Sarasota, Florida, is known as the “Cultural Coast.” This mid-sized city has countless museums, art galleries, and theaters, so it’s simple for people to get a heavy dose of culture. Sarasota also provides easy access to beaches, so it manages to draw in large crowds each year.
Many people get lost in the gorgeous scenery, beautiful beaches, and art installations, but there is another side of Sarasota that cannot be ignored. Substance abuse has become such a serious problem in the area that the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has launched an initiative to educate residents and provide access to addiction recovery resources.
If you are one of the many addicted to a substance, Lakeview Health is here for you. Our drug and alcohol rehab center in Jacksonville uses science-based treatment methods that get results. Call 904.677.5010 to speak to an intake counselor today.
Alcohol consumption has been on the rise in Southwest Florida in recent years, and according to many Sarasota substance abuse statistics, Sarasota County has been hit the hardest. This county has the highest percentage of binge drinkers, which can be a sign of alcohol abuse. Binge drinking can also lead to other issues, such as alcohol poisoning and bodily harm.
If you’ve never gone to an alcohol detox or treatment center, you are likely frightened. New experiences can be scary, and you might have even heard of some horror stories that make you wary of giving the treatment a try.
Lakeview Health is not your typical substance abuse treatment center, though. Instead of a cold, clinical setting, the facility is warm and inviting and even has ample activities for you to enjoy, such as yoga and games. Patients feel at ease as soon as they walk through the front door, and they realize that this is the right place to seek treatment.
You will be evaluated by an intake counselor when you arrive. The counselor will go over the amount of alcohol that you use and the date of your last drink. You will also undergo a health exam. At the end of an intake, a medical team will determine if you are physically addicted to alcohol. If you are, you will go to our state-of-the-art detox center. It’s located at the same facility so you can begin your journey immediately.
Our medically supervised detox center in Jacksonville is a safe place to detox from alcohol. If you try to quit on your own, you will have to deal with uncomfortable, and in some cases dangerous, symptoms that will make it hard to continue the process. Our team will monitor your vitals and provide you with medication to make the experience safe and as comfortable as possible. Medications manage symptoms like anxiety and can also curb cravings.
When you near the end of your stay at the detox center, the staff will begin to prepare you for rehab. This will get you ready for your next step on this journey.
You will move to the treatment center and begin the process of learning to live without alcohol. Our gender-specific alcohol treatment protocol addresses the unique needs you face. It also ensures that you are in a comfortable setting with your peers where you can safely work through your issues and get to the root of the addiction.
We take a holistic approach to alcohol treatment, meaning we treat your body, mind, and soul. This can include medications, group and individual therapy, family phone sessions, and recreational activities such as yoga. These options will help you heal from the inside out. At the same time, you will develop life skills that will make it much easier to say no to alcohol when you leave the treatment center.
As you near the end of treatment, you will meet with an aftercare program coordinator who will help you adjust to the outside world. You will have a sobriety plan to follow once you leave the center. Then, when you finally do go, you’ll know that our aftercare professionals will continue to help you when needed.
Don’t wait any longer to start treatment. Call Lakeview Health at 904.677.5010 so you can break free from addiction.
Many refer to Florida as the starting point of the opioid epidemic. The state was filled with pill mills, and lax prescribing laws made it easy for people to get drugs. New laws put the pill mills out of business, and many people expected those laws would put a stop to the crisis.
Sadly, the crisis is far from over. In 2017 alone, Sarasota County emergency services personnel administered 871 doses of Narcan. Narcan saves people’s lives, but it doesn’t help them break free from addiction.
Overdoses are on the rise for a good reason. Sarasota County, like other parts of the state, is seeing an influx of synthetic opioids including fentanyl. Fentanyl is 80-100 times stronger than morphine, making people who take it susceptible to overdose.
Most people don’t knowingly take fentanyl. Instead, it’s mixed with other drugs such as heroin. They take the same dose they usually take, but it’s so much more potent that it causes an overdose. Some people are fortunate enough to be saved after they overdose, but others sadly lose their lives.
If you are addicted to opioids or other drugs, you likely can’t imagine a life without your substance of choice. That is the addiction talking. Lakeview Health will teach you how to quiet that inner voice and find joy in your life once again.
You might feel nervous when you walk into Lakeview Health to begin treatment, but those nerves will quickly subside. The beautiful facility and compassionate providers will quickly put you at ease so you can focus on getting better. This environment was created with the patients in mind, and it’s the perfect environment to deal with your addiction.
You will go through an initial assessment where you will answer questions such as the drug you use, method of ingestion, and amount with each use. After an evaluation, you will go to drug detox if it’s determined that you’re physically addicted to drugs.
Our facility uses different detox treatment protocols depending on the type of drug used, but you will receive medications to curb cravings and manage your symptoms. The medication selected depends on the drug you use.
A counselor will also help you with the emotional aspect of detox. You have likely relied on your drug of choice to mask emotions, so it is normal for new and uncomfortable emotions to come up during the process. Your counselor will help you face those emotions as you continue through the program.
The counselor will also help you prepare for your time in our drug rehabilitation facility. The counselor will go over your treatment plan with you and answer any questions you might have.
When you have safely detoxed, you will be moved to our beautiful treatment facility. Since we offer both a men’s rehab center—The Star—and a women’s rehab center—The Rose—you will go through the process with people of your same gender. We find this makes the experience more relaxing for our patients and makes it easier for them to open up. It also allows us to address gender-specific triggers and issues.
Plans are customized for each patient, but you will likely go through group and individual therapy as well as non-traditional therapies such as yoga. You can also schedule a phone session with your family if needed.
During your downtime, you can socialize with other patients in the comfortable common areas, read a book, or engage in some recreation such as ping pong.
If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition and also have a substance abuse disorder, you might think you need to treat your conditions separately. However, it is best to treat the conditions at the same time. Lakeview Health has substance abuse and mental health professionals on staff. The team will work together to treat your mental health and substance abuse issues. Treatment will likely include medication, therapy, and physical activities.
National Drug Helpline
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hope Line
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota County
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
North Florida District 12 Al-Anon/Alateen
Florida Region of Nar-Anon Family Groups
When you abuse drugs and alcohol, your life feels out of control. Your substance of choice is making the decisions for you, putting your health and safety at risk. It’s time to take control back by contacting Lakeview Health. We will provide you with the tools you need to say goodbye to substances finally.
Call 904.677.5010 to speak to an intake professional today.
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