South Florida’s Struggle with Addiction
Florida is most widely known as a vacationer’s and retiree’s paradise with warm weather and sunny skies most days of the year. However, for state residents, their home has become far from the paradise it’s imagined to be across the country.
As the addiction epidemic continues to grow in the United States, Florida—and especially south Florida—have been seeing their rates of substance use disorders and overdose grow at alarming rates. In 2016, about 700 people in Palm Beach County died from drug overdoses, and more than 85% of those deaths were attributed to opioids like heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers. For 2017, that rate was already running 30% ahead of the previous year.
And it’s not just drug and opioid addiction that are causing Floridians to suffer: according to figures from the federal government, over a million state adult residents were dependent or addicted to alcohol in 2014. In the first half of 2016, alcohol was a component of about half the drug-related deaths in Florida.
To fight back against this public health epidemic, south Florida has become a treatment hotspot for people across the country and locals alike. Treatment facilities like Sunspire Health Recovery Road provide accredited, individualized treatment to do their part in helping its addiction-ravaged community to bounce back.
A Local Source for Men’s Recovery
Recovery Road, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, provides a full continuum of care for men suffering from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. By providing evidence-based and accredited treatment, Recovery Road gives men a safe, peaceful and trustworthy place to recover from their addictions.
But why does Recovery Road only treat men? For starters, men usually begin using substances for different reasons than women, and they’re more likely to engage in risky behavior and become physically dependent on substances. By offering treatment specifically for men, the Recovery Road staff can specifically focus on the issues that men face in addiction and beyond to give them a better baseline for how to handle their addictions in the present and future.
Each man admitted to Recovery Road is required to participate in a clinical assessment that will determine the necessary course of care for his treatment. In some cases, for severe or dangerous addictions, patients will first be referred to an off-site medical detox. Recovery Road partners with local detox facilities in south Florida for men to be eased off of their substances of abuse.
Patients who are required to undergo this detoxification process will do so in a clean and comfortable environment. They will be made as comfortable as possible during this necessary process in their recovery journeys, and may receive medications that will ease them during withdrawal.
Once medical detox is successfully completed, patients return to Recovery Road to begin treatment work in preparation for a lifetime of recovery. Transportation is provided between the detox center and Recovery Road so patients can focus on their health rather than travel logistics.
Individualized Care for Long-term Success
The most intensive level of care offered at Recovery Road is the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Its name can be quite misleading, as there’s no hospital involvement with this program: PHP offers the men of Recovery Road an opportunity to be ingrained in a busy schedule of recovery treatments, therapies and activities while living in supervised community housing.
Recovery Road has less than 20 spots available for men in their PHP, ensuring that everyone receives personalized care and attention during his treatment. Patients form strong bonds with staff and one another during treatment, providing an invaluable sense of community for them to have for support as they work through the underlying causes of their addictions.
After successful completion of PHP, it’s strongly suggested for men at Recovery Road to move into a lower level of care for continued support. Intensive Outpatient Programming, or IOP, gives patients more independence and freedom in their schedules with an option to live in sober living accommodations. They still participate in therapeutic activities, just less often than they did during PHP.
No matter which level of care a patient at Recovery Road is receiving, his care is always individualized to his specific situation. Different group therapies are offered for men struggling with different things, like the management of co-occurring mental health disorders or finding healthier ways to express high emotions through classes on anger management.
Patients are also given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of complementary activities that help to support the evidence-based care at the base of their treatment at Recovery Road. Men are able to try yoga and meditation and engage in the expressive arts as an alternate way of working through complex feelings. Recreation, adventure therapy and acupuncture are also available to patients.
People who receive personalized care for their addictions are given a better chance at lifetime recovery because they leave treatment with the specific tools and resources they need for support outside of the facility. Coupled with its gender-specific programming, Recovery Road offers men seeking refuge within its walls an ideal path forward into the future and out of addiction.
Family and Community Involvement
Individualized treatment is important for success during treatment, but success after treatment also depends on strong bonds that people in recovery can lean on when times get tough. That’s why, at Recovery Road, men and their families participate in weekly therapy sessions so they can begin to rebuild trust heal together. Families local to Palm Beach Gardens are welcome to attend these sessions in person, but for families further away, the sessions will be conducted over the phone.
Taking family involvement a step further, Recovery Road’s Family Education Program provides an in-depth experience for the families of men in treatment to work through courses dedicated to family structure, healthy communication methods and the biology of addiction over the course of a few days. Recovery Road staff schedules these weekends on a case-by-case basis to meet the needs of each family.
For men who have completed PHP, IOP or both levels of care at Recovery Road, a thriving alumni program continues to provide support from others who understand exactly what they’ve been through. The facility hosts an annual Alumni Celebration, a barbecue that welcomes former patients and their families to celebrate their successes in recovery.
No matter where in the U.S. an alum might live, he’s able to keep in touch with Recovery Road staff regularly. The staff sends out emails and texts consistently to check up on how these men are faring outside of treatment, and the active Facebook group keeps everyone connected easily.
Sunspire Health Recovery Road is a men’s-only treatment facility, offering a comprehensive approach to addiction treatment and co-occurring mental health disorders. Learn more by visiting their website.