Why You Should Go to Rehab in South Florida

Rehab in South Florida

An endless blue sky stretches as far as the eye can see, not a cloud in sight. The waves calmly lap the shoreline in a hypnotically rhythmic fashion. Warm ocean air envelopes you, the palm fronds rustling gently as a cool sea breeze takes all your worries away.

Sounds pretty good, right?

That’s every day here in South Florida (mostly…nothing’s perfect) and it’s one of the many reasons that rehab centers in South Florida make such great options for those looking to overcome and beat addiction.

Benefits of Going to A Rehab in South Florida

Simply making the choice to enter rehab is a monumental one in and of itself which deserves praise on its own. Once you’ve decided to seek treatment though, the question of where is often next and heading to the Sunshine State can be just the answer you’re looking for.

Changing Your Environment Removes You from Your Routine and Triggers

This isn’t about the scenery. Getting out of wherever you are, even if it’s just a different part of Florida, makes a big difference in your march toward sobriety. If you stay in your hometown, you’ll be right in the middle of all the temptations that drove you to substance abuse in the first place. You’ll know where you can get drugs. You’ll still be in the general vicinity of the people you drank or did drugs with.

In other words, the triggers can still easily trigger you if you stick around your hometown.

Additionally, you may just want to keep your treatment private and not risk bumping into people you know. It’s a fair concern and relocating makes that easy.

Eliminate Distractions to Increase Commitment

Elaborating on the previous point, when you change your location you miraculously and seemingly magically eliminate the vast majority of the things that were distracting you from getting clean. With the triggers gone, the people who supported your habit gone and your routine totally shifted to one consumed by rehab, you’ll have little choice but to commit even more fully to your treatment plan.

Leaving frees you to live and create the life you want and makes your fresh start the priority.

Something to Look Forward To

As crazy as it may seem, a move to South Florida is exciting even if it’s for rehab. Sure, you’re not coming down for vacation but having something to look forward to really helps start your recovery journey off on the right foot. A positive initial experience can help set the tone for the remainder of your treatment.

Soak in the Sun in Comfort

Go ahead and reread those open lines.

There is something rejuvenating about the Florida sun. Of course getting your daily dose of vitamin D is important for your physical health but the sun works wonders on your mental health as well. You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “sunny disposition”, no? It means being cheerful and happy.

Moreover, Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that happens when we move into fall and winter is linked to the lower amounts of sunlight we get. Especially in the North where the daylight hours feel almost nonexistent. and production of serotonin is affected by our exposure to the sun and SAD is tied to having lower levels of it.

Ultimately, the sun does us a lot of good.

Reach Out to Principles Recovery Center Today! 

Rehab in South Florida is looking better and better isn’t it? We love it here and find it to be the perfect environment for recovery. We only scratched the surface and could sing the praises of South Florida for hours so if you’re interested in treatment in the Sunshine State, get in touch with us at Principles Recovery Center and we’d love to tell you more.

Tips for Staying Sober Through the Holidays

Staying Sober Through the Holidays

The holiday season is finally upon us! The lights shine bright and the décor perks up even the most Grinch-like among us. What’s meant to be a season of fun and merriment for everyone, with festivities and get-togethers filling up the calendar, can feel like the opposite for those in recovery though.

Like avoiding landmines. 

Staying sober through the holidays can seem like a pressure-filled, high-wire act but with a little foresight and a dash of extra willpower, you can get through it and have a great time too.

Have a Plan

Just like folks plan those parties, you need to put a plan in place for how to navigate those parties and the season in general. What it should entail is really up to your needs and could be as simple as making sure you drive your own care or arrange your own transportation so you stay in control or having someone supportive of your recovery with you and accessible. Maybe it means planning to skip certain events altogether.

Level Up Your Support

Support groups are game-changers and powerful lifelines any time of the year but they really shine bright during the holidays. Increase the amount of support group meetings you go to, kick it into overdrive if you have to. If you can’t find a convenient meeting or a friend to go with, make sure you talk with someone supportive before and/or after attending a function and “bookend” the event.

Support will be the wings that carry you through this with ease.

Volunteer

If you’ve been attending support groups for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve already found yourself in something of a mentor role and experienced the benefits of that firsthand. How leading by example and helping a fellow addict through recovery helps to keep you accountable to your own sobriety. Embrace that and take a step further by volunteering in any capacity over the holidays.

Doing good for someone else does even more good for you and is great motivation to keep your recovery as a priority.

Limit Time Spent in Triggering Situations

The holidays are a time when you see lots of people that you ordinarily may not, including friends and family that may push your buttons just a little too much. If you know there’s an aunt or uncle that asks too many questions or an ex that you know will be around or old friends who still drink and use drugs, try to avoid those situations and people altogether.

Know What to Say and Be Open 

They say honesty is the policy and they say it for a reason. Being open and honest with people and letting them know you’re in recovery and sober is not only fine but encouraged. That said, you may not be comfortable telling people that, which is understandable. If that’s the case, have something of a script in mind on how to respond to offers of drinks or drugs.

Increase the Self-Care

Commit to gifting yourself some you-time this holiday season. Don’t stretch yourself too thin. Eat well. Stay hydrated. Get a massage. Meditate. Workout. Sleep well. Even if it’s only a few moments, they can go a long way. So, whatever constitutes treating yourself, put more emphasis on it during the holidays.

Principles Recovery Center Has Your Back

Holidays and recovery don’t have to be like oil and water, they can actually mix and even go together quite well. The big takeaway here is that planning, above all else, goes a long way to ensuring that this holiday season is one you enjoy. If you’re feeling anxious though, no problem, get in touch with us at Principles Recovery Center and we’d be happy to give you even more tips and advice on how to navigate the season.