One of the Best Rehabs in Florida

Best rehabs in Florida

When you think of Florida, you no doubt think of sea and sun, it’s why we’re known as the Sunshine State after all.

In recent years though, it’s become much more than just a vacation destination and is now well regarded for the quality drug and alcohol treatment centers throughout the state too.

We’d humbly submit that our own facility, Principles Recovery Center, is among the best rehabs in Florida.

Located in Davie, Florida just outside of Fort Lauderdale and stone’s throw from the coast, what makes Principles an exceptional choice comes down to one word: experience.

Sure, the beach is nice but what you really need in recovery is a team of caring and dedicated professionals who’ve devoted their lives to not only providing help for those who need it most but continuously improving along the way.

We’ve been at this for over 30 years and that commitment to helping you confront and overcome addiction has been and will remain, our driving force.

Addiction Treatment We Offer At Principles Recovery Center

Treatment for substance abuse is a process and we can take you from the beginning all the way through to the end (in Spanish too!).


The very first step of that process, just after deciding to enter rehab, is detox. Substance use disorders (SUDs) may be classed as brain disorders but addiction is heavily interwoven with the body as well. You need to break the physical dependency before we can help you through the mental side of it. While we don’t offer detox at our facility, we partner with many facilities in the area who you can detox with before visiting us. 

Inpatient Care

Detox isn’t a treatment in and of itself, it’s just the start. The next step for those with more severe addiction is most likely going to be a stay in inpatient care. We create a highly customized program suited to your needs and you live with us for 1 to 3 months on average, getting the 24/7 care, guidance and support you need. While we don’t offer traditional inpatient care, we have onsite housing for our clients that join us for partial hospitalization. You get all of the benefits of inpatient care with just a little more freedom. 

Partial Hospitalization

Think of this as a step below inpatient care, it essentially affords you all the benefits of an inpatient program without having to be an inpatient. In other words, you can go home in the evenings. Typically, this would be 25 hours a week and can be used as a transition from inpatient care or a starting point.


Another step down in terms of intensity and time commitment is outpatient care. We use all the same methods and modalities you would encounter in the aforementioned treatments with the difference here being that the sessions are shorter, affording you more time for work, school or family life. You can expect 12 to 20 hours depending on the severity of your addiction.


Addiction doesn’t always happen on its own. Often people have a co-occurring mental illness along with their substance abuse problem and treating one without touching the other is setting yourself for failure. It’s critical to address and treat both disorders so you can build your newly gained sobriety on a sturdy foundation.

Adolescents & Teens

Not everyone experiences a substance use disorder in the same way and that’s particularly true for teens. More importantly, if we can get to adolescents and young people before things get out of hand, we can help them avoid a prolonged addiction and the difficulties associated with it later in life.


Recovery doesn’t end when your program does, it’s an ongoing and lifelong journey. At Principles Recovery Center we offer aftercare planning services that help set you up for the rest of your life, things like; career workshops, developing your interview skills, assistance with finding housing and more.

Alumni Program

It’s important to stay connected, you’re part of the PRC family after all! During your time with us, you’ll make connections with us and we’ll connect deeply with you too, so we make it easy to stay connected long after you’ve moved on because those relationships are cherished!

With alumni meetings, remote outpatient care, events and a newsletter you’ll never be too far from a friend.

How to Get Yourself or Your Loved One Help With Addiction Today

Whether it’s for yourself or someone close to you, overcoming addiction is possible.

Reach out to us today to learn more about how Principles Recovery Center can help you achieve lasting sobriety. 

Tips for Overcoming Trauma and Addiction

Tips for overcoming trauma and addiction

Traumatic experiences can come to hold immense power over your thoughts, feelings and actions in life. Touching all aspects of your inner world as well as wreaking havoc on your external relationships. 

While some may go through a harrowing experience and be able to easily put it behind them, for others overcoming trauma is a much more arduous journey. In the worst cases, trauma can lead you down the road of addiction and the potentially fatal consequences that accompany prolonged substance abuse.

The co-occurrence of the two – trauma and addiction – isn’t uncommon either, with studies showing that “individuals with PTSD were 2 to 4 times more likely than individuals without PTSD to meet criteria for an SUD (substance use disorder)”.

Before getting into the tips for working through anything though, we need to properly define the terms.

What Is Trauma?

As defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being”.

What qualifies as a traumatic event is different for each person, some examples are:

  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Divorce and separation from parents
  • Combat
  • Serious illness
  • Death of family member or friend
  • Natural disaster
  • Significant medical procedures 

Importantly, keep in mind that something can be traumatic for one person and have no effect on another and, also, there’s no statute of limitations on when trauma can affect you. Trauma experienced in childhood has a well-documented adverse effect in adults.

What Is Addiction?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. It is considered a brain disorder because it involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control. Those changes may last a long time after a person has stopped taking drugs”.

Tips for Overcoming Trauma and Addiction – Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When you’re dealing with two or more disorders simultaneously, it’s referred to as a comorbidity. NIDA explains “this occurs frequently with substance use and mental disorders. Comorbidity also means that interactions between these two disorders can worsen the course of both”.

Given that, the best tip for working through co-occurring disorders is to treat them both at the same time.

There isn’t a silver bullet or shortcut to overcoming one and not the other because they tend to make each other worse, as mentioned. Trauma may well lead you to substances as a coping mechanism to get through the difficulties. 

As your dependency on drugs or alcohol grows you feel like you need the substance to feel “normal”. As your tolerance builds, you consequently need more and more to feel like “yourself” and avoid thinking about the trauma that brought on the addiction to begin with.

That cycle becomes dangerous quickly.

Getting treatment for only your substance use disorder and not addressing the trauma that preceded and caused it, in many ways leaves you untreated. Sure, you may leave rehab sober but the coping mechanisms you learned might not stand a chance when something triggers you to remember that prior traumatic experience.

That’s why working through them together, in a dual-diagnosis treatment program, gives you the best shot at overcoming them both and leading a substance-free life without the pain and torment of trauma.

If trauma (or any other mental disorder) and addiction seem insurmountable for you or a loved one, reach out to us at Principles Recovery Center in South Florida, and we can shine more light on the benefits of dual-diagnosis treatment.

The First Step to Getting Clean: Drug Detox in Florida

First steps to getting clean in Florida

Drug addiction is something that takes hold of the body and mind.

The longer you or a loved one is addicted, the more control is lost and the stronger the dependency grows.

That’s the nature of the beast.

It doesn’t get better until you choose to get better and getting to the point that you can confidently make that choice is a big win in its own right. Once you’ve decided to commit to getting clean though, a new journey begins; the one towards sobriety.

As the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

And the first step is detox.

Why Is Drug Detox Usually the First Step to Take When Getting Clean?

As mentioned, a substance use disorder is both mental and physical. In order to treat the mental side of addiction, you first have to break the physical dependency. 

In layman’s terms, detox is the process of the body ridding itself of drugs or alcohol.

Depending on the severity of the addiction and the substance, this can be assisted by medication to help mitigate the withdrawal symptoms.

Of course, detox on its own is not the end of the road. It’s not rehab or a “cure” by itself. It’s merely a step. An absolutely critical and imperative one but still just one step on the road to recovery with the next typically being inpatient or outpatient care.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse puts it this way, “detoxification alone does not address the psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with addiction and therefore does not typically produce lasting behavioral changes necessary for recovery. Detoxification should thus be followed by a formal assessment and referral to drug addiction treatment”.

Why You Want to Detox From Drugs at a Rehab

It’s tempting to go it alone and try to detox at home – through sheer power of will – but there are a number of reasons why that may not be the best idea.

Dangerous to Do It at Home or Alone

Simply put, it’s unsafe and depending on the substance, withdrawal may actually kill you. Detox from alcohol and benzodiazepine, for example, can be fatal if done without proper care and guidance.

With more severe addiction, it’s particularly important to detox at a rehab because medication-assisted detox is an option to lessen the effects of withdrawal.

Avoid Temptation

Withdrawal symptoms are not pleasant and that’s just about the nicest way to put it. Your body and mind have both grown accustomed to a constant supply of chemicals – a supply which increases steadily as you build a tolerance – cutting it off abruptly throws your entire system into havoc.

If you’re on your own, you could easily succumb to the discomfort and fall back to using it to get relief. 

Supervised, Safe & Supported

Choosing to detox at a rehab means you’re able to overcome the dangers of quitting cold turkey and the cravings that withdrawal brings.


Because at a facility, you’re under the supervision of trained addiction specialists and supported by the staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Should any complications arise there are medical professionals on hand to administer aid and manage the situation safely. 

Everyone is there to help guide you safely through the process and get you to a point where you can take the next step in recovery which is starting to work on the mental side of addiction.

Reach Out to Us Today at Principles Recovery Center for Help With Your Addiction

Ultimately, getting clean requires cleaning out the body and detoxification under the direction and care of experts is the best way to minimize risk and maximize the possibility of success.

Reach out to us at Principles Recovery Center to learn more about our program for alcohol and drug detox in Florida.

Outpatient Treatment Center Explained

Drug and alcohol outpatient rehbailitaiton treatment center

The realization that an addiction to drugs or alcohol has taken over your life is one that can hit hard and stop your life in its tracks – or at least it feels that way. Like it brings the spin of the earth to a halt.

In reality though, life around you does go on. Your responsibilities to family and friends carry on and the job you managed to maintain continues to require doing.

Depending on the severity of your addiction, it may be in your best interest to opt for inpatient care, where you live at a treatment center. In that case, you’re fully pulled out of that life – your former world – and focus 100% of your energy and attention on rehabilitation.

For those with the most severe issues with substance use, that could be the right way to go but what if your addiction isn’t that intense? What if your work or family life absolutely requires your presence? What is after you finish inpatient you still need help? 

How do you square that circle and make it work while getting the care for addiction you genuinely need?

Outpatient treatment.

What Is Outpatient Treatment?

For starters, let’s quickly discuss what inpatient treatment is because one informs the other.

As previously stated, inpatient rehab requires you to live at the facility where you’re being treated. Any reputable recovery center will create a highly structured and personalized plan that is suited to your particular needs.

Though the methods and modalities will vary from rehab to rehab, the foundation of most programs is in psychotherapy, or talk therapy. Here at Principles Recovery Center, for example, we utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy and more – in both individual and group settings – to help you work through the mental aspects of addiction during our outpatient programs. 

That’s in addition to complementary and holistic treatment options that work to create a well-rounded path to recovery.

How does that relate to outpatient care?

Well, rehab at an outpatient treatment center encompasses the same things and it uses the very same tools to aid you in your journey towards lasting sobriety. The key difference is that with outpatient rehab you are not required to live at the facility.

The quality of care isn’t any less than that of inpatient care, it’s simply designed and intended for a different subset of the recovery population. Someone suffering from the most severe, heavy addiction wouldn’t necessarily be an ideal candidate for outpatient treatment because they genuinely need the 24/7 support, guidance and supervision that inpatient rehab provides.

However, just like addiction itself, there are different degrees of outpatient care.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP), for instance, is one of these degrees. Somewhere between partial hospitalization and more run-of-the-mill outpatient treatment, patients undergoing intensive outpatient care spend substantially more time in treatment, often in the neighborhood of 20 hours a week or so – but still go home at the end of the day. 

Who Should Go to an Outpatient Treatment Center?

Outpatient care, the standard kind, is the type of treatment that requires the least time and is, therefore, the most accessible.

For those who have work, school or familial responsibilities that must be fulfilled, outpatient treatment offers both the flexibility and structure to allow you to do what you have to while still getting the critical support for recovery that you need. It’s a treatment option that you can incorporate into your schedule.

Additionally, rather than jumping straight back into the grind of daily life, outpatient rehab is also especially useful as a transitional tool for those who have completed an inpatient program. Offering something of a safety net as you reintegrate into your day-to-day.  To find out if outpatient treatment is right for you or a loved one, get in touch with us at Principles Recovery Center. We’d be happy to give you more information and tell you about our South Florida outpatient program.

Why Rehab Facilities in Florida Are the Best Way To Heal From Addiction

picture of Florida, where many rehab facilities are

Famed for its seemingly endless coastline and stunning beaches, Florida is known as the Sunshine State for very good reason. What you may not know about Florida though is that it’s one of the preeminent destinations for treating substance abuse disorders.

South Florida, given the population density, of course has ample options for treatment that can fit the needs of anyone. It’s not just down south though, from Miami up to Jacksonville, and Pensacola back down through Orlando and on to Naples, rehab facilities in Florida are abundant.

When people want to get away, they come to Florida and the same logic applies to rehab. Moreover, and concerning substance abuse specifically, getting away from what triggers you and those surroundings in which your addiction was born is a huge benefit. 

Given the dearth of facilities, what can you expect to find when you get to Florida?

Different Types of Rehab Facilities in Florida

Despite the sheer quantity of facilities here, there are only so many types of rehab and parts of the treatment process. Recovery from addiction breaks down into detox, inpatient care, outpatient care and aftercare.

Some facilities specialize in one part of the process or a certain treatment modality or methodology while others might be well equipped to see you through the whole process from start to “finish”. Finish being in quotes because rehab in and of itself is just the first part of a lifelong journey of recovery. 

As far as what each type of rehab facility does, here’s a broad overview:


While addiction is a disorder, getting the drugs and alcohol out of your system and breaking the physical dependence is the first step in any treatment program. Addressing that physiological aspect of addiction and the withdrawal that accompanies it is a tough thing to go through and potentially even fatal with some substances like alcohol or opioids. That’s why it’s recommended to detox under the care and guidance of trained addiction specialists and medical professionals.

Inpatient Care

After your body is rid of the toxins, it’s time to tackle the mental side of addiction.

Inpatient care is characterized by the fact that you live in the facility. No work, school, family, friends to worry about or distract you from the goal of sobriety.

Every treatment center that’s reputable and worth its salt will create a dedicated, customized rehab program that’s catered to your needs and will give you the best chance at achieving sustained sobriety.

The mainstay of most drug and alcohol treatment is psychotherapy or talk therapy. This is where you dive deep into the mind with a psychologist and/or psychiatrist in individual as well as group sessions with the idea being to work down to the root cause of your addiction.

Some rehabs will offer complementary treatments like yoga, meditation, music therapy and more.

Outpatient Care

You can either transition to outpatient care from inpatient rehab or, if your addiction wasn’t extremely severe, you can start with outpatient treatment. The difference between this and inpatient is that you’re not required to live at the facility.

You can go about your daily life and come to treatment on a predetermined schedule.

Partial Hospitalization

This is sort of in between inpatient and outpatient care though it leans more heavily on the inpatient side. Partial hospitalization is meant for those with a severe enough addiction to warrant inpatient care but really need the flexibility of outpatient care.

At the end of the day, some people are just not able to drop everything and go to treatment for a month or longer. This is the middle ground.


As mentioned, recovery is a lifelong process and aftercare speaks to that. You’re not simply left to your own devices after completing treatment. The world can be a tough place and you no longer have to go it alone.

Aftercare is an important tool to help you avoid relapse, keep connections you made in rehab as well as even make new ones.

How Principles Recovery Center Helps with Addiction

At Principles Recovery Center in Davie, Florida, you’ll be able to go through every phase of recovery here with us. From detox right through to aftercare, we even have an ever-growing alumni community as well as a dedicated Español program.

Get in touch with us today and let’s explore your Florida recovery options together.

Finding the Best Drug Rehab in Miami

Drug Rehab in Miami

Recognizing that you or a loved one have a problem with addiction is the first big step. The next one is discovering the world of treatment options available to you and narrowing down what would work best for you.

Drug rehab in Miami could very well be a great fit for you with South Florida becoming a beacon for treatment in recent years and the sun only being a part of that equation. 

How Does Drug Rehab Work?

First and foremost, rehab isn’t a one size fits all solution for substance abuse.

There are a plethora of different methodologies that exist in the rehab ecosystem, from evidence-based modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of talk therapy, to alternative practices like acupuncture, meditation or music therapy. What’s available at each treatment center varies from place to place just as what works is different for each person.

In general though, all drug rehab follows a similar path starting off with detoxification. While addiction is classed as a disorder, before you can tackle that aspect of it you have to rid your body of the drugs and break the physical dependency first.

After detox, and depending on the severity of your substance abuse, you’d move into some form of treatment. More severe addiction often necessitates inpatient care, where you live at the facility. After completing that, you’d shift to outpatient treatment which would include many of the same therapeutic practices as inpatient rehab, but doesn’t require you live-in. There’s much more flexibility and your rehab would be scheduled around your work, family, school, etc. responsibilities.

Recovery doesn’t end when your rehab does. Aftercare is there to help you sustain your sobriety and is long-term focused. Some treatment centers, like ours, have alumni programs that help maintain the connections you’ve made with us and those like you who have achieved the dream of getting clean.

What Are the Benefits of Going to a Drug Rehab in Miami?

So why Miami?

Weather and the Power of the Sun

To state the obvious, the Sunshine State gets a lot of sun. Miami is a global vacation destination for good reason and the sun is also part of what makes recovering from addiction here so great. Not only does the sunlight have plenty of health benefits but it’s just nice to wake up to a nice ocean breeze, a hint of salt in the air and warms rays of golden light rather than somewhere gloomier.

Remove Yourself From Triggers

The environment that created your addiction is a tough environment in which to beat your addiction because all the people, places and things that trigger your drug use are still surrounding you. Getting out of your area and down to Miami means you don’t have to worry about bumping into someone that might persuade you to relapse, you won’t have access to your dealer when you’re feeling a craving and you won’t be able to hang out at the places you used to get high.

Focus Solely on Recovery

Getting away from what triggers you is no doubt a welcome change for another important reason: it lets you put all of your attention squarely on the work of recovery. Distractions can derail you at any point and minimizing the amount of them that are floating around you is only going to help you reach your goal of sobriety.

Seek Sobriety at Principles Recovery Center

At Principles Recovery Center, just north of Miami in Davie, Florida, we have decades of experience, over 30 years, guiding hundreds of people through rehab and helping them achieve lasting recovery. South Florida has been our home that entire time and we’d love for you to join us and discover the magic for yourself with a genuinely individualized treatment plan that’s designed for you.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our treatment options and ask any questions you might have about what life is like down here in the Sunshine State.

How Does In-Network Insurance Work With Drug Rehabs?

How Does In-Network Insurance Work With Drug Rehabs?

Insurance can feel like a puzzle, a maze and, to be honest, a total enigma at times.

The knowledge to understand the esoteric jargon in the pages and pages and pages of a typical policy are enough to give you an aneurysm and trying to explain it all would take far too long.

The big thing to know is that plenty of private health insurance plans do cover drug rehabs. If not in total, at least in part. Moreover, all plans through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace cover mental health and substance abuse services, in fact, they’re considered essential health benefits.

That said, the majority of Americans are covered through private insurance by their employer and the main item to pay attention to is whether the rehab you’re considering for yourself or a loved one is in or out of your network. Why? Because it can significantly affect the costs.

In-Network Insurance Explained

In-network insurance just means that your rehab of choice has an agreement and contract with your health insurance provider to deliver addiction treatment services at a pre-negotiated – discounted – price. Your insurance provider works by creating a network of these doctors, facilities, rehabs, pharmacies, etc. that meet certain requirements and that’s what constitutes the available services, treatments, etc. of your particular plan.

Out-of-network is, of course, the opposite. These rehabs have not agreed to any discounted rates and that ultimately means you’ll be paying more, often significantly more, for drug rehab or any other service not covered in the network. In other words, health care providers across the board set prices however they please and going out-of-network means you’re paying the difference between the portion your insurance covers and the actual full price of service.

Confused? Don’t worry. Here’s and an example from Anthem Insurance:

Suppose you visit a doctor and his or her fee for services is $250. Here’s how your costs may break down, depending on whether the doctor was in your plan or not.

If the doctor is in your plan, you and your insurer would pay your portions of your doctor’s negotiated rate. If that rate was, for example, $175 and your copay was $35, you’d pay $35 and your plan would pay $140.

If the doctor was outside your plan, your plan would still pay the same $140, but you’d be responsible for your $35 copay, plus the additional $75. Instead of just $35, you’d pay $110.

An extremely important note: just because a rehab (or anyone else for that matter) accepts your insurance it does not mean they are in-network. What that looks like in practice is that they’ll accept payment from your insurance company and stick you with the difference between their list price for services and what the insurance paid them.

For something like a 60-day inpatient rehab stay, for example, you can imagine that difference can add up quickly.

Can I Use In-Network Insurance to Pay for Rehab? 

Yes. Probably. Maybe. It depends. All the above.

The only way to truly know which rehabs and which addiction services are covered in-network on your insurance plan is to check and verify with your insurance company and provider. You’ll be able to find much of that info on their website but calling always adds a little more peace of mind.

On our website, prominently featured in the top left corner, is a button that reads “VERIFY INSURANCE BENEFITS”. We know it can be tough to wade through these waters when all you want to do is get on the road to recovery, so if Principles Recovery Center looks like the right place for you or your loved one, we make it as easy as possible to know if you’re covered and keep things similarly simple and transparent every step of the way.

Get in touch with us, we’re happy to discuss insurance, treatment options and more.

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.


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.

Making the Change: Finding Heroin Addiction Help

Finding Heroin Addiction Help

The main thing to know right off the bat is that heroin is an opioid. Being in the throes of an opioid epidemic in this country for the last couple of decades, we are all far too aware of the damage this class of drugs can impart, unfortunately.

From 1999 to 2018, nearly a half million people, around 450,000, died from an opioid overdose. Absolutely catastrophic losses with the number of deaths actually 4 times higher in 2018 than in 1999 still. 

But that’s all opioids, what about heroin specifically?

The numbers are pretty startling, more than 115,000 Americans have died from overdoses related to heroin from 1999 to 2018. As recently as 2017, 652,000 Americans suffered from a heroin use disorder and the number of first-time users was 170,000 in 2016 compared with “just” 90,000 in 2006.

Just based on those figures and the sheer scale of death these drugs can rain, it should be readily apparent that it’s a profoundly dangerous substance to find yourself in the grips of.

Fortunately, and mercifully, some of these figures have started to level off and even began to decline in recent years though they remain troublingly high.

The thing is, opioids serve an actual medical purpose while heroin is a completely illegal, illicit drug and a disconcerting amount of people transition from opioids to heroin. 4 to 6% to be exact and add to that that 80% of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids and you can see why we address them together.

What Is Heroin?

Let’s rewind though real quick and discover what heroin actually is, as per the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

“Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy plants. It is typically sold as a white or brownish powder that is “cut” with sugars, starch, powdered milk, or quinine. Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste that predominantly originated in South America and, to a lesser extent, from Southeast Asia, and dominates U.S. markets east of the Mississippi River”

It can be injected, snorted or smoked, all of which create a reaction in the brain extremely quickly and adds to the addictive nature of the drug.

Why Is Heroin Addictive?

In addition to being fast-acting, heroin packs a powerful punch. It’s converted to morphine and quickly binds to opioid receptors. This creates a rush of pleasure for the user that they begin to crave essentially immediately. Working on the reward system, the brain continuously asks for more and more heroin to match that initial feel and experience.

As you take more, tolerance starts to build so reaching that high or achieving that same rush requires ever more of the drug which is where the risk of overdose creeps in.

Your brain is fundamentally being rewired to go after these feel-good chemicals and ultimately the way out for many is heroin addiction rehab.

How to Find Heroin Addiction Help

Heroin addiction help is just a phone call away but we’ll get to that in a second.

Help is important with something as potent as heroin because of the potency of the drug and its highly addictive nature. As a nation, we’ve watched in horror the damage that opioids have wrought on our communities and the gargantuan effort it has taken to slowly start turning it around for individuals. Given that heroin is in the same family it’s clear that we need to tackle it just as vigorously.

At Principles Recovery Center we’re well equipped to bring you or your loved one back from the brink. Give us a call and let’s talk about getting your life back.