Substance abuse refers to a set of related conditions associated with the consumption of mind and/or behavior-altering substances that have negative behavioral and health outcomes for people who use them. Substance abuse treatment in West Palm Beach begins and ends with Sunshine Recovery Center.

At Sunshine Recovery center, we know from first-hand experience that admitting that you have an addiction to any kind of substance requires a certain state of mind, and it is one of the most important achievements in recovery.  A flip is switched in the brain when an attempt of any kind is made to change a bad situation. Getting substance abuse treatment will provide you with a sense of empowerment. Under the direct care and guidance from the support team of certified and trained counselors and addiction specialists at Sunshine Recovery Center, you will realize that we do in fact get chances to make new choices in life!

Who Needs Substance Abuse Treatment?

The Social, political, and legal repercussions due to the overconsumption of alcohol and illicit drugs, reckless prescription handouts, and fraudulent medical practices make substance abuse one of the most complex public health issues in the United States today. In addition to the considerable health implications, substance abuse has been a hot topic in the criminal justice system and a major focal point in discussions about social values: people argue over whether substance abuse is a disease with genetic and biological foundations, or a matter of personal choice.

According to the NIH (The National Institute of Health), the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, draining more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2017 approximately 20 million American adults battled with a substance abuse disorder.

Unfortunately, substance abuse has had a major impact on individuals, families, and communities, requiring more and more people to seek substance abuse treatment to help get them out of a life treatment disorder before it’s too late. The effects of substance abuse are cumulative, significantly contributing to ongoing costly social, physical, mental, and public health problems. These problems include:

  • Teen pregnancy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • STDs
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Motor vehicle crashes and deaths
  • Physical fights
  • Medical issues
  • Crime
  • Homicide
  • Suicide

Substance abuse can be described as a physical and psychological dependence upon a mind-altering substance.  It is more inclusive to say that addiction is also a compulsion and dependence that can occur in relation to any substance or behavior. These days, the most common substance addictions are to: alcohol, pain medications/prescription drugs, illegal drugs, sex and pornography, overeating, gambling, shopping, anorexia/bulimia, Internet/TV and cigarettes.

So who needs substance abuse treatment? Every addict is unique, and there are many types of addiction, but there are also certain common traits that addicts tend to share. Here are some of the behaviors and effects of active substance addiction:

  • High degree of tolerance for criminal behavior
  • Being prone to act impulsively and selfishly
  • Periods of depression/anxiety
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Antisocial behavior/feeling like an outsider
  • History of attention seeking/admiration for rebellious behavior
  • Troubled relationships/work problems/family problems
  • Secretiveness (attempts to hide the extent of addiction)
  • Increased focus/obsession on the substance or behavior
  • Lying and unethical behavior
  • Defensiveness
  • Financial problems
  • Criminality
  • Blackouts, memory loss
  • Illogical thinking/easily agitated
  • Suicidal thoughts

It is helpful to be aware of these common symptoms and behaviors of addiction. Most addicts are in denial as to the extent by which these behaviors are damaging their lives.  Even though it may be difficult to imagine life without it, there are treatment options.

There are many steps and treatment options for people suffering from addiction. The first step, however, is for an addicted person to acknowledge that there is a substance dependency and an addiction problem. The next actionable step is to get help. Typically, treatment options for addictions include a combination of inpatient and outpatient programs, counseling (psychotherapy), self-help groups paired with individual sponsors, and sometimes, medication.

Substance Abuse Treatment in West Palm Beach with Sunshine Recovery

At Sunshine Recovery Center, we offer a wide variety of programs in an effort to offer a more personalized substance abuse treatment experience. We understand that the recovery journey is extremely different for each person, so we work with our patients on an individual level to determine what will work best for them. Sunshine Recovery offers one of the most comprehensive lists of services out of any rehab or treatment center for substance abuse in West Palm Beach, including:

  • Substance Abuse Therapy
  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Psychiatry Ancillary Services
  • Holistic Treatment Approach
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • Grief and Loss Counseling
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Life/Job Skills Training
  • Comprehensive Case Management
  • Psycho-Education
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Work Placement Assistance

Our main goal at Sunshine Recovery Center of West Palm Beach, Florida is to provide hope, health, and healing to all those affected by the disease of addiction and substance abuse disorders. We can help provide effective substance abuse treatment through research-driven and empathetic care. Our mission is to instill hope that long-term recovery is possible. Our purpose is to empower an individual, their family, and community through the promotion of sobriety, optimal wellness of the mind, body and spirit. Call us today and see how we can help you.