Addiction Counseling Services

“Just the Recovery You Want – Addiction Counseling Services and Bending the Rules”

Rules, Shmules, How About You Just Listen to Me?

Believe it or not, addiction counseling services have established guidelines to follow.  It’s easy to track them down, if you’re so inclined.  The National Institute for Drug Abuse has them posted on their website.  But they’re not guidelines, not really.  They’re called “principles of effective treatment.”  And Recreate Life’s addiction counseling team thinks this is a happy thing.

We think it’s a happy thing because principles are fluid.  Principles allow room to maneuver, even as they keep addiction therapy grounded in what’s good for the client.  Healing, true healing, can flow from principles.  Principles give clients and addiction conselors a place to start without being oppressive.  Guidelines and rules?  Not so much.  

One of the principles on NIDA’s list says treatment should address all of a client’s needs, not just their drug use.  Notice how it doesn’t say anything about what sort of techniques the therapist should use.  And it doesn’t say what these needs are either.  It just says that treatment should address them.  Addiction counseling can only address these needs by listening to the client and taking what they hear seriously.

Bending the Rules to Get Results

Now this doesn’t mean anything goes in addiction therapy.  Effective treatment provides structure and guidance for struggling addicts.  But therapists are human too.  Sometimes, they’re going to default back to techniques that have worked in the past, whether they fit perfectly now or not.  But by staying vigilant and responsive, a good addiction counselor always returns to listening mode pretty quick.  

Every therapist and treatment has these default modes.  They’re like unstated guidelines for their practice, rules if you will.  This is just human nature.  But effective treatment (and counselors) have fluidity preinstalled.  They’re designed in a way to respond constantly to the client’s changing needs.  They’re designed in a way that allows for bending the rules, or breaking them if need be.  Their principles demand it.

What emerges under these conditions is a collaboration.  This is where change and healing begin.  When there’s an active give and take between treatment and client, anything is possible.  Addiction counseling should never be in the business of imposing values.  Addicts already have values, even if they’re buried under a ton of pain and confusion.  It’s a treatment’s job to start hauling off the wreckage, so clients can start to dig however they see fit.


Cocaine Rehab Center

“So What’s Going to Happen to Me at a Cocaine Rehab Center?”

Cocaine is heavy duty.  You need a remedy with weight.  

Cocaine rehab center – Snorting, smoking, shooting – cocaine’s a nasty drug no matter how you get it in there.  A good cocaine rehab understands that.  Cocaine alters brain chemistry from the first use forward.  It depletes the brain of neurotransmitters and destroys receptor sites.  Eventually you can’t think straight or feel much in the way of pleasure, with or without more cocaine.   

It’s tough to come back from that, right?  Especially when you’ve worn out your welcome most places.  So you’ll need help, lots of it.  You’ll need a cocaine rehab that gets it.  You’ll need a remedy with weight, a solution with more power than cocaine and all its damage.  Emotional fluff just won’t do.  

 You need strong medicine, something that lasts.  It’ll have to work on all your life areas at once – social, cognitive, behavioral, everything.  Sounds scary, huh?  Well, it is.  But if you’re anything like I was, in complete despair and hopeless, then there might be a little relief in the thought of being changed.  

Change from the Inside Out and Vice Versa

Cocaine treatment at Recreate Life can help change you.  Actually, that’s our goal.    How do we do it?  How do we deliver a remedy with the necessary weight?  Well, it starts with support and a new sort of environment.  We provide a new context and a different home base for a while.  

Once the outside work is started, we’ll go inward, toward your heart and the past that made it.  You’ll undergo Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Trauma therapy.  Both of these will focus on the specific needs of cocaine users.  Ditto your group therapies and aftercare plans.

The CBT teaches new ways to think and feel pleasure.  It changes the coke user’s internal monologue.  Trauma therapy will help repair the damage of the past, especially the hurt it put on the ego.  Both of these modes go right to the root of your cocaine use.  

The group therapies will help you build bonds, the connections that the cocaine mind never could trust.  They’ll help you feel less alone and restore a healthy ego.  And when you leave our cocaine rehab center, you’ll know where to go and what to do.  You’ll have resources and meetings to keep you connected.  And you’ll have a way to feel satisfied without cocaine.  


“Why Choose Outpatient Treatment Services?”

Outpatient Treatment Services: Recreate Life Counseling

The World Doesn’t Stop Spinning Just Because You Do

Outpatient treatment services combine recovery with participation in the everyday world.  They can be perfect for the addict whose disease has started to drive them back into themselves, and away from community, work, and family.  Showing up for life is a crucial aspect of long term recovery.  Outpatient treatment services facilitate this, even as they deliver the same type of programming as residential rehabs. 

Life goes on, right?  It doesn’t stop just because you’re looking to transform yourself.  Bills need paid and somebody has to feed the kids.  You might not be in a position to go away for 28 or 60 days.  28 or 60 more days, that is.  Many addicts have been gone long enough, gone from the people they need for love and support, the same people who need them in return.  Recovery, like life, derives meaning from participation.

Intensive outpatient treatments change lives, just like residential facilities.  They let addicts apply what they learn immediately, so they can see what does and doesn’t work in their unique situations. Essentially, outpatient treatment is a back and forth process, like on the job training for a better life.  Outpatient treatment is ongoing.   It lets addicts and their families store up food for the bad weather to come, even as the winter is gathering.   

Maybe we should ease into things?

Residential treatments are wonderful.  They provide recovery tools, safety, and round the clock support.  They are often necessary, especially if the addict is experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms or has relapsed several times.  But leaving inpatient facilities can be difficult.  After several intense weeks away, returning to life can be overwhelming, like a shock to a delicate system.  Outpatient treatment allows the addict to ease back into life slowly, in a way that prepares them for the difficulties to come.  

Then there’s the matter of cost.  Cost is another thing the newly sober addict might want to ease back into!  Early recovery is stressful enough, without the pressure of a huge bill looming over it.  Outpatient treatment is less expensive, and lets the client continue to work and fulfill their obligations.  It all depends on your situation, on striking the best balance between recovery and so called real life.  We say so called because recovery and real life are exactly the same, a certainty that outpatient treatment embodies perfectly.  

Outpatient Treatment In West Palm Beach

“What’s Different About Recreate Counseling’s Outpatient Treatment In West Palm Beach?”

Well, how bad do you want it?

What a wonderful idea – tranquility in paradise and you by the ocean watching the world continue to spin.  That’s what outpatient treatment in West Palm Beach sounds like doesn’t it, a way to get your rest while the miracle of change just happens?  A few weeks of meetings, maybe some talk therapy and fresh air?  Then back you go to your old life, restored completely this time and so much wiser?  Yes, that’s the image of outpatient treatment in West Palm Beach.

But it’s not reality.  Not at any outpatient treatment that cares about its clients.  And certainly not at Recreate Life Counseling.  We deliver change here, internal change that will get you the life you deserve, not the empty one addiction wants for you. Yes, West Palm Beach is lovely, and so are our facilities.  Of course we’ll make sure you’re comfortable.  We’ll take care of your needs so you can focus on work and change.  But you have to want it.  

Yeah I want it.  But what’s different about you?

We’re different than other outpatient treatments in West Palm Beach because we challenge you.  Our programs challenge you to change, from the inside out.  But we challenge you to change into the person you’ve always wanted to be.  You’ve always had a vision for your life, right?  And that vision isn’t lost, not forever.  Addiction has just derailed it, put it on hold a while.  By combining the vision you’ve always had with the tools you need to recover, Recreate delivers the kind of recovery you can trust.   Addiction is a scam artist, a phony Nigerian prince that’s after the long con and just needs a bit of your soul.  Addiction hates change more than anything.  It wants you to stay exactly the same – scared, miserable, and willing to believe anything it says.  But change for its own sake doesn’t last.  You need change that fits your personality.    That’s where we come in.  We offer outpatient programs to cater to you, to your unique needs and to your personal vision.  Yes, it’s beautiful and luxurious here – that’s part of our job.  But the best part comes later, when you’re safe and comfortable everywhere, especially in your skin.  

Addiction is a scam artist, a phony Nigerian prince that’s after the long con and just needs a bit of your soul.  Outpatient west palm drug rehab treatment at Recreate Counseling can help, if you want it bad enough. 

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“Ok, I’m Cured.  So when do I start feeling better?  Life After Recreate Counseling Rehab.”

I got it this time and thanks for all the certificates

So you’ve just finished outpatient treatment at Recreate Counseling Rehab and you’re eager to start over again.  You’re feeling optimistic for once, after so many years of hopelessness and chaos.  You’re clean now, off the pills for a couple months and equipped with all the tools you need to keep it going forever.  

Life is good for a while, the new job, back to school part time, all that.  You just needed a little reboot, like a laptop that works just fine again after a power cycle.  Thanks for the update, you say to the folks you loved at Recreate Counseling Rehab, but that was another life, a version of me that doesn’t exist now.  And off you go on your own, into all the pretty sunsets that the boyfriend coming back and better credit brings.  

Then the worst possible crisis happens – absolutely nothing.  Nothing happens but everyday life and you hate it for being so average.  You’re bored, restless, out of your mind with worry that this is all life has for you. Wait, you say, what did Recreate Counseling Rehab tell me to do when this happens?  Something about staying connected, but you don’t remember what that means now.  All you can remember is how the dope felt sometimes.  

Connected Huh?

But then you do remember.  You remember one thing they said at Recreate Counseling Rehab, and that’s to take action.  They said it a million times, until you got sick of it.  It’s not much, this vague thing they said about action, but it’s enough to take you back from the edge.  You even smile a little bit, thinking how sweet and goofy they all were.  

Then you finally get started, on faith mostly, trusting what they told you at Recreate Counseling Rehab.  You follow through on what they set up for you, the contacts, the resources, all the appointments you missed.  You start going to meetings, listening to what they say like your life depended on it.  You get a phone list and a sponsor, walk through some of the fears and the awkwardness.  

Making the appointments helps.  They continue what Recreate Counseling Rehab  started, the coping skills and the unmaking of trauma.  Maybe you get your prescriptions filled, another act of faith and staying teachable.  You go to Alumni Events and one day you find out somebody needs you there, to walk them back from the same edge where you were standing.  You watch them grow and suddenly their peace is more important than yours.  You’re different now.  You’re connected.  Tomorrow, you get to do it again.   

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“Science vs Spirituality?  No, Science AND Spirituality”

Recreate Life Counseling — So while I was doing my research last week, looking for something topical that fit the spirit of what the fine folks at Recreate Life Counseling do for addicts and alcoholics every day, I found an article about a drug that apparently DESTROYS the euphoric memories associated with cocaine use.  It’s only been used on mice so far, at least in this capacity, but it’s actually a cancer treatment drug that humans have used safely for years.  It’s neuroscience stuff, and therefore really complicated, but the upshot is this:  it’s a drug that shows great promise in eliminating the terrible cravings that make early recovery from the use of cocaine and other drugs.  More importantly though, at least for our purposes, is how this experiment points to an unnecessary tension between the findings of science and the spiritual approach to recovery so often emphasized in support and treatment centers.  It’s a minefield that counselors at Recreate Life Counseling negotiate constantly, so I wanted to expound on this a bit.

It’s something you encounter all the time, even at Recreate Life Counseling, scientifically minded folks and people who emphasize spirituality and connectedness eyeballing one another suspiciously across the table, as though they were different teams trying to win a game that doesn’t exist.  The Science vs Spirituality game doesn’t exist because there’s nothing to contest, nothing to fight about.  Science vs Spirituality is a made up distinction, what fancy philosopher types call a false binary.  There’s just one team, folks.  And the only way to win is to reduce the terrible suffering and social costs of active addiction.  Recreate Life Counseling understands this implicitly, and offers the best of both worlds in their therapeutic models, but for some reason the wider world doesn’t get this yet and the phony debate rages on.  

Look, I don’t know much.  But I can read and I can be open minded when staying all sewn up starts to hurt too much.  And everything I’ve read and seen tells me this:  that science and spirituality end up doing remarkably similar things and need each other more than they realize.  If I go to Recreate Life Counseling for my cocaine addiction, they’re not just going to give me a pill that eliminates my craving for drugs and send me on my way.  If they did, I’d be back in a month with brand new cravings from all the coke I snorted while I was away.  That’s because I don’t know to live!  I don’t know how to connect or treat people.  That’s where the emphasis on spirituality at Recreate Life Counseling comes in – it teaches me what I don’t know.  And the reverse holds true as well.  If there’s a chemical solution to my chemical part of my disease, I want you to give to me!  

So what we need is humility, true humility and an honest desire to solve the problem.  And both these traits tell me that I don’t have all the answers.  They tell me that Science vs Spirituality is a false debate.  And they tell me that what the world needs is to  heal, not ague.  

4 Benefits of Outpatient Treatment | Recreate

To overcome an addiction to drugs and alcohol and maintain long-term sobriety, many people need professional addiction treatment. For more severe addictions, some people require residential or inpatient treatment that provides 24-hour care in a hospital-like setting. But for others transitioning out of inpatient treatment or who cannot attend an inpatient treatment center, outpatient treatment is a wonderful option. Inpatient treatment is not a practical option for many people, and fortunately, there are other treatment options. The following are five benefits of outpatient treatment.

Minimizes Disruption to Daily Life

One of the major obstacles preventing people from seeking addiction treatment is the challenge of taking an extended leave of absence from their job or personal family obligations. It is nearly impossible for working parents to take the time to attend an inpatient treatment program, so outpatient treatment is a great option. Many treatment centers offer sessions and therapy that take place in the evenings or on the weekends. One of the major benefits of outpatient treatment is that struggling individuals can receive the help they need without neglecting the other aspects of their lives.

Stay Connected to Loved Ones

Receiving support from your loved ones can be a great way to stay motivated and focused while in treatment. This important support network is often cut off when a person enters inpatient treatment. For many patients, the primary motivation in seeking help is to repair the relationships with their loved ones. Living among supportive loved ones while in treatment can be extremely beneficial for an individual’s recovery and treatment outcomes.

Less Expensive

Another barrier to receiving treatment is often the cost of care. The reality is that rehab is very expensive, particularly when it comes to inpatient programs. Outpatient treatment is much more affordable as you only have to pay for the sessions you attend, rather than food, shelter, and around-the-clock care with an inpatient program. Insurance companies are also more likely to pay for outpatient treatment than inpatient programs.

Get Connected to the Recovery Community

There are recovery communities all around the world, but it can be difficult to find them if you don’t know where to look. By entering an outpatient treatment program, you will be introduced to a recovery community in your area, as well as meet individuals on the same journey as you in your outpatient program. Developing sober support networks is critical to an individual’s recovery from drugs and alcohol. The bonds you form will help you stay connected and maintain your sobriety.

These are just a few of the benefits of outpatient treatment. It is best to speak with an addiction professional and receive a recommendation on what level of treatment is best for you.

Recreate Life Counseling Services

Recreate Life Counseling offers proven and effective addiction treatment at the outpatient level. Located in the sun and warmth of South Florida, Recreate can help you or your loved one recover from your addiction and recreate your life. To hear more about our treatment programs and services, call us today.

Dealing with Anxiety in Addiction Recovery

It’s natural to experience strong and difficult emotions in early recovery, and it’s normal to be unsure of how to deal with these emotions. Because many of us have used drugs and alcohol for so long to suppress our emotions, we aren’t naturally equipped to deal with feelings– both positive and negative ones. One of the strongest emotions that may surface in early recovery is anxiety. Facing anxiety without the use of drugs and alcohol can be challenging at first, but luckily, there are effective ways to deal with anxiety clean and sober.

Because self-medication is no longer an option, you’ll need to discover which tools work best for for you in terms of dealing with anxiety.  Different coping skills work for different people, so don’t be discouraged if, say, journalling or yoga doesn’t work for you. In some cases, it may be necessary to see a psychiatrist to discuss non-narcotic medications that may be beneficial. Although the very addictive benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed nationwide, there are non-narcotic medications that can help with anxiety when combined with other coping skills.

When I first sobered up, I had absolutely no tools to deal with my anxiety. I was accustomed to turning to drugs and alcohol to temporarily calm my nerves. The beautiful thing about learning to healthily cope with difficult emotions is that the reprieve is longer lasting and it gets easier each time. Benzos would help temporarily, but then my anxiety would become worse and worse each day. Once the effects wore off, my emotions became too much to bear and I was compelled to keep using with more frequency to achieve the same effect.

There are countless tools that can be used to deal with anxiety in recovery and the disease model of addiction. Some of the options include meditation, prayer, seeking support, physical exercise, journaling, and distraction. I find that distraction, setting up structure in my life, talking it out, and challenging my cognitive distortions work best for me when I’m feeling particularly anxious. Although prayer is incredibly important in my daily routine, I have a difficult time remembering to pray when anxious. Most of the time my anxiety appears during idle time, i.e. before I go to sleep, or when I’m sitting at home binge watching Netflix in bed. When this happens, it’s best for me to distract myself with writing lists or making plans with my sober supports. While focusing on my future goals helps me, it may make you more uncomfortable and spike your anxiety. Thus, it’s important to figure out what does and doesn’t work for you.

It will probably take you a few tries to figure out what works best for you in dealing with anxiety. Just remember that we have all been there and that it is very possible to cope with your emotions without turning to drugs and alcohol. The more you do it, the easier it will get, and you’ll learn a little bit more about yourself along the way.

Recreate Life Counseling

Are you looking for an outpatient LGBTQ treatment center to help you get and stay sober? If so, Recreate Life Counseling can help. We offer a variety of addiction programs and services to help you achieve long-term sobriety and recreate your life. All of our treatment methods are proven and effective. We offer individualized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs and recovery goals. At Recreate, we are dedicated to helping addicts and alcoholics maintain their sobriety and live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life in recovery. Call us today at (844) 463-3968.