it to be a form of cheating on your recovery. That would possibly make sense if they didn’t make an exception for nicotine, a highly addictive and harmful substance. If you’re not comfortable with faith-based programs, you don’t have to attend a drug rehab that uses them. Look around. There are plenty of alternatives. Some drug rehabs may offer both faith-based programs and others that are not. Make sure the facility understands how you feel. Religious beliefs in a higher power are highly personal. No one should be forced to participate in faith-based programs if they don’t want to.
There are multiple other kinds of therapy available to those attending drug rehab programs in Florida. This includes IOP programs, too. IOP stands for Intensive Outpatient Program. It’s a kind of middle ground between a residential and outpatient program. It’s geared more for those with more advanced drug addiction problems who cannot attend a residential program for any number of valid reasons.
Different Kinds of Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
This is often abbreviated as DBT.
This teaches innovative ways to deal with the stressors that can lead to drug use. It also teaches about living in the moment, not getting too worried about the future and also resisting immediate urges to use your drug of choice. This impulse can seemingly come out of nowhere, as any substance abuser will tell you, and is one of the hardest things to resist. You will learn how to control your emotions and improve relationships with friends, family, co-workers and others. Although DBT was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, it’s now an accepted, evidence-based, treatment for substance abuse as well.
This is also known as EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It was originally intended to help people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. It works well for substance abuse because many people abuse drugs as a result of a past traumatic incident. With the help of a therapist, you will relive a traumatic event. At the same time, the therapist will direct your eye movements. This is thought to reduce your reactive thoughts to the past trauma. EMDR may or may not be combined with hypnosis. It has a high effectiveness rate.
If you Need Help in Florida
We have only briefly discussed your treatment options. There are many, many more. We are trained counselors who can explore your options with you to help you get the help you need. You may call us at 833-846-5669 at any time. Your call is confidential. We look forward to speaking with you.