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The city of Lakeside is just miles south of Jacksonville, Florida (FL), and the metropolitan drug problem has started to spill over into this smaller community. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, the seaports of Florida make it a prime area for drugs to easily enter the country. The residents of Lakeside have started to see the effects of drug addiction on their community. The main drugs of abuse are prescription medications, heroin, cocaine, meth and alcohol.
Addiction is a cunning disease that makes a person think they don’t have a problem. It can cause issues with a person’s ability to be self-aware, so they may think that going out and abusing alcohol and cocaine are just how they have fun. Others with prescription drug problems justify their use, but this can quickly escalate. Those with prescription painkiller addictions often transition to using heroin because it’s a much cheaper opiate when purchased on the street. Many doctors have started monitoring their patient’s prescription refills much more closely, which leads them to getting their fix from the black market.
The first step in any type of inpatient or outpatient rehab program is going through detox. Detox must be completed first because the body and mind are heavily affected by long-term drinking or drug use. Detox helps you get through the agonizing symptoms of withdrawal, and it’ll also help clear your mind. Some patients with severe forms of withdrawal experience nausea, body aches, pains, hallucinations, anxiety and depression. Through medical detoxification at a qualified rehab center, you’ll be given medications to help reduce your symptoms so you can begin the recovery process. Once detox is complete, a counselor will perform a psychological evaluation to determine the presence of a dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis is when an addict has a mental illness that accompanies their addiction.
A complete detox and rehabilitation program is designed to help you learn how to deal with life on life’s terms. By the time you leave treatment, you’ll have a new handle on life that will allow you to live with a sense of peace and serenity that you never thought was possible. Don’t bear the burden of your addiction any longer – call Beaches Recovery today and learn how we can help you regain control of your life. Don’t wait any longer.