The Florida Shuffle is Not All Addiction Treatment

The “Florida Shuffle” is when people seeking help for addiction are exploited by fraudulent addiction treatment centers for insurance money. There are many wonderful treatment centers, with great staff that want to see people get better and live full lives (our employees are certainly in that camp!); those involved in the Florida Shuffle are not…

What Are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines, often referred to as “benzos,” are depressants that cause sedation. They are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. However, people without prescriptions may obtain them in order to get high, and those with a prescription can also misuse them. Potential short-term effects of benzos include drowsiness, confusion, slurred speech, muscle…

Coping With Anhedonia in Early Recovery

Drugs and alcohol interact with the brain’s reward circuit, which normally helps you experience pleasure from healthy rewards like eating, socializing, listening to music, or having sex. With chronic substance use, the brain adapts by lowering dopamine receptors and diminishing the reward system’s sensitivity. This is why in early recovery, some people experience anhedonia, the…

All About Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications—typically in combination with therapy—for treating addiction. Medications like Vivitrol or Suboxone help curb cravings and stave off some of the more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, so that a person can focus on recovery. For now, there are only approved medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder, but research…

man wonders about the risk of prescription drug addiction

4 Common Risks of Prescription Drug Addiction

Taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s recommendation increases the risks for several adverse consequences, including addiction. Even after developing an addiction, additional problems often still result. There are many common risks of prescription drug addiction, and recognizing these risks may indicate the need for addiction treatment. The addiction treatment programs at Amatus Recovery Centers can…

a man struggles with alcohol addiction

How Does Alcohol Addiction Begin?

Drinking alcohol in moderation isn’t a problem for many people, so why do some develop an alcohol dependence? Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical problem that makes it hard to control alcohol consumption whether you drink once a day or once a year. At Amatus Recovery Centers, we have years of experience helping people…