Your Body on Painkillers

Your Body on Painkillers

Painkillers are designed to help alleviate pain from chronic and acute medical conditions. However, the use of prescription painkillers has become a serious problem over the past several decades. Doctors prescribe narcotic or opioid-based medications to patients for pain.

Patients take the medications to dull their pain and relieve their discomfort. As their bodies become used to the drugs, it requires more and more to achieve the same effects. Not to mention, simply discontinuing taking painkillers poses its own risks.

Furthermore, there are various short-term and long-term side effects that develop from the continued and ongoing use of various painkiller medications. While all painkiller medications can have risks of side effects, the ones from opioid-based painkillers seem to be quite common.

To learn more about how painkillers affect your body, along with short-term and long-term side effects, please feel free to continue exploring and reading the following infographic. Afterward, if you need help overcoming an addiction to painkillers or have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us directly at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers today!

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Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for a Healthy Pregnancy

By Kristi Dively, D.O.,

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers

January 2018. For many moms, their biggest priority is seeing their kids grow up happy and healthy. They take folic acid, avoid raw fish, switch medications—all to give their babies the best start in life. But for moms-to-be who suffer from alcoholism, it’s not so simple. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and as an obstetrics gynecologist, I want to raise awareness of one type of birth defect that is completely preventable but still a huge risk for women with alcoholism: fetal alcohol syndrome.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is part of a range of conditions known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). These conditions are caused by drinking while pregnant. The effects can be physical, from abnormal facial features and shorter height, to cognitive impairments like poor memory or low IQ. A person with an FASD may also experience problems with their heart, kidneys, or bones. They could have difficulty in school. From infancy to adulthood, FASDs cause a variety of serious issues.

Developing the Baby Without the Addiction

If your daughter is pregnant, but still consuming alcohol, it’s important to let her know that there’s still time to get help. While it’s best for someone with alcohol dependency to go through the recovery treatment process prior to getting pregnant, it’s never too late in a pregnancy to stop drinking. A baby’s brain is developing throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy, though the first trimester is the most important.

Some addiction treatment centers don’t have the capability to support recovery for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy. Fortunately, there are a few select facilities like Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers that are able to admit pregnant women up to 32 weeks pregnant, and allows them to get the treatment they need before they are full term; most centers cannot treat until 32 weeks.

At Retreat, we work with local OB/GYNs to coordinate a patient’s recovery treatment plan with their prenatal care. For a pregnant woman, recovery from alcohol addiction or substance abuse can be monitored by a team of qualified professionals to ensure the health of mom and baby.

You can help your daughter and grandchild both during and after treatment. Family support is one of the best indicators that a patient’s addiction recovery will be successful with a reduced chance of relapse. Retreat brings families into the treatment process, providing the tools necessary to break old habits and start fresh.

For babies who may suffer from a FASD, early detection and treatment are the key to reducing symptoms and helping children grow and develop to reach their full potential.

New Year, New Beginnings

January is a month for new beginnings, especially for moms-to-be who are bringing a new life into the world. But she doesn’t have to do it alone. With the right care, she can keep her New Year’s Resolution of a safe and sober delivery.

If you are looking for guidance for a loved one or seeking treatment for substance abuse, connect with Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers for information online at www.RetreatAddictionCenters.com, engage in a live chat, talk or private message us on our social media pages, or call 24/7 HELPLINE at (866) 470-8161.

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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How to Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol Use Disorder

Talk to kids about alcoholism

More than 18 million American adults struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD),1 and over 28 million Americans are children of parents with AUD.2 Dependency can cause a loss of control that affects behavior, health, and finances. Alcohol withdrawal is a difficult and potentially painful process, so drinking can impact family life in many ways.

Given the impact of alcoholism, you may need to break it to your children. You may be concerned they’ll start drinking or need alcoholism treatment later. Here are some tips to address the matter.

Consider Their Age

At different ages, children process information in different ways, but even young kids see what’s around them.

  • Under 10: Use examples and apply it to the current situation, allowing them to express feelings and fears.
  • Pre-teens: Be truthful and to the point; extensive details and lectures will turn them off.
  • Teens: Honesty is the best course, starting with the child’s perspective of an event.

Whether a parent is exhibiting unusual behavior, going through alcohol detox, or seeking therapy at alcohol treatment centers, consider these few points in communicating to your children:

  • Timing: Work on an ongoing conversation, rather than confrontations before bed or while they’re headed out the door.
  • Tone: Speak so a youngster is likely to pay attention and open up, rather than feel judged or disapproved.
  • Honesty: If speaking about drinking, and you drank at your child’s age, be upfront about it, so you come across as honest.
  • Rules: Establish rules and clear consequences if they’re broken; even though a teenager may test them, such guidelines provide a sense of security.

Contact us for information about alcoholism treatment and more at (855) 859-8808.

Sources

  1. https://medlineplus.gov/alcoholismandalcoholabuse.html
  2. http://nacoa.org/about-us/faqs/
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Top 10 Lies Addicts Tell Themselves & Their Loved Ones

drug addicts lie and manipulate

Addiction and denial go hand-in-hand. When addicts refuse to believe that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol, they’re able to come up with excuses to continue their dangerous habit. Self-deception adds fuel to the ever-burning fires of alcohol abuse and drug addiction.

Not only do addicts lie to themselves; they also lie to their friends and family members. As an outsider, it can be hard to understand how your loved one can rationalize his or her behavior. The fact is that addicts make their own reality, even if it’s full of deception. Drug addicts lie and manipulate to maintain their own false perception. In turn, they’re unwilling to seek help for themselves.

If someone you know suffers from drug addiction, here are 10 lies you’ll want to be prepared for.

  1. “I’m not an addict.”

drug addiction

One of the most common lies you’ll hear from any addict is that they are, in fact, not an addict at all. Reality can be a tough pill to swallow. It’s hard for an addict to realize that he/she is headed down the path of alcoholism or drug addiction. Addicts rarely come to grips with the true reality until they’re deep in the darkness of addiction and abuse.

  1. “I can quit anytime.”

Addicts battle with a losing power struggle. They like to believe that their addiction doesn’t rule their entire being. By thinking that they can stop at any time, they live in a false mindset that they have their abuse and addiction under control. By maintaining this self-centered attitude, addicts are likely to feel special. This causes an over-inflated ego, which makes recovery that much harder.

What many don’t realize is that quitting often requires time spent in rehab.

  1. “My addiction doesn’t impact anyone else.”

It’s much easier to deny that you’re hurting those around you than to fess up to the reality of the situation. They are well aware of the pain and suffering that their actions cause those around them. Despite heartfelt concern and worry from their loved ones, an addict will internalize the concern as attempted control. In turn, they may see you as an enemy rather than someone trying to help.

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. “I don’t/won’t use that often.”

In the beginning, many believe that they can use only on the weekends or once in a while. While some may be successful in sparingly using, eventually abusive and excessive use becomes a reality. As time passes, they become dependent on the drug.

  1. “I need alcohol/drugs to self-medicate.”

The idea that using drugs or alcohol is a form of self-medication allows addicts to further justify their actions. Common self-medicating excuses include:

  • “Drugs give me energy.”
  • “They help me relax.”
  • “I need them to overcome problems in my life.”

What they don’t realize is that a plan for recovery, such as attending drug rehab and undergoing an alcohol detox, can help with many life problems.

  1. “I’m not like other addicts/abusers.”

As humans, we all compare ourselves to others, but addicts take it to an entirely new level. They will compare themselves to those who are much worse off (at least in their minds), to excuse their own behaviors. One of the biggest lies that alcoholics tell is that their drinking isn’t as bad as that person who got a DUI/DWI. Comparing themselves makes them feel superior and undermines the true danger of their addiction.

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  1. “I’m just enjoying life.”

Many of them get into the living-for-the-moment mindset. The idea that life is going to end someday is true, but that doesn’t excuse risky behavior. While we all want to make the best of our days, most of us are well aware that spending hours high or drunk isn’t an ideal way to live. For an addict, drug use or excessive drinking is a thrill that can’t be found anywhere else.

  1. “Treatment sucks/isn’t for me.”

They are unaware of the healing power that can come from recovery support groups. Mention AA or NA to an addict, and you’re likely to hear all sorts of negativity. They aren’t interested in these groups because they fear that they will control their lives, especially when it comes to their addiction.

  1. “I can handle it.”

Many addicts truthfully believe that they can deal with abuse and addictive behaviors on their own, but what addicts aren’t ready to handle are the side effects of drug use. Rarely are they prepared for painful alcohol withdrawal symptoms or drug rehab. They turn a blind eye to the dangers of their habits for the sake of a temporary high.

  1. “I can’t get better.”

Self-defeating thoughts are common for them. With relapse rates between 40 and 60 percent, it’s no surprise that most addicts have tried to quit but eventually failed. Others believe that hitting rock bottom is the only way for them to achieve a sober lifestyle.

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What Can You Do?

More often than not, addict behaviors and relationships don’t mesh. Your loved one’s actions will cause all sorts of tension and stress, which can break the bond you once had. You’re likely to be frustrated and angry, but also sad and hurt. You want the best for your loved one, but don’t know how to continue with the relationship. Maybe you’ve mentioned rehab in the past but were met with anger and hostility.

Knowing how to tell when a drug addict is lying is the first step toward better understanding your loved one. Unless you’ve been engulfed by addiction or drug abuse, it’s hard to understand why an addict thinks or acts the way they do. It’s obvious when an addict is lying, but the only way to stop this behavior is to seek help.

When dealing with an addict, there are certain things you can do to lessen the strain.

Avoid Being an Enabler

When you know that your loved one is lying to you, don’t turn a blind eye or pretend to believe them. This only further encourages them to be deceptive and to sink deeper into addiction. Be brave and tell your loved one that you know they’re lying. Once the lies stop working, they may be more willing to be honest and seek help.

Don’t Take It Personally

Knowing that someone is outright lying to you is difficult to accept. It’s painful, and it can make you feel as if your loved one doesn’t care about or respect you anymore. Just remember that an addict lies to benefit themselves, not to hurt you. Avoid getting upset and lashing out at addicts, even though their actions do hurt.

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Be Supportive

One of the best things you can do is to be supportive. Shaming your loved one will only fuel their addictive behaviors. Create an environment where they feel loved and supported. Help build their confidence and encourage them that treatment is a viable option. Remind them how good life was before addiction, as this can help fill the void where addiction now lies.

Addiction Is a Disease

As a friend, understand the fact that addiction is a recognized disease that millions of people suffer from. Unless you’ve been an addict, you’ve never worn those shoes. To best help your loved one:

  • Avoid making them feel shameful or guilty.
  • Don’t compare them to anyone else.
  • Avoid confrontation.
  • Seek professional help.

The fact is that each year, millions of addicts seek treatment for addiction and abuse. Breaking free from the chains of addiction takes time and a lot of support. Anyone can achieve a sober lifestyle, but it starts with a helping hand.

If someone close to you continually lies about their drug addiction or alcohol abuse, consider speaking to a substance abuse counselor. They will discuss treatment options with you to help your loved one. Contact Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers today!

Sources

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/heartache-hope/201211/egoa-big-challenge-sobriety
  2. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics/

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

how live sober life

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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