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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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3 Facts About Drug Addiction Recovery

In 2018, approximately 20.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) related to their use of alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Despite the high number of Americans living with addiction, the stigma of substance abuse often […]

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Staying Sober During COVID-19 Stress

Sobriety can be difficult when the world is operating business-as-usual, but with the added stress of COVID-19, it can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Loss of jobs, social isolation, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future can add up and chip away at a person’s resolve to stay sober. Furthermore, advertisements, media, and popular culture often […]

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The Florida Messenger – August 2020

Welcome to our new Clinical Director of Residential Services! Dr. Kathleen Pracht, NCC, LMHC Kathy Pracht has a doctorate in social and behavioral sciences from Walden University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. Throughout her […]

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How to Stay Sober When Surrounded by Drugs and Alcohol

No matter where you are on the path to sobriety, there will always be temptations. Drugs and alcohol have integrated themselves into the fabric of our society. Through advertisements, media, and culture, we are constantly being inundated with reminders of liquor brands and drug trends. Exposure like this can be incredibly damaging to a person’s […]

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Encouraging a Loved One to Seek Treatment for Substance Abuse

As a parent, spouse, sibling, or even close friend of a loved one battling substance abuse, you’ve seen the toll addiction can have on someone. You’ve likely seen your loved one unable to fulfill their school, home, or work obligations because of their substance use. They may have become more secretive or suspicious or even […]

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How Substance Use Disorder Affects the Whole Family

Approximately 2.1 million Americans have an opioid use disorder, and each day, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose. We know the effects that substance use disorder have on chronic substance abusers, from deteriorated physical health to impaired mental functioning. However, we don’t often consider the fact that addiction does not exist within a vacuum. […]

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Overcoming Opioid Addiction During the Pandemic

Opioids are highly addictive. With over two million Americans addicted to opioids, it’s become a national crisis. If a loved one is addicted to opioid use, they may be spending more time alone, avoiding interactions with friends and family, sleeping odd hours, or experiencing an erratic schedule. Many individuals addicted to opioids are experiencing financial […]

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The Florida Messenger – June 2020

Company Spotlight Upgrades to our residential facility grounds We recently made a few upgrades to our residential facility. The grounds landscaping updates included some new plants, new mulch, new wood planks. The new laundry area was created and updated to empower clients to do their own laundry and add a sense of personal responsibility. The […]

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