Due to the presence of Florida State University, many people look at Tallahassee as a party city. People tend to think of Tallahassee as a place to have fun without any consequences. They expect people to do some partying during their college years, and then leave the past behind when they begin their careers.

While that does work for some people, far too many fall into the pit of addiction. They become dependent on drugs and alcohol, and before long, their addiction consumes their lives. They might lose jobs, friends, and family members, and they feel as if they have dug a hole that is so deep that climbing out is impossible.

Regardless of how severe your addiction is, Lakeview Health is here for you. Our drug and alcohol treatment center near Tallahassee provides detox, inpatient and outpatient rehab, and aftercare. If you are tired of trying to fight this disease on your own, call 904.677.5010 to speak to a compassionate intake professional.

Man talking to woman about Tallahassee substance abuse statisticsAlcohol Abuse — A Serious Problem in Tallahassee

Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Wakulla, Franklin, Madison, and Taylor counties combine for the highest rate of alcohol abuse in Florida, according to the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. More than 7 percent of residents are dependent on or abuse alcohol in these areas.

Additionally, according to Tallahassee substance abuse statistics, approximately one in five Leon County residents admitted to binge drinking or heavy drinking in 2010. This type of excessive alcohol consumption can lead to unintentional injuries and liver disease, not to mention the social implications of heavy drinking and substance abuse. The more you consume, the harder it is to maintain employment and healthy relationships. The people you remain close to are likely to be enablers who help you continue to drink.

Alcohol Detox — The First Step in Battling Addiction

When you abuse alcohol for an extended period, your brain and body become dependent on it. Your brain stops producing the chemicals you need to remain balanced, and if you stop drinking suddenly, your body will have to adjust. This adjustment is not easy, so you will go through withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the severity of your drinking, withdrawal can range from nausea and headaches to hallucinations. These symptoms can begin within six hours of taking a drink and last for a week or more.

If you try to battle the alcohol detox symptoms on your own, you could relapse. Fortunately, you can go through medically supervised alcohol detox near Tallahassee, Florida. Medical staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the team is trained to monitor and alleviate symptoms. That means you can have a safe and relatively comfortable detox experience.

Physicians have a variety of medications they can prescribe during detox. This includes benzothiazines to calm your anxiety and help you sleep, naltrexone to reduce cravings, and acamprosate to support your brain function typically. The medications you receive will depend on your symptoms.

While you go through detox, you will also have access to a counselor to help you process the emotions you’re feeling. In the past, you have relied on alcohol to cope, and you will begin to learn new strategies in detox.

After you graduate from detox, it will be time to begin treatment. With talk therapies, yoga, and other activities, the team will help you treat your body, mind, and soul.

You will also learn how to identify triggers and come up with healthy coping strategies. This will help you deal with issues as they arise once you leave rehab.

Drugs Abuse in Tallahassee — What You Need to Know

Drug use is on the decline in Tallahassee, thanks in large part to the treatment measures in place. Far fewer people are using and dying from drugs, but that does not mean that abuse is not still an issue. If you are currently dealing with an addiction, those numbers are hardly a comfort. You have experienced firsthand the suffering that drug addiction causes, and you are ready to break free from addiction.

Cocaine and alprazolam are the most significant issues in Leon County. Opioids are also a cause for concern. Florida has an opioid crisis, and while it is not as severe in Leon County, many people still struggle with abuse and addiction.

Drug Detox and Treatment

Medically supervised drug detox will likely be your first stop after you check into a Florida rehab facility. The addiction treatment staff will be tasked with helping your body clear itself of the substances safely and comfortably. The staff will manage your symptoms with the help of medications. Medications reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

There are three stages to detox. First, you go through the evaluation process. During this step, the provider evaluates you and determines the best course of action. Next, is the stabilization stage, where providers manage your symptoms and help you stabilize. Then, during the final stage, the providers will help you build a willingness to seek further treatment. This is critical if you are going to manage in the outside world.

Lakeview Health’s inpatient facility is at the same location as the detox center, so your transition to rehab will be seamless. You will begin taking individual and group therapy classes, and will even have access to 12-step treatment. Depending on your situation, you can also arrange sessions with your family. These sessions are done over the telephone, so you don’t have to worry about your family members having to arrange travel to the facility. They will just need to pick up the phone to take part in the session. This also makes it more comfortable for people who are dealing with serious family issues. It is easier to work up the courage to talk over the phone than it is to talk face-to-face. After a few therapy sessions, though, you will be ready to talk to family members without using a phone.

Drug addiction is frightening when you try to handle it on your own. Get customized treatment by calling 904.677.5010. With Lakeview Health by your side, you can finally regain your power and stop using drugs.

Man and woman riding bikeMental Health Disorders and Addiction

While some people only suffer from a substance abuse disorder, others suffer from both substance abuse and mental health issues. Research is still being done to better understand the correlation between mental health issues and substance abuse, but there is a link.

Researchers believe that some people use substances to deal with their mental health disorders, while others are more susceptible to addiction and mental health issues due to their genes. Whatever the case may be, Lakeview Health can treat your mental health and substance abuse issue at the same time. This is proven to be the most effective way to treat co-occurring disorders, so you can finally get a handle on both problems with our help.

You will go through therapy at the facility and also be treated with medication. Don’t worry if you haven’t been responsive to treatment before. Lakeview Health has innovative treatment methods, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for those who suffer from depression. This treatment is often used when people have not responded to other mental health treatments.

Substance Abuse Hotlines

If you have a drug or alcohol problem, help is available. Call a hotline for an emergency.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline
1(800) 662-HELP

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hope Line
1(800) 622-2255

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
1(855) 378-4373

You can also contact Lakeview Health to enter treatment.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines

If you feel suicidal, pick up the phone and call a suicidal prevention hotline. Then contact Lakeview Health for additional assistance.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1(800) 273-8255

Helpline 211
Dial 211 from your phone

Help for Families

Do you have a loved one who suffers from addiction? You likely feel worried, stressed, and maybe even angry and scared. Get the support you need by contacting SMART Recovery, Al-Anon, or Nar-Anon.

SMART Recovery
1(704) 609-6616

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters
(757) 563-1600

Nar-Anon Family Groups
(800) 477-6291

You Are Worth Saving

When you are struggling with addiction, it is normal to feel that you aren’t worth saving. You might feel as if no one cares what happens to you, and you use that as a reason to continue to drink or use drugs.

You are worth saving, however. Think of the person you can become once you cut drugs and alcohol out of your life. You can be a better friend and family member, and even a better employee.

Most importantly, you will learn how to take care of your own needs in a healthy way.

If you are tired of living in the throes of addiction, it is time to get help. Don’t wait until tomorrow because tomorrow is not guaranteed. You never know when the next drink or drug will kill you, call Lakeview Health at 904.677.5010 today. Your lifeline is on the other end of the phone, waiting for your call.

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