How To Pick a Drug Rehab Center in Florida

Saturday, December 13, 2014 | By JP Emerald Coast

Admitting you have a drug addiction and need professional help overcoming your drug addiction is the first step in choosing a drug rehab center. Once you’ve made that life-changing decision, the next step is to start researching the drug rehabilitation centers available to you by learning more about their approach to addiction, programs offered and whether they provide medically supervised detoxification services and holistic/experiential treatment.

Rapid Detox Clinics

Rapid detox clinics help during the first few days of withdrawal but leave you on your own to find follow-up therapy. Some may offer levels of outpatient support services that are reduced as your recovery progresses. Rapid detox from heroin, meth, cocaine and pain pills should only be performed under the supervision of health professionals and doctors specializing in addiction withdrawal.

Residential (Inpatient) Addiction Treatment Centers

Residential addiction treatment centers provide medically assisted detox, holistic treatment and long-term aftercare supporting the transition to sober living. People who are heavy, long-term abusers of drugs and/or alcohol or have relapsed in the past, should consider entering residential treatment.

If you make the decision to go with inpatient therapy at a residential addiction treatment facility, you will be required to stay at the facility 24 hours a day. Residential therapy allows you to focus completely on healing, managing powerful emotions and recovery. Although there are no guarantees when it comes to substance abuse rehabilitation independent addiction experts from the National Institute of Drug Abuse report that holistic, residential care offers clients the best addiction treatment outcomes. In a holistic residential care program, clinicians give you a thorough assessment that evaluates you as a whole person. Your treatment program is then developed to meet your specific physical and psychological needs.

At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, our residential addiction treatment program incorporates the latest evidence-based medicine in substance abuse rehabilitation. As addiction treatment begins, you may spend time in medically assisted detox, where our trained and compassionate staff members will ease your transition to recovery. As you heal, your assessment team will evaluate you for potential dual diagnosis. Your addiction treatment plan may include experiential therapy, support groups, drug and/or alcohol counseling, family counseling and aftercare.


Outpatient Addiction Treatment Programs

Outpatient addiction treatment involves clients living at home and regularly meeting for counseling and medical addiction treatment at set times throughout the duration the recovery process. Outpatient counseling is effective as a step-down from residential care and for those who abuse drugs but may not be completely addicted to them. It may also be preferable for adolescents and others with a strong network of personal support. JourneyPure Emerald Coast operates two outpatient clinics that help clients bridge the gap between addiction treatment and recovery living.

Therapeutic group counseling is also a critical component of our outpatient program. Outpatient clients benefit from group counseling by:

  • Participating in interpersonal experiences that contribute to the development of socialization and communication skills
  • Learning about norms and values that reinforce productive ways of coping and interacting with others
  • Providing the ability to convey original ideas and insights, teach self-learned skills to others and advance their own self-recovery as well as the recovery of other members of the group

How to Pick a Rehab Center That Addresses Your Needs

Different drug rehab centers offer different services. For instance, if your condition is severe, you will need to find a rehab center that provides detoxification services. You may also require accommodations for a disability, dietary restrictions and access to technology. When you’re looking at how to pick a drug rehab center, make a list of your questions and ask before you enroll to help you decide what will work best for you.

Questions you might consider asking include:

  • What licenses and certifications do the faculty and staff hold?


  • Do you over short-term or long-term programs?


  • What are the goals of your drug addiction treatment program?What types of additional services are offered through the program?


  • What types of additional services are offered through the program?


  • What is the patient to counselor ratio?

Does the Rehab Facility Provide Treatment for Chronic Medical Issues?

You’ll want to also determine if the treatment facility offers treatment for chronic medical issues. Recovery is hard enough without the added stress of dealing with chronic illnesses or conditions that require monitoring. In addition, medications must be taken according to instructions to prevent a health problem from worsening or causing distressing symptoms that may encourage cravings and the urge to use. Depression, apathy and anxiety are common psychological problems accompanying a recovery exacerbated by a chronic or serious illness. Medical issues limiting mobility or cognitive functioning are also known to be common sources of clinical depression in recovering addicts.

As part of our recovery program, JourneyPure Emerald Coast helps patients with chronic diseases learn how to cope and come to terms with a long-term health issue by providing ongoing support and life skills as well as stress management counseling. We understand the importance of treating chronic illnesses appropriately, and we make every effort to accommodate clients in recovery.

Does the Rehab Facility Provide Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Because nearly all substance addicts suffer from undiagnosed mental health problems that often prevent them from maintaining sobriety, you’ll want to be certain the treatment facility provides treatment for mental health disorders as well. At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, we offer mental health and addiction treatment plans for patients suffering from a dual diagnosis. Our therapies also encourage patients to explore relaxation techniques, meditation, 12-step programs and holistic services designed to address the patient’s needs with compassion, respect and empathy.

Why Choose JourneyPure Emerald Coast?

In addition to providing comprehensive, holistic treatment of alcohol and drug addiction and mental health disorders to residents of Florida and the southeast, JourneyPure Emerald Coast’s addiction programs also teach clients about:

  • Biopsychosocial aspects of addiction to help clients understand addiction and why it is considered a medical disease
  • Recovery stages and where the client exists in this care continuum
  • A variety of powerful strategies that reinforces motivation to reduce the possibility of relapse
  • Recognizing situations that may trigger the urge to turn to addictive substances for relief from anxiety and depression
  • Structuring unfilled time better to avoid feeling bored or restless
  • Extinguishing maladaptive thinking patterns that cause cravings and self-doubt
  • Controlling unpleasant emotions by using proven relaxation techniques

For more information about our residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, or to learn more about our treatment of mental health disorders and trauma-related challenges, call JourneyPure Emerald Coast at (615) 907-5928

Learn About

What Makes Emerald Coast Different