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…

Coping With Memories From Active Addiction

In recovery, you hear a lot about triggers. These are essentially memories—feelings, places, people, or circumstances that remind you of your substance use. Addiction and the Brain Addiction affects the reward circuit in the brain, which normally gives you pleasurable feelings from healthy activities like eating, socializing, or listening to music. Dopamine plays a large…

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…