Opiate Detox Miami

Opiate Detox Miami
The opiate drug class is one that is derived from the opium poppy, a plant that is commonly found in heroin and many other pain reducing medications. The problem with prescribing and taking an opiate is the chance and risk of forming an addiction. Oxyconting, Percocet and Vicodin are three prime examples of an opiate drug. As an individual takes an opiate consistently, or over the prescribed amount, a very dangerous and harmful addiction can form. Subsequently, an opiate addiction can lead to an increase of dosage by the individual simply to avoid the pain and withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Opiates

Headaches or Migraines
Runny Nose
Flu-like Symptoms

When detoxing from opiates, these symptoms could and should be expected in the very beginning. Depending on the addiction severity, opiate detox withdrawal symptoms will vary; the more severe, the longer the withdrawal symptoms will persist. Because of the painful and uncomfortable journey that one endures during an opiate detox, the help of a detox program and facility is ideal to help people get through it successfully.

Opiate Detox Miami
A proper opiate detox program involves the direction and aid of trained medical staff. At A1 Behavioral Health, our staff is here ready to provide each and every patient with the necessary care and guidance through the detox journey. During an opiate detox, a common medication used is clonidine, which aids in reducing pain, flu-like symptoms and anxiety. In addition, medications may be used to prevent other withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.

Buprenophine (Subutex) is a very effective medication used to treat several, if not all opiate withdrawal symptoms. This particular medication has shown to provide relief and may shorten the length of the detox. One particular doctor, […]

Outpatient Rehab Miami

Outpatient Rehab Miami
Outpatient rehabilitation, also known as outpatient rehab, is a method of rehabilitation in which the patient stays home during treatment and travels to the facility or hospital to attend meetings and appointments.  This is significantly different from inpatient rehab because the patients admitted into an inpatient rehab facility are not allowed to leave and must remain in treatment until it is complete.  There are several types of outpatient rehab programs and differ depending upon the addiction or severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Why Outpatient Rehab Miami Services? 
An outpatient rehab program could be considered a step in the right direction when it comes to a recovering substance addict.  Outpatient rehab programs basically indicate that the patient is well enough to live on his or her own without the need for constant medical support or watch.  Although outpatient rehab programs seem to be an uphill climb, the patient must still be aware and apart of the program rules and requirements.  They must travel to where their appointments or meetings are held.

Depending on the severity of the addiction and the associated withdrawal symptoms, the amount of doctor visits or group sessions that the patient will need to attend will vary.  Some are required to attend sessions and appointments every day, while others only go a few times a week.  As the patient progresses and shows signs of goals being met, the doctor or treatment advisor will scale back or release the individual from the treatment program.  This type of rehabilitation requires commitment and work on the part of the patient, as well as those caring for him or her.
Different Outpatient Rehab Treatment Programs 
As mentioned above, there are different types of outpatient rehab programs that a patient and […]

Signs of Substance Abuse: How Do You Tell?

Signs of Substance Abuse: How Do You Tell?
For some, the use of prescription drugs does not create negative experiences or result in addiction.  For others, this type of substance use or abuse causes severe problems and leaves the person feeling helpless and as a result can become addicted to the drug.  If you have any worry or suspicion that a loved one is experiencing addiction to a drug, then be sure to check for signs of substance abuse, which will be outlined in this article.  At A1 Behavioral Health, we strive to provide families and their loved ones the best care and hope for when it comes to substance abuse and dependence.  Our hope is that after reading this post, you will better understand how to pinpoint what addiction looks like and what to do once you have determined it is true.
Understanding the Signs of Substance Abuse
There are many reasons why our loved ones choose to try or abuse recreational and prescription drugs.  At first, it may seem to be a fun thing to do at a party, or maybe friends are doing it, or it might be a way of dealing with a circumstance that he or she is dealing with at any given time.  Whatever the reason, substance abuse and addiction starts with a reason.  It is important for you as a concerned parent or loved one that substance abuse doesn’t just form because it is an expected or wanted problem.  Substance abuse varies and grabs hold of different people in different ways.

When you think about addiction, you must think about more than just the addiction itself; you must consider the source and why it began.  Some individuals are more vulnerable and […]

Alcohol Affects Brain

How Alcohol Affects the Brain
Alcohol Affects Brain
Knowing and understanding the damaging affects of alcohol can help to eliminate addiction and dependency.  How alcohol affects the brain, particularly teens and young people, is an important topic to cover especially if you are a concerned parent.  According to The Century Council, 10 million teens in the United States alone attest to drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.  The way that alcohol affects the brain is significant and will be discussed here in this article
How Alcohol Affects the Brain: Teens and Young People

Young people are constantly looking for pleasure filled activities, but rarely take into consideration the consequences that follow their actions.  This is particularly true when it comes to consuming alcohol.  Teens and young people are very vulnerable and susceptible when it comes to drinking and peer pressure associated with alcohol.  The following is a list of some of the ways that alcohol affects the brain:


The Central Nervous System – Alcohol affects the central nervous system by slowing it down all together.  In turn, this affects the brain and the spinal cord.  The central nervous system is a major component to the body and how it operates as a whole.  Alcohol affects this very important bodily function and slows down the responses of the nerves and communication from the brain to the rest of the body.
Alcohol affects what is known as the cerebellum.  The cerebellum is where coordination and awareness is housed in the body.  Once this is altered, coordination and awareness becomes affected.  By consuming a large amount of alcohol, an individual becomes unsteady and loses the ability to understand where they are at the given time.
Over an extended period of time, alcohol consumption […]

How To Deal With An Alcoholic Parent

How To Deal With An Alcoholic Parent
First and foremost, please know that dealing and living with a parent who happens to have an alcohol problem is not your fault.  You, as the child, did not bring about this problem, nor are you the result or reason why your mom or dad makes the decision that they do.  Alcoholism is a psychological problem that forces your parent’s body to be dependent upon the alcohol.  Your parent will not be able to understand or express why alcohol is affecting their health and relationship with you.


Alcoholism does not target a specific age or person, there are many people that deal with this issue all over the world.  Your family is not the only family that is experiencing such a traumatic thing.  Even those families that you would think have it all together, with the picture perfect home and life can and are still affected by alcoholism all over the United States.


Dealing with an alcoholic parent can be very difficult and hard to do – not to mention, it can break your heart, but there are still ways of overcoming and coping with it until your parent decides to accept treatment for their problem.


Be Understanding – However hard this may be, it is very important to understand the circumstances, why it is happening and understand that the alcoholism is not your fault.  Many alcoholics become or are depressed, that is why they turn to alcohol for temporary relief from their reality.  By using alcohol, your parent is able to escape what is making them sad and depressed, so they are able to forget and lose control of how they act and feel.  Always remember though that the only […]

Reconnecting with Loved Ones After Rehab

Reconnecting with Loved Ones After Rehab
Entering into rehab was difficult for you and your loved ones both emotionally and physically.  Getting through rehab has been probably one of the most awakening and best journeys you have embarked on in your whole life.  Now it is time to leave and get on with a sober life, but how do you go about reconnecting with loved ones and moving on?

Many people have the misconception that upon leaving a rehabilitation facility they are “back to their old selves again” and everything will be back to normal; typically, in reality, this is not the case.  It takes acknowledging your past, understanding where you are now and painting a vision for yourself and others as to where you hope to be after rehab completion.  This probably will include a list of individuals who you hope to make amends with.

Odds are, the majority of those affected by your previous addiction were family members – your spouse, your children, siblings and even your own parents.  You can only begin to think of all the damage that has been made between these individuals and you would most certainly like to settle all ties.  Upon leaving rehab you will be dealing with regrets and resentment, but you will need to prepare yourself to deal with the feelings and hurt that your closest friends and family will express to you.

Here are a few things to remember when you are reconnecting with family upon leaving rehab:


Prepare Your Loved Ones – Begin by getting in touch with everyone.  Send out a note and make it personal.  Ask them if you can speak face to face, or over the phone and make time for the conversation.
Consider Utilizing […]