How to Stay Sober Through Your Medical Condition

Stay Sober Through Your Medical Condition

Staying sober after recovering from a drug or alcohol abuse problem can be difficult, especially if you’re also dealing with an illness or injury. The following are a couple of valuable tips for staying sober through your medical condition.

Have a Plan for Prescription Drugs

Even if you’ve never abused prescriptions in the past, you will be at a higher risk of abusing these during your recovery. To avoid this, make a detailed plan to avoid misusing them. Involve your physician in creating a plan or ask for alternatives (e.g., muscle stimulation (TENS) units, physical therapy, etc.). You might also ask a loved one to help you manage your meds, or check yourself into an inpatient substance abuse treatment program that can do this for you while you heal.

Maintain Honest Communication with Trusted Support Resources

Honesty is key. Let your doctors, support group, therapist, and other trusted individuals know if you are worried about abusing medications or self-medicating with alcohol or drugs due to your illness/injury. If you have a support group sponsor, personal mentor, or professional rehab specialist to talk to, check in with them regularly to discuss where you’re at and receive support and accountability.

Remain Firm About Avoiding Known Triggers

Knowing and avoiding one’s biggest substance abuse triggers is one of the best tools for maintaining sobriety. This is especially important when you’re already somewhat weakened by illness or injury. If there is a person, location, activity, or another element that reminds you of when you used to use or which tempts you to self-medicate, it is extremely important that you avoid these triggers while you recover from your condition.

Get Compassionate Inpatient Treatment at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

If you have a medical condition co-occurring with substance abuse, you need specialized care that considers your global health. Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers’ comprehensive inpatient treatment programs in Palm Beach County and Lancaster County can help you avoid risky situations and control prescriptions so that you can recover from addiction while addressing your medical concerns.

Visit either of our Palm Beach County or Lancaster County rehab locations or call us 24/7 at (855) 859-8808 to learn how we can help you build and maintain a sober future.

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers Are Now In-Network with Magellan Healthcare and AvMed

Treatment facility now accepts new insurance plans

Palm Springs, Fla., December 7, 2017 – Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers announced that it will accept AvMed health insurance (in its Florida facility) and Magellan Healthcare (including Health First) in its Pennsylvania and Florida facilities for treatment program services.

“Retreat’s partnership with Magellan Healthcare and Avmed ensures that even more individuals fighting addictions and their families can gain access to the lifesaving treatment we provide. With the overwhelming opioid crisis affecting our communities, adding Magellan and Avmed to our list of insurance carriers is more critical than ever,” stated Founder and CEO Peter Schorr, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers. “It’s our responsibility as a good corporate citizen to help our communities become healthier and safer.”

Magellan Healthcare and AvMed join Aetna, Blue Cross and other health insurance providers accepted by Retreat. Magellan Healthcare, which serves 36.1 million individuals, will allow Pennsylvanians with those plans to attend treatment. AvMed, one of Florida’s oldest and largest not-for-profit health plans, benefits Florida residents who need to access care at Retreat’s Palm Beach County location.

“Retreat will continue to seek out relationships with major insurers to expand our reach and achieve our mission to provide a compassionate and spiritual environment for recovery,” said Schorr.

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About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

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About Magellan Health

Magellan Health, Inc. is a leader in managing the fastest growing, most complex areas of health, including special populations, complete pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare. Magellan supports innovative ways of accessing better health through technology, while remaining focused on the critical personal relationships that are necessary to achieve a healthy, vibrant life. Magellan’s customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, labor unions, various military and governmental agencies and third-party administrators. For more information, visit MagellanHealth.com.

About AvMed

With headquarters in Miami and offices in every major metropolitan area of the state, AvMed transforms lives to create a WELLfluent world. By uniting around this sole purpose, we aim to inspire our 382,000 Floridian health plan Members to focus on health and happiness of the mind, body, and soul. Learn more at AvMed.org or visit our Facebook page to tag your WELLfluent life with #JointheWELLfluent.

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Chrissy Faller, Director of Public Relations, The Anderson Group

Cfaller@theandersongrp.com | 610-678-1506

What to Do When Denial Stands in the Way of Addiction Recovery

drug denial behaviors

It’s painful to watch friends or family members struggle with addiction. You approach them, but they consistently rebuff your support, reject your advice, and refuse to consider rehab.

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Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers Joins Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services for Strengthened Alumni Services

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Lancaster, Pa., November 14, 2017 – To help improve longer-term recovery care for those suffering with the disease of addiction, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers has joined Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS) and will sit on the organization’s Relationship Committee.

“Connection is absolutely crucial after a patient completes or leaves treatment,” said Founder and CEO Peter Schorr, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers. “Joining TPAS helps us build better ways to stay connected with alumni so we can deliver a full continuum of recovery care and reduce relapse.”

TPAS allows Retreat’s alumni coordinators to collaborate with other alumni professionals through the organization’s biannual TPAS Collaboratives. During these events, alumni coordinators share the practices that work with their alumni, while new attendees ask how they can adjust their approach to improve their quality and value of service.

“Alumni need to connect with others in the same mindset and stay in touch with us in order to better adjust to sober living and reduce the chance of relapse,” said Corporate Alumni Coordinator Maggie Hunt, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers. “The ultimate goal for TPAS Collaboratives is to walk away with better ways to provide that follow through.”

“We already give patients superior care, as shown by our National Quality Approval from The Joint Commission. Our membership with TPAS shows that we also offer great care when those patients become alumni—and continue on their recovery journey,” said Schorr.

Learn more about TPAS at www.tpasrecovery.org.

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About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

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About Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services

Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS) is a professional membership organization that promotes the effective practice of addiction recovery and alumni services by providing a forum for collaboration, innovation, best practices, and professional development.

Contact:

Chrissy Faller, Director of Public Relations, The Anderson Group

Cfaller @theandersongrp.com | 610-678-1506

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: What Is It?

Risk from Alcohol Abuse

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a congenital disorder in which alcohol exposure causes brain tissue to be permanently lost during development in the womb. This tissue loss can result in small brain size and severe damage to key areas of the brain. While FAS does not occur in all cases where a mother drinks during pregnancy, the baby is still very susceptible to damage—especially during the first three months of development. If the mother is a heavy drinker, whether she’s an alcoholic or “just loves to party,” the risk of FAS increases drastically.

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Opioid National Health Emergency

Declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency is an important first step toward prevention, as public awareness and education can start the process.

However, I want to be clear that combating the opioid crisis is a long-term battle. Opioid addiction comes with terrible, long-lasting effects, and there is no overnight fix.

Like any other healthcare issue, it’s a matter of working toward a solution that:

  • Gives those suffering from the disease more time in treatment
  • Works to prevent relapse in those individuals
  • Offers individuals and their families great recovery care

At Retreat, we focus on more than just the addiction itself. We address the disease and mental health aspects of addiction and learn the cause of the behavior.

However, too often those suffering from addiction cannot access their insurance for longer-term or relapse treatment. That leaves countless people suffering from addiction with less time to recover, or worse, with no options to receive care.

We need to adopt the same attitude toward addiction that we have toward other diseases. When a patient has cancer and goes into remission, their health insurance can cover treatment services until the patient is cured. Coverage for extended addiction recovery treatment should work in the same fashion, bearing in mind that addiction is a chronic disease that cannot be treated permanently.

For this reason, the next step on the national stage should be an open dialogue with insurance companies to discuss long-term coverage for addiction treatment. Because addiction can affect anyone, we need to work toward solutions that serve all populations. This is a time for us to come together to rectify the rising health care costs ALL Americans are paying due to this national health epidemic.

What Happens After Treatment: Self-Care, Preparing, and Planning for Your Sober Future

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When an addict comes home from rehab, a new life and a new journey are just beginning. This part of the process, recovery, can be uncertain, full of doubt, and even scary at times. In rehab, you were in a secure environment with constant support. Back at home, there are new stressors and challenges that can be overwhelming.

The battle against drug addiction is a lifelong feat, but with the right self-care, preparing, and planning, living a sober life is possible. Self-care in early recovery, especially the first 90 days, is crucial.

Practice Self-Care

In the past, your drug addiction took precedence. Now that you’re living a sober life, you’ll want to make yourself a top priority. This means eating a healthy diet, getting at least eight hours of sleep, and exercising regularly. Even a brisk walk gets your blood pumping!

Follow a Schedule

Having a structured schedule also makes recovery much easier. Eat meals at certain times and set a sleeping schedule. Set goals each day and strive to accomplish them. Following the same routine each day allows you to stay focused and undistracted.

Be Grateful

As simple as this sounds, focus on showing gratitude each day. Being grateful heightens positive emotions and can make you feel less lonely. No matter how stressful a day may be, there’s always something to be thankful for!

Attend Meetings

Outside of your home, attending support meetings can also help with living sober. You can attend recovery meetings where you can build a supportive network of peers. There are also outpatient programs that you can attend. Having a network of support makes recovery a little easier.

If you’re looking for an outpatient treatment program, look no further than Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers. We offer a compassionate environment and embrace holistic treatment. We have locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as Florida.

Contact us at (855) 859-8808 to start your recovery journey.

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers Partners with The Problem Solving Network, WPSN99.com

Treatment facility will collaborate on addiction and recovery programs

Palm Springs, Fla., October 19, 2017 – Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers has partnered with The Problem Solving Network, WPSN99.com, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., to spread information about addiction recovery and advocate for the community through radio shows and podcasts.

“Education is a powerful tool for recovery, and can reduce the effects of addiction on communities,” said Founder and CEO Peter Schorr, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, Palm Springs, Fla. “The combination of knowledgeable radio talent and Retreat’s expertise makes these shows an invaluable resource for those suffering from the disease of addiction and for their families.”

The partnership includes collaboration on The Problem Solving Network’s flagship program The Couch Live. The program is hosted by Lui Delgado, a Certified Addictions Professional with over 26 years of treatment experience, and Trinity Phillips, a Master Trainer and Spiritual Coach. The Couch Live has covered addiction and recovery topics since 1999, including the stigma of addiction and actions that listeners can take to get help or recommend help to others. Several Retreat staff members will be featured on upcoming episodes of The Couch Live to [share who and which topics will be discussed?].

The Problem Solving Network will also run Retreat’s own podcast, Recovery Radio, hosted by Steve Martorano, a broadcast veteran of over four decades who has covered addiction and treatment, as well as the legal, social, and political implications that follow. Recovery Radio provides expert advice, education, and updates on addiction and substance abuse treatment. Guests include Retreat staff and those affected by addiction in some way, including Retreat alumni. Recovery Radio has aired since 2013.

“Partnering with the Problem Solving Network will give more listeners the answers they need to questions about recovery, and spread a message of hope to those in need,” said Schorr.

The Couch Live airs on Fridays at noon. Recovery Radio will air on The Problem Solving Network Saturdays at 6 p.m. For more information on The Problem Solving Network, visit www.wpsn99.com.

About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

About The Problem Solving Network

The Problem Solving Network, WPSN99.com, is an internet radio broadcasting the most informed, influential, and entertaining personalities focused on solutions for a variety of individual and family problems including addiction and recovery.

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers Partners with eHome Aftercare to Offer Exclusive Innovative Family and Outpatient Program

Palm Springs, Fla., September 14, 2017–As part of its ongoing vision to providing the greatest probability of long-term sobriety for patients, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers has partnered with eHome Aftercare to offer a broader range of outpatient counseling and education services, making Retreat one of the first treatment centers to offer these family and outpatient program services online, in a safe, secured environment.

By offering eHome Aftercare services as an optional program to Retreat patients and their families, Retreat enhances the opportunity for more family members and critical familial alliances such as clergy, physicians, or school psychologists, the ability to be intimately involved from the beginning of their loved one͛s entry into treatment, throughout their progression, and especially in their aftercare.

͞Retreat continues to offer premiere innovative programs to treat those suffering from the disease of addiction, as well as their family,͟ said Founder and CEO Peter Schorr, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers. ͞Combining our high-end, compassionate inpatient treatment with state-of-the-art family and outpatient counseling ensures afforded through eHome Aftercare, we remain in the forefront of effective, holistic addiction treatment programs.͟

Through the Retreat partnership with eHome Aftercare, once a patient enters Retreat for inpatient program, his/her family—a support network of family and friends— has the option to enroll for this add-on program for counseling twice a week and access to SOBER101® Resource Library, which offers video lessons and a library of informational materials. After the patient completes his/her inpatient program, the patient and family is able to continue with counseling once a week and SOBER101® access. Patient progress and counselor effectiveness will also becontinuously assessed and measured.

͞The bond between patients and therapists is a strong determinant of positive outcomes. eHome Aftercare counselors have a 91% satisfaction rate, and are key to our selection of this program. In addition, September is National Recovery Month, and we are thrilled to begin providing eHome Aftercare to coincide with such an important time of the year,͟ said Schorr.͞ eHome Aftercare helps Retreat expand the options from our already extremely successfulfamily education program, and quite frankly, I͛ve never seen anything so quantifiable in our profession. I believe it is going to change lives and revolutionize our industry, particularly because we can now engage family from anywhere in the country into the treatment process from Day 1,͟ said Chief Business Officer Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC, of Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers.

For about the price of a typical therapy session, eHome Aftercare offers the necessary familial engagement many family members desire, but until this service was created, often, due to geographic proximities and/or limited travel options, some families were unable to participate in this vital patient experience of family engagement.

The concept behind eHome Aftercare consists of counseling by video and text at any time or place, so family members can meet from separate geographic locations if needed. Statistics say that 69% of people expressed a preference of videoconferencing over traditional onsite family visits. During these counseling sessions, anonymity is maintained and the patient and family do not need to miss work or school. This makes the program ideal for students, traveling professionals and those in rural areas. ͞

The powerful combination of Retreat͛s outstanding addiction treatment center and our family and aftercare counseling provides the highest probability of success in breaking the addiction cycle and allowing people to ͚Live Again͛!͟ said Brad Rex, President and CEO, eHome Aftercare.

About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, and additional inpatient facilities coming to southern Connecticut and western Pennsylvania, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

 

 

 

About eHome Aftercare

The eHome Aftercare solution provides access to family counseling and aftercare in a state-of-the-art, technology advantaged, high engagement process with convenience, confidentiality, counselor accessibility and proven effectiveness, at a very reasonable cost. Our proprietary program includes Deep Mind Insight™ assessments; Sixth Sense™ counselors; HIPAA compliant video, text, online scheduling and EMR systems; and, SOBER101™ elearning. We invite progressive, world class addiction treatment centers to join us on a journey to revolutionize our industry and serve addiction clients with excellence.

Retreat at Palm Beach Wins Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Award

Palm Springs rehabilitation facility named Large Business of the Year

Palm Springs, Fla., June 12, 2017 – Retreat at Palm Beach, located in Palm Springs, Fla., received the 2017 Large Business of the Year Award by the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Gala & Business of the Year Awards on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion, West Palm Beach.

͞We’re proud to serve the Palm Beach County community. Having such amazing support and recognition of our efforts is encouraging,͟ said Founder and CEO Peter Schorr, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers. ͞In our short time here, we have been embraced by local organizations and will continue serving those suffering from the disease of addiction.͟

Schorr accepted the award on behalf of Retreat at Palm Beach, which is one two locations owned by Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers (RPATC). The second location is in Lancaster County, Pa.

The Chamber’s Annual Gala brings its members and community leaders together to recognize member businesses and Chamber leaders for outstanding contributions to the economic health and quality of life in Central Palm Beach County.

͞We have such a wonderful community here. It’s not hard to do great work when you’re surrounded by greatness. That goes for Palm Beach County, as well as the phenomenal staff at Retreat that made this award possible,͟ said Schorr.

About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers Promotes Maggie Hunt to Corporate Alumni Coordinator

Lancaster, Pa., May xx, 2017 – Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers has promoted Maggie Hunt to corporate alumni coordinator, where she will manage alumni activities in all of Retreat’s locations, including Lancaster County, Pa., and Palm Beach County, Fla.

͞I’m proud to have Maggie as the link between Retreat and its alumni,͟ said Founder and CEO Peter Schorr. ͞For years, she has made critical decisions and contributions that have allowed us to further our mission to provide a compassionate and spiritual rehabilitation environment. Her understanding of our processes gives her insight on how to interact with those suffering from the disease of addiction.͟

In her new role, Hunt’s main responsibility will be coordinating weekly alumni meetings andquarterly events with Retreat alumni and outside personnel. She’ll also help to launch Retreat chapters in highly populated referral areas, engage in follow-up call campaigns, manage Retreat’s alumni social media accounts, and oversee the recently launched Retreat alumni app that keeps alumni up to date on recovery articles and birthdays.

In her previous position as shift administrator for Retreat, Hunt worked directly with Retreat’s clinical supervisor to handle administrative decisions on weekends, including clinical care and aftercare resolutions. Her other roles with Retreat included treatment technician, admissions and clinical aide.

Hunt earned her bachelor of human services degree with a concentration in addiction from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa.

Maggie Hunt

Maggie Hunt, Corporate Alumni Coordinator, Retreat Premier AddictionTreatment Centers, Lancaster County, Pa. and Palm Beach County, Fla.

About Retreat Premiere Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, and additional inpatient facilities coming to southern Connecticut and western Pennsylvania, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers to Address Opioid Crisis

Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC will discuss the economic effects of opioids at Economic Forum.

Palm Springs, Fla., June 6, 2017 – Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers has announced that Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC, Chief Business Officer at Retreat, will speak at the Economics of Addiction, the next Economic Luncheon for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon takes place on Thursday, June 8 at 11am at Breakers West Country Club.

Gilbert will speak on the positive effects getting substance abusers into recovery can have on a local economy. The keynote speaker at the event will be State Attorney Dave Aronberg, and the Chamber’s Medical Board of Governors will be in attendance.

͞Palm Beach County in particular saw a sharp rise in opioid overdoses and deaths this part year, and a resulting rise in criminal, government and healthcare costs,͟ said Gilbert. ͞This forum, along with other initiatives, will make local business leaders more aware of the far-reaching effects substance abuse has on our community and economy.͟

According to a Palm Beach Post analysis of records from the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office, close to 600 people died of opioid-related overdoses alone in 2016 in Palm Beach County.

͞It’s so important for local businesses and community leaders to hear these numbers, along with the resulting costs that affect everyone from our healthcare professionals to taxpayers. The immense costs of substance abuse have a direct effect on our local economy,͟ said Gilbert.

For more event information, visit the Chamber website at www.cpbchamber.com.

About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Center at Palm Beach to Hold Free Workshop to Educate Community, Help Veterans with Co-occurring Disorders

WHO? Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Center at Palm Beach, a premier drug and alcohol addiction treatment center located in Palm Springs, Florida.

WHAT? A free workshop and breakfast with Retreat’s Corporate Medical Director Dr. Joseph Troncale.Retreat invites the community at large to learn and gain an understanding of both addiction care and veteran care. This event is open to the public but registration is required. If you plan to attend and be seated for breakfast, please register so we can reserve space and breakfast for you.http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Retreat-at-Palm-Caring-for-Veterans-with-Co-Occurring-Disorders

WHEN? Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 9 – 11 a.m.

WHERE? Retreat at Palm Beach 4020 Lake Worth Road Palm Springs, FL 33461

CONTACT: Chrissy Faller, Director of Public Relations, TAG (The Anderson Group) cfaller@theandersongrp.com | 610-678-1506

About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, and additional inpatient facilities coming to southern Connecticut and western Pennsylvania, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Center to Host Free Workshop to Educate Community, Help Pregnant Women Struggling with Addiction

WHO? Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Center at Palm Beach, a premier drug and alcohol addiction treatment center located in Palm Springs, Florida.

WHAT? A free workshop and breakfast with Retreat’s Obstetrics Gynecologist Dr. Kristi Dively.Retreat invites the Palm Beach community to learn about the risks pregnant women face when addicted and understand how the medical community can help get addicted mothers and their babies sober. This event is open to the public but registration is required. If you plan to attend and be seated for breakfast, please register so we can reserve space and breakfast for you. [REGISTRATION URL]

WHEN? Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8 – 10 a.m.

WHERE? Retreat at Palm Beach 4020 Lake Worth Road Palm Springs, FL 33461

CONTACT: Chrissy Faller, Director of Public Relations, TAG (The Anderson Group) cfaller@theandersongrp.com | 610-678-1506

About Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fully accredited rehabilitation center, which provides a compassionate and spiritual environment where those suffering from the disease of addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education to the individuals and their families. To meet the diverse treatment needs of patients, Retreat offers detox, rehabilitation, family education, holistic therapy, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and specialized programs for pregnant women, veterans and college students.

With its headquarters in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a facility in Palm Springs, Florida, and additional inpatient facilities coming to southern Connecticut and western Pennsylvania, Retreat helps patients throughout the United States and accepts most insurance plans. It offers high-end accommodations, modern amenities and a recreational facility. Retreat hosts educational events regularly for public service officials and private sector professionals seeking continuing educational opportunities to facilitate awareness, encourage community involvement, and increase engagement. For more information, please visit retreataddictioncenters.com or call 855.859.8808.

Emotional Phases of an Addict

Emotional Phases of an Addict

At Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, we’ve worked with addicts at every level of addiction. That’s why we know that every addict goes through several emotional phases during the drug rehab process. From complete emotional upheaval to serene peace and finding your center, we work hand in hand with addicts to develop coping skills and emotional literacy so they can live better lives.

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Is It Okay to Drink in Front of Your Newly Sober Friends?

Alcohol recovery support

You head out to a celebratory dinner with a friend who just won a hard-fought battle against alcoholism. Should you order a round of drinks or should you make it a dry night?

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What Happens to Your Mind and Body After Excessive Pain Killer Use

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The negative effects of painkillers are well known. They impact nearly every part of the body, including the brain, and have long-term implications for the physical and mental well-being of users. Some drugs can lead to acute, life-threatening conditions such as respiratory failure or internal bleeding. Long-lasting problems may include gastrointestinal problems, hormonal imbalances, severe addiction, and even death.

Painkillers Are Taking a Toll on the Country

The consequences of habitual painkiller use can be devastating. Even first-time users risk encountering rare complications, but excessive use raises the probability that someone will develop a serious issue. That’s because many drugs, particularly prescription-strength opioid-based painkillers, can alter a person’s physiology and upset the delicate balance that keeps them healthy and happy.

The Effect Depends on the Drug

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America is awash in painkillers. There are over the counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. There are non-narcotic prescription medications such as Tramadol. Then there are the opioids—powerful prescription drugs like Percocet, Hydrocodone, and OxyContin.

Each type of drug manages pain differently. Some medications, like aspirin, work by finding the source of the pain, then reducing inflammation and blocking localized pain signals. Opioids work in a more systematic way, namely, by affecting the central nervous system and changing the way the brain perceives the sensation of pain. As such, they pose the greatest physical and psychological risks for users.

Indeed, the potential for abuse is widely acknowledged. The CDC reports that more than 15,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of using opioid painkillers. Many more suffer from addiction and long-term health problems—conditions that affect nearly every system in the body, from the brain to the stomach.

The Effect of Opioids on the Brain

Effect Depends on the Drug

Opioids have a direct impact on the body’s nervous system. They work by blocking pain signals that travel between the nerve endings and the brain. They also alter the mind’s perception of pain by mimicking the effects of hormones called neurotransmitters. In a healthy body, neurotransmitters bind to opioid receptors in the brain—areas that control mood and pain.

Your body can never produce enough neurotransmitters to handle severe or chronic pain. That’s why people take opioid painkillers, which bind to the receptors in place of the neurotransmitters. Essentially, they fool your brain into thinking there is no pain. At the same time, they produce euphoric feelings, since they mimic the effects of other pleasure-producing hormones.

Even in the short term, narcotic painkillers depress the central nervous system. Breathing becomes shallow, speech becomes slurred, and reactions become sluggish. As the feeling of euphoria and relaxation increase, the sensation of pain decreases.

The end result is powerful. A calm sense of pleasure replaces pain and other unwanted sensations. Used responsibly, to mask the effects of acute pain, such drugs constitute a highly effective medical treatment.

The Potential for Addiction

Potential for Addiction

That pleasure comes with a cost. Narcotics have been known to kill brain cells. They have a particularly deleterious effect on the areas of the brain that govern learning, memory, and cognition.

In fact, the very process that makes opioids effective also make them dangerous. At the physiological level, opioid use over a long period of time slows down the production of neurotransmitters. Since the drug binds to opioid receptors in place of the body’s natural chemicals, the brain becomes convinced it no longer needs to produce so many of its own hormones.

Since some of those neurotransmitters are responsible for pain relief, habitual drug use may impede the body’s ability to relieve pain on its own. In other words, long-term opioid use can heighten the body’s perception of pain.

The decrease in special neurotransmitters called endorphins may also impair the body’s ability to maintain a stable mood. All of these issues increase the likelihood of dependency since a user who decides to quit may experience more intense pain and more unstable moods, including severe depression.

Physical Dependency

When it comes to opioids, use can quickly turn into abuse. The result is often physical dependency, if not full-blown addiction.

There is a difference between physical dependence and addiction, but they often go together. A person becomes physically dependent when the body becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug and cannot function properly without it.

Physical Dependency

Specifically, tolerance develops when the brain adapts to the presence of the drug and needs ever increasing doses to get the same effect. Before long, the body experiences withdrawal symptoms whenever drug use ceases.

Opioid withdrawals can be particularly painful and frightening. Many people become addicted simply because they cannot face the trauma associated with withdrawals. Common signs of opioid withdrawal include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Agitation
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle aches
  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Emotional instability and depression
  • Severe flu-like symptoms

Withdrawal may be unpleasant, but the consequences of continued use can be even more destructive. Someone who becomes addicted to opioids faces a host of potential health problems. That’s because painkillers have a negative impact on nearly every other organ and system in the body.

The Effect of Opioids on the Respiratory System

Narcotics depress the function of the respiratory system. That can lead to both acute and chronic problems. The most serious consequence is respiratory arrest. It’s not unheard of for a user to stop breathing after taking even moderate amounts of opioids. Even first-time users can die when their lungs stop functioning due to the depressant effects of narcotics.

Long-term opioid abuse often leads to a heightened risk of pneumonia and other respiratory infections. The problem becomes more acute when users smoke the drugs. Inhalation of painkillers causes fluid to build up in the lungs, which can interfere with normal breathing.

The Effect of Painkillers on the Liver

It’s the liver’s job to break down toxins and process drugs. The more painkillers a person uses, the more taxed the liver becomes. In many cases, toxins can build up in the body over time and cause long-term damage.

Opioids can place a heavy burden on the liver, but they’re not as hazardous as acetaminophen, which is known to cause significant liver damage. What many painkiller users don’t know is that a number of common opioid prescriptions also contain acetaminophen. Vicodin and Percocet, for example, also contain large doses of the acetaminophen. Habitual use over long periods of time can lead to liver failure.

The Effect of Painkillers on the Gastrointestinal System

Opioids have an immediate effect on the stomach and intestines. Even short-term use can cause constipation, bloating, nausea, and vomiting. Continued abuse can lead to a condition called “narcotic bowel syndrome.” Essentially, narcotics slow the functioning of the bowel, causing everything from bloating to vomiting.

How to Prevent Painkillers from Destroying Your Body

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As the nation struggles with an out-of-control opioid addiction epidemic, a great deal of attention is devoted to the very real risk of overdose, yet painkillers harm the body in many different ways. All too often, habitual use leads to severe physical disability, chronic disease, and even slow death. The only way to prevent damage is to quit. That, of course, is easier said than done.

If you struggle with addiction issues related to painkillers, it’s time to regain control over your life. It’s time to take back your health and your independence. At Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, we know how difficult it can be to stop the cycle of use, dependency, and addiction. That’s why we’re committed to providing first-class, personalized treatment programs that focus on both the physical and behavioral aspects of addiction.

Contact us today to start the journey toward health and happiness.

The Connection Between Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction

Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction

When patients suffer from chronic pain, doctors often resort to opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and meperidine. That can resolve the short-term problem, but it can lead to another, long-term problem: dependency and even drug addiction.

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How to Enjoy a Sober Summer

Enjoy a Sober Summer

While getting a bit “buzzed” at a summer party may be no big deal for some, it can be tough for recovering addicts to have a good time and stay on track. Fortunately, both Palm Springs, Palm Beach County, FL and Lancaster County, PA areas (where we operate) offer perfect opportunities for sober summer fun!

Sober Summer Fun in Palm Springs, Palm Beach County, FL

  • Get a daily dose of invigorating sun, sand, and surf on the Florida coast. Work some swimming into your summer routine and get your exercise while enjoying nature.
  • Love animals? Hit up the Palm Beach Zoo with a group of sober, supportive friends and family.
  • Stroll through the butterfly garden and marvel at the aquariums at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

Recovery-Friendly Activities in Lancaster County, PA

  • Head to Hersheypark, the nation’s greatest chocolate-themed amusement park. Kid-friendly places like this are usually alcohol- and tobacco-free!
  • Explore the natural beauty of Longwood Gardens and enjoy beautiful fountain shows and musical entertainment among the flowers.
  • Go for a leisurely hike in Susquehannock State Park along the river. Take your kids or your loved ones along for a classic family bonding experience.­

Summer activities

Other Tips for Sober Socializing

It’s a great idea to plan outings and events with others in recovery. Being surrounded by a group of supportive, like-minded individuals can be a huge boost to one’s confidence. If your social life as an addict was centered around using or attending parties where substances were prevalent, you may also need to find new interests and develop new groups of friends.

Remember: Getting sober doesn’t mean giving up on good times. Get started on the road to recovery by contacting Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers.

Is My Teenager Addicted to Drugs?

No parent wants to admit that their son or daughter may be addicted to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, it’s a reality that many will have to face at some point in their lives.

Given the growing national addiction problem, it’s crucial that parents learn the signs of drug abuse. By spotting the warning signs, they stand a better chance of intervening before it destroys their child’s life.

How do you know whether your son or daughter is suffering from addiction or merely going through an adolescent phase—a normal part of growing up?

There are many signs of drug addiction—anything from failing grades and changing habits to poor grooming and weight loss. Some signs, like moodiness, can mimic the effects of hormonal changes. Some, like poor grooming or losing friends, may point as much toward teenage awkwardness as toward substance abuse.

While one or two signs are not a cause for major concern, a pattern of behavior is—particularly a pattern of behavior that marks a sudden departure from normal. If your child suddenly starts displaying a number of alarming behaviors, then it might be time to stage an intervention.

How do you balance concern with fairness? How do you worry without getting paranoid?

The key is to know the signs well and observe carefully. Take a look at our infographic to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of teenage drug addiction.

Is My Teenager Addicted to Drugs?

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