For those with long-term alcohol use, quitting cold turkey can lead to severe physical symptoms or even death as the body adjusts to the absence of the depressive substance. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include: increased heart rate, sweating, nausea, headache, anxiety, tremors, high-blood pressure, insomnia, nightmares, confusion and irritability.
In the third episode, “The Observable Behavior of Addiction”, Kat and Barnett from Gulf Breeze Recovery, a non-12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab in Florida, continue their discussion of addiction using the plant metaphor, and looking at from where the observable behaviors of addiction spring forth and grow.
The potential risk for overdose with these drugs cannot be overstated. It is important that people are educated to understand the risks involved and seek help if struggling with opioid addiction.
In the second episode, “The Fertile Soil of Addiction”, Kat and Barnett from Gulf Breeze Recovery, a non-12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab in Florida, continue their discussion of addiction using the plant metaphor, getting down to the soil.
In the pilot episode, “The Genesis of Addiction”, Kat and Barnett from Gulf Breeze Recovery, a non-12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab in Florida, talk about the components necessary for addiction to “blossom” by using the metaphor of a simple plant.
According to the Surgeon General’s Report published in 2016 “20.8 million people aged 12 or older in the United States had a substance use disorder. That number is similar to the number of people who suffer from diabetes and more than 1.5 times the annual prevalence of all cancers combined (14 million).”
Recovering from addiction isn’t easy, but it is possible, and it does happen – even after multiple relapses; individuals can and do find and maintain sobriety. To do so they need a facility that understands relapse and can help both the individual and the family understand relapse too.
Not just for our non-12 step treatment facility, but one of the most overlooked aspects of any organization, I refer to as “The Health of The Helper.” Speaking with Barnett Gilmer, CEO of Gulf Breeze Recovery “and it’s one of the most important, especially in helping professions such as ours.”
Regardless of the problem that was temporarily addressed by their “solution”, with continued use, it becomes the problem. Addiction doesn’t happen with the first pain pill someone takes or their first glass of wine, or the first joint they smoke. When the substance is perceived to solve the problem, it becomes the “go to” solution each time the problem arises.
Art therapy can be an important part of an effective substance abuse recovery program. People often have questions about art therapy as they have not heard of this important tool. There are a number of advantages and positive effects that stem from participating in art therapy.