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3 Triggers for Relapse in Alcohol Addiction and How to Avoid Them

When you are in recovery for addiction of any kind, avoiding triggers is important. For alcohol addiction, you may have the unique problem of addiction triggers being ingrained in society and harder to avoid. Alcohol is so widely accepted and common that according to the National Institute on Alcoholism Abuse and Alcoholism: “85.6 percent of […]

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3 Tips to Prevent Relapse & Stay Sober After Rehab

Recovering from a substance use disorder is a long-term process that doesn’t end immediately with the completion of treatment. Even when days in rehabilitation are over and you’re not actively using drugs or alcohol anymore, your day-to-day life can still be filled with triggers, stressful occurrences, and cravings. In fact, approximately 40 to 60 percent […]

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What Is Cross Addiction?

When you visit one of the drug and alcohol treatment centers in Tampa to receive treatment for your substance use disorder, it’s likely that you’ll be warned about the potential for cross addiction to substances that are not your “drug of choice.” For example, if you’re in treatment for addiction to opioids but never had […]

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Overcoming Burnout in Addiction Recovery

When you make the courageous decision to enter rehab and overcome your addiction, you’re beginning a lifelong journey of dedication and commitment. Not unlike many other journeys encountered throughout life, the path to recovery is not simple, nor can it be rushed. Unfortunately, the increased stress levels that accompany the process of recovery can result […]

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Understanding the 4 Stages of Addiction

Although it may feel like it from the perspective of the addicted individual, addiction doesn’t happen overnight. While there are many factors that contribute to drug and alcohol addiction, including genetic and environmental influences, socioeconomic status, and preexisting mental health conditions, most professionals within the field of addiction agree that there are four main stages […]

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Physical vs. Psychological Dependence: Why Both Are Important to Treat

Addiction is defined as compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences and is characterized by an inability to stop using a substance; failure to meet work, social, or family obligations; and, sometimes (depending on the substance), tolerance and withdrawal. Addiction is a disease, and like many other diseases, the underlying cause of the problem can vary. […]

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Ways to Support Your Child When They Are Struggling With Substance Abuse and Addiction

Whether your child is already grown or still in the process of growing up, seeing them struggle with an addiction can be devastating. As their parent, you may become frustrated when they are not willing to find help or disappointed when they relapse, and it can be especially difficult to separate the vision of the […]

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Why Is an Individualized Program Important for Drug Rehab?

If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, finding the right program is important. Drug and alcohol rehab programs are not one-size-fits-all, and research shows that, in order for rehabilitation to be effective, it must be personalized. But why is it so important to have an individualized treatment and recovery […]

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3 Unexpected Things to Know About Rehabilitation

When you or a loved one are entering drug or alcohol treatment, it can be difficult to know what to expect. After all, many of us only know of rehab what we have seen on television or in movies. Deciding to enter a drug or alcohol treatment program is a major life event, so it […]

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Phoenix House Florida Participates in “CEOs in Schools One Day of Change” for Hillsborough County Public Schools

Tampa, Fla., (January 6, 2021) – Phoenix House Florida President and CEO Maria Alvarez is participating in the CEOs in Schools One Day of Change for Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) on February 19, 2021. She will be among nearly 200 CEOs in the Tampa Bay Area to volunteer an entire day at one of […]

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Preparing for Holidays with Family While in Recovery

Tips for Managing the Holidays While in Recovery The holidays can be a difficult time when you are in drug addiction recovery. In some cases, the stress of being around family who may be unaware of the commitment of recovery may trigger anxiety of potential relapse. This anxiety is not unfounded — a recent study […]

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How to Avoid Addictive Behaviors During Times of Uncertainty

There is no doubt that 2020 has brought a higher level of stress and uncertainty for many people. Between the pandemic, election, potential job loss, economic uncertainty, and the stress of having children at home for e-learning, more people are consuming alcohol now than in recent years. In fact, Nielsen reports alcohol sales in stores […]

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The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient Drug Rehab in Tampa

The term “rehab” often brings to mind an inpatient program — for example, checking in for a set amount of time and attending therapies. However, drug addiction recovery and rehabilitation can be done in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. Both will require commitment, detoxification, and an individualized treatment plan, but there are unique benefits […]

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3 Reasons Women May Need a Gender-Specific Rehabilitation Program

Treatment for alcohol abuse is not one-size-fits-all. In fact, the ways in which men and women experience and suffer alcohol addiction may vary greatly. Despite often being thought of as a major problem in men, in 2018 over 5 million women in the U.S. over the age of 18 were diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder […]

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The Florida Messenger – September 2020

Program Spotlight The team at Phoenix House Florida consists of master’s level and/or licensed, highly qualified clinicians who complete ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) accredited assessments in order to determine the appropriate services, if any, that are needed for each individual. Download Newsletter

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