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To all the women out there who have been given a second chance

My name is Katherine Allee, I’m turning 23 years old in June 2016 and I am a recovering alcoholic and addict. Life for me is very different today than it used to be. I used to be embarrassed about my story, but now I hope to reach out and share my past to help other women in recovery realize that they can make it. Since I was 14, I was always rebellious, always doing what I wanted to do regardless of how it made my family or anyone feel. But in 2012 was when things got worse than I could have ever imagined. I was 19 years old and I met who I thought was the love of my life, his name was Jeff; he had an apartment and moved me in with him rather quickly. I was working, had a car, and had money in savings, friends, and a normal 19 year olds life. This changed dramatically after a few weeks of being with him. I got introduced to smoking crack and that lasted a few weeks until I graduated to using heroin IV.

2016 Presidential Candidates on the Opioid Crisis

As the time for choosing a president for the United States draws near, it is important to take a look at how each candidate proposes to handle one of the most prevalent crises facing the country. The opioid crisis continues to wreak a devastating effect on the lives of young people -- and their loved ones who often find themselves standing by helplessly as their son, daughter, mother, father, sister or brother spirals out of control. In order to be as informed as possible, the following details the approaches proposed by the two candidates.

The Key Elements for the Best Substance Abuse Treatment Center (Rehab) and Detox Facility for You or Your Loved One

blogpost-imgWhen you or a loved one are in the throes of an addiction, the world can seem like an overwhelming place. Everyone is speeding by; no one cares about your problems. You need someone to reach out with a helping hand.

Detox of South Florida is here to help.

Holistic treatment, caring employees and the latest technology are the values that separate Detox of South Florida from many other treatment centers; however, the core philosophy is what creates our unique environment. Our center has a primary focus on detoxification, ensuring that you or your loved one comes through our program with a completely clean slate.

Things that Treatment Facility Don’t Want to Tell You – But You Want to Know

donttellme2According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAwww.samhsa.gov), it is approximated that at least 20 to 23 million Americans age 12 or older needed treatment for substance abuse and addiction. Unfortunately, only about 4 million out of those 23 million received it. It is also estimated that alcoholism causes 500 million lost work days a year.

 

Family Involvement is Important in Substance Abuse Treatment

For family and friends of drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals, addressing the addiction is one of the most difficult aspects of helping the addicted person seek treatment. Often, over time, daily family involvement has only managed to enable the addict. Family members frequently do not know how to bring up the issue of addiction therapy, and opt to ignore the problem for fear of pushing their loved one away during a confrontation or intervention.