Depression and Alcoholism

Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand, and the relationship between the two is never beneficial to the person suffering from them. It is estimated that 30 percent or more of the cases of addiction are also accompanied by mental health issues such as depression. This is a co-occurring condition and could signify a serious situation.

Why Depression Needs to be Treated

Depression is not just a state of mind. When you are clinically depressed, your entire body’s functions are depressed. Clinical depression can lead to chronic illnesses that not only persist, but can become fatal. Since depression lasts for …
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What Do You Do During Rehab?

What do you do while you’re in a drug rehab program?

Let’s shine some light on that.

What you do during your days in rehab will vary by the facility you enter and the type of rehab you are participating in. You could be in a residential program that will encompass your full days and nights for the length of your stay, or you could go to support groups, office visits or outpatient treatment programs that take a few hours out of your schedule each day or week.

We’ll focus on inpatient rehab treatment since that’s the type that would …
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Will I Have to Take Medication in Detox?

After your body has become accustomed to an addictive substance and you take that substance away, your body can go through a variety of withdrawal symptoms.

“Several neural and hormonal systems are affected by substance abuse, and when it ends they are thrown into confusion,” explains Sherrie Mcgregor, Ph.D., on PsychCentral.

As a result, you could experience sweating, shaking, headaches and a variety of other withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms you experience depend on the type of drug you’ve been using, how long you’ve been abusing it and other factors. You can read more about the withdrawal process …
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How Is Lumiere Different From a Referral Service?

When you search for addiction information on the internet, you become inundated with websites providing basic or introductory information and then promising to set you up with the right treatment center to fit your needs.

These are referral services, and despite offering some wording that may seem understanding, they don’t always have your best interests at heart. At Lumiere Healing Centers, we are not a referral service. We are a fully licensed medical facilitythat cares about helping you or your loved one get better.

Are Referral Services So Bad?

Some referral services are trustworthy. For instance, you have SAMHSA’s
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Do I Need Detox or Rehab for Soft Drugs?

Does the thought cross your mind that detox and rehab programs are only for serious street drugs?

Things like coke and heroin, not for what people tend to consider “soft drugs” like alcohol, pills or marijuana. You wouldn’t be alone in thinking this way. After all, alcohol is legal, pills are prescribed by doctors and many people don’t take marijuana seriously as an addictive substance.

Is this kind of thought process keeping you out of treatment? Maybe you don’t think your addiction to “soft drugs” is enough to warrant going to a detox or rehab program. This idea that …
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Recovery Blogs: Blogging In Recovery

We’ve all done it…

…bottled our emotions up and stored them deeply inside ourselves, opting to suppress instead of share.

Whether it’s because we don’t want to bother others with our troubles, or because of embarrassment, our feelings can get buried.

Unfortunately, like anything stored improperly and for too long, these emotions can cause us pain.

What if there was a …
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New Legal Responsibilities For Florida Sober Homes [Law]

Do you know the legal responsibilities of Florida treatment professionals under FL Statute 397.487?

What is Florida Statue 397.487?

FL Statue 397.487 is a voluntary certification of Recovery Residences that will take effect on April 1st 2016.
The Legislature finds that a person suffering from addiction has a higher success rate of achieving long-lasting sobriety when given the opportunity to build a stronger foundation by living in a recovery residence after completing treatment.

The Legislature further finds that this state and its subdivisions have a legitimate state interest in protecting these persons, who represent a vulnerable consumer population in need …
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FAU Among Leaders in Addiction Treatment Education [Interview]

FAU SSW Substance Abuse Endowment Fund Sponsors
Lumiere Detox Center in Jupiter, Fl. is one of several proud sponsors of the Florida Atlantic University’s Office of Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Recovery Research – a division of the School of Social Work (SSW). Dr. Graham is the Director of the SSW.

Sticking with our aim of being on the leading edge of innovations and research in quality addiction treatment, we wanted to catch up with Dr. Graham and learn more about the growth of the Office of Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Recovery Research program.

At the same time, doing our part to continue to raise awareness …
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What’s the Family’s Role in Detox?

As you may already know from firsthand experience, addiction and treatment do not just affect the person who is abusing the substance.

In most situations, there are other people involved who are facing problems caused by the addiction and trying to guide the person to finding help. In particular, family members, partners and other close loved ones are concerned about the person and dealing with emotional, financial and other consequences of the problem.

In many cases, your role as a loved one is crucial in the beginning. Often, an addicted person agrees to enter treatment because family members or other …
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Why Isn’t Treatment Working for Me or My Loved One?

A major question relating to addiction and treatment, asked by both people struggling with addiction and their loved ones, is: Why hasn’t treatment worked for me or for my loved one?

You wonder why you have to go to treatment so many times, and while you hear that this can be part of the process, you probably have doubts on some level about whether treatment will ever stick.
Some of [our patients] have been to 18, 20 detoxes and they’re 25 years old, you know … it’s sad, but it’s just the reality of addiction and alcoholism.”

– Lumiere behavioral …
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