Some centers offer services like art therapy, health and fitness, and other interdisciplinary activities. Family therapy is also mostly available in St. Lucie County, a way to keep loved ones informed and ready to help.
As for mental health, there are plenty of alternatives, too. Dual-diagnosis plans are commonly offered in these rehabs, treating multiple disorders like depression or anxiety. Many of these centers seem to have trauma-focused therapies as well.
When it comes to drug-related death rates, St. Lucie County has reported high numbers. The average rate per 100,000 population of the county has been above Florida’s average since 2014.
The peak year was as recent as 2016 when St. Lucie County’s rate hit 38.2 while the state average was 23.9. So while the numbers themselves might not be alarming, the rates point out there is an issue in St. Lucie County.
The state of Florida has been dealing with one of the worst waves of the opioid crisis in the past few years. Unfortunately, that wave hit the residents of St. Lucie County as well. The number of opioid-related overdoses (some of which fatal) almost tripled from 2014 to 2016, going from 35 to 2013.
Across all age demographics, the group that seems most at risk for addiction development are white males, for any substance. When analyzing trends amongst youths, however, it seems that marijuana might be the most popular substance.
Numbers for cigarette and alcohol consumption have decreased considerably in the last few years, while marijuana-related numbers “stabilized”. Still, many teenagers in St. Lucie County are still partaking in alcohol consumption
Another issue among St. Lucie County and Florida residents, in general, is mental health. People who deal with mental disorders are at risk of developing an addiction, as many engage in substance abuse as a form of self-medication. That said, about 16% of adults in the state report suffering from a mental illness.
There have been efforts to raise awareness and prevent drug-related problems in St. Lucie County. In 2017, the Roundtable of St. Lucie County was awarded a 5-year $625,000 grant dedicated to youth substance abuse prevention. This could mean that addiction cases could increase in a matter of years as teens engage less in substance misuse.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a facility. The first thing to take into account should be the medical needs of the patient. Anything relevant should be disclosed during the medical assessment, like comorbid illnesses or mental disorders.
This assessment allows the team to figure out what program to recommend. It will also cover the level of addiction, family history, history of substance abuse, etc.
After the assessment, they’ll be able to judge what the best service setting would be for the patient. Service setting is a crucial aspect of the program, specifying the structure of the program.
Typically, residential treatment is recommended for severe cases of addiction and withdrawal symptoms. As for mild to moderate cases, they tend to recommend outpatient care. Still, outpatient care structure varies depending on the needs of the patient.
Outpatient services vary on the number of weekly sessions the patient will need, and how long they are. Partial rehabilitation programs are the most intensive version, ranging from 5 to 7 visits per week, during around 5 hours. Intensive outpatient will usually require about 3-4 visits per week, being shorter, 3-hour sessions or so.
Once the service setting is defined, patients need to figure out any issues related to location and distance. That is because, depending on the choice, patients will need to make arrangements regarding transportation or living.
They will also need to figure out how much free time they can get for treatment. Because they might need to rearrange their routine, work-life, studies and classes, and other daily tasks.
Lastly, there is the matter of payment and budgetary limitations. There are many resources available in order to make treatment more affordable. First and foremost, people with health insurance can get coverage for rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation services are considered essential benefits, and so all insurance providers have to provide some level of coverage.
Patients can find out more detail by contacting their insurers.
Secondly, anyone that can benefit from Medicare or Medicaid can get partial coverage for rehab services. But they would have to make sure the services they’re getting follow the requirements and limitations regarding services covered. Additionally, people eligible for both can get “double” coverage from both at the same time.
Patients can also look for state or federal-funded rehab programs aiming to help people who can’t afford rehab. There are many fellowships and grants offered by treatment centers and/or government institutions.
Finally, if none of the previous options apply, there are payment plans, sliding scales, or crowdfunding to help with costs. Those with good credit can get personal or private loans, too. Patients can pay for addiction treatment with credit cards so they can pay it off gradually, but that might generate extra fees.
Residents of the St. Lucie County area can have dozens of therapists that they can rely on. However, when it comes to psychiatrists, it seems there’s only a handful of professionals available.
Therapists and psychiatrists are the ones who will help recovering addicts continue improving after finishing their addiction treatment program. They are an important part of any relapse prevention plan.
Through therapy sessions, they will advise, analyze, and/or notice signs of any issues the patient might be having. Essentially, they can teach healthy coping mechanisms to patients and help keep them on track in their sober journey.
People recovering from addiction need to continue their mental health treatment in order to avoid relapse. Staying sober is more than just having the willpower and the desire to stay sober.
Some people might need to take medication or continue medication-assisted treatment to do so. Those who do will need professional supervision more than even due to their history of substance abuse.
Many people believe that only those who have been having mental issues to seek mental health treatment. However, most problems can be avoided with early mental health diagnoses and proper treatment before symptoms start.
Taking care of your mental health is also recommended for people with a family history of mental illness or substance abuse. Therapy also helps prevent behavioral issues that can be worsened by mental disorders.
Anyone with a mental disorder is at risk of developing addiction However, the opposite is also possible. Substance abuse can trigger mental disorders, too. The main problem with co-occurring disorders is that both of them feed off of each other. Not getting treatment for one could trigger the other again, creating a vicious, toxic cycle.
Therapy, along with other precautionary measures, is a tool to prevent addiction disorders. Many factors beyond anyone’s control can make a person more likely to develop an addiction.
However, mental health professionals help prevent it. Healthy mental health can avoid many issues down the road. Which is why anyone should seek a mental health professional even if without any symptoms or red flags.
Picking out the best treatment program takes time, and it is a big decision. Many people have multiple obstacles to overcome in order to be able to start a treatment program. But no matter what issues you might be facing, there is an option for everyone. We at Unity Behavioral Health want to help you find out which would be best for you.
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