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How Life Changes After 30 Days in an Addiction Treatment Center

Real Life Changes: Addiction Treatment Center Statistics

Heroin use has dramatically increased across the U.S., spreading to groups it hadn’t previously reached, and deaths from overdose have soared, according to a new federal report released in February. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have likely seen the staggering number of overdose deaths related to heroin, fentanyl and other opiates so far in 2017. It is a scary epidemic that seems to get worse by the day. Life Changes. Addiction treatment center JC’s Recovery is fully invested in fighting the heroin epidemic and saving lives.

10 OVERDOSES PER DAY IN BROWARD COUNTY ALONE
Unfortunately, the rise in heroin abuse is associated with the closing of the notorious pain-pill clinics that plagued South Florida. In addition, heroin is increasingly compounded with fentanyl, a synthetic drug that can be lethal at low doses. Bad batches and uncertainty about potency are part of what’s causing so many deaths.

Between 2013 and 2014, the Florida Medical Examiners Commission says deaths from heroin increased 124%. Read that again – heroin deaths increased 124% from 2013 to 2014. The next year, heroin deaths rose 80%. The trend shows no sign of ebbing as 2017 has already seen countless preventable deaths from heroin.

FENTANYL CREATES EVEN MORE FATALITIES

What is fentanyl and why is it so dangerous? It is a synthetic opioid which is made in a laboratory that mimics similar properties of heroin – however – it is 50 to a 100 times stronger than morphine and 25 to 50 times stronger than heroin. The margin for error is so small when it comes to dosing and since addicts are not usually dosing experts, it has proven time and time again to end in tragedy when even just a little too much is used.

ASSOCIATED COSTS OF THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC IN FLORIDA

The Palm Beach Post has been investigating the heroin crisis for some time now and reported some unsettling numbers:

  • “In the first nine months of 2015, Florida hospitals charged $1.1 billion for heroin-related visits, with many of those bills going unpaid.”
  • “From 2010 to 2015, Florida hospitals charged $5.7 billion for heroin-related visits, including $2.1 billion to the state Medicaid program.”
  • “In those same five years, hospitals charged $967 million for babies born addicted to heroin. Medicaid was the primary payer in almost all of those cases — $826 million.”

(SOURCE: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-heroin-emergency-20170308-story.html)

HOW JC’S RECOVERY CENTER CREATES PERMANENT LIFE CHANGES FOR CLIENTS
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At JC’s Recovery Center, we believe that addiction is a threefold disease— mental, physical and spiritual. Overcoming addiction is possible only when all three of these are treated. We provide healing for the body, freedom for the mind and fullness for the spirit, with clinically advanced treatment programs, that are medically sound and have deep roots in faith and spirituality. Our program has proven time and time again to be vital to permanent life changes. Addiction treatment center searches at random online aren’t going to give you the full scope of what makes us different – we encourage you to call or come visit so we can decide together if this is the right treatment center for you or your loved one.

Our treatment center is a small, close-knit community. Everyone here is family, and the communal spirit is what makes the recovery journey fruitful: Our clients lean on their faith but they also lean on each other, and on our caring and compassionate staff.

Our mission is to provide a safe, sober, structured and nurturing environment for individuals who have a true and honest desire to recover from addiction and begin a new, healthy and productive way of living.

Be Kind to Your Heart

Hearts abound in February. It’s a time to love others and love yourself in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, but did you know that February is also National Heart Month? Making changes in your life to protect your heart health is essential for your well-being. Overcoming addiction is a step in the right direction. In fact, many of the same strategies for good heart health also benefit addiction recovery and help reduce risk of relapse.

Here are a few ways you can be more kind to your heart this month and beyond:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet that is rich with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Try to reduce sodium and saturated fats which are prevalent in processed and pre-packaged foods.
  • Get moving! Aim to incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your day a minimum of five days per week. If this is hard at first, start slowly and work your way up. Mix things up with running, brisk walking, swimming, yoga, bike riding, doing cardio or weights, and engaging in other activities.
  • Quit smoking if you haven’t already. Smoking is hard on your heart and lungs, but within just hours and days of quitting, your health begins to improve.
  • Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep each night. This allows your body to heal and re-energize. Too little sleep (or too much) has been linked to a greater risk of developing heart disease.
  • Engage in activities to reduce overall stress as well, such as meditation, yoga, exercise, listening to music, journaling, reading, or whatever you find calming and relaxing.

As you can see, these are many of the same strategies you’re encouraged to incorporate into your addiction recovery. They have multiple benefits in many aspects of your life. JC’s Recovery Center can help you get on the right path to overcoming addiction and improving your overall well-being at the same time. Strengthen your faith, reduce risk of relapse, and build a thriving life in recovery that makes you happy.

Leave a comment and let us know some of your favorite heart-healthy activities!
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